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History Month 2004 schedule
SOUTHEASTERN TO CELEBRATE WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana
University will spotlight Women’s History Month throughout March as the
Southeastern Women’s Coalition hosts a lively series of lectures, presentation,
dance, poetry, and music.
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 Inspiring Hope
and Possibility.” According to the NWHP, the theme “celebrates the hope
and sense of possibility that comes to our lives from the inspirational
work of women.”
Special features of Southeastern’s
celebration will include a guest lecture by State Rep. Diane Winston; a
“community read” of Sue Monk Kidd’s best-seller “The Secret Life of Bees”;
“Words Moved Her,” a dance concert directed by Southeastern faculty member
Greta Sharp; presentations by internationally recognized visual artist
Tova Beck-Friedman; readings by authors Beverly Marshall, Suzanne Hudson,
and Alison Pelegrin; and a series of lectures and presentations by Southeastern
professors and students.
Women’s History Month begins
on March 1 with a concert by two members of the Southeastern music faculty,
mezzo-soprano Joy Ratliff and soprano Alissa Mercurio Rowe. Accompanied
by piano instructor Kenneth Boulton, director of the Community Music School,
Ratliff will perform songs and arias by Handel, Mozart, Schubert, Berlioz
and American composer Samuel Barker. She will be joined by Rowe in three
duets by Henry Purcell.
As a special feature, foreign
languages professor Katherine Kolb will contribute remarks about Berlioz’s
life and music. Kolb, who teaches German and French at Southeastern, did
her doctoral dissertation on the French composer.
The free concert, which is part
of the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts’ spring “Encore!” series,
is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
Also during Women History Month’s
first week, Rep. Diane Winston (R-Covington) will speak about the status
of women in Louisiana. An annual contributor to Southeastern’s Women’s
History Month schedule, Winston will speak at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March
2, in Sims Memorial Library.
Winston, whose District 77 includes
Tangipahoa and St. Tammany Parishes, has been a legislator since 1996.
She is chair of the Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus and sits
on various legislative committees including commerce, health and welfare,
and municipal, parochial and cultural affairs. She holds a bachelor’s degree
from the University of New Orleans and is a fellow of Loyola University’s
Institute of Politics.
On March 3 English professor
Alison Pelegrin will present a poetry reading at noon in Sims Memorial
Library. Pelegrin earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University
of Arkansas where for two years she served as director of the Arkansas
Writers in the Schools Program. She is the author of “The Zydeco Tablets”
and “Voodoo Lips,” and her poems have appeared in numerous journals and
anthologies. She is the recipient of a $5,000 individual artist fellowship
from the Louisiana Division of the Arts.
On March 4, students in Southeastern
English professor Jayetta Slawson’s class “Introduction to Literary Analysis
and Interpretation” will make presentations on feminist literary criticism
at 11 a.m. in Sims Memorial Library.
For additional information about
Women’s History Month, call 985-549-2330.