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Thursday, March 11, 2010

SU Celebrates Women's History Month in March and April

SALISBURY, MD---Salisbury University celebrates Women’s History Month with programs in March and April.

On Tuesday, March 23, Dr. Emily Story of the History Department speaks on “Carolina’s Story: Life in a Brazilian Shantytown” at 7 p.m. in Teacher Education and Technology Center (TETC) Room 153.

A screening of the 2002 film Frida is 7 p.m. March 25 in TETC Room 153.  Starring Selma Hayak and Alfred Molina, the movie explores Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s personal life of constant illness as well her influence upon the worlds of art and politics. She was uncompromising in her world views: equality and honesty being of the utmost importance. A discussion with Drs. Story and Corinne Pubill of the Modern Languages and Intercultural Studies Department follows.

Activities in March culminate with the lecture “A Forgotten Hero: Gloria Richardson and the Cambridge Civil Rights Movement” by Dr. Sharon Harley, chair of the African-American Studies Department of the University of Maryland College Park at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, in the Wicomico Room of the Guerrieri University Center.

Harley is the author of the chapter "The Chronicle of a Death Foretold: Gloria Richardson, The Cambridge Movement, and the Radical Black Activist Tradition" in the 2001 book Sisters in the Struggle: African American Women in the Civil Rights—Black Power Movement, among other publications. The controversial Richardson, a nationally prominent activist, helped shape civil rights protest in Cambridge, MD, in the 1960s.

Throughout the month, the Women’s History Month Committee hosts an essay contest in keeping with this year’s national theme, “Writing Women Back into History.” Open to SU students, the contest celebrates the contribution of women to history, particularly women whose lives and work traditionally have not been recognized by historians.

The committee encourages essays based on oral interviews of women who lived interesting and notable lives, including those who are family members of students or are prominent members of their local communities. Essays should be four to six pages, double-spaced, in 12-point font. Entries are due Monday, March 22, and may be submitted to the mailbox of Dr. Sarah Case in the History Department, Holloway Hall Room 338, or submitted online at https://www2.salisbury.edu/womenshistory. Visual displays and complement essays are also encouraged.

A faculty committee will judge entrees. Winners are recognized during a ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 2, in the Scarborough Student Leadership Center. For more information contact Case at shcase@salisbury.edu.

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.


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