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SU Celebrates Women's History Month in March

SALISBURY, MD---Salisbury University celebrates Women’s History Month in March with a series of performances, films and talks.

President Janet Dudley-Eshbach inaugurates the series 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the Wicomico Room of the Guerrieri University Center, where a Green Expo featuring local vendors takes place through 5 p.m.
The band Elvis Who? performs from 2-4 p.m. Martha Ogburn, nurse specialist, author and owner of Barefoot Baby Boutique in Princess Anne, MD, rounds out the day’s events with the talk “How to Be an Eco-Mommy” at 6:30 p.m. in Nanticoke Room A of the Guerrieri Center.

Dr. Louise Detwiler, chair of the Modern Languages Department, speaks on “the Mythical Figure of Mother in Blue Moon” 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in Nanticoke Room A. In her talk, she speaks on the recently released album Blue Moon by Terri Rivera-Piatt and Laney Goodman, recently nominated for a Native American Music Award. Discussion points include whether the motherhood images portrayed within the CD are liberating or restrictive.

The series continues Thursday, March 5, as Drs. Emily Story of the History Department and Corinne Pubill of the Modern Languages Department lead a discussion on the film XXY 7 p.m. in Henson Science Hall Room 103. The movie follows the life of Alex, a 15-year-old hermaphrodite from Buenos Aires, who is raised as a girl in a Uruguayan fishing village.

At 8 p.m., SU presents Eve Ensler’s award-winning play, The Vagina Monologues, which explores violence against women based on more than 200 interviews of diverse groups from around the world. Directed by SU student Sarah Wells, the show takes place in the Wicomico Room of the Guerrieri University Center. Doors open at 7 p.m., and admission is $6 per person, benefiting the Life Crisis Center. The show continues Friday-Saturday, March 6-7.

Dr. Lucy Morrison of the English Department and Bellavance Honors Program, and Dr. Victoria Hutchinson, chair of SU’s Department of Theatre and Dance present an evening of English country dance from the era of authoress Jane Austen 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, in the Worcester Room of the Commons. During the audience-participatory event, Morrison and Hutchinson teach two English country dances published in the 18th century: “The Comical Fellow” (1776) and “Wakefield Hunt” (1779). Morrison adds context to the dances with an overview of Austen and her times, considering the ways in which dance plays a role in her writing and culture.

Dr. Kristen Walton of SU’s History Department speaks on “The Education of a Queen … Consort? The French Education of Mary, Queen of Scots” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in Room 179 of the Teacher Education and Technology Center (TETC).

Stephanie Moore of the Modern Languages Department examines “Immigrant Women: Workers on the Front Line” during a talk 5 p.m. Thursday, March 12, in TETC Room 152. The interactive seminar explores whether female migrant wage earners are empowered or exploited.

University Fitness Club (UFC) fitness coordinator Kristin Watson continues the series with a yoga workshop and practice beginning 6:30 that evening at the UFC.

Dr. Diane Illig, chair of the Sociology Department, speaks on “Coming Full Circle: The Goddess, Mother Earth, Going Green and the Search for the Sacred” 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, in Nanticoke Room A. This seminar explores the interplay between women’s spirituality and their relationship with the earth.

Dr. Melanie Perreault, chair of the History Department, presents the Washburn Distinguished Lecture in American History, “Servants, Slaves, and Unruly Mistresses:  Interpersonal Violence in the Early Chesapeake” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, in the Wicomico Room. Her talk focuses on the issues that led people to engage in violent acts against each other, from simple fist fights to serial murder, with many cases drawn from the Delmarva region.

Story and Pubill return to close the series with a discussion of the film Cautiva 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 30, in Henson Science Hall Room 103. The movie follows a girl named Cristina, whose life is thrown into turmoil when she is suddenly escorted from her strict Catholic school in Buenos Aires and told that she is really the daughter of activists who disappeared in the 1970s. Questioning everything she once thought true, she embarks on a journey to find her true identity, learning the real-life horrors of Argentina's relatively recent past along the way.

Sponsored by the Women’s History Month Committee, admission to all events is free unless otherwise noted. For more information call 410-543-6426 or visit the SU Web site at