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Thursday, March 13, 2008

SU Celebrates Women's History Month

SALISBURY, MD---Movies, lectures and live performance highlight Salisbury University’s Women’s History Month celebration March 3-30.

The series begins 7 p.m. Monday, March 3, in Holloway Hall Auditorium, with the lecture “A Boy, a Girl, a Virus and the Relationship That Happened Anyway,” presented by married couple Shawn Decker and Gwenn Barringer. An AIDS activist, Decker acquired HIV when he was 7. He and Barringer discuss their relationship, as well as Decker’s life growing up with the virus.

Events continue 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in the Gull’s Nest with the open musical performance Faculty, Folks and Friends.

The President’s Office sponsors a Women’s History Month reception 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, in the lobby of Holloway Hall. An International Women’s Dinner follows from 5-7 p.m. in the Commons. Cost of the dinner is $9.68, $5.95 for children 6-12, free for children 5 and under.

That evening, nationally acclaimed educator LouAnne Johnson speaks on her experiences teaching at-risk students as part of SU’s semi-annual Riall Lecture Series 7:30 p.m. in Holloway Hall Auditorium. She was portrayed on the silver screen by Michelle Pfeiffer in the 1995 film Dangerous Minds, an adaption of Johnson’s memoir, My Posse Don’t Do Homework. Johnson speaks again, with a question-and-answer session, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 6, in the Great Hall of Holloway Hall.

Author Inga Muscio speaks on connections between feminism, environmentalism, anti-racism and alternative lifestyles 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in the Great Hall. The author of critically acclaimed books including Autobiography of a Blue-Eyed Devil: My Life and Times in a Racist Imperialist Society, her lecture touches on the relationship between cultural violence and racial, sexual and family violence.

Dr. Sarah Case, assistant professor in SU’s History Department and director of the Gender Studies Program, speaks on “Women Who Made a Difference” 8 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in the Wicomico Room of the Guerrieri University Center. Case is the author of Teaching New South Womanhood: Education, Race and Religion in the Modernizing South.

Five screenings of the film P.S. I Love You, starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler, round out SU’s Women’s History Month celebration. Screenings are 7 p.m. Friday, March 28, and 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday, March 29, in Caruthers Hall Auditorium, and 7 and 10 p.m. Sunday, March 30 in Holloway Hall Auditorium.

Sponsored by the Office of the President and Provost, University Dining Services, History Department, Diversity Office, Salisbury Activists for Gender Equality, Samuel W. and Marilyn C. Seidel School of Education and Professional Studies, Office of Student Activities, Student Organization for Activity Planning and Women’s History Month Committee, all events are free unless otherwise noted. For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU Web site at

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