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FAU to Host Events in Honor of Women’s History Month

       BOCA RATON, Fla. (February 28, 2014) – Florida Atlantic University will celebrate Women’s History Month with a series of events throughout the month of March at its Boca Raton, Jupiter and Broward campuses. The events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.
         The following events will take place at FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road:
 
FAU’s Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Fundraiser 
Sunday, March 2, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Delray Beach Arts Garage
 
The Advisory Council for FAU’s Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies is sponsoring a fundraiser at the Delray Beach Arts Garage, 180 NE First St., Delray Beach, featuring dinner and the theatrical performance of “Fighting Over Beverley,” by playwright Israel Horovitz. For information and to purchase tickets, visit the Arts Garage website at www.artsgarage.org .

 
Opening Ceremony 
Wednesday, March 12, noon to 1 p.m.
Traditions Plaza
 
The opening ceremony of Women’s History Month will feature The Venus Rising Women’s Drum & Dance Ensemble. Free food will include yellow rice and beans, bourbon chicken, plantains and pineapple upside-down cake. Contact Juan Izaguirre at 561-297-3959 for more information.

 
‘Ain’t I a Woman’ Performance/WGSS Soiree and Workshop
Monday, March 17, 1 to 4 p.m.
Hillel Conference Room, first floor of S.E. Wimberly Library
 
FAU’s Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies is hosting the chamber music theater piece “ Ain’t I a Woman” by the Core Ensemble from 1 to 2 p.m., followed by a Q&A session with the actress and musicians. 
The Center also will hold its first WGSS Faculty Associates Soiree from 2:30 to 3 p.m. in the Hillel Conference Room, followed by the annual WGSS Faculty Development Workshop from 3 to 4 p.m. Led by Elena Machado, WGSS director, the workshop will focus on the topic of integrating performance into the curriculum and classroom. FAU faculty is asked to R.S.V.P. for the soiree and workshop at wsc@fau.edu . For more information, contact FAU’s Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at 561-297-3865.

 
Feminist Graduate Student Association’s Annual Conference
Friday, March 21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cultural & Society Building, third floor
 
The FAU Feminist Graduate Student Association presents its 16 th annual conference, Feminist Approaches to Identity and Social Justice in the Era of Globalization.” The conference will feature keynote speaker Amina Mama, Ph.D., from the University of California-Davis and a panel of feminist scholar activists.  For more information, contact FAU’s Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at 561-297-3865.
 
 
Academic Ink Symposium at FAU
Friday, March 28, 10 a.m. to noon
Jaffe Center, third floor of S.E. Wimberly Library
 
FAU’s Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies is hosting a WGSS student brunch as part of the Academic Ink event . Students will participate in an informal conversation with the event’s keynote speaker, Margot Mifflin. For more information, contact FAU’s Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at 561-297-3865.
 
 
The following events will take place at FAU’s Broward Campuses:
 
Pampered Owls
Tuesday, March 11, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Heritage Hall, Student Union, Davie Campus
 
Students can enjoy refreshments and relaxation. Food will be provided by Creative Cuisine and Couture Mobile Spa will provide hand massages, mini manicures and a warm towel wrap. For more information, contact Peggy Joseph at 954-236-1251.
 
 
Pampered Owls
Thursday, March 20, 4  to 6 p.m.
Askew Tower Breezeway, Fort Lauderdale Campus
 
Students who participate in this event will receive a spa treatment and refreshments. For more information, contact Peggy Joseph at 954-236-1251.
 
 
‘Writers Project: Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment’ Book Release and Tea Party
Thursday, March 27, noon to 2 p.m.
Liberal Arts Breezeway, Davie Campus
 
The Office of Multicultural Affairs-Broward and the Center for Excellence in Writing will be sponsoring a writing project around the theme “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment.” All FAU students are invited to submit a short story about a woman who has influenced their lives in a positive way . This person may be a public figure or someone close to them. The program will be juried by members selected from the Center for Excellence in Writing. The best stories will be bound in a booklet and distributed at the Tea Party book release. To request a prospectus and application, email kaesteve@fau.edu   and use “Writers Project” in the subject line. For more information, contact Karen Esteves at 954-236-1219.
 
 
The following events will take place at FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter:
 
LUNAFEST Film Festival
Thursday, March 20, 6 p.m.
Lifelong Learning Complex
 
LUNAFEST is a distinctive touring film festival that honors talents and stories of women everywhere through a series of short films. This season’s program of nine selected films is designed to be thought-provoking, amusing, moving, and compelling, with the overall aim of inspiring viewers to make a difference in their communities.  For more information, contact 561-799-8547 or 561-799-8667 or visit www.llsjupiter.com to register.
 
 
‘A League of Their Own’ Movie Night
Thursday, March 13, 6 p.m.
Burrow, Student Union
 
Celebrate Women’s History Month by watching “A League of their Own,” a story of courageous women who developed the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Popcorn, candy and drinks will be served. For more information, contact Khambrel Ward at 561-799-8696 or Kward21@fau.edu .

 
Women: What the Future Holds
Wednesday, March 19, 6 p.m.
SR 108
 
This open discussion will focus on the shifting roles of women in America and impact of those changes on the nation. Dinner will be served.  For more information, contact Khambrel Ward at 561-799-8696 or Kward21@fau.edu .

 
Build-A-Book
Friday, March 21, by 5 p.m.
 
Participants are invited to submit a personal story about a woman who has inspired you. Essays or short stories can be up to 500 words. Submit entries to Tabitha James, tabithjames2013@fau.edu by March 21. Stories will be published in a “Book of Influential Women.”  For more information, contact Khambrel Ward at 561-799-8696 or Kward21@fau.edu .

 
‘The Shame Game’ featuring Leigh Clay
Monday, March 31, 5 p.m.
Burrow, Student Union
 
Bullying is a big concern on school campuses all over the country – even college campuses. In her eye-opening performance, Leigh Clay, coordinator of student involvement and leadership, talks about a specific form of bullying that occurs when women are judged negatively for their behavior.  For more information, contact Khambrel Ward at 561-799-8696 or Kward21@fau.edu .

 
For more information on Women’s History events, visit www.fau.edu/explore/womenshistory.

-FAU-

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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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