March into Women's History Month

history_card.pngEach year the month of March is dedicated to celebrate women's history. This year, Sonoma State is hosting a variety of film screening and lectures that align with this year's theme, "Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics."

Events Include:

"Girls On The Wall" - film screening - March 5, 7 p.m., Ives 101 - This 2010 Emmy Award winning film looks at a group of incarcerated teenage girls who get a shot at redemption in a most unlikely form: a musical based on their lives. As they write and stage their play, the girls must re-live their crimes, reclaim their humanity, and take a first step toward breaking free of the prison system. ASP.

Helen Carroll ~ Fighting Homophobia in Sports - March 7, Noon, Stevenson 1002 - Helen J. Carroll joined the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) in 2001 to lead the Sports Project. She is well known in the sports world as an acclaimed national championship basketball coach from the University of North Carolina-
Asheville. Helen had been a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Athletic Director for 12 years, and now devotes all her efforts to fighting homophobia in sports by directing NCLR's Sports Project. Women's and Gender Studies Department

Vagina Monologues, March 7, 7 p.m., Cooperage. - The Vagina Monologues cast consists of a group of Sonoma State University women and men performing monologues that all relate to the vagina somehow. While some of the monologues are humorous, others will bring you to tears with their raw words and deep penetrating messages. This play uses the vagina as a theme that represents female empowerment in society. Tickets will be available in the Student Union and cost $5 for students, $8 faculty and staff and $10 general admission. All proceeds will benefit anti violence non-profits.

International Women's Day- March 8.

"Lost Women: Transient Technologies and Invisible Authors in the Seventeenth Century,"- March 12, 3-5 p.m., Multi-Purpose Room, Student Union, Carol Pal (Bennington College, Vermont), , author of Republic of Women: Rethinking the Republic of Letters in the Seventeenth Century, which "tells the story of a transnational network of female scholars who were active members of the 17th-century republic of letters, and demonstrates that this intellectual commonwealth was a much more eclectic and diverse assemblage than had previously been assumed." Sponsored by the History department.

Wisdom Tradition Series with Miriam "Miri" Gabriel. March 13- 2-4 p.m. The HUB. - Miri (born Maryam Imam) is a poet, performer, and budding mythopoetic scholar. Growing up transient between Cairo, Egypt and Orlando, Florida, Miri brings together into her work the bilingual flavors, felt experiences, and esoteric undercurrents of both places, including her secret upbringing with her father as a Sufi adept. She is relentlessly tying the loves and lessons of her small life with an ever-present sense of deep connectivity and concern for the peoples and lives of a shared planet, examining what nascent cultures may emerge from this interconnectivity.

kuhn.pngHeidi Kuhn founder of "Roots of Peace" - March 13, 5 p.m., Schulz 3001 - Founder and CEO of Roots of Peace, Heidi Kuhn will give the inaugural lecture of Phi Beta Delta, entitled "Turning Minefields into Bountiful Fields." In the midst of a career in business and journalism, and while raising three children, Heidi Kühn was diagnosed with cancer. Following treatment, her appreciation for the gift of life led her to give back to the less fortunate and to live close to and nurture the land. Inspired by the campaign to ban and remove land mines, she founded Roots of Peace (ROP) in 1997 in her family home. For more information, contact

"Half the Sky" film and discussion - March 14, 6:30 p.m., Ives 101. Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide was filmed in 10 countries and follows authors of the best selling book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, and celebrity activists America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union, and Olivia Wilde on a journey to tell the stories of inspiring, courageous individuals. Across the globe oppression is being confronted, and real meaningful solutions are being fashioned through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls. Professor Lena McQuade will facilitate a post screening discussion.

"Speaking Out About Eating Disorders"- March 26, 7 p.m., Student Union Multi Purpose Room: The nation's experts in the fields of nutrition, eating disorders and stress management will be participating in an interactive seminar presented by NORMAL In Schools, Inc., in collaboration with Sonoma State Counseling & Psychological Services. Robyn Hussa, MFA, E-RYT, award-winning New York City filmmaker & President of the NORMAL nonprofit, as presents a 40-minute documentary film followed by in-person discussion with several experts in the field of eating disorders, along with campus leaders.

"Gender Equity & Title IX: It Isn't Just About Sports" with Donna Lopiano, Ph.D. Wednesday, March 27. Faculty/staff Workshop 10-11:30 a.m., Schulz 3001, Student/Community Workshop 4:30-6 p.m. in the Cooperage, and public lecture at 7:30 p.m., Cooperage. Dr. Lopiano is recognized as one of the foremost national experts on gender equity in sport and has testified about Title IX and gender equity before three Congressional committees, served as a consultant to the U.S. Office for Civil Rights Department of Health, Education and Welfare Title IX Task Force and as an expert witness in twenty-eight court cases. For more information, contact Kristal Raheem, at

Ongoing Displays Include:

Library Display: Women's History Month
This display broadly explores the theme of gender equity and marks the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the federal civil rights law enacted in 1972 that prohibits sex discrimination and promotes gender equity in education. (located on the 3rd floor, north wing, near the Administrative Office; on view through March 2013).

Pictured (from the top) Carol Pal, Heidi Kuhn and Donna Lopiano

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