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Women's History Month at STLCC

In celebration of Women’s History Month, St. Louis Community College will host a variety of events on each campus throughout March. The public is welcome to come participate in these events.

Florissant Valley

   Monday, March 3 - Rescheduled for Tuesday, April 1, 2014
    Ain't I a Woman
    Ain't I a Woman! is a musical and theatrical celebration of four renowned African American women: Zora Neale Hurston, Clementine Hunter, Sojourner Truth, and Fannie Lou Hamer. The first show will begin at 11 a.m.; the repeat performance will be at 12:30 p.m. In addition, a five-minute introduction of the group and our Women's History Month events will precede each show. A ten-minute Q-and-A session will follow each show.
  11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Terry M. Fischer Theatre - Florissant Valley
    Sponsored by the Music Department / Contact: Paul Higdon 314-513-4493
   Tuesday, March 4
    Celebrating Sheroes - Speeches for WHM
    Presentation: Speeches by students on women of character, courage and commitment.
  12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Cafeteria - Florissant Valley
    Sponsored by Communications Department - Public Speaking 101 / Contact Amy Brown 314-513-4995
   Wednesday, March 5
    Adrian E. Bracy
    Keynote Address
    Beating the Odds: My Journey to Success
    Keynote Speaker - Adrian E. Bracy began as the chief executive officer for YWCA Metro St. Louis on Aug. 17, 2009. While she moved here from Arizona to assume the position, she is no stranger to St. Louis having previously worked for more than a decade as an executive for the St. Louis Rams. She left to become chief financial officer for the Arizona Cardinals in 2007. What brings her back to St. Louis is her calling: "to inspire and make a difference in the lives of women and girls." The YWCA mission, "eliminating racism and empowering women," is the right fit at the right time in her career and life. Bracy has received numerous awards throughout her career including: the African-American Women of Distinction Award; Black Enterprise 50 Most Powerful Blacks in Sports Award; Black Enterprise 50 Most Powerful Black Women in Business; St. Louis Business Journal Most Influential Business Women Award and the YWCA Leaders of Distinction Award in Corporate Management.
  9:30 - Noon, Terry M. Fischer Theatre - Florissant Valley
    Sponsored by the WHM Committee / Contact Renee Thomas Woods 314-513-4465 or Janice Nesser-Chu 314-513-4861
    Q-and-A with Adrian Bracy
    Faculty workshop/Luncheon with Adrian Bracy
    Faculty workshop/luncheon with Adrian Bracy. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED, seating is limited to 35 participants. Call 314-513-4132
  12:45 - 2 p.m., Emerson Lobby - Florissant Valley
    Sponsored by Center for Teaching and Learning / Contact Lonetta Oliver 314-513-4132
    Plays of Passion: Rediscovering the Dramatic Genius of Joanna Baillie - Orra and the Seige
    Dramatic staged readings of two forgotten masterpieces by a visionary playwright of the early 19th century, rarely if ever performed in over 200 years. Baillie explores an unconventional women wrestling with her own superstitious fears in the tragedy Orra, then applies the same situation to a male protagonist with markedly different results in The Seige. The Siege will be presented on Tuesday, March 18.
  7 - 9:30 p.m., H 112 - Florissant Valley
    Sponsored by Neko Pilarcik
   Thursday, March 6
    Celebration Circle
    The WHM committee invites all the women on campus to come together in a circle of celebration that focuses on mind and body wellness. Come out and celebrate the women on our campus who are everyday women of "Character, Courage and Commitment!"
  2 - 3 p.m., Multipurpose Room - Florissant Valley
    Sponsored by the WHM Committee / Contact LaRhonda Wilson 314-513-4390
    An Activist Voice: The work of Nanette Carter and Howardena Pindell
    An exhibition and reception featuring the work of Nanette Carter and Howardena Pindell. Exhibition of artwork on view March 3 - April 3.
  6 - 8 p.m., Contemporary Gallery, IR 111
    Sponsored by the Arts & Humanities Department / Contact Janice
    Nesser-Chu 314-513-4861
  Monday, March 17
    Courageous Conversations: The Silent Passage No More - Women and the Aging Process
    The event will be held as a KIVA discussion that will address aging, femininity, and menopause focusing on the book about menopause called, "The Silent Passage." A Kiva discussion involves two concentric circles. Those who would like to participate through active listening and nonverbal communication may choose the outer circle. Those who would like to verbally participate can choose the inner circle.
  11 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 12:30-1:30 p.m., Multipurpose Room - Florissant Valley
    Sponsored by Communications Department, COM 120-Gender Communication / Contact Julie Copp
   Tuesday, March 18
    Who Does She Think She Is?
    Viewing of the film Who Does She Think She Is that focuses on women who are artists and mothers, and the balancing act. This film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring five women artists from the community and college.
  1 - 4 p.m., H 112 - Florissant Valley
    Sponsored by the Art Department and the Women's Caucus for Art / Contact Janice Nesser-Chu
  Wednesday, March 19
    The Courageous Women of Africa
    Movie and discussion concerning the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
  Noon - 1:30 p.m., SS 102 - Florissant Valley
    Sponsored by the History Department / Contact Barbara Hufker x4711
    Plays of Passion: Rediscovering the Dramatic Genius of Joanna Baillie - Orra and the Seige
    Dramatic staged readings of two forgotten masterpieces by a visionary playwright of the early 19th century, rarely if ever performed in over 200 years. Baille explores an unconventional woman wrestling with her own superstitious fears in the tragedy Orra, then applies the same situation to a male protagonist with markedly different results in The Seige. Orra was presented earlier in the month.
  7 - 9:30 p.m., H 112 - Florissant Valley
    Sponsored by Neko Pilarcik
   Thursday, March 20
    Coffee and Conversation: Women in Business
    Panel discussion: Focusing on professionalism, attire, skills, motivation and persistence that are essential to achieving success in the workplace.
    12:30 - 2 p.m., Multipurpose Room - Florissant Valley
    Sponsored by Career and Employment Services /
    Contact Michela Walsh 314-513-4543
   Friday, March 21
    Prostitots and Kinderwhores: Understanding and Responding to the Sexualization of Girls
    This event discusses the trend in Western culture to sexualize girls and young women, especially through consumer products and social media. The presentation includes a look at consumption, the effects of hypersexualization for girls and boys, and strategies to resist and reverse this trend.
    Noon - 1 p.m., TC 202/204 - Florissant Valley
    Sponsored by the Sociology and Communications Department and Library Services / Contact Cathy Reilly x4554, Julie Coop x4172 and Annie Wagganer 314-513-4337
    Girl Rising
    A film screening and discussion of the film Girl Rising with community partnership groups - ABNA Engineering and Top Ladies of Distinction. The CNN-created film Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change a girl - and the world.
    7 - 9 p.m., Center for Workforce Innovation - Florissant Valley
    Sponsored by CWI and Communications Department / Contact Renee Thomas-Woods 314-513-4465
   Monday, March 24
    Women's Stories of Hope
    A presentation of stories from women who have either been to prison, had a loved one in prison or who have cared for children of prisoners or adult children who grew up with a parent in prison.
    11:10 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., TC 105 - Florissant Valley
    Sponsored by the Criminal Justice Program / Contact LaRhonda Wilson x4390 and Wesley Bell
  Tuesday, March 25
    Lavinia Fontana: Painter, Wife and Mother of the 16th Century
    Despite the severe constraints placed on women in general, and in particular those who would practice a profession, 16th century painter Lavinia Fontana successfully supported her parents, husband and children by producing insightful portraits of the Bolognese citizens.
    9:30 - 10:15 a.m., H 113 - Florissant Valley
    Sponsored by the Arts & Humanities Department / Contact Carol Berger 314-513-4372
    Women of Character - A Celebration of Women Animators and their Creations
    A film and discussion on the exploration of the role of women in animation, and how it has changed over the decades. From the women who painted cells and backgrounds on classics like Snow White, Cinderella and Looney Tunes (but were never credited for it) to the works of Lottee Reineger who created the first animated feature film, Adventures of Prince Akmed predating Snow White.
    1 - 3:30 p.m., H 113 - Florissant Valley
    Sponsored by the Graphic Communications Program / Art Department / Contact Neko Pilarcik
   Wednesday, March 26
    Lunch and Learn - Human Trafficking, Women and the Law in Missouri 101
    Lunch and Learn session - The Honorable Noelle C. Collins will provide information and insight into the crime of human trafficking and federal laws that address this crime in Missouri. A graduate of Northwestern University with a master's degree in journalism, Judge Collins earned her law degree from the University Of Illinois College Of Law and has practiced private law as well as served as Assistant U.S. Attorney specializing in the prosecution of human trafficking crimes and educating the public about this issue in the St. Louis region. The Covering House, a local organization providing holistic care to sexually exploited and trafficked young women and girls, will provide information on advocacy and community awareness.
    12:30 - 2 p.m., Multipurpose Room - Florissant Valley
    Sponsored by the History and Sociology Departments; and Campus Life / Contact Linda Collins
314-513-4117, Annie Wagganer x4337 and Myrtle Alexander 314-513-4270
   Thursday, March 27
    Sisters Celebrate: Survivors of Domestic Abuse Sound Off
    A panel discussion where women who have escaped domestic abuse/violence courageously share their stories. Julie Copp will facilitate the panel discussion by asking questions and inviting audience feedback at the end.
    11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Multipurpose Room - Florissant Valley
    Sponsored by the Communications Department / Contact Julie Copp 314-513-4172
   Monday, March 31
    Tell Me a Story
    This Readers Theatre production will offer stories of suffering and survival as fictional and non-fictional characters voice their lives lived. Their names are Magda, Roya, yours, and mine.
    9:30 - 10:45 a.m., Terry M. Fischer Theatre - Florissant Valley
    Sponsored by the English Department and Theater Program / Contact Sarah Fielding 314-513-4436 or Carol Hake 314-513-4737

Forest Park

     Monday, March 3
      Groping Toward Democracy: African American Social Welfare Reform in St. Louis, 1910-1949
    11 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Café West - Forest Park
    Priscilla Dowden-White, associate professor of History at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, will discuss the racial and gender dimensions of her recently published book, Groping toward Democracy: African American Social Welfare Reform in St. Louis, 1910-1949. Decades before the 1960s, social reformers began planting seeds for the modern civil rights era. During the period spanning Worlds War I and II, St. Louis was home to a dynamic group of African-American social welfare reformers. Dowden-White will discuss the dilemmas community organizers faced in this segregated time, explaining how they pursued the goal of full, uncontested black citizenship while still seeking to maximize the benefits available to African Americans in segregated institutions.
   Tuesday, March 18
    'They don't sing as they used to...': The Multiplicity of Music and Dance on the Southern Plantation
    11 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Multipurpose Room - William J. Harrison Education Center
    Katrina Thompson, Ph.D., assistant professor at Saint Louis University, will speak on the history of slavery in the United States with stories that depict a Southern setting with blacks tirelessly toiling in the fields under the authority of white masters, the music of the slaves all the while providing the scene's score. Music, song and dance were intertwined into every aspect of a slave's life. This lecture will address these scenes of blacks performing for a white audience as complicated entertainment that was both resoundingly positive and negative aspects of life for blacks and whites throughout the Southern plantation.
   Thursday, March 20
    From Ring Shout to Twerking: The Historical and Cultural Context of Black Female
    Sexuality in Dance
  11 a.m.-1 p.m.
    T-203 - Forest Park
    Katrina Thompson, Ph.D., assistant professor at Saint Louis University, will speak on dance as a cultural signifier that played starkly different roles in the societies of West Africa and Western Europe during the era of slavery. Using travel narratives from the 16th-19th centuries, and tying together dance culture in both Europe and Africa, she examines how Western Europeans, informed by their own cultural and social norms, transformed West African dance performances into eroticized and exoticized scenes for consumption in a society increasingly structured by race. These negative labels proliferated into the oversexualized black women that affected the image and experiences of black women within the institution of slavery in North America and the West Indies.
   Wednesday, March 26
    The Strange Career of Annie Lee Moss:
    Rethinking Race, Gender and McCarthyism
  11 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Café West - Forest Park
    Who was Annie Lee Moss, and why should we know about her? An African American widow who worked as a clerk for the U.S. Army in the 1950s, she was accused by Senator Joe McCarthy of being a Communist and threatening national security. But Moss fought back and won the right to keep her government job. The story of her triumph over McCarthy reveals how ideas about gender, race, and loyalty shaped American politics during the Cold War-and how a "little woman" could protect herself against a powerful senator. Presented by Andrea Friedman, Ph.D., associate professor at Washington University at St. Louis.


   Monday, March 3,
    Dr. Faye V. Harrison, Ph.D.
    Keynote Address
    Dr. Faye V. Harrison is a social/political anthropologist who specializes in the study of social inequalities and the politics that emerge in response to them. Her current research examines modes of political activism that approach racism and sexism as human rights violations outlawed by international law. She is especially interested in understanding the transnational alliances that activists are building in this effort.
    Women Navigating the Politics of Rights and Justice from Local to Global Terrain: A Global Critical Race Feminist Perspective
    11-11:50 a.m., Theatre - Meramec
    In this lecture, sociocultural anthropologist Faye V. Harrison examines three cases of African-descended women in the United States, Brazil, and Cuba who have taken their respective forms of gendered antiracist activism from protest and problem-solving within their immediate communities to wider national and transnational arenas for setting agendas for social and economic justice. The lecture highlights the simultaneous and interlocking dimensions of difference and inequality (e.g., gender, race, class and nationality) that operate in contexts ranging from local to global spheres of identity, experience, and collective action. Q&A session to immediately follow keynote address.
  Wednesday, March 5, 19 and 26
    A Feminist Café
    March 5 and 19, 1-2:15 p.m., SO 107 - Meramec
    The WHM Committee and student facilitators Janice Kitrel and Ro Kicker invite the Meramec community to join us in a Feminist Café to address exciting questions while enjoying some good company. 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. We hope you'll join us!
March 26, 1-2:15 p.m., Confluence Room
Special Guest: Dr. John Johnson joins the Feminist Café to discuss the Invisible War.
  Wednesday, March
    Book Discussion - Lipstick Jihad
    Wednesday, March 19, 1-2 p.m., Confluence Room - Meramec
    WHM presents a discussion of Lipstick Jihad by Iranian-American Azadeh Moaveni. Read a riveting memoir about a 24-year-old woman who, after growing up in California, moves to her parents' homeland of Iran during the revolution to discover an underground youth culture in rebellion. Free copies of the book will be raffled off to students at the WHM keynote, so be sure to attend that presentation on March 3 to win a free book. Students will also have an opportunity to ask the author questions on April 1, from 3-3:45 p.m., when the Writing Festival presents a Skype session with Moaveni in the Confluence Room.
  Monday-Thursday, March 24-27
    Women's Clothesline Project
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Library Quad (rain location Student Center Lobby) - Meramec
    The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a national project, which serves as a visual depiction of violence against women and bears witness to this serious problem within our communities. The CLP was started in Cape Cod, MA in 1990 and serves as a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. The shirts are then hung on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women.
    Co-sponsored with the Diversity Committee.
  Monday, March 24
    Take Back the Night March and Lecture
6:30-9 p.m., BA 105 - Meramec
    Special guests: Christina Meneses, Community Education Supervisor at the St. Louis YWCA Women's Resource Center and David Wraith, St. Louis native, writer, filmmaker, activist and a co-founder of Sex Positive St. Louis.

In 1977, the slogan "Take Back the Night" (TBTN) was introduced at an antiviolence rally in Pittsburgh, PA. Over the last 30 years, TBTN has focused on eliminating sexual violence in all forms, and thousands of colleges, universities, women's centers, and rape crisis centers have sponsored events all over the country. Visit the TBTN website to learn more: www.takebackthenight.org.

Meramec welcomes Christina Meneses as our main speaker for TBTN. Christina manages the YWCA Community Education program, and has spoken to tens of thousands of students, professionals, and community members on issues related to child sexual abuse, sexual harassment, rape, healthy relationships, and the prevention of sexual violence. She will lead the march and address the entire audience to conclude the event.

While women attendees are marching, men in the group will participate in a discussion facilitated by David Wraith. David has spent much of his adult life advocating for women's reproductive freedom, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights and people living with HIV.
    Co-sponsored with the Diversity Committee.
  Wednesday, March 26
    Film Screening and Discussion
    The Invisible War, followed by public discussion led by Dr. John Johnson
    6 p.m., SC 200/201 - Meramec
    The WHM Committee and St. Louis Community College-Meramec are proud to present a public screening of the documentary film "The Invisible War." The film investigates one of America's most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military. Immediately following the film, we will hold a public discussion and Q&A session led by Dr. John Johnson from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Dr. Johnson was interviewed for both the film and the book "The Invisible War." His daughter was raped, mutilated and murdered while serving on active duty in Afghanistan. Since then, Dr. Johnson has been a vocal advocate for changing the structures and attitudes that make the space for military sexual assault and rape.
    Mature Content.