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                                                       Southeastern Louisiana University
                                           Public Information Office
                                           SLU 880, Hammond, LA 70402
                                           504/549-2341/fax 504-549-2061
    Date: 3/5/01
      Contact:                           Christina Chapple   46

     HAMMOND   As Southeastern Louisiana University continues to celebrate March as
Women's History Month, Rep. Diane Winston of Covington will be a next in the celebration's
series of lectures by prominent women from all walks of life.
     Winston, whose District 77 includes St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes, will speak at
7 p.m., Tuesday, March 6, in the War Memorial Student Union Theatre. Her lecture is free and
open to the public.
     Women's History Month, which opened March 2 with a guest appearance by 1983
Southeastern graduate Robin Roberts of ESPN and ABC television, includes day and evening
lecture series and a special art exhibit. The celebration was created by students in English
professor Carole McAllister's "Women's Literature" (English 429/527) course, who hope to
establish a Women's Center at the university.
     First elected to the Louisiana Legislature in 1996, Winston serves on the House's
Appropriations; Education; Retirement; and Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs
committees. She also is a member of the Budget Subcommittee on Civil Service, Joint
Legislative Committee on the Budget and the Select Committee on Fiscal Affairs. Winston is
chairman of the Women's Policy and Research Commission, serves on the Task Force on State
Contracts with Non-Profit Organizations and is a member of the Louisiana Retirement
Development Commission and Formosan Termite Task Force. 
     Prior to her election, Winston was executive director from 1988 to1995 of the St.
Tammany-West Chamber of Commerce. She is program director of Leadership St. Tammany
West and the owner of a retail shop.
     Women's History Month evening lectures are scheduled for 7 p.m. each Tuesday in the
Student Union Theatre, while presentations during the day are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Thursday
at Sims Memorial Library. All events are free and open to campus and community.
     Other evening guest speakers include Louisiana State University forensic anthropologist
Mary Manhein, March 13; New Orleans author Patty Freidmann, March 20, and Pam Olano of
the Neill Corporation, March 27. 
     On the daytime lecture schedule are four Southeastern professors: Tom Flick, English,
"Rediscovering Beatrice of Bayou Tech," March 8; Margaret Gonzalez-Perez, foreign languages,
"Women in Developing Nations," March 15;  Judith  Fai-Podlipnik, history and political science,
"Women in the Holocaust," March 22; and Kathleen Guidroz, sociology and criminal justice,
"Lipstick and High Heels: How Women Have Been Influenced by the Sexual Revolution,"
March 29.
     There will also be an exhibit of Women's Art, "Women's Themes," featuring artists Kim
Finley-Stansbury, Susan Wingard and Janet Urrate at Sims Memorial Library March 13-27. 
     For additional information, contact Southeastern Public Information at 985-549-2341 or
Mary Pirosko at 985-542-8707 or
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