Celebrating Women’s History Month

Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment

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. For a list of events see Celebrating Womein in Science. For more information, email cory.oates@sonoma.edu or call the School Office x4-2171.

March 11, Noon – 1 p.m., Stevenson 2011

Cindy Stearns, Sociology, Breastfeeding Professionals and the Body Work of Breastfeeding Mothers. School of Social Sciences Brown Bag Lecture Series.

March 11, 5 p.m., Student Center

Attend the Women in Leadership Social Mixer that focuses on women in leadership positions on campus. There is a panel of student leaders talking about women taking the leading role as leaders on campus.

March 11, 7:30 p.m., Student Center Sonoma Valley Meeting Room

Religion and Spirituality Film Series, NAZRAH: A Muslim Woman's Perspective is an intimate look at a diverse group of Muslim women living in the US Pacific Northwest. The film creates a forum where Muslim women can freely engage in an open dialogue about complex issues. 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.

March 12, 8 p.m., Person Theatre

Come out and support the talented dancers at SSU. Performers include The Blue Barons, The Sapphires and the Modern Dance Society. This is a chance to show off the Seawolf pride. Faculty and staff are encouraged to share this event with their students. For those students interested in performing contact Giana Boracchia at boracchg@seawolf.sonoma.edu.

March 13, Noon – 12:50 p.m., Stevenson 1002

Michael Nava, from Mental Illness to Marriage Equality: the LGBT Rights Movement is the author of an acclaimed series of seven novels featuring gay, Latino criminal defense lawyer Henry Rios. His new novel, The City of Palaces, is set just before and the beginning of the Mexican Revolution. He can be reached through his Facebook page, “Michael Nava, Writer” or his website: http://michaelnavawriter.com. Presented by the Women's and Gender Studies Department Queer Studies Lecture Series.

March 13, 7 p.m., Ives 101

Drag diva Shangela is coming to SSU! Seen on Glee, Lady Gaga's videos, and competing on RuPaul's Drag Race, this time, she is coming to campus. See her live, performing in drag, and sharing her inspiring story about growing up gay in Texas raised by a single mother and turning defeat into resounding success.

March 25, 4 p.m. – 5:50p.m., Warren Auditorium

Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana, Rwandan Ambassador to the United States will speak. Brought by the Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series.

March 26, Noon, Student Center

Nationally recognized women's erotic boutique and sexuality education team, 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!

March 26, 2 p.m., 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. Considered a thought-leader and strategic executor, she honed her business skills in the non-profit sector and is often found moderating or presenting in forums exploring the intersections of sustainable design, money, and meaning. As a consultant she works with organizations to build capacity for increased community engagement through the uses of creative arts practice, exhibition, and project management. A Certified Permaculture Designer, serial social entrepreneur, and lifetime activist committed to social justice, Ashara has supported individuals and companies in the redesign of their brand and marketing strategies utilizing a myriad of tools and practices. Her many interests and talents have gained her the loving title of "Jedi" by her peers and clients.

March 26, 7:30 p.m., Darwin 102

Women’s History Month Film Series Girl Rising, is a groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, that tells the stories of nine extraordinary girls from nine countries, written by nine celebrated writers and narrated by nine renowned actresses. Girl Rising showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.

March 27, Noon – 12:50 p.m., Stevenson 1002

Jai Arun Ravine, Mixed Race, Mixed Gender, Mixed Genre: Dis-fluency and Illegibility in Identity and Art-making. Ravine is an interstitial writer, dancer, performer and filmmaker. An author, and creator of Tom / Trans / Thai, a short film on Thai and Thai American trans-masculinities, which has screened at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (Thailand) and CAAMFest 2013 (San Francisco), among others.

March 27, 7:30 p.m., Student Ballroom

The Sonoma State University School of Education, School of Social Sciences and On Campus Presents announces the Andrea Neves and Barton Evans Social Justice Lecture Series with Dolores Huerta. Students are free; all others $10, and those over 60 $5. Faculty are encouraged to bring their classes. Tickets are available through the box office. Dolores Clara Fernandez Huerta is a labor leader and civil rights activist who, along with César Chávez, co-founded the National Farmworkers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers (UFW). Huerta has received numerous awards for her community service and advocacy for workers', immigrants', and womens' rights, including the Eugene V. Debs Foundation Outstanding American Award, the United States Presidential Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. For more information visit www.sonoma.edu/education/neves-evans/socialjustice or contact Pamela Van Halsema in the School of Education, pamela.vanhalsema@sonoma.edu.

Event list compiled by Professor Sharon Cabaniss. Please notify her of any additions or corrections. cabaniss@sonoma.edu.

For more information on the history of national Women’s History Month: http://www.womenshistorymonth.gov/

Theme: Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment - http://www.nwhp.org/