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Women's History Month Calendar (Released: 2/24/97)

by Sherry Fisher, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- Feminist writer Louise Bernikow will lecture at the University of Connecticut March 26 as part of UConn's Women's History Month celebration.

The public is invited to events throughout the month. The calendar of events:

  • March 3 through April 25 -- Quilt exhibit. An exhibit of quilts, including the Women's Studies Program Quilt and the Women's Center Commemorative Quilt, sewn and designed by Patricia Carter, associate director of the Women's Studies Program at UConn. Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, West Court.
  • March 5 -- Film. Peace Train to Beijing, a documentary recounting the experience of 230 women and 10 men as they traveled by train to the Women's Conference in Bejjing, China. The film also brings to life some of the ideas debated at the conference 7 p.m., Women's Center lounge.
  • March 7 -- Film. Citizen Ruth. Satire about a pregnant drug abuser who is given the option of abortion in lieu of jail. 7 p.m., von der Mehden Recital Hall. $3.50.
  • March 11 -- Lecture. "Assessing 'The Beauty Myth': Women's Cosmetics Stories, 1920 - 1940," by Kathy Peiss, professor of history at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Peiss is author of Cheap Amusements: Working Women and Leisure in Turn-of-the-Century New York.

Co-sponsored with the history department. 4-6 p.m., Asian American Cultural Center.

  • March 12 -- Discussion. Voices: Discussions with Women on Current Issues. Topic: Young Women and Feminism. Come explore what feminism means to women of Generation X. 7 p.m., Women's Center lounge.
  • March 24 -- Panel Discussion. "Telling Their Stories: Celebrating 25 Years of Activists and Academics." Elizabeth Roper, former director of the Office of Continuing Education for Women, Catherine Havens, associate dean of the School of Social Work, Martha Mednick, the first Women's Studies Director, and Myra Marx Ferree, professor of sociology, will talk about the beginnings of the Women's Center and Women's Studies Program at UConn. 2 p.m., Room 382, Student Union.
  • March 26 -- Lecture. "The Secret History of Feminism in Our Time" by Louise Bernikow. An inspiring and irreverent look at the past 25 years of the women's movement shows how women of all races have challenged narrow definitions of womanhood and changed history. Bernikow, the founder of two Women's Studies programs, is a former Fulbright Scholar and the author of six books. 7:30 p.m. Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.

All events are co-sponsored by the Women's Center and the Women's Studies Program.

For more information, call UConn's Women's Center at (860) 486-4738 or Women's Studies at (860) 486-3970.