Events for Women’s History Month 2015
February 24, 2015
Johnson State College is observing Women’s History Month in March with several events that are free and open to the public. They include:
Tuesday, March 10: Author Erin Belieu will read from her work and discuss the importance of women’s voices in a lecture at 5:30 p.m. in Stearns Performance Space. Belieu is co-founder of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and co-editor of The Extraordinary Tide, which features the work of contemporary American Women poets. She is the author of four books of poetry: Infanta (1995), selected by Hayden Carruth for the National Poetry Series; One Above, One Below (2000); Black Box (2006), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and Slant Six (2014). Belieu is a professor in the MFA/Ph.D. Creative Writing Program at Florida State University.
Monday, March 16: The 2011 documentary film Mothers of Bedford, which follows five imprisoned women trying to remain connected to their children, will be screened at 6 p.m. in 207 Bentley Hall. Eighty percent of women in U.S. prisons today are mothers of school-age children. Filmmaker Jenifer McShane spent four years visiting Bedford Hills prison in New York and following the women and their families. A mother herself, McShane was drawn to the universal themes of motherhood and the staggering power of the mother-child relationship.
Tuesday, March 24: A panel discussion on female explorers and athletes will be held at 4 p.m. in Stearns Performance Space. In conjunction with this year’s first-year common reading experience, Tori Murden McClure’s A Pearl in the Storm, the discussion will address the challenges and joys of being a woman and an explorer/athlete. Panelists include Jan Reynolds, adventurer, explorer and author of 14 books, including High Altitude Woman; Kasie Enman, a world mountain running champion; and Jessie Donavan, a professional triathlete and Ironman champion. The three women, who also are mothers, will consider the ways in which they challenge cultural expectations of women and will address questions such as: Why are women often considered outsiders to adventure and competitive sports? Do women bring unique strengths to these disciplines?