Heroism At Heart of Women’s History Month

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The heroism of women in history and fiction is the theme of the 28th annual Women’s History Month Lecture Series, sponsored by the Women’s & Gender Studies Program.

The lectures begin February 27 and end with a keynote address and mini-conference March 24-25.

Highlights of the series include a screening of a 2011 documentary film, “Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines,” on March 20 and the keynote lecture by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Geraldine Brooks on March 24.

Brooks is the author of several best-selling novels and is a former report for the Sydney Morning Herald. Her talk will address the literary heroines that have influenced her as a writer, as well as her own experience in crafting fictional female heroes in her own novels. A book signing will follow.

A schedule of events include:

Thursday, Feb. 27, 5:30 p.m.
Central Library, 6th floor
Dr. Kim E. Nielsen (University of Toledo), “Saints, Sinners, and BFFs: Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan Macy”
Co-sponsored by the Disability Studies Minor

Wednesday, March 5, noon
Central Library, 6th floor
Dr. Stephane Dunn (Morehouse College), “’Scary Sistas’: Imagining Tough Black Femininity From Page to Screen”
Co-sponsored by the Center for African American Studies

Wednesday, March 19, noon
College of Business, Room 245E
“Comic Book Superheroines, A Discussion” hosted by the UTA Comic Book Club

Thursday, March 20, 7 p.m.
University Hall, Room 108
Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines (2011 documentary) & panel discussion
Co-sponsored by Multicultural Affairs

Monday, March 24, 7 p.m.
Central Library, 6th floor
Keynote address by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Geraldine Brooks
Co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts Festival of Ideas, the Office of the Provost, the Department of English and the Writing Center

Tuesday, March 25, 10 a.m.
Central Library, 6th floor
Women’s & Gender Studies Student Mini-Conference

The Women’s & Gender Studies Program began hosting the Women’s History Month Lecture Series in 1987, in conjunction with the U.S. Congress designating March as Women’s History Month.

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