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Left, Barbara Forrest
AUTHORS, DANCE IN THE
SPOTLIGHT DURING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH’S FOURTH WEEK
HAMMOND – Authors and dance will
be in the spotlight as Southeastern Louisiana University Women’s Coalition’s
celebration of Women’s History Month continues.
The highlight of the week is
the discussion of the book chosen for Women’s History Month’s “community
read.” A 11 a.m. Thursday, March 25 in Sims Memorial Library, English professor
Sarah Ross will moderate the session on Sue Monk Kidd’s best-seller, “The
Secret Life of Bees.”
Writers Beverly Marshall and
Suzanne Hudson will open Women’s History Month’s fourth week on Sunday,
March 21 with readings from their work from 3-5 p.m. at the Hammond Regional
Arts Center, 217 E. Thomas Street in downtown Hammond.
Marshall is a former member of
the English faculty at Southeastern and a Ponchatoula resident. She recently
published her first novel, “Walking Through Shadows,” which one reviewer
called “a fusion of Southern gothic, suspense-filled mystery, and intense
character study.” The novel was a Booksense Pick and an alternate selection
for the Literary Guild. Marshall has also completed a second novel, “Right
Hudson’s writings include a book
of short stories, “Opposable Thumbs,” which was a John Gardner Fiction
Book Award finalist, and a novel, “In a Temple of Trees.”
One of Southeastern’s own
authors, philosophy professor Barbara Forrest, will present a lecture,
“Intelligent Design Creationism: Male and Pale,” at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday,
March 23 in Sims Memorial Library.
One of Forrest’s scholarly interests
is the threat to public school science education stemming from “intelligent
design” creationism, a movement which claims that natural laws and chance
alone are not adequate to explain all natural phenomena. Her book “Creationism's
Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design,” co-authored with Paul R.
Gross, was released this year by Oxford University Press.
In the book, Forrest and Gross
expose the scientific failure, the religious essence, and the political
ambitions of intelligent design creationism. They examine the movement's
"Wedge Strategy," which they say has advanced and is succeeding through
public relations rather than through scientific research.
For Women’s History Month, Forrest
said she will highlight “the almost total absence” of women in the leadership
of the intelligent design movement. “It’s an interesting phenomenon,” she
said, “when you compare the role of women in that movement to the role
of women in sciences.”
At noon on March 25, students
in English professor Lin Knutson’s English 310 (Introduction to African
American Literature) class will present their research into significant
African American women.
Also on March 25, Danceworks,
Southeastern’s resident dance company, will perform a concert of student
choreography and original films titled “The Willing Suspension” at 7:30
p.m. in Vonnie Borden Theatre. Tickets for the concert, which will feature
seven dances created by Southeastern students and films by faculty members
Denise Tullier-Holly and Martie Fellom, are $5, adults; $3, senior citizens,
non-SLU students and Southeastern faculty and staff. Southeastern students
are admitted free with their university I.D.
The observance of Women's History
Month is sponsored by the Southeastern Women's Coalition, the College of
Arts and Sciences, the department of English, and the department of history
and political science. For additional information, call 985-549-2330 or