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Women’s History Month celebrates ‘Women’s Art: Women’s Vision’

Chris Cuomo

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Institute for Women’s Studies and many departments and divisions on campus are hosting events honoring women’s achievements and contributions.

Inspired by this year’s national theme, “Women’s Art: Women’s Vision,” many of the events focus on women’s contributions to many different art forms. From gallery exhibitions at the Georgia Museum of Art and ATHICA (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art), film festivals and a discussion of women in hip hop, Women’s History Month 2008 will highlight the many ways women create, interact with and deconstruct art.

“The national theme for Women’s History Month this year––Women’s Art: Women’s Visions––provides an perfect occasion to focus on the many amazing artistic offerings right here in Athens, from the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art to UGA’s own departments of theater, dance and visual arts to the local hip hop scene,” said Chris Cuomo, director of the Institute for Women’s Studies. “We hope the whole campus community will take advantage of this opportunity to find hope, challenge and stimulation through art and through scholarly engagements with artistic work.”

Highlighting the observance will be noted feminist author, teacher and activist Peggy McIntosh, who is slated to give the Franklin Diversity Lecture at
7 p.m. March 19 in the Chapel.

On March 27, IWS and the Institute for African-American Studies will present the forum “Women, Hip Hop and Social Change” at 7 p.m. in Room 171 of the Student Learning Center. The event, a follow-up discussion to last fall’s “Hip Hop and Social Change,” will feature a keynote address by Layli Phillips, assistant professor of women’s studies at Georgia State University, and a roundtable discussion with scholars and students.

The complete calendar of Women’s History Month events is available online ( Among the scheduled events are:

• Through March 22: Exhibition. Ingest. This exhibition explores the role of food in our personal lives and the impact of food choices and production methods on our environment. It features painting, photography, sculpture, video, new media and more by artists from Athens and around America. ATHICA, 160 Tracy St. (706) 208-1613.

• Feb. 27: Performance. Through March 1. CORE Concert Dance Company’s Spring Collection. New Dance Theater, Dance Building 8 p.m. (706) 542-4415. (See story, page 4).
• Feb. 29: Lecture. “African-American Women and Buddhism,” Carolyn Medine, associate professor of religion, African-American Cultural Center, 12:20–1:10 p.m.
• Feb. 29: Women’s Studies Student Symposium. 348 Student Learning Center, 1:30–7 p.m. (706) 542-2846.
• March 3: Film and Discussion. I Had An Abortion. 248 Student Learning Center, 7 p.m. Discussion led by Kelly Happe, speech communication and women’s studies, will follow.
• March 4: Artist Lecture and Exhibition Opening. Libby Black, 102 Student Learning Center, 5:30 p.m. Reception immediately following. (706) 542-1511, c.
• March 7: Lecture. “The [Female] Citizen: Selling a Story of [Islamic] Suffrage in the West,” Kristen McCauliff, speech communication, 148 Student Learning Center, 12:20–1:10 p.m.
• March 19: Franklin Diversity Lecture. Peggy McIntosh, associate director of Wellesley College Center for Research on Women. Chapel. 7 p.m.
• March 21: Lecture. “The Cover Song as Resistance: Tori Amos and the Songs of Men” Stephanie Doktor, musicology, 148 Student Learning Center 12:20–1:10 p.m.
• March 21: Lecture. “Guts, Greyhounds and Gandhi: Pauli Murray’s Civil Rights Movement” Glenda Gilmore, professor of history at Yale University, 101 Student Learning Center, 4 p.m. with reception and book signing to follow. (706) 542-2053.
• March 22: Performance: One-Woman Show. Cloris Leachman, Ramsey Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center, 2:30 and 8 p.m. (706) 542-2836. $15 ($12 students).
• March 24: Lecture. Cloris Leachman. Balcony Theatre, Fine Arts Building. 12:20 p.m. (706) 542-2836.
• March 24: Film and Discussion. All My Babies. A 1952 Georgia Health Department training video for rural midwives. 248 Student Learning Center. 7 p.m. Panel discussion led by Juanita Johnson-Bailey, adult education and women’s studies, to follow.
• March 25: Lecture. “Emilie du Châtelet: Daring Genius of the Enlightenment,” Judith Zinsser, professor of history and women’s studies, Miami University, 248 Student Learning Center, 4 p.m.
• March 25: Lecture. “Beyond Cinderella: The Representation of Women in Latin American Telenovelas,” Carolina Acosta–Alzuru, public relations, Student Learning Center (room number to be announced), 6:30 p.m.
• March 25: R.E.A.L. Talk. “Do You Kiss Your Mother with that Mouth? Misogyny and the Music Industry.” Adinkra Hall (404 Memorial Hall). 6–8 p.m. (706) 583-0271.
• March 26: Lecture. “Rules of Nature, Rules of Life,” Nalini Nadkarni, professor of environmental studies, Evergreen State College. Odum School of Ecology Auditorium. 4 p.m. (706) 542-0935.
• March 26: Film. Alice Neel, Griffith Auditorium, Georgia Museum of Art. 7 p.m.
• March 27: Forum and Panel. “Women, Hip Hop and Social Change,” Layli Phillips, professor of women’s studies, Georgia State University. Panel discussion to follow.
171 Student Learning Center, 7–9 p.m. (706) 542-2846.
• March 27: Lecture. “Lichens to Lettuce: Women’s Participation in the Culture of Science,” Margaret Ewing, professor of zoology, Oklahoma State University. 1-304 Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, 3:30 p.m. (706) 542-2686.
• March 27–29: Dance Performance. Repertory Project. New Dance Theater, Dance Building, 8 p.m. (706) 542-4415.
• March 28: Lecture. “Salt Marsh of the Spirit: Process Theology and Gay Spirituality,” Wanda Wilcox, academic advising. 148 Student Learning Center 12:20–1:10 p.m.
• March 28: Conference. “The Meaning of Culture: German Studies in the 21st Century, Session III: Gender Studies.” Moderator: Marjanne Goozé, Germanic and Slavic studies. 348 Student Learning Center. 4:30 p.m.
• March 31: Film. Monsoon Wedding. Minority Services and Programs (Student lounge, Memorial Hall), 7–9 p.m., (706) 542-5773.
• March 31: Poetry Reading. Margaret Gibson. 265 Park Hall, 4 p.m. (706) 542-0397,