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Meramec Celebrates Women's History Month 2010

February 22, 2010

Jessica Valenti  
Jessica Valenti: 2010 Women's History
Month Keynote Speaker

The Meramec Women’s History Month Committee begins a month of special events with a keynote address by Jessica Valenti on Monday, March 1, 11 a.m. in the Meramec Theatre. Valenti is founder and editor of the popular blog and online community, Feministing.com, and the author of Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman’s Guide to Why Feminism Matters. She is also co-editor of the anthology, Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape. Her writing has appeared in The Nation, The Guardian (UK), The American Prospect, and Ms. Magazine. 

On Wednesdays, March 3, 10, 24 and 31, from 1-2 p.m. in the Business Administration Building, Rm. 105 come and enjoy A Feminist Café where the personal is political.
Have you ever wondered why so many of women’s personal choices are put up for comment by society at large? Join us in a Feminist Café. All are welcome to attend – whether you have never heard of feminism, have questions about what feminism is, or have come up with your own definition of feminism.

Be sure to attend at least one of the Open-Class Lecture/Film Series—space is limited and doors will close once classes begin.

  • Wednesday, March 3, 11 a.m., Business Administration 105
    Is Feminism Dead?
  • Tuesday, March 9, 2 p.m., Business Administration 105
    The Codes of Gender
  • Tuesday, March 23, 2 p.m., Business Administration 105
    Sisters of 77
  • Friday, March 26, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Business Administration 105
    Denise Sperruzza, COM 107 Introduction to Public Speaking
    Tribute Ceremony to Women’s History Month
  • Tuesday, March 30, 12:30 p.m., Business Administration 105
    Generation M: Misogyny in Media and Culture

On Tuesday, March 23 at 12:30 p.m. in the Business Administration Building, Rm. 105 students, faculty, and staff read poetry and prose, their own and others, that speaks to the ways gender limits, empowers, determines, and defines for Gender: A Literary Reading

On Thursday, March 25, from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in Student Center 200/201 the Women’s History Committee presents the Symposium: Women’s Clothesline Project and Gendered Violence with Dr. Don Conway-Long. This is a daylong symposium in conjunction with the Women’s Clothesline Project addressing gendered violence against women. Selected speakers and scholars will present research and offer discussion on men’s responsibility for violence against women in our homes, on our campus, and in our community.

On Monday, March 29, at 5:30 p.m., in the Business Administration Building, Rm. 105 the Women’s History Committee welcomes Peggy Moody, who will present One Woman’s Journey in Green Building. Peggy Moody, Ph.D. started her career in psychology, but was fascinated with home-building based on her father’s passions with land development and construction. She designed her first home in high school, and recently designed and personally built her off-the-grid studio/garage in Arkansas.  She has documented this journey as a woman in the green building field using photos, videos and journal writing.

In addition to guest speakers, open lectures, films and gatherings, there will be the following ongoing exhibits:

  • March 1-26, Library First Floor
    Photojournalistic Journeys of Recovering Women Cancer Survivors
  • March 23-26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Library Quad
    Women’s Clothesline Project

All events for the 2010 Women’s History Month Celebration are free. For further information, call 314-984-7537.