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PR # 169 March 6, 2009

RVCC SLATES PROGRAMS FOR WOMEN?S HISTORY MONTH

The public is invited to join Raritan Valley Community College in its celebration of Women?s History Month. This year?s celebration, whose theme is ?Women?s Histories from Pre-History to the Age of Obama,? will include film screenings, workshops and panel discussions. Program highlights include a production of The Vagina Monologues ; a lecture by author/human rights activist Louise Meriwether; and the 5th Annual New Jersey Women's and Gender Studies Consortium (NJWGSC) Undergraduate Research Colloquium.

The following events have been scheduled for Women?s History Month. All programs will be held at RVCC?s North Branch Campus and are free of charge, unless noted otherwise. For information about Women?s History Month programs, contact Student Activities, 908-526-1200.

Panel discussion/workshop, ?Def Jam Meets Gloria Steinem: First, Second and Third Wave Feminisms,? Thursday, March 19, 6-7:30 p.m., The Conference Center, Room A

After viewing Staceyann Chin?s video, Am I a Womanist or a Feminist? , participants will examine the intersection of gender, race and class and its relation to the various ?waves? of Feminism. Chin, an award-winning Jamaican-Chinese-American-lesbian poet, is co-writer and performer in the Tony-nominated Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway . Sponsored by the College?s Women and Gender Studies Committee, the panel features RVCC Professors Margaret Maghan, Anita Rosenblithe and Barbara Seater.

Film screening of Hanna K (1983, directed by Constantin Costa Gavras), Wednesday, March 18, and Friday, March 20, 10:30-11:50 a.m., Hunterdon Hall, H-110

Attorney Hanna Kaufman (Jill Clayburgh), an American-Jewish immigrant to Israel, is appointed to defend a Palestinian (Palestinian actor/director Mohamed Bakri) who is accused of terrorism and is also suing Israel for the right to live on his ancestral land. The screening is sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies Committee and facilitated by RVCC Professor Anita Rosenblithe.

Screening/discussion of documentary, The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo , Monday, March 23, 12:10-1:20 p.m., Somerset Hall, S-243

RVCC?s April 21 production of The Vagina Monologues will feature one new monologue about the crisis in the Congo. The screening/discussion is sponsored by the Social Justice Club and facilitated by RVCC Professor Karen Gaffney.

Screening of History of Prostitution: Sex in the City (2000), Monday, March 23, 3-5 p.m., Somerset Hall, S-016

In ancient Sumeria and Babylon, being a prostitute carried no stigma. And in certain cities in ancient Greece, harlots were associated with sacred activities at temples. Even in the American Wild West, there was a degree of tolerance. The program and discussion will focus on the changing social position of prostitutes throughout history. It is sponsored by the Philosophy Club and facilitated by RVCC Professor Jason Mallory.

Screening/discussion of Tennessee Williams? The Glass Menagerie , Wednesday, March 25, 5:30-8:20 p.m., Somerset Hall, S-247

While The Glass Menagerie is not overtly feminist, the play and this film version (directed by Paul Newman and featuring his wife, Joanne Woodward) highlight feminist themes. The program is sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies Committee and facilitated by RVCC Professor Lynne DeCicco.

Screening/discussion of Goddess Remembered (1999), Thursday, March 26, 10:30-11:50 a.m., Arts Building, A-18

The film explores the ancient worship of a female/mother deity and includes interviews with modern-day adherents, who discuss a Goddess-centered philosophy. Sponsored by RVCC?s Philosophy Club and the Women and Gender Studies Committee, the program is facilitated by RVCC Professor Jason Mallory.

Screening/discussion of Living with Pride: Ruth Ellis at 100 , Thursday, March 26, 6:30-8 p.m., Atrium

Born in 1899, Ruth Ellis was thought to be the oldest ?out? African American lesbian. The program is sponsored by the Alliance and Philosophy Clubs and facilitated by RVCC Professor Jason Mallory.

Presentation/discussion on Domestic Violence by the Resource Center for Women and Their Families, Monday, March 30, 12:10-1:20 p.m., Somerset Hall, S-243

The event is a prelude to RVCC?s April 21 presentation of The Vagina Monologues . The play has fostered a movement to stop violence against women, and the proceeds from the RVCC production will be used to benefit the Resource Center for Women and Their Families. The presentation/discussion is sponsored by the Social Justice Club.

Screening/discussion of Margaret Garner (2006, directed by Mustapha Hasnaoui), Tuesday, March 31, 9-10:20 a.m., Somerset Hall, S-243

The opera Margaret Garner was inspired by the true story of a slave who was forced to become the mistress of a slave owner. In 1856, Margaret fled with her family from Kentucky to Ohio. Rather than allow her two little girls to be taken back into slavery, Margaret killed her own children. The program is sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies Committee and facilitated by RVCC Professor David Chase.

Presentation by Louise Meriwether: ? Daddy Was a Number Runner and Women?s History Month in the Age of Obama,? Tuesday, March 31, 12-1:30 p.m., College Center, C-08?C-10

Louise Meriwether?s Daddy Was a Number Runner centers around 11-year-old Francie Coffin?s coming of age in Depression-era Harlem. Meriwether has published three juvenile books about outstanding African Americans: Don?t Take the Bus on Monday is about Rosa Parks; The Heart Man: Dr. Daniel Hale Williams deals with the first doctor to successfully operate on the heart; and Fragments of the Ark is told from the viewpoint of the slaves themselves. Her latest novel, Shadow Dancing , is a modern love story. An activist, Meriwether has participated in non-violent protests against war, apartheid, the Ku Klux Klan and other injustices, and has spoken at the United Nations. Copies of her book are on sale in the College Bookstore. The program is sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies Committee and the Office of Student Activities.

5th Annual New Jersey Women's and Gender Studies Consortium (NJWGSC) Undergraduate Research Colloquium, Friday, April 3, Keynote Address, 11 a.m., RVCC Conference Center

The colloquium theme is ?Through a Gender-based Lens: Celebrating Student Scholarship.? Thirty-two students (including three RVCC students) will present at the conference, which will feature Robyn Rodriguez of Rutgers University speaking on ?Transnational Feminisms: Perspectives from Women Migrant Workers.? For information about the conference, including fees, contact Professor Miriam Dumville, mdumvill@raritanval.edu ; 908-526-1200, ext. 8302.

Panel discussion on LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) Civil Rights, Monday, April 6, 12:10-1:20 p.m., Somerset Hall, S-243

The discussion is sponsored by the Social Justice Club/The Alliance.

Screening/discussion of documentary on The Vagina Monologues , Monday, April 13, 12:10-1:20 p.m., Somerset Hall, S-243

The event is sponsored by the Social Justice Club and facilitated by RVCC Professor Karen Gaffney.

Student/staff performance of Eve Ensler?s The Vagina Monologues , Tuesday, April 21, 7 p.m., Welpe Theatre

Based on interviews with over 200 women about their memories and experiences of sexuality, The Vagina Monologues has inspired a dynamic grassroots movement across the country?V-Day?to stop violence against women. The event is sponsored by RVCC?s Social Justice Club and the Resource Center for Women and Their Families. Tickets cost $10 for students/seniors, $15 for general admission. Proceeds will benefit the Resource Center for Women and Their Families.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 40 years, offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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