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Left, Southeastern graduate and author Olympia
WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
WITH LECTURES, AUTHOR
HAMMOND -- The final events of
Southeastern Louisiana University’s Women’s History Month celebration will
include four faculty lectures, a special dance performance, and a talk
by a Southeastern graduate who has written a critically-acclaimed first
Sponsored by the Southeastern
Women’s Coalition, the Women’s History Month events are free.
The lecture series hosted by
the Department of History and Political Science continues on Monday, March
24, with history professor Judith Fai-Podlipnik’s "Keeping up Appearances--European
Women, Power and Beauty." On Tuesday, March 25, her colleague Andrew
Traver will discuss "Women and Heresy in Thirteenth Century France." The
month’s final lectures will be presented on Thursday, March 27, by Monique
Rhodes Monac, whose timely topic is "Women and War," and Monday, March
31, by History and Political Science Department head Bill Robison, who
will talk on "Power Behind the Throne -- Medieval English Queens."
The lectures are all scheduled
for 12:30 p.m. on the third floor of Sims Memorial Library.
At noon on Wednesday, March 26,
in the War Memorial Student Union Ballroom, Southeastern dance faculty
member Greta Sharp and her dance company, Sharp Edges, will present
"Hereafter Known as….a Study in Losing and Gaining Definition."
According to Sharp, “The performance
leaves one with a feeling of hope and light. It speaks to every woman.
It asks the question how do we define ourselves now in 2003? ”
Dancers include Sharp,
Karolena Belak and Michele Cudd, Hammond; Dianna Figueroa, Covington; Lesley
Kernan, Prairieville, and Stacie Sabathe, Chalmette.
Also on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.
in the Student Union Theatre, Southeastern graduate Olympia Vernon will
read from her new novel, “Eden.” She will autograph books after her
Vernon’s novel conjures a world
that is both intoxicating and cruel, and illuminates the bittersweet transformation
of the young girl who must bear the burden and blessing of its secrets
too soon. Critics have called “Eden” “a haunting, memorable novel propelled
by the poetry and power of a voice that is complex, lyrical, and utterly
Vernon, who grew up in Mt. Hermon
and Osyka, Miss., gives credit to her Southeastern English professors,
William Dowie and Carole McAllister, for encouraging her writing talent.
Her original career goal was law enforcement, “They took time to tell me
that I had it, that I was a writer,” Vernon said. “Now thousands and millions
of people share all these things that came out of one breath.”
McAllister said Vernon’s writing
“had the originality, the passion and the eye for detail that made me absolutely
stop in my tracks.”
For additional information about
Women’s History Month events, contact McAllister at 985-549-2044 or Mary
Pirosko at 985-549-2330.
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