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Released Februrary 27, 2004

"INSPIRING HOPE AND POSSIBILITY" THEME FOR WOMEN'S
HISTORY MONTH AT SOUTHERN MISS
By David Tisdale

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HATTIESBURG -- Recognizing the achievements of all women - both the famous and those who often toil behind the scenes in near anonymity - is one of the primary goals of the organizers of Women's History Month at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Women's History Month is held each March in communities and schools across the nation. This year's theme for the national event is "Inspiring Hope and Possibility." In keeping with this theme, the schedule for Women's History Month at Southern Miss includes programs and events that are educational, entertaining and, in the hopes of its organizers, inspirational.

The University of Southern Mississippi's Women's Studies Program and the university's Committee on Resources and Services for Women are co-sponsors of many of the month's programs.

Dr. Ellen Weinauer, an associate professor of English and director of the Southern Miss Women's Studies Program, said that Women's History Month can help bring visibility to women's lives and their experiences and contributions in a society that has often marginalized women's achievements and participation.

"We want to not only celebrate famous women in history, but also to examine how diverse women live their lives every day," Weinauer said. "Women's History Month allows us to see how women make all kinds of contributions to the societies they live in; those contributions have been there all along, but they've often been ignored or overlooked."

Women's History Month is in part about creating a community of women at Southern Miss, said Stacy Reischman, co-chair of the CSRW. "It is about unity, celebration and empowerment," Reischman said of Women's History Month.

Reischman and Weinauer said this year's program includes many more events than in the past, with particular emphasis on the arts, including a quilt-making project, a body-casting project and a March 23 concert that includes dance, music, theater, visual arts and creative writing. "I know that women at Southern Miss have such a range of histories, stories and experiences that when pulled together can culminate into something amazing," Reischman said.

Despite great advances over the last century, women still face many challenges in the U.S., including achieving equity in the workplace and in domestic arrangements, gaining quality child care for those who work, and bringing an end to domestic and sexual assault. The issue of violence against women will take center stage in one of the final events for Women's History Month, a "Take Back the Night" rally and march scheduled for March 30. Take Back the Night, along with the other events planned for Women's History Month, is meant to inspire both women and men to seek solutions to these issues facing women and achieve a level playing field that benefits both genders. Over time, Weinauer hopes that people will come to view feminism not as a threat but an effort to achieve progress.

"'Feminism' is not a dirty word," Weinauer said. "It's not about empowering women at the expense of men, but achieving parity with men so we can work together to make the world a better place."

For more information on the Women's Studies Program or the events scheduled for Women's History Month, contact Weinauer at 266-6045 or Reischman at 266-6451.


SOUTHERN MISS WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Through March 15, daily, Southern Miss Museum of Art - Photography exhibit, "Religious Diversity in Southern Mississippi," by Dr. Cindy Brown, Southern Miss School of Mass Communication and Journalism.

Feb. 26-March 1, March 10-12, Martha R. Tatum Theatre, 7:30 p.m. nightly; 2 p.m. Sundays - Medea, directed by guest director Paul Wiedner. Presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance. Tickets: $10 for general admission; $8 for faculty, staff and senior citizens; $6 for students. Call 266-5418 for ticket information.

March 2, Southern Miss Museum of Art, 4-6 p.m. - Women's History Month Opening Reception. Co-sponsored by the Women's Studies Program and the Committee on Services and Resources for Women at The University of Southern Mississippi.

March 3, Hattiesburg Cultural Arts Center, downtown Hattiesburg, noon-1 p.m. - "Women in Creativity," a panel discussion, featuring Amanda Call, Rebekah Stark Johnson, Celia Whiren and Martina Sciolino. Co-sponsored by CSRW, Women's Studies Program and the Hattiesburg Arts Council.

March 5, Southern Hall, Room 013, noon-1 p.m. - Monthly meeting, Committee on Services and Resources for Women.

March 6, 3D Art Building on Fourth Street, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. - The Body Project - body casting with plaster and fabric. Bring a friend. Materials provided. Registration required by contacting Stacy Reischman at 266-4151 or stacy.reischman@usm.edu. Sponsored by CSRW.

March 9, Union Room H, 11:15 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Pizza in the Union: An informational session for students about Women's Studies and the Women's Studies Program.

March 9, Bennett Auditorium, 7 p.m. - University Forum featuring Professor Sarah Weddington, "Some Leaders Are Born Women." Admission is free. Sponsored by the Southern Miss Honors College.

March 10, McCain Library, Room 200, noon-1 p.m. - "The Gender of Science," presented by Elizabeth A. Drummond of the Southern Miss Department of History as part of the Women's History Month Brown Bag Lunch series. Sponsored by CSRW.

March 20, Theatre and Dance Building, Room 118, 2-4 p.m. - Women's History Month Quilt-Making Project for women 5 to 105. All materials provided. Pre-registration required by contacting Dr. Ann Marie Kinnell at 266-5339 or Ann.Kinnell@usm.edu. Children under age 12 should be accompanied by an adult.

March 23, Southern Miss Theatre and Dance Building, Studio 115, 7 p.m. - "Inspiring Hope and Possibility," an evening of dance, theatre, music, visual arts and creative writing. Women from the university community are welcome to present their creative works in a concert setting. For information, contact Stacy Reischman at 266-4151 or stacy.reischman@usm.edu or Monica Hayes at 266-6439 or monica.hayes@usm.edu.

March 23-24, Millsaps College, noon - Women in Higher Education - Mississippi Network Spring Leadership Conference. For students, faculty, staff, and administrators in higher education. Fee: $50. For information, call Dr. Maureen Ryan, 266-4831.

March 24, McCain Library, Room 200, noon-1 p.m. - "Women in Higher Education" presented by Mary Beth Walker and Hunter Phillips as part of the Women's History Month Brown Bag Lunch series. Sponsored by CSRW.

March 30, Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building, 6-8 p.m. - Take Back the Night - a rally and march against violence. For information, call 266-6891.

March 31, 3:30 p.m., Union Hall of Honors -- Committee on Services and Resources for Women Research Stipend Awards Reception.

March 31, McCain Library, Room 200, noon - 1 p.m. - "Amazons: Some Facts Behind the Fictions," presented by Jeanne Gillespie of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and Phyllis Jestice of the Department of History as part of the Women's History Month Brown Bag Lunch series. Sponsored by CSRW.

April 1-3, Mannoni Performing Arts Center - Spring Dance Concert -- an evening of dances created by faculty and students and performed by the Southern Miss Repertory Dance Company. Tickets: $10 for general admission; $8 for faculty, staff and senior citizens; $6 for students. Call 266-5418 for tickets or 266-4161 for more information.

April 6, Bennett Auditorium, 7 p.m. - University Forum featuring Dr. Nadine Strossen, "Current Challenges to Civil Liberties Post 9/11." Admission is free. Sponsored by the Southern Miss Honors College.

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