|SOUTHEASTERN WOMEN’S COALITION SPONSORS WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH COMMUNITY
HAMMOND -- The Southeastern Louisiana
University Women’s Coalition is kicking off the celebration of March as
Women’s History Month with a “community read” of Sue Monk Kidd’s best-seller,
“The Secret Life of Bees.”
“This is an opportunity for an entire
community to come together in a discussion of one book, a book that helps
us all to understand the complexity of our relationships with each other,
including the pain, the sweetness, and the kindness that can enrich our
lives,” said Women’s Coalition member Mary Pirosko, news director of Southeastern’s
public radio station, KSLU.
More information about the novel,
as well as a reader’s guide, can be found at www.suemonkkidd.com.
The book is available through Sims Memorial Library, the Hammond branch
of the Tangipahoa Parish Library and local book stores.
The community read of “The Secret Life
of Bees” will conclude on March 25 when Southeastern English instructor
Sarah Ross will moderate a group discussion at 11 a.m., at Sims Memorial
The theme for Women’s History Month
2004 is “Women Inspiring Hope and Possibility." The celebration will
include a series of faculty and guest lectures, readings, and presentations
by Southeastern students on Tuesdays and Thursdays and special evening
dance and music performances. All lectures are scheduled for Sims Memorial
Library, and all events are free and open to campus and community.
The lectures will debut on March 2 when
Rep. Diane Winston speaks on “The Status of Women in Louisiana” at 12:30
p.m. at Sims Memorial Library.
According to the author’s website, “The
Secret Life of Bees” centers around young Lily Owens. Living on a peach
farm in South Carolina with her harsh, unyielding father, Lily has shaped
her entire life around one devastating, blurred memory -- the afternoon
her mother was killed, when Lily was four. Since then, her only real companion
has been the fierce-hearted, and sometimes just fierce, black woman Rosaleen,
who acts as her "stand-in mother."
When Rosaleen insults three of the town’s
deepest racists, Lily knows it's time to spring them both free. They take
off in the only direction Lily can think of, toward a town called Tiburon,
S.C. -- a name she found on the back of a picture amid the few possessions
left by her mother.
There they are taken in by an eccentric
trio of black beekeeping sisters named May, June, and August. Lily thinks
of them as the calendar sisters and enters their mesmerizing secret world
of bees and honey, and of the Black Madonna who presides over this household
of strong, wise women. Maternal loss and betrayal, guilt and forgiveness
entwine in a story that leads Lily to the single thing her heart longs
For additional information
about the community read and Women’s History Month, contact Pirosko (985-549-2330,
firstname.lastname@example.org) or Carole McAllister (985-549-2044, email@example.com).