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FAU Hosts Events in Honor of Women’s History Month

BOCA RATON , FL (February 27, 2009) – Florida Atlantic University will commemorate Women’s History Month with a series of events. The events are sponsored by FAU’s Women’s Studies Center in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the University Diversity Committee, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Student Affairs. All events are on FAU campuses, unless otherwise noted, and are free and open to the public.  

Boca Raton campus

Tuesday, March 10,  12:30 - 2 p.m.
Women Authors, Artists and Creative Performers Panel
Arts and Letters Building, room 248
Piano performance by Heather Coltman, FAU department of music; slide presentation by Carol Prusa, FAU department of visual arts and art history; book reading by Wenying Xu, FAU department of English.
Information: Donna Bryan at 561-297-3865 or

Tuesday, March 10, 5:30-7 p.m .
Special Event: Women Speak! Conversations Across Generations
**Delray Beach Library, West Atlantic Avenue, Delray
Women of different generations talk about their experiences in work and life. Participants include Johnnie Stover, associate professor, FAU department of English; Marta Cruz Janzen, professor, FAU department of teaching and learning; Robbie Alexander, Spady Cultural Heritage Museum; Charlene F. Jones, Spady Cultural Heritage Museum; Kitty Oliver, author and oral historian. This is a collaborative event organized by FAU Women’s Studies and the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Delray Beach
Information: Donna Bryan at 561-297-3865 or

Wednesday, March 11, 7 p.m.
Masterpiece Theatre: ‘Scenarios”
Lifelong Learning Center
Enjoy a night of theatrical and vocal performance celebrating the contributions of women throughout our history. Listen to musical performances by saxophonist Jon Saxx, singer/songwriter Alana Dacosta, and poet Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns. There will also be contemporary dance performances by Vaughn Newman.
Information: Collene O’Reilly at 561- 297-4037

Thursday, March 12, 7 p.m.
Java Jive at the Owl House, Coffeehouse Concert
Majestic Palm Room, Student Union Building
Guitarist Jessica Sonner brings her down-to-earth music to FAU’s Coffeehouse. Alternating between self-disclosure and her own music, her songs reflect a part of herself that captures the hearts of her audience.   Sonner has shared the stage with artists like Colbie Caillat, Sara Bareilles, Third Eye Blind, Tristan Prettyman and many more.
Information: Alicia Keating at 561-297-3735

Tuesday, March 17, 4 p.m.
Lecture: “Gender, Science, and Indigenous Medicine”
Sciences Building , room 190
Mary Cameron, FAU department of anthropology, presents this lecture. Women patients and healers around the world use traditional medicine because of its cultural, cost and woman-centered appeal. The presentation examines the impact of changes in indigenous medicine on women’s health care resulting from global biomedicine’s influence. The lecture is part of the Anthropology Graduate Student Association Colloquium.
Information: Donna Bryan at 561-297-3865 or

Tuesday, March 17, 7 p.m.
Performance:   Mzuri is Fannie Lou Hamer
Live Oak Pavilion, Student Union
In her one woman show, Lorraine “Mzuri” Pope takes on the persona of civil rights activist and voting rights advocate Fannie Lou Hamer, member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), who fought against the injustices black people encountered trying to register to vote in Mississippi.   Jailed and beaten almost to the point of death, Hamer slowly recovered and eventually gained national attention at the 1964 National Democratic Convention as vice chair of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.
Information: Collene O’Reilly at 561-297-4037

Thursday, March 19, 7 p.m.
Comedian Dana Gilmore
Majestic Palm Room, Student Union  
Twice featured on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, Dana Gilmore’s conscious yet provocative poetry chronicles the challenges and triumphs of women in contemporary society. Gilmore has opened shows for Anthony Hamilton and has been featured at Kansas City’s renowned Blue Room to a sold out audience. She now brings her talent to FAU to pay tribute to women during National Women’s History Month.    
Information: Collene O’Reilly at 561-297-4037

Friday, March 20, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Conference: Speaking from the Margins: Feminist Perspectives
Board of Trustees Room, Administration Building
The goal of this conference is to cross disciplinary boundaries and to bring together feminist perspectives on marginality and voice. The guest speaker is Dr. Jennifer Vest, Spoken Word Poet and assistant professor, department of philosophy, University of Central Florida.
Information: Donna Bryan at 561-297-3865 or

Monday, March 23, 4 p.m.
Storyteller Presentation: “A Piece of My Heart: A Memoir of a Nurse and an Intelligence Officer’s Experience in Vietnam”
Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Building, room 202
Elizabeth Ellis, one of the nation’s most celebrated performance artists, presents this one-woman show.   
Information: Donna Bryan at 561-297-3865 or

Wednesday, March 25, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Inaugural FAU Women’s Leadership Forum
Marleen & Harold
Forkas Alumni Center
The theme of the forum is “Women as Leaders: Facilitating a Culture of Leadership.” Speakers include Suzanna Rose, senior associate dean for the sciences, Florida International University; Anne Boykin, dean, FAU Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing; Susan Reilly, FAU School of Communication & Multimedia Studies; Ira Bogotch, FAU department of teacher education; El Pagnier Hudson, FAU department of human resources.
Information: Donna Bryan at 561-297-3865 or

Friday, April 3, 10 a.m.
Lecture: “What Did You Lose in Cuba? Stories and Struggles of Cuban Jewish Women”
University Theatre    
Ruth Behar, University of Michigan, was born in Havana, Cuba and came to live in New York with her family in 1962. She writes and lectures extensively about her experience as a Jewish Cuban-American woman.
Information: Donna Bryan at 561-297-3865 or

Davie campus

Tuesday, March 24, 7 p.m.
Storyteller Presentation: “One Size Fits Some”
Liberal Arts Auditorium
Elizabeth Ellis, one of the nation’s most celebrated performance artists, presents this one-woman show.               
Information: Donna Bryan at 561-297-3865 or

Jupiter campus

Monday, March 2 – Friday, March 20
Exhibit:   FemArt:   The State of Womanhood 2009
Atrium Lobby
Make plans to view this powerful exhibit by local women artists.
Information:   Jackie Kern at 561-799-8585

Treasure Coast campus

Saturday, March 1 – Tuesday, March 31
Exhibit:   A Pictorial Display of Women Heroes
JU Lobby
Information: Rochelle Popp at 772-873-3441

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