Celebrating Women's History at SSU

womenshistorymonth.jpgIt may be nearly April, but Women's History Month isn't slowing down! A slew of activities, events and entertainment are scheduled for the final days of March, from diversity activities to student presentations, "Entangled Lives" to "Our History is Our Strength."

"The Tunnel of Oppression" is an interactive and engaging experience that presents the issue of oppression as it appears in different scenarios. Constructed at various universities around the country, the Tunnel of Oppression makes it's Sonoma State debut March 21-25 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. in the on-campus residential community of Semillon in Zinfandel Village.


This campus diversity initiative is designed to give participants the opportunity to see, touch, hear and feel the realities of oppression as a stepping stone toward creating diversity awareness.


• Student presentations on Women's History Month and Women's Activism will be displayed in the stevenson Quad on Wednesday, March 23 at noon.


• Pam Smith and Ann Neel met in 1991 on the phone when Pam contacted Ann for assistance in researching her family history in Randolph County, Missouri, knowing that Ann had long experience studying slaveholding families from that area.


After two years of sharing ideas and resources, they made a startling discovery. Their family histories intersected directly. Pam's enslaved great great grandfather was actually owned by a member of Ann's family.


"Entangled Lives" is a presentation by Smith and Neel that explores the emotional and sociological implications of African slavery for black/white relations today. Taking place Wednesday, March 23 at 7 p.m. in the Cooperage, their conversation weaves relevant information about how to begin a family history search, DNA testing to determine ethnic composition and African ancestry, and insights about current social justice issues. Presented in cooperation with the Department of Women's and Gender Studies.


• Learn about "Crime, Politics and the "Ladies": Women and the Vigilance Committees of Early San Francisco" on Thursday, March 24 at noon in Salazar 2015.


ASP Free Pizza Comedy Night welcomes comedian Liz Grant on Saturday, March 26 at 8 p.m. in The Pub.


• Co-founder and executive director of the National Women's History Project, Molly Murphy MacGregor gives her presentation, "Our History is Our Strength" on Saturday, March 26 at 7 p.m. in the Commons. MacGregor conducts women's history workshops and women's historic site tours throughout the country.


Both MacGregor and her presentation have a direct link to the university. A 2007 exhibit at SSU, called "A Fine and Long Tradition: Stories from the Contemporary Women's Movement in Sonoma County," presented the work of Dr. Michelle Jolly, professor of history, and her students, who had collected the oral history of Sonoma County's women's movement in the 1970s and 1980s.


MacGregor shared her commentary in interviews about the Women's History Parade, and the national impact of the Sonoma County women's movement. Those interviews - along with research, timelines, multimedia clips and more - is available online at the Sonoma County Women's HIstory Project website, www.sonomawomenshistory.org.


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For more information on Women's History Month events at Sonoma State University, contact the Student Union at (707) 664-2382 or visit the website at www.sonoma.edu/as/asp.

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