|WINSTON OPENS WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH TUESDAY
HAMMOND – Southeastern
Louisiana University’s 2005 celebration of March as Women's History Month
begins at 12:30 p.m. today (Tuesday, March 1) when Rep. Diane Winston speaks
about the status of women in Louisiana.
An annual contributor to Southeastern's
Women's History Month schedule, Winston will make her presentation on the
third floor of Sims Memorial Library.
Winston’s lecture is the first
in the Women’s History Month’s lively lecture series, which will take place
each weekday in March at the library. Monday, Wednesday and Friday lectures
are scheduled for noon, while Tuesday and Thursday lectures begin at 12:30
Southeastern’s month-long campus
celebration joins with similar observances throughout the nation under
the umbrella of the National Women's History Project's theme, "Women Change
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
Also during Women’s History
Month’s first week, Sigma Alpha Lambda honor society will staff a table
in the Student Union Mall from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., March 1-3, to raise
funds for domestic violence shelters.
On March 2, health studies
instructor Alice Gibson will speak on sexually transmitted diseases. Gibson
said the presentation will cover general information and statistics about
STDs, and will discuss reasons why the United States has a high incidence
rate. Gibson, a Southeastern graduate and former community health educator
at North Oaks Health System, has taught courses such as Human Sexuality,
Drugs and Society, Community Health, Personal Health and Women's Health
at Southeastern for the past six years.
On Thursday, March 3, English
instructor Natash Whitton’s topic will be “Quilting: The Method, the Madness,
the Musical?” A New Orleans native, Whitton became interested in quilting
while in high school when her family moved to Paducah, Ky., the quilting
capital of the United States and home of the National Quilting Museum.
Whitton is currently completing
a doctoral degree in modern history and literature at Drew University.
Her primary areas of academic interest are 20th century American cultural
and social history and literature. She has been a member of the Southeastern
English faculty since 2000.
Women’s History Month’s
first week will conclude with associate professor of political science
Margaret Gonzalez-Perez’s lecture, “Women and the Consequences of War,”
on Friday, March 4. Her talk will examine how the rise of regional conflicts
throughout the world have affected women.
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.”
For additional information
about Women's History Month, call 985-549-2100 or visit www.selu.edu/whm05.