BGSU celebrates Women’s History Month

From triumphing over gravity to overcoming the status quo, women’s accomplishments will be celebrated at BGSU during Women’s History Month. Beginning Tuesday (March 13), the campus will commemorate past achievements and explore current concerns, with a special focus on women in the arts.

The Latino Student Union and the Latino Cultural Arts Organization will kick off the observance tomorrow with Dia de la Mujer (Day of the Woman) programming from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in 101 Olscamp Hall.

Singer-songwriter Toshi Reagon will give a free concert at 7 p.m. Sunday (March 18) in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. The socially conscious Reagon performs a mix of folk, rock, funk and gospel. She has deep roots in the social justice arena; her parents were members of the Freedom Singers, a vocal group associated with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the civil rights movement and her mother, Bernice Johnson Reagon, founded Sweet Honey In The Rock, a Grammy Award-winning a cappella ensemble.

Two events will relate to Hurricane Katrina. In support of the ACORN Adopt-a-Home Project in New Orleans, an open mic and fund-raiser titled “That Takes Ovaries!” will be held from 7-9 p.m. Friday (March 16) in the Black Swamp Pub at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Sponsored by the Organization for Women’s Issues, the event will also allow women to share their favorite “I can’t believe I/she did that! That takes ovaries!” story.

In addition, a brown bag lunch on “Women and Art in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina” will be presented by Dr. Vikki Krane, director of the Women’s Studies Program, and Dr. Laura Sanchez, sociology, from noon to 1 p.m. March 21 at the Women’s Center, 107 Hanna Hall. The discussion is part of a weeklong series called “After the Waters Recede: Life in the Aftermath of Katrina.”

Women’s struggle to produce their art in the face of societal disapproval will be addressed by Dr. Mary Natvig, musicology, in “Triumphs of Women Composers in Antiquity,” from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday (March 14) in the Women’s Center.

Seven short films by women will be shown in the San Francisco-based MadCat International Film Festival when the touring show stops at the Gish Film Theater Friday (March 16). A 7 p.m. reception precedes the screening of the independently produced, experimental films and videos. The program is sponsored by the theatre and film department and the Women’s Center.

Dr. Montana Miller, who is often quoted in the media on popular culture issues, will demonstrate another skill set when she gives a demonstration of high-wire acrobatics in “Women in Flight: Aerial Art and Story,” from 4:30-5:15 p.m. and again from 6-7:15 p.m. March 28. The location will be announced. Miller was the first American admitted to the French School for Circus Arts, and has been a professional aerialist as well as a high cliff diver.

A panel of local women artists and art faculty members will discuss “Living and Sustaining Art as a Woman Artist” from 1-3 p.m. March 30 in the Women’s Center. Jacqui Nathan, director of the University art galleries, will moderate.

Lesbian and transgender issues will be addressed in two events. On Friday (March 16), the Women’s Research Network will feature “The Way We Live . . . and Love: Feeding on and Hungering for Lesbian Representation in ‘The L Word,’” with Marnie Pratt, a graduate assistant in women’s studies and American culture studies. Her presentation will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Women’s Center.

On March 26, Rainbow Daze will present “ICONS3” with Jade Esteban Estrada. Sponsored by VISION, the performance will be at 9 p.m. in the Union’s Multipurpose Room.

The ninth annual “Bring Your Favorite Professor/Mentor to Lunch” will be held at noon March 28 in the Women’s Center. Call 2-7227 to make a reservation and have your honoree invited.

March 12, 2007