YPSILANTI, MI – Celebrate Women’s History with Eastern Michigan University during virtual events honoring March as Women’s History Month.
The WWU offers a series of virtual, publicly accessible events to celebrate and reflect on the history of women.
Topics from women’s rights activists and professors discuss how COVID-19 has impacted women and how women with skin color have broken down barriers.
Mira Awad: A concert / conversation
The WWU Center for Jewish Studies welcomes Israeli-Palestinian singer-songwriter, actress, artist and content creator Mira Awad on Sunday, March 7th, at 3 p.m.
Awad was a staunch activist for women’s rights, equal citizenship for Palestinians living in Israel, and environmental awareness, officials said. Her advocacy for dialogue and coexistence, and for peace and solidarity, has earned her considerable praise and some criticism across the political spectrum, officials said.
The free event will be streamed on the WWU’s Facebook and YouTube pages.
The global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women: intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, work and immigration
The EMU Women’s and Gender Studies is organizing this event on Monday, March 8th, from 5.30 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. The speakers include:
Naomi Lightman, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Calgary, will discuss how women have been “pushed into the background” by the pandemic.
Nacif Pimenta, anthropologist and researcher at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) / Brazilian Ministry of Health, who will provide a critical overview of the COVID pandemic in Brazil, with a focus on the intersections of gender and race.
Bandana Purkayastha, Professor of Sociology and Asian & Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut, will report on the changes and transformations in the US and the effects on women. It will address the negative effects on poor, elderly and racial minorities.
Women’s governing body
The Black Honors Student Organization is celebrating Women’s History Month with a women’s leadership committee that brings together six inspiring women in color to share their experiences and travel to leadership positions from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on March 11. The topics include diversity, equity and inclusion. Resilience, fresh entry into the workforce, strengths and failures, inspirations and more, officials said. Panelists include:
Dr. Doris J. Fields, WWU Director for Bachelor Studies in the Department of Academic and Student Affairs and Professor of Communication
Dr. Betty Brown-Chappell, emeritus professor at the School of Social Work
Rhonda E. Fowler: University librarian at the WWU
Dr. Heather Neff, Director of the McNair Scholars Program and Distinguished Professor of English at WWU
Temii Tellis, Senior Corporate Relations Manager at WWU
Stephanie Hawkes, assistant director of the Office of Multicultural Student Engagement at Wayne State University
There is also the opportunity to ask questions and win a prize.
Star Lecture 3: Marking
The EMU Honors College is holding the last star lecture of the semester “Making Her Mark: Marian Butler and the Efforts of Black Women to Ensure Racial Justice” from 6:30 pm to 20 March from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
The 4th annual Women of Color Feminisms & Leadership Symposium, Day 1, “We introduce ourselves anew, rebuild and recover as women of color
The WWU Center for Race and Ethnicity, Women’s and Gender Studies and the Resource Center for Women are hosting the fourth annual symposium for women with colored feminisms and leadership skills, entitled “We re-introduce ourselves, rebuild ourselves and recover as women with color ”.
Tarana Burke, founder of the “Me too” movement, will be the keynote speaker at the event.
This is a two day event from March 16-17, with both events from 1pm to 5pm
Registration for the event is required and can be completed via the event registration page.
Avant-garde: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won Votes, and Insisted on Equality for All
The EMU History Section will host this event, which will be attended by guest speaker Martha Jones, President of the Society of Black Alumni and Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on March 18.
For more information and to access zoom links and passcodes for some events, click here.
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