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Women's Heritage Month

Women: Putting Our Stamp On America

"Invisibility is the number one form of bias. When we don't see women included among the lists of great personalities of our century or as active participants in the history of our nation, we probably assume that women just have not done anything worthy of inclusion. Nothing could be further from the truth."

- National Women's History Project

Friday, February 26

Awareness Booth

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Outside Pier Room, 2nd floor, CCC
& Lobby, CIU

Test your knowledge. Win prizes.

Mary Cassatt


Monday, March 1

Bessie Coleman

Awareness Booth

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Outside Pier Room, 2nd floor, CCC & Lobby, CIU

Test your knowledge. Win prizes.


March 1 - April 2

Art Exhibit by Sheila Oettinger

The Figure-Moving Forward

Reception: Tuesday, March 2

4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

A. Montgomery Ward Gallery, CCC


March 1 - April 2

Art Exhibit by Angela Altenhofen

12 Little Stories About Beauty

Reception: Thursday, March 4

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Art Lounge, CIU


Tuesday, March 2

Ready, Set, Succeed!

Laura Davis Join us in this day-long series of workshops with dynamic speaker, Laura Davis. She will share her passion, success, and experience of being a woman in the corporate, entreprenuerial, and entertainment world. Laura has a bachelor's in accounting and has worked for Fortune 100 companies. Now, she will bring her incredible level of enthusiasm and empower you!


"Career Woman's Survival Guide"

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Illinois Room, CCC

Perfect for the student graduating this year, the Career Woman's Survival Guide is loaded with techniques and motivational tips to help you hit the ground running. The Guide offers a myriad of ideas for surviving the first months on the new job, in a new town, or with new friends and co-workers.


"From Cookies and Milk...to 9 to 5"

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Illinois Room, CCC

Bring your lunch and join us for this casual "woman talk" session which takes women through the special moments in their lives using stories, case studies, and anecdotes. Participants will be encouraged to share poignant reflections such as the first day of kindergarten, college selection, or first job experience. As participants share and reflect on their own personal situations, they will realize the importance of commonalities with others.


Keynote Speaker and Opening Reception

3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Illinois Room, CCC

Join us for this kick-off celebration featuring a multimedia presentation by Laura Davis, "Women's Networking." Traditionally, networking stems from the "good ol' boys" network. While women's inclusion in this network is still elusive, studies prove that women are innately better networkers. This presentation will share proven success of women's networking and provide you with the tools to rewarding connections.

At 4:45 p.m., Big Smith will perform their powerful and energetic drumming from African, Afro-Cuban, Latin, and Native American traditions. Free refreshments will be served.


"Ready, Set, Succeed! Habits of Successful Women"

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Illinois Room, CCC

Inspiration and wisdom from history's great artists, poets, wives, advocates, and leaders are used in this multimedia presentation of female success stories. Case studies, interviews, research, and statistics are combined in an entertaining, energetic, and interactive way to enable participants to develop habits for success.



Thursday, March 4

Front & Center: "Meeting, Dating,

Relating, and Mating"

12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Illinois Room, CCC

Do you know the 250 questions to ask before going further in a relationship? Discuss sex, passion, intimacy, romance, self-esteem, and how women aren't men, and men aren't women in an informal talk-show format. Guest moderator Ellen Gootblatt is an educator and ABC radio talk show host on relationships.

All are welcome. Light refreshements will be served.

 Ellen Gootblatt

Friday, March 5

gurrls' night out 1

8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Cornucopia Room, CCC

Stewed Tomatoes, is an all female atlernative style rock band that pulses with a soft groove and pounds out a hard edge. Their verses, melodic and touching, are followed by fiery explosions of power giving their audiences a taste of their elusive energy. They have just recently released their deput CD, Alive and Well.


Monday, March 8

International Women's Day Celebration: "Mothers and Daughters from Different Worlds: Closing the Cultural Gap"

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Cornucopia Room, CCC

Join UIC students and their mothers as we explore and celebrate our cultures and traditions.

Light refreshments will be served.



Tuesday, March 9

Lecture: "Bisexuality, Feminism, Men, and Me"

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Rathskeller, SRC


Workshop: "Lesbians, Gay Men, & Bisexuals: A Dialogue Across Difference"

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Rathskeller, SRC

Robyn Ochs Robyn Ochs, Ed.M. is a bisexual writer, speaker, activist, workshop leader, and the editor of the Bisexual Resource Guide. For more than a decade, Robyn has addressed bisexual identity, coming out issues for youth, and coalition building at universities across the nation. Don't miss this fascinating speaker.


Women's Studio: "Planting the Seed: Life

With a Purpose"

2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Chicago Rooms B & C, CIU

The Women's Studio uses a talk show format to encourage dialogue with the audience as panelists share success stories, goal-reaching strategies, and the benefits of stepping out on faith to fulfill dreams.



New Age Wellness Night

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Recovery Room, Court Level, CIU

Discover relaxing, stress-relief ideas in the comfortable "living room of the student union."



Wednesday, March 10

Movie: Girlfriends

4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Recovery Room, Court Level, CIU

Girlfriends deals with a woman in her twenties trying to cope with love, a career, and personal independence after her rommate/girlfriend leaves to get married.


Thursday, March 11

Theater Production: Horse of a Different Color

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Illinois Rooms, CCC

David J. Harris wrote Horse of a Different Color for all people, but especially to help the African-American community address internalized racism. The play is set in Chicago, where six uniquely affected African-American characters with diverse ethnic features share their pain, bitterness, indifference, and resolutions about colorism.

Horse of a Different Color

Saturday, March 13

gurrls' night out 2

8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Agape House, 1046 W. Polk Street

Big Smith will drum in the night with their dynamic woman-centered performance style and commitment to feminist action that we love so much. Melissa Ferrick will follow with her own fiery brand of acoustic-driven music that fans have come to expect. This gurl-with-guitar has just released her new album, "Everything I Need," and was a special performer on Lilith Tour '98.


Monday, March 22

Slide Show and Lecture: "Engendering Colonialism: The Effects of 100 Years of U.S. Colonialism on Women in Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Philippines"

12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m.

Room 605, CCC

Margaret Power, Professor, IIT, and Jennifer Cohen, UIC Department of English and Women's Studies, UIC, will provide this multimedia presentation which highlights how women were adversely affected by colonialism.


Tuesday, March 23

"Exploring Anti-Racist and Liberatory Pedagogies

in the Classroom"

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

L285, ECSW

Dionne Blue, Barbara Seidl, Carolyn Staunton Simpson, and Robin Vann Lynch of Ohio State University will present on practical ways in which anti-racist pedagogy can be developed for the classroom.


Wednesday, March 24

Historical Performance: "The Little Lady Who

Made the Big War"

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Illinois Room, CCC

Wendy Mages will portray Harriet Beecher Stowe's experiences that led her to write the famous novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin. An awards ceremony for winners of the Third Annual Notable Women Grade School Essay Contest will take place.



Panel Discussion: "Teaching about Women and Gender"

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Room B102, BSB

Join UIC's Women's Studies faculty and graduate students for this discussion that will address issues involved in teaching about women and gender. Call 312-996-2441 for more information.


Lecture: "Voltaire's White Negro: Race, Color,

and the Maternal Imagination"

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Institute for Humanities

Lower Level, Stevenson Hall

Prof. Benjamin Braude, Boston College, will present a lecture that addresses the evolution of notions of race, color, and heredity from the ancient Near East and Greece to the end of the 18th century.



Thursday, March 25

Theater Production: "Eaten Alive"

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Recovery Room, Court Level, CIU

Mimi Wyche

"Eaten Alive" is a riveting, theatrical piece that explores the emotional dynamics of obsession with weight, food, and body image. Broadway actress Mimi Wyche portrays five different characters who use their obsessions as a powerful diversion from intense, frightening feelings.

A panel discussion will follow with Dr. Jacqueline Walcott-McQuigg, UIC College of Nursing, Dr. Karen Maddi, UIC Counseling Center, and Mimi Wyche.


Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Forum: "Science Careers at a Museum"

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

Cornucopia Room, CCC

Ever wonder what kinds of careers you could have at a museum with your science degree? Featured speakers will be Inge Fiedler, Conservation Microscopist, Art Institute of Chicago; Sloan Williams, PhD, Asst. Professor, Physical Anthropologist, Field Museum and UIC; and Kathleen Burke, Director of Education, Museum of Science and Industry.


Tuesday, March 30

21st Annual College of Health and Human Development Sciences Research Forum

8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Chicago Rooms, CIU


Front & Center: "Sexual Assault = Rape"

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

Cornucopia Room, CCC

This open forum will discuss stranger and acquaintance rape, the legal aspects of sexual assault, safety issues, and the support resources available on and off campus. Self defense techniques will be taught and demonstrated.UIC department staff and community members will be available during the discussion. Light refreshments will be served.


Tuesday, April 6

"Activism and the Academy: Chicago Women in the First and Second Wave of Feminism 1890s - 1960s"

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Room 605, CCC

Rima Schultz, Editor, Chicago Women 1770 -1900: A Biographical Directory, and Margaret Strobel, Professor, UIC Women's Studies and History, will explore how 20th century Hull House feminists and contemporary UIC feminists related their activism to the generation of new knowledge and the creation of new institutional spaces.


Wednesday, April 7

Lecture and Reception: 25th Anniversary of Women's Studies Featuring Patricia Hill Collins

3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Illinois Room, CCC

Patricia Hill Collins will be presenting a lecture titled "Black Feminism Revisited: Issues and Challenges." She is nationally recognized as a leading Black feminist sociologist whose work focuses on the intersections of race, social class, and gender. Her books include Black Feminist Thought and Fighting Words: Black Women and the Search for Justice. Reception to follow at 5:00 p.m.



CCC Chicago Circle Center, 750 S. Halsted

CIU Chicago Illini Union, 828 S. Wolcott

SES Science and Engineering South, 845 W. Taylor

Agape House 1046 W. Polk St.


Committee Members

Wendy Aaronson, Veronica Arreola, Teri Blain, Rebecca Gordon, Christine Grgurich, Sharlene Holly, Heather Imrie, Judy Meza, Matt Rudolphi, and Carl T. Wilson



Office of Women's Affairs, Campus Programs, Student Activities Funding Committee, PRIDE, Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Women, African American Cultural Center, Department of African-American Studies, Agape House, Center for Research on Women and Gender, Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Blacks, Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Latinos, Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Issues, CUB Women's Heritage Month Committee, Department of History, Institute for the Humanities, Latin American Studies, Office of the Chancellor, Office of Community Relations, Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered Concerns, Rafael Cintron-Ortiz Cultural Center, Department of Sociology, Student Development Services, The Wellness Center, UIC Bookstore, Undergraduate Student Government, and Women's Studies Program

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