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Women's History Month

Women's History Month 

To celebrate Women’s History Month, every year in March, the Committee on Services and Resources for Women (CSRW) coordinates a series of events. These events are free and open to the public. These diverse programs have included lectures by nationally renowned scholars and authors, panel discussions of prominent women in the community, workshops by experts in various fields, and theatrical and musical performances, among others. 

To learn more about CSRW, visit the CSRW website.


Women's History Month 2019

Schedule of Events

Supported in part by USM’s Committee on Services and Resources for Women (CSRW), Women’s History Month programing at the university will feature educational programming in the form of lectures and roundtable and panel discussions on a variety of topics, as well as dance performances. Admission to these events is free.

Feb. 27: Panel Discussion moderated by Dr. Rebecca Tuuri, “Six Women and the Black Experience in Hattiesburg, 1950-2018” 5:30 p.m. at the Hattiesburg Public Library. (This program overlaps with the conclusion of Black History Month events at USM.)

March 7: Janet Allured, “Mississippi Methodist Women and The Woman’s Society of Christian Service: Leaders of Social Justice in the South,” 6:30 p.m. in room 116, Asbury Hall, USM Hattiesburg campus.

March 19: Dr. Allison Abra, USM assistant professor of history, “Overlooked No More: Women’s History in Classroom and Beyond,” 5 p.m. in room 108 (Gonzales Auditorium) Liberal Arts Building, USM Hattiesburg campus.

March 20: Dr. Suzy Kim, Rutgers University, “Beyond the Iron Curtain: Cold War Women in North Korea,” 6 p.m., Liberal Arts Building, USM Hattiesburg campus.

March 21: Keltoum Rowland, USM Instructor of French, “Simone Veil: Survivor, feminist, politician, and 20th-century French icon,” 6:30 p.m. room 108 (Gonzales Auditorium), Liberal Arts Building, USM Hattiesburg campus.

March 22: Dr. Dana Fennel, Dr. Allison Abra, Amy Ellefson, CSRW Grant Winners Symposium, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., 317 BB Asbury Hall, USM Hattiesburg campus.

March 22: “Visionary Women: An Evening of Dance Celebrating Women’s History Month,” 7 p.m., Studio 115, Theatre and Dance Building, USM Hattiesburg campus

March 25: Col. Sheila Varnado, “Women in the Military: How We Support Peace,” 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Cook Library Art Gallery, USM Hattiesburg campus.

March 25: "Women in Mississippi Politics," 5:30 p.m. Hardy Hall Ballroom, Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach. This program will feature a bi-partisan panel of female politicians from south Mississippi reflecting on their careers in local and state politics. For more information on this panel discussion, contact

March 27: USM Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Dee Dee Anderson, “Lessons in Leadership as a Woman,” 11 a.m. – noon, Thad Cochran Center, room 214, Hattiesburg campus.

March 29: CSRW closing ceremony, noon – 1 p.m., Cook Library Art Gallery, Hattiesburg campus. 

For more information on Women’s History Month at USM, contact Dr. Laurel Abreu at


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