2002 Celebration of Women’s History: Women Sustaining the American Spirit

Thursday, February 28

Opening Reception
Presentation:  Memories of Love and War
Kathleen Cleaver
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Illinois Room, CCC

UIC, in conjunction with the City of Chicago’s Commission on Human Relations Advisory Council on Women, will hold an opening reception for the City’s kick-off celebration of Women’s History Month.  This program will feature Kathleen Cleaver, a major voice in the Black Liberation movements of the 1960's and 70's with former husband Eldridge Cleaver.  Cleaver continues to speak out against racism, sexism, and economic inequality.  Cleaver will talk about her personal story of transformation during the tumultuous revolutionary movements of the ‘60's and ‘70's.  She will also discuss the feminist role in the race-based civil rights struggle of the Black Panthers.  In 1966, Cleaver became active in the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).  From 1967 to 1971, she was the Communications Secretary of the Black Panther Party and the first woman member of its Central Committee.  Her writings and essays have appeared in numerous magazines, books, and newspapers, and her memoir, Memories of Love and War, is forthcoming from Random House.  Cleaver’s presentation will begin at 5:00 p.m.  Free catered reception.



Friday, March 1

"Machine Gun Blues: African-Americans and the Vietnam War"

Kimberley L. Phillips

Lecture 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Discussion: 2:00-2:45 p.m.

Reception 2:45-4:00 p.m.

Addams Hall, Room 207 830 South Halsted Street


The Visiting Lecturers Series, The Humanities in African-American Culture: The Ethics of Liberation African-American Cultural Center

Kimberley Phillips' lecture, "Machine Gun Blues," examines how the experiences of African-American military personnel during the Vietnam War impacted and reshaped both black and mainstream American culture and politics. Phillips pays particular attention to how Jimi Hendrix's later music was shaped by his military experiences in the early 1960s and by his awareness of the roles played by Black soldiers in Vietnam. Phillips also discusses how such notables as Langston Hughes, Marvin Gaye, Muhammed Ali and Dick Gregory, like Hendrix, expressed complex and critical understandings of war and militarization through autobiographies, literature, and films about war. She challenges the perception that these celebrities were outside of black political debates about war, violence, and U.S. social policy produced for and consumed by African-American audiences.

This event is free and open to the academic community and the public.

If you have a disability that needs accommodation in order to participate in this event, please call prior to the event. The African Cultural Center is served by the elevator in Burnham Hall. A ramp on the second floor connects the two buildings. For more information, call (312-996-9549)

Funding of this series is provided, in part, by a grant from Illinois Humanities Council, the Gladys Kreible Delmas Foundation , and the Student Activities Funding Committee of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

March 4 - April 5

Art Exhibit: Bringing Art to Life:  Women and the Arts at Hull-House
Exhibit Reception:  Friday, March 8, 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
A. Montgomery Ward Gallery, CCC

This exhibit, curated by Peggy Glowacki of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, examines the women at Hull-House, their legacy to the arts, and the social settlement established by Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr in 1889.  From the beginning, Hull-House connected the role of art equally to social and aesthetic arenas.  Drawing from the recently published Women Building Chicago 1790-1990:  A Biographical Dictionary, the exhibit highlights these women’s contributions to visual and handicraft art, music, dance, and theater.

Art Exhibit: Role Models
Exhibit Reception:  Thursday, March 28. 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Art Lounge, 1st Floor, CIU

This interactive exhibit allows participants to create yarn wrap dolls in the image of women who have been an inspiration in their life.  The dolls are on display with corresponding descriptions written by participants.

Tuesday, March 5

Coffeehouse Series West
Film: Ghost World
4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Recovery Room, CIU

Wednesday, March 6

Coffeehouse Series East
Performance:  Josie
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
A. Montgomery Ward Gallery, CCC

Josie is a folk singer and solo artist who has a great stage presence and a beautiful voice.
Her belief in singing music that is uplifting to women is embodied in such songs as  "Free," "Love Yourself" and "Unkunvenshunal Girl.”

Wednesday, March 6


Panel Presentation and Discussion

Women of Faith Building Chicago

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

UIC Newman Center



Rima Lunin Schultz, co-editor of Women Building Chicago 1790-1990: A Biographical Dictionary, will lead a panel discussion about the role of women of faith in developing Chicago's religious institutions, educational system, and health care providers.



Thursday, March 7

Coffeehouse Series East
Film: Elizabeth
3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
A. Montgomery Ward Gallery, CCC

Performance:  WomenSpeakOut
Illinois Room, CCC
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

This is a production of UIC women’s art groups and individual performers who will express their experiences through dance, song, spoken word, and other art mediums.  This program will provide participants and performers alike an opportunity to explore diverse identities and experiences as women.

Friday, March 8

International Women’s Day Celebration
Presentation and Discussion:  The Best of Intentions:  The Politics of Foreign Aid for Afghan Women Refugees
Ingrid Mattson
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Room 605, CCC

Ingrid Mattson, currently a Professor of Islamic Studies at the Macdonald Center for Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at the Hartford Seminary in Hartford, CT, was recently elected Vice President of the Islamic Society of North America.  Working in an Afghan refugee camp in Pakistan in the late 1980's,  Ingrid Mattson became convinced that the physician's principle, "first, do no harm" should be taught to every aid worker. Mattson witnessed that any assistance often had either a small positive effect or a large negative impact. Mattson will discuss what kinds of projects and strategies seemed to help women, and the need for Americans to scrutinize the negative effects of an imbalanced foreign aid policy.  Refreshments will be provided. Seating is limited so please RSVP at (312) 413-1025.

Monday, March 11

Asian American Film Series 2002
Telling Our Stories: Portraits of Asian American Women
3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
A. Montgomery Ward Gallery, CCC

This film series will feature a 3:00 p.m. screening of Slaying the Dragon, which exposes how films establish and reinforce the stereotypes about Asian women.  At 4:30 p.m. Another Day in America will be shown, which is a film that follows three Asian American women jazz musicians and artists.

Tuesday, March 12

Campus Forum Presentation: Both Sides Now:  An Academic Woman Once a Man
Deirdre McCloskey
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Cardinal Room, CCC

Deirdre McCloskey was once Donald, a golden boy of free-market economics.  She’s still a free-market economist, but since 1995 she has been joyfully a woman.  Author of twelve books on subjects from economics to English, among them her prize-winning memoir, Crossing, she gives a fascinating account of what it feels like to change gender and what her experiences might say about gender in the modern university. There is an $8.00 fee for lunch and advanced registrations are required by March 5th. Contact Diane Rudall at (312) 996-9280 or visit their website at www.uic.edu/depts/paff/Campusforum/ to register.

Reading and Presentation: You Can’t be a Lesbian–You’re Jewish!
Leslea Newman
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Levine Hillel Center

Leslea Newman will read from and discuss her work at Hillel's monthly Women's Rosh Chodesh luncheon. A Letter to Harvey Milk, the title story of her prize-winning short story collection, will be the focus of Newman’s presentation.  Her presentation provides a sensitive yet provocative portrayal of issues of religion, sexuality, family, and trust, which draws in and challenges the audience to think.  The program is funded in part by the Chicago Jewish Women's Foundation. All are welcome to attend.  For further information contact Marla Baker at Hillel at (312) 829-1595.

Presentation and Book Signing
Heather’s Mommy Speaks Out
Leslea Newman
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Room 605, CCC

The year 2000 marked the 10-year anniversary of the publication of Heather Has Two Mommies, literally one of the most controversial books of the 20th century.  In her lecture, she uses a slide show and video to discuss some of the many controversies surrounding the book and the issues of homophobia, censorship, and family values.

Coffeehouse Series West
Film: Elizabeth
4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Recovery Room, CIU

Wednesday, March 13

Coffeehouse Series East
Film Screening: Salt of the Earth
4:30 p.m.
A. Montgomery Ward Gallery, CCC

View the full version of this documentary about the striking Mexican American miners in New Mexico that will launch a discussion about gender role reversals on Thursday, March 14th


Thursday, March 14


Brown Bag Panel Discussion

Women and Change at UIC: Personal Perspectives

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Chicago Room A, CIU


CCSW's Women in Administration subcommittee presents a panel discussion led by Diane Hodges, Associate Vice Chancellor for Administration, and Susan Scrimshaw, Dean, School of Public Health Administration.

Coffeehouse Series East
Film: Ghost World
3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
A. Montgomery Ward Gallery, CCC

Film Screening and Discussion
Salt of the Earth

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Conference Room C, SSB

Salt of the Earth
is a 1950's documentary about a strike by Mexican American miners in New Mexico. This documentary chronicles the shift in perspective about women's issues and subsequent striker demands that resulted from gender role reversals when the miners were forced to stay at home while their wives "manned" the picket lines. Women and men who participated in the strike also starred in the movie. Film screening and discussion will be facilitated by Deborah Silverton Rosenfelt, University of Maryland, Elena Gutierrez, Jennifer Langdon-Teclaw and Margaret Strobel, University of Illinois at Chicago.  Refreshments will be served.  Seating is limited so please RSVP at (312) 413-1025.

Coffeehouse Series West
Performance:  Sarah Lentz
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Recovery Room, CIU

When you hear Sarah’s music for the first time, her voice absolutely commands your attention.  Sarah’s deep, rich and broad-ranged voice sinks like a cello and drives her melodies.  Her songs’ rich cords and broad progressions create a sound grounded in urban rhythms.  Come hear this phenomenal woman.

Tuesday, March 26       

Reading and Book Signing
Harriette Gillem Robinet
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Illinois Room, CCC
Harriette Gillem Robinet has written exciting, award-winning, and meticulously researched children’s historical fiction such as:  Children of the Fire recounting the Chicago fire, The Twins, the Pirates and the Battle of New Orleans, Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule, and most recently, Missing from Haymarket Square.  Robinet, descendent of a slave under Robert E. Lee, graduated from the College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, New York and received a graduate degree at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.  An awards ceremony for the sixth annual Chicago Public Schools Notable Woman Essay Contest will follow the reading.

Wednesday, March 27

University Hour Presentation
A Symposium on Disability Culture
Riva Lehrer
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Chicago Rooms, CIU

Ever wonder what it's like to live with a physical disability? Chicago
artist Riva Lehrer will answer this very question. Born with Spina Bifida
herself, Ms. Lehrer will attempt to increase your understanding of this
culture by sharing her experiences and those of others. Ms. Lehrer will
visually allow you access to the lives of those who live and succeed with
significant physical disabilities.

Symposium and Reception:
10th Anniversary Celebration of the Center for Research on Women and Gender
2:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Illinois Room, CCC

A symposium and reception will be held to commemorate the CRWG’s 10th anniversary and to honor retiring Center director, Alice Dan.  The keynote speaker for the symposium is Jane Evelyn Atwood, an award-winning photojournalist. Author of five books, Atwood will present her recent work, Too Much Time: Women in Prison.  A faculty panel will respond to spark discussion with audience participation. The presentation and panel discussion will start at 2:30 p.m. followed by a free catered reception at 4:30 p.m., and culminates with the first annual CRWG Dissertation Research Award at 5:00 p.m.  For more information call CRWG at (312) 413-1924.

Coffeehouse Performance
Blaq Dawn
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
A. Montgomery Ward Gallery, CCC

Blaq Dawn is a very talented group of three African-American women whose neo-soul performance is geared towards their experiences as women.  They provide a soulful experience through song, poetry and even dance.  Free refreshments will be served.



Thursday, April 4


Panel Discussion

Second-Wave Feminism in the Second City: the Chicago Women's Liberation Union

9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. (NOTICE THE TIME CHANGE!)

Cardinal Room, CCC


Panelists Estelle Carol, CWLU organizer, and Margaret Strobel, University of Illinois at Chicago, will serve as panelists to discuss Second-Wave Feminism in the Second City: The Chicago Women's Liberation Union. From 1969-1977 the CWLU engaged the passions of hundreds of women in Chicago. Members challenged sexism and racism, agitated for safe and affordable abortion and other women's health issues, advocated for lesbian and gay rights, opposed the war in Southeast Asia, organized the multiracial Action Committee for Decent Childcare, and challenged City Hall's discrimination against black janitresses. This remarkable history is now available online at www.cwluherstory.com.

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Office of Women’s Affairs Web site address:


CCC          Chicago Circle Center,     750 S. Halsted

CIU            Chicago Illini Union,           828 S. Wolcott

Levine Hillel Center                              924 South Morgan Street

SSB     Student Services Building,             1200 W. Harrison

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in this event, please call (312) 413-5070 at least one week prior to the event.

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Parking is available at cash lots call Parking at (312) 413-5800 for lot information.

Committee Members
Richard Allegra, Veronica Arreola, Maryem Alyhabib, Marla Baker, Mary Lynn Dietsche, Patrick Finnessy, Rebecca Gordon, Joann Gras, Joey Hampton, Sharlene Holly,  Heather Imrie, Jennifer Landong-Teclaw, Judy Meza, Alana Stegich, Parveen Vora, Carl T. Wilson and Daryl Woods .

Office of Women’s Affairs, Campus Programs, Student Activity Funding Committee, Chancellor’s Committees on the Status of Women, Latinos, Asian Americans, Blacks, Persons with Disabilities, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues, Institute for the Humanities, Gender and Women’s Studies, Center for Research on Women and Gender, Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns, Rafael Cintr
ón-Ortiz Cultural Center, African American Cultural Center, Black History Month, University Hour, Coffeehouse Series, Jane Addams Hull House, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Office of Community Relations, Great Cities Institute, Alumni Association at Chicago, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Department of Latin American Studies, Department of English, Department of African American Studies, Chicago Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Chicago Public Schools Office of Accountability, Student Development Services, Levine Hillel Center, Muslim Women’s Association, Asian American Coalition Committee, Panhellenic Council, and Student Outreach Services.

Opening Reception Co-host:
City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations Advisory Council on Women.

For more information, call the Office of Women’s Affairs at (312) 413-1025 or Campus Programs at (312) 413-5070.