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|SOUTHEASTERN TO CELEBRATE WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
HAMMOND -- The Southeastern Louisiana
University Women’s Coalition will celebrate March as Women’s History Month
with a lively series of lectures, films, dance, art and drama, all honoring
The month-long campus celebration
joins with similar observances throughout the nation under the umbrella
of the National Women’s History Project’s theme, “Women Pioneering the
Future.” ABC and ESPN broadcast journalist Robin Roberts, a 1983 Southeastern
graduate, is among the 11 national Women’s History Month honorees. Roberts
was a guest speaker at Southeastern’s first Women’s History Month celebration
Special events will include original
monologues by Southeastern creative writing students; “Hereafter
Known As . . . a Study in Losing and Gaining Definition” presented
by Sharp Edges dance troupe; a reading by Southeastern graduate Olympia
Verson from her recent critically-acclaimed novel, “Eden”; and English
professor Wade “Togaman” Heaton’s popular production “Clothing of Women
in the Ancient World.”
Women’s History Month begins
on March 10 with a lecture titled “Play by Play” by June Mumme, who will
give an account of her journey to health. June Mumme, wife of Southeastern
head football coach Hal Mumme, is a cancer survivor.
Also scheduled the first week
are free lectures by two Southeastern faculty members. On March 11, Lucia
Harrison, interim head of the Department of Foreign Language and Literatures,
will speak on Marie de Agreda, a 17th century abbess who wrote “The Mystical
City of God,” a life of the Virgin Mary ostensibly based on divine revelations.
History professor Margaret Gonzales-Prez will lecture on women terrorists
on March 13.
Southeastern’s Women’s History
Month faculty lectures are all scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
on the third floor of Sims Memorial Library. Up-coming speakers include
state Rep. Diane Winston, Monique Rhodes Monac, History and Political Science
Department Head Bill Robison and department faculty members Christopher
Leahy, Judith Fai-Podlipnik and Andrew Traver.
At noon on March 12 in the Student
Union Theatre, students in English professor Jayetta Slawson’s creative
writing class will present a series of original monologues, “Race, Identity,
Woman – A Living Louisiana Ghost Story.”
The Women’s History Month
film series, featuring works by women directors, will run on Tuesday nights
at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre, beginning with Penny Marshall’s
"A League of Their Own" on March 11.
Produced by the Southeastern
Women’s Coalition, Women’s History Month is sponsored by the departments
of English and History and Political Science with support from the departments
of Communication, Chemistry and Physics, Mathematics and the Center for
For additional information about
Women’s History Month, call 985-549-2330.
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