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Women's Heritage Month

Thursday, March 1

Artist-in-Residence: Cherríe Moraga:

Discussion with Cherríe Moraga

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Fort Dearborn Room, CCC

Cherrie Moraga Cherríe Moraga,
Join us for this unique opportunity for an informal dialogue with Cherríe Moraga. Moraga changed the face and direction of feminist politics and theorizing in the United States as co-editor of the ground-breaking anthology, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. This Bridge catapulted Moraga and her work into a political arena, where she has since remained one of the most visible feminists of our time.

Opening Reception and Reading: A Taste of Her Own Medicine: A Dramatic Reading of Performance, Prose and Poetry by Cherríe Moraga

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 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. The program will feature readings from Moraga's various works that link issues of gender, race, culture, class, and sexuality in ways that few contemporary writers do. Moraga is a playwright, poet and essayist whose plays and publications have received national recognition. Among her numerous publications are This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, Loving in the War Years, and her most recent book, Waiting in the Wings: Portrait of a Queer Motherhood. Her award winning plays include Shadow of a Man, Watsonville: Some Place Not Here, both of which were the recipient of the Fund for New American Plays award, and Heroes and Saints, which earned the Pen West Award for Drama. Refreshments will be provided and the reading will start at 6:00 p.m.

Friday, March 2

Artist-in-Residence: Cherríe Moraga:

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Room 509-10, CCC

After having difficulty finding a publisher for her seminal book This Bridge, Moraga co-founded with Barbara Smith, Kitchen Table/Women of Color Press in New York--the only press in the United States devoted to publishing works by women of color. Moraga will talk about herself as a Chicana writer, her inspirations and obstacles to publishing.

Tuesday, March 6

Gender and Women's Studies Brown Bag Series: Are Academia and Activism Mutually Exclusive? Patti Renda, Ph.D. Candidate, English

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
AAST Conference Room, 1201 UH

Thursday, March 8

Roundtable Discussion Featuring:Loung Ung

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Fort Dearborn Room, CCC

Loung Ung Loung Ung,
Join us for this opportunity to hear the noted author and Nobel Peace Prize winner discuss writing her autobiographical account about surviving and escaping the horror of Pol Pot's regime.

Presentation with Reception and Book signing:First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m
Illinois Room, CCC

Loung Ung is the author of First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers and 1997 Nobel Peace Prize recipient. Ung will provide a lecture and video presentation recounting her survival of Cambodia's brutal Pol Pot's regime in an unforgettable story of war crimes and desperate actions, the unnerving strength of a small girl and her family, and their triumph of spirit. She won the Nobel Peace Prize as co-founder of the " International Campaign to Ban Landmines." Ung has been featured widely in the media on CNN, Fox News, and NPR. Her book was the Cover story in USA Today. Refreshments will be provided and the presentation will start at 4:00 p.m.

Monday, March 19

Gender and Women's Studies Brown Bag SeriesWhy There Was No Woman's Building at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. Cheryl Ganz, Ph.D. Candidate, History

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
OSSR Conference Room, B102 BSB

Thursday, March 22

Campus Forum Luncheon and Presentation:Integrating the Life Cycle of a Woman's Health Needs

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Recovery Room, CIU

Alice Dan, Ph.D., director of UIC's National Center of Excellence in Women's Health will lead a panel discussion about the Center of Excellence and how it works to improve women's health. The panel presentation is free and will start at 12:30 p.m. The fee for lunch is $7.00 for Campus Forum members and $9.00 for non-members. The reservation deadline is March 15th. To make a reservation for lunch or for more information contact Joyce Winn at 996-6357.

Coffeehouse Performance: Barbara Bailey Hutchison

6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Montgomery Ward Lounge, CCC

Barbara Bailey Barbara Bailey Hutchison,
is a Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter. She presents finely crafted songs, often humorous, interspersed with interesting, and sometimes provocative information about great women throughout history.Campus Activities Today honored her with ""Best Performance-Acoustic,"" ""Best Solo Performer,"" and ""Best Musical Act: Club Venue."" Light refreshments and coffee will be provided.

Monday, March 26

 Lecture:‘The Jewish Woman in America': A Quarter-Century Later

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Levine Hillel Center

Sonya Michel is the Director of Gender and Women's Studies at UIC, an author, and editor of many books, as well as a founding editor of the journal Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State, and Society. She co-authored The Jewish Woman in America, which was published in 1974 and served as one of the first books to explore issues of gender and ethnicity in the US. In her talk, Michel will explore some of the new research in this area and consider how well the ideas in her book have stood the test of time. Lunch will be provided.

Tuesday, March 27

Ethics in Leadership:Battle of the Sexes: Who's on Top?

4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Conference Room A, SSB

Is it fair when companies look to fill a position with a woman? Are men getting lost in the shuffle? Do men get credit for ideas presented by women? Do men or women have better management styles? What is all the hype about sex and the workplace? Join us for the opportunity to debate ethical issues and learn new views on controversial topics. Student Leadership Development, The President's Leadership Program, The Office of Women's Affairs and The Levine Hillel Center will present an evening of discussion addressing issues of gender and equity in the workplace. Dinner will be provided. Please call 996-3100 to register.

Wednesday, March 28

Presentation and Reading:Nappy Hair: Carolivia Herron

9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Illinois Room, CCC

Carolivia Herron Carolivia Herron,
is an author, scholar, educational multimedia designer, and an Assistant Professor of English at California State, Chico. Herron will deliver an exciting group reading inspired by her controversial children's book, Nappy Hair, written to show the power and beauty of African oral and epic poetry. Herron will introduce her audience to African American call and response. Students will be guided in creating blues stanzas from their own troubles and will learn the significant differences between African American and other cultures through hearing and practicing rhythmic patterns to folk music. The program will also acknowledge the winners of the fifth annual Chicago Public Schools Essay Contest.

Friday, March 30

"Sex and the City" Speaker Series:Women on the Town: Sexual Geography in Modern Cities

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cardinal Room, CCC

Christine Stansell, Professor of History at Princeton University, is one of the nation's leading historians of women and sexuality. Stansell is the author of American Moderns: Bohemian New York and the Creation of a New Century, City of Women: Sex and Class in New York, 1789-1860, and co-editor of the anthology, Powers of Desire. Reception to follow.

Tuesday April 3 - 5

Exhibit: UIC Clothesline Project

11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
West Concourse, CCC

The Clothesline Project is a graphic display and tribute to those women who have been affected by violence.

Thursday, April 5

Lecture and Opening Reception For Earth Month:
L. Hunter Lovins

12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.
605 CCC

Women's Heritage Month combines with Earth Month to celebrate the contributions of women environmental activists and scientists to the health of our planet. Co-founder and president of the Rocky Mountain Institute in Snowmass, Colorado, Lovins develops strategies for sustainable development, economic renewal, and alternative energy use. She recently co-authored Natural Capitalism and was named a "Hero of the Planet" by Time Magazine for Earth Day 2000. Come learn about an energy-efficient future and meet a fascinating woman. Reception to follow.

Take Back the Night Rally

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
A. Montgomery Ward Lounge, CCC

Join us for this empowering event to speak out about violence against women in our communities.

Monday, April 9

Lecture:Virginia H. Dale

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m..
Room 4289, SEL

Ecologist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and author of Tools to Aid Environmental Decision Making, Dr. Dale will speak on her research in land-use change, forest succession, and ecological modeling. She has worked on projects worldwide, from vegetation recovery following the eruption of Mount St. Helens to addressing tropical deforestation in Southeast Asia and the Brazilian Amazon. Light refreshments will be provided.

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

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.


CCC Chicago Circle Center, 750 S. Halsted

CIU Chicago Illini Union, 828 S. Wolcott

SSB Student Services Building, 1200 W. Harrison

Levine Hillel Center, 924 S. Morgan

SEL Science and Engineering Laboratories, 950 S. Halsted

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 the Cash lot located at 801 S. Halsted in the Halsted Street Parking Structure.

Committee Members

Rebecca Gordon Heather Imrie Judy Meza
Veronica Arreola Christine Grgurich Carl T. Wilson
Mary Lynne Dietsche J Mueller Alana Stegich
Irma Ortiz Marla Baker Terri Blain
Patrick Finnessy Vince Hayner Sharlene Holly
Ylda Kopka Monica Landeros Jennifer Landon-Teclaw


Office of Women's Affairs George H. Miller Memorial Fund Department of English
Campus Programs Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues Department of Sociology
Student Activities Funding Committee Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Asian-Americans African American Studies
Committee on the Status of Women African American Cultural Center Student Development Services
Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Latinos Office of Community Relations Wellness Center
Institute for the Humanities Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Blacks Center for Research on Women and Gender
Student Development Services Student Affairs & Enrollment Management Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Concerns
Levine Hillel Center Gender and Women's Studies Program Raphael Cintron-Ortiz Cultural Center
Chicago Jewish Foundation College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Jane Addams College of Socail Work
Office of the Provost Campus Unions Board Institute for the Humanities, Gender and Women's Studies
Department of Art and Architecture Jane Addams Hull House Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services
Latin American Studies Great Cities Institute Alumni Associatiion at Chicago
Rafael Cintron-Ortiz Cultural Center Chicago Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Chicago Public Schools Office of Accountability
Circle Greens MeSA Student Outreach Services
Green Campus Council Urban Health Program-Graduate College Institute of Environmental Science and Policy
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences Department of Biology Department of Chemistry
City Design Center


Last updated: February 23, 2000'