“Breaking Boundaries and Breaking New Ground” is the theme of MTSU’s National Women’s History Month observance, a celebration so jam-packed with events that it encompasses not only the traditional month of March, but parts of February and April, as well.
The keynote speaker for the celebration is Angela Davis, the Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at Syracuse University. She is slated to speak at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in the Tennessee Room of the James Union Building.
Davis, a political activist whose unyielding commitment to social justice movements made her a target of governmental and educational retaliation in the 1960s and 1970s, is retired from the History of Consciousness program at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
An interdisciplinary conference, “Global Discourses in Women’s and Gender Studies,” is slated for March 23-26 on campus. Somaly Mam, a Cambodian author and human rights activist, will deliver the keynote lecture, “The Road to Lost Innocence: Human Trafficking and Sex Slavery,” at 3:15 p.m. Friday, March 25, in the Tom H. Jackson Building.
Meghan McCain, author of Dirty Sexy Politics and daughter of U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), will help kick off SpringOUT with a speech presented by MT Lambda and Scholars Week at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in Room 221 of the MTSU Learning Resources Center. MT Lambda is a student organization which strives to support and raise awareness about the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.
“When Civil War is Waged by Women” is the title of the final Women’s and Gender Studies Research Series presentation of spring 2011. Dr. Nancy Rupprecht, professor of history, will deliver the presentation at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in Room 100 of the James Union Building.
The featured individual on the 2011 National Women’s History Month button is Frida Kahlo, a dynamic catalyst in the “neomexicanismo” art movement and subject of Salma Hayek’s 2002 Academy Award-winning motion picture “Frida.” Kahlo burst out from under the shadow of her husband, muralist Diego Rivera, to become a national hero in Mexico.
The entire MTSU National Women’s History Month calendar is available at mtsu.edu/jac. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.
For more information, contact Terri Johnson, director of the June Anderson Center for Women and Nontraditional Students and chair of the Women’s History Month Committee, at 615-898-5989 or email@example.com.