SALISBURY, MD---Women in a time of war is one of the topics explored during March Women’s History Month at Salisbury University.
Kym Rice, director of George Washington University’s Museum Studies Program, keynotes the celebration at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, in Teacher Education and Technology Center (TETC) Room 156. Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, she speaks on “A Woman’s War: Southern Women and the Civil War.” Rice has created exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, VA, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, among other museums and historical sites.
The 1985 Academy Award-nominated documentary Las Madres: Mothers of Plaza de Mayor is screened at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, in Henson Science Hall Room 103. The 64-minute film is a testimony to feminine power through the Argentinean dictatorship of 1976-1983. During that time, the government was responsible for the “disappearance” of some 30,000 citizens. In 1977, the mothers of the “disappeared” started to gather in the Plaza of Mayo asking for answers. The military government tried to disband them violently, but failed to silence them. Today, they still meet once a week, demanding justice for their lost children and are defending human rights activities. A discussion with Drs. Corinne Pubill of the Modern Languages and Intercultural Studies Department and Emily Story of the History Department follows the film.
Blackwell Library hosts a Women’s History Month exhibit throughout March, while SU’s Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture provides an online version of its 2010 exhibition “Portrait of an Eastern Shore Woman.” The Nabb exhibit showcases 19th century women of Delmarva, placing them in the context of home and hearth, and showing the physical pain and heartache regularly faced by women of the time. It is available for viewing beginning Tuesday, March 1, at http://nabbhistory.salisbury.edu/archives/exhibits/digitalexhibits.asp.
SU students, faculty and staff interested in helping to plan next year’s Women’s History Month celebration are encouraged to attend an interest meeting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17, in TETC Room 321. Refreshments will be served.
Sponsored by the Women’s History Month Committee, admission to all events is free. For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU Web site at www.salisbury.edu.