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Contact: Christina Chapple
Date: 3/2/04
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(Left, Margaret Gonzalez-Perez)
      HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana University’s celebration of March as Women’s History Month continues with guest lectures and presentations by Southeastern students.
      The second week of the month-long celebration, sponsored by the Southeastern Women’s Coalition and the College of Arts and Sciences, begins with a talk by Southeastern political sciences professor Margaret Gonzalez-Perez. 
      At 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 9 in Sims Memorial Library, Gonzalez-Perez will speak on "Women & Globalization."
      “I'm going to talk about how the growth of international trade has affected women,” she said. “I will discuss how modernization and global trade have affected the traditional roles of women in nations with developing economies and how these factors have affected women in advanced industrialized nations.”
      An assistant professor of political sciences, Gonzalez-Perez earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Louisville, and her doctoral degree at Louisiana State University. She is co-editor of “Politics in America: Selected Readings,” and has also co-authored a geography workbook to accompany “The West Transformed, A History of Western Civilization.” In addition to numerous articles and presentations, she also has written “Literature of Protest: the Franco Years.”
      Also during Women’s History Month’s second week, internationally renowned sculptor and installation artist Tova Beck-Friedman will present two guest lectures. Beck-Friedman will speak on “In Pursuit of Myth” at noon Wednesday, March 10, and “A Sense of Place: Sculpture in the Environment,” at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 11. Both lectures are scheduled for Clark Hall Gallery.
      Beck-Friedman, who is originally from Israel and lived in Japan for a time, has exhibited her work internationally, including one-person shows in Israel, Japan and England. Her sculptures are held in numerous public collections, including the Newark Museum and the New Jersey State Museum as well as the campus of William Paterson University. 
      The artist also has a Southeastern connection through dance faculty members Dana Brewer-Plazinic and Greta Sharp. Brewer-Plazinic and Sharp were invited by Beck-Friedman to perform at the opening reception of her exhibit at the Monique Golstrom Art Gallery in New York City in September 2002. The two presented their collaboration on a film combining Beck-Friedman's sculpture and Brewer-Plazinic's choreography. The two met while Brewer-Plazinic's dance company, Izzy Moving Dance Theatre, was in New York performing at "The Bridge For Dance" in spring 2001. 
      Also on March 11, students of Women’s History Month coordinator and Southeastern English professor Carole McAllister will make presentations on Native American women at 11 a.m. in Sims Memorial Library. 
      For a complete schedule of Women’s History Month activities, visit