SSU Honors Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment in Celebration of Women's History Month

March is the time to celebrate Women's History Month and the contributions women of the past and present have made to society. Throughout March, Sonoma State University celebrates all women by presenting many campus events, which include lectures from internationally recognized figures and authors as well as film showings and performing art performances.

huerta.jpg" An Evening with Dolores Huerta" brings the story of her advocacy for workers', immigrants', and womens' rights to the campus on March 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Center. Huerta is best known for working with Cesar Chavez to co-found the National Farmworkers Association in 1962, which later became the United Farm Workers of America. The event is sponsored by the H. Andréa Neves and Barton Evans Social Justice Lecture Series at Sonoma State University, in collaboration with the School of Education, School of Social Sciences and On Campus Presents.

Tickets required from box office. Students admitted free. General $10, senior citizens $5. For more information, contact Pamela Van Halsema in the School of Education, More details at

Special Focus on Women in Science

Throughout the month of March and into April, the School of Science and Technology is celebrating Women's History Month with a series of lectures featuring talks by women scientists in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Science, Mathematics and Physics.

Upcoming schedule of events include:

Monday, March 3
Women in Science Lecture Series, Dr. Jocelyn Read, Listening to the Symphony of Spacetime, 4 p.m., Darwin 103.

Read is from CSU Fullerton and will introduce the new field of gravitational-wave astronomy, and talk about how gravitational waves might help in understanding the interiors of neutron stars.

Tuesday, March 4
Women in Science Lecture Series, Dr. Marisol Garcia-Reyes, Coastal Upwelling and Its Impact in the California Marine Ecosystem, Noon - 1 p.m., Darwin 103.

Garcia-Reyes is from the Farallon Institute for Advanced Ecosystem Research, Petaluma. Coastal upwelling is a fascinating process involving interactions between the atmosphere, land and ocean, and it's responsible for the rich marine ecosystem in the region. This walk explores how this process works and shapes the ecosystem, and how it is and will be changing with the influence of regional and global climate.

Tuesday, March 4
Julie Shulman, Counseling, Self-objectification & Sexual Well-being: Do Feminist Beliefs and Sexual Identity Matter? Noon - 1 p.m., Stevenson 2011.
School of Social Sciences Brown Bag Lecture Series. Free and open to faculty, staff, students, and interested others.

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Women's History Month Film Series - The Invisible War, 7:30 p.m., Darwin 102.
A powerful and emotional documentary about the epidemic of the rape of soldiers within the US military and the institutions that perpetuate and cover up its existence.

Thursday, March 6
Women in Science Lecture Series, Julie Silk, Analyzing and Avoiding Failures in Electronics and Life, 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. Cerent Engineering Science Complex, Salazar 2009A; (Reception: 4-4:30 p.m.; Q&A: 5:15 to 5:30 p.m.)
Silk is the Environmental Compliance Program Manager for the Electronic Measurements Group of Agilent Technologies. This lecture provides understanding of basic printed circuit board construction, printed circuit assembly processes and the materials used. A variety of printed circuit failures are used to illustrate the failure mechanisms, the design rules or process requirements that avoid these failures, and a few life lessons.

Thursday, March 6. Ryan Lee Cartwright. Peculiar Places: A Queer/Crip History of Rural Nonconformity, 12:00-12:50 pm, Stevenson 1002. Ryan Lee Cartwright is an ACLS New Faculty Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor at UC Davis. He is completing a book manuscript called Peculiar Places: A Queer/Crip History of Rural Nonconformity. Presented by the Women's and Gender Studies Department Queer Studies Lecture Series.

Thursday, March 6. Mandala: Women, Art and Power 6PM inThe HUB (Student Center) Please join us for this reception and program that features the inspiring work of SSU alumna, Monique Aguerre, SSU student, Chirelle McCorley, and visiting poets Mindy Nettifee and Miri Gabriel.

vaginamono.pngThursday, March 6, 7, 8
SSU Vagina Monologues, 7-11 p.m., Cooperage.

The Vagina Monologues cast consists of a group of SSU women and men performing monologues that all relate to the vagina. Topics of these monologues include sex, love, rape, mutilation, masturbation, birth, orgasm and anatomy. The event is a benefit for Verity, the only rape crisis center in Sonoma County. $5 students; $10 faculty/staff; $15 general (all proceeds benefit Verity). Tickets: Information Desk, Student Center or .

Thursday, March 6, SPOKE Poetry: Open Mic/Minds, Featuring Mindy Nettifee and Miri Gabriel, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, The HUB (Student Center) Join us for a special evening of poetry featuring Mindy Nettifee (whose work BUST magazine calls "the linguistic orgasm we've all been waiting for.") and the powerful work of Egyptian American poet and activist, Miri Gabriel.

Friday, March 7, 2014 SSU Vagina Monologues, 7:00 - 11:00 pm, Cooperage. See March 6 for information.

Saturday, March 8, 2014 SSU Vagina Monologues, 7:00 - 11:00 pm, Cooperage. See March 6 for information.

nazrah.pngTuesday, March 11
Religion and Spirituality Film Series, Nazrah: a Muslim Women's Perspective , 7:30 p.m, Student Center. Sonoma Valley Meeting Room.

Nazrah: A Muslim Woman's Perspective is an intimate look at a diverse group of Muslim women living in the US Pacific Northwest. Filmmaker Farah Nousheen exposes a vast and fascinating array of thoughts and ideas. The women discuss their views on Islam, current political events and how they reflect on the image of Islam in the West.

Tuesday March 11, Women's Club Fair/Supernooner, Student Center Plaza 12-1 pm. Come on out and meet the wonderful SSU women who are part of campus clubs, organizations and sororities and find out what they are doing and how to get involved and listen to music by Sandi Bell. Sandi is a singer, songwriter and guitar gal whose infectious energy and frequent collaborations have made her a favorite with the West Coast music scene. ASP

Tuesday, March 11: Cindy Stearns, Sociology, Breastfeeding Professionals and the Body Work of Breastfeeding Mothers, Noon - 1 p.m. in Stevenson 2011. School of Social Sciences Brown Bag Lecture Series

Tuesday, March 11: Women in Leadership Social Mixer, 5 PM in The HUB (Student Center)Join us for this mixer that focuses on women in leadership positions on campus. There will be a panel of student leaders talking about women taking the leading role as leaders on campus.

Wednesday March 12, Women's History Month Dance Showcas, 8 pm Evert Person Theater. Come on out and support the talented dancers at SSU. Performers may include The Blue Barons, The Sapphires and the Modern Dance Society. This is a chance for to show your Seawolf pride. If you are interested in performing contact Giana Boracchia at ASP

Thursday, March 13. Michael Nava. From Mental Illness to Marriage Equality: the LGBT Rights Movement, 12:00-12:50 pm, Stevenson 1002. Michael Nava is the author of an acclaimed series of seven novels featuring gay, Latino criminal defense lawyer Henry Rios. He can be reached through his Facebook page, "Michael Nava, Writer" or his website: Presented by the Women's and Gender Studies Department Queer Studies Lecture Series.

shangela.pngThursday March 13, Drag Diva Shangela, 7 pm, Ives 101. Thursday March 13
Drag Diva Shangela, 7 p.m., Ives 101

Drag Diva Shangela, from Glee, Lady Gaga's videos, or RuPaul's Drag Race, performs in drag, sharing her inspiring story about growing up gay in Texas.

Tuesday, March 25: Rwanda Twenty years After Genocide, 4:00 -5:50 pm, Warren Auditorium (Ives Hall). Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana, Rwandan Ambassador to the United States, will speak. Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series.

girlrising.pngWednesday March 26
Women's History Month Film Series Girl Rising, 7:30 pm, Darwin 102.

Girl Rising is a groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the stories of nine extraordinary girls from nine countries. The film showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.

Wednesday March 26: Good Vibrations Workshop: Women's Sexuality, Noon inThe HUB (Student Center). Good Vibrations, will be coming to Sonoma State to put on a series of workshops about healthy sexual expression! In March, in support of Women's History Month, we will be bringing Dr. Carol Queen to come in and talk about women's sexuality, but of course people of all genders are welcome and encouraged to attend this program!

Wednesday March 26: A Talk by Activist and Social Entrepreneur Ashara Ekundayo, Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Impact Hub Oakland, 2 PM in The HUB (Student Center) Ashara Ekundayo is a cultural worker and connector of the urban landscape and has served as catalyst, curator, educator, and producer for more than 23 years. A Certified Permaculture Designer, serial social entrepreneur, and lifetime activist committed to social justice.

Thursday, March 27. Jai Arun Ravine, Mixed Race, Mixed Gender, Mixed Genre: Dis-fluency and Illegibility in Identity and Art-making. 12:00-12:50 pm, Stevenson 1002. Jai Arun Ravine is an interstitial writer, dancer, performer and filmmaker. Presented by the Women's and Gender Studies Department Queer Studies Lecture Series.

March , day TBD, Impact Hub Oakland: Women of Color Social Entrepreneurs (w/ Dr. Lisa Chacon and Konda Mason) Sponsored by The HUB.

For more information on the history of National Women's History Month:

*Theme: Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment -

Event list compiled by Prof. Sharon Cabaniss March 4, 2014. Please notify her of any additions or corrections.

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