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Women’s History Month 2017

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Women’s History Month 2017 National Theme” “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business” http://www.nwhp.org/

imageBefore public schools in San Antonio integrated, Adell Ferguson Polk was welcomed at Incarnate Word College. She became the first African-American graduate in 1957, gaining a Bachelor of Science in Education. She then earned a degree in pharmacy from Texas Southern University and had a successful career as a pharmacist at Santa Rosa Hospital which, like the College was led by Incarnate Word Sisters. Polk passed away in October 2015. Read more of her For more information: Dr. Danielle Alsandor alsandor@uiwtx.edu

Unsung Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Exhibits in the Joyce Design & Technology Center from March 1-31, 2017. Dr. Marie Curie (first person to win two Nobel Prizes) is known to most of us, as is Jane Goodall (primatologist) and Rachel Carson (environmentalist). There are many other women who worked ‘behind the scenes’ to create our modern world who should be better known, among them Ada Lovelave (first computer programmer), Edith Clarke (electronic engineer), Mary Engle Pennington (food safety), Hedy Lamar (telecommunications pioneer), Rosalind Franklin (DNA crystallographer), Sister Mary Keller (first Ph.D. in computer science), the ‘Calutron Girls’ (Manhattan Project), Radia Perlman (the ‘mother of the Internet’), Admiral Dr. Grace Hopper (computer and software pioneer), and Katherine Johnson (space scientist) and NASA’s black women ‘computers’ who helped send the first U.S. man in space, about whom the current movie “Hidden Figures” is based. For information, contact Phil Youngblood at youngblo@uiwtx.edu.

“A Life for God and a Heart for Others” Learn of the deep roots of women’s leadership and social justice going back to the 1860’s, through the exhibit in the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word Heritage Center by the Chapel of the Incarnate Word, 4503 Broadway,10 a.m. – 3 p.m., every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. See #2 on this map Contact: Sr. Mary Henry mary.henry@amormeus.org, (210) 828-2224, ext. 294.

imageMuslim and Christian women discuss wisdom for peacebuilding from their traditions.

Wednesday March 1, 7:00 pm. Panel discussion (Preceded by the film Pray the Devil Back to Hell at 6 pm) Mabee Library Special Collections Room, University of the Incarnate Word. Come join local women in a discussion of peacebuilding. Muslims: Dr. Fatma Arslan, SarwatHusain, Narjis Pierre, Sumeyra Tek. Christians: Rev. Rachel Epp Miller, Mennonite; Rev. Ann Helmke, Lutheran; Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, Roman Catholic.

imageThe award-winning film about the Nobel Laureate Laymah Gbowee and Christian and Muslim women who worked together to stop the civil war in Liberia will be shown at 6 pm. Co-Sponsored by the Council on American Islamic Relations-San Antonio, Dialog Institute, UIW Ettling Center for Civic Leadership, Pax Christi San Antonio, San Antonio Mennonite Church, San Antonio peaceCENTER, Women’s Global Connection. For more information: Sister Martha Ann Kirk kirk@uiwtx.edu Phone: 210-829-3854.

“A Life for God and a Heart for Others” Thursday, March 2, 3 – 4:15 pm Learn of the deep roots of women’s leadership and social justice going back to the 1860’s, through the new exhibit in the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word Heritage Center by the Chapel of the Incarnate Word, 4503 Broadway. Sr.

Martha Ann Kirk will share on the exhibit and also the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. Learn of the Sisters the I.W. Missionaries https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4j72BmNBbY women, men, single or married, working for a few years among the disadvantaged www.iwmissions.org

imageWomen’s History Month Legacy Panel: Exploring Our Past to Understand Our Future. Tuesday March 7, 12:00pm–1:00pm, Mabee Library Special Collections Room. Light Refreshments Served. Panelists: Sr. Germaine Corbin, CCVI, ’62, is a theatre professor whose career at UIW spans more than fifty years. In her role at UIW she has taught in multiple departments and also served as an academic dean. She founded the Extended Run Players, a readers’ theatre company that hosts performances both on campus and in the community. Dr. Sally Said is a professor emerita in Modern Languages with twenty-nine years of service to the UIW community. Her achievements include receiving the Mother Columkille Cobert Award for Service and the CCVI Spirit Award. She was also named a Moody Professor. Dr. Flor Garcia-Wukovits, ’66, is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at UIW who earned both her bachelor’s degree and her doctorate at UIW. One of her research focuses is helping disadvantaged student populations become successful in mathematics. Moderator: Acting President, Dr. Denise J. Doyle has served the UIW community since 1988. Before being appointed to her current position, she has held multiple positions during her time at the university, including provost and chancellor For more information, contact Dr. Emily Clark at ejclark@uiwtx.edu or Dr. LuElla D’Amico at ldamico@uiwtx.edu.

“Experiences of Mission,” a luncheon with stories of Sisters, Wednesday, March 8, 12:00 pm, Madeleine Room, the Incarnate Word Heritage Center by the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. “We did, we do, and we will continue expanding the Mission of Jesus.” A National Catholic Sisters Week event sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. RSVP: Marichui.Bringas@amormeus.org 210-213 5422

Second Annual UIW Women’s Fair,” March 8, 2017, 11 am-1 pm, AT&T Circle. The Fair will feature educational booths from student organizations, UIW offices, information about prominent women around the world presented by UIW international students, as well as, information about community non-profits and women-run business in San Antonio. The fair provides a space to learn more about opportunities for women at UIW and in the community. This gives attendees a chance to find out more about volunteering and fundraising for women’s causes. Reserve a booth Sponsored by the Office of International Affair. Contact: Ms. Priyangana Risal at risal@uiwtx.edu

imageFostering Full Dignity for Women in Different Faith Traditions. Thursday, March 9, 4:30 pm-6:00 pm, Mabee Library Auditorium, University of the Incarnate Word. Panelists Discussion on Religious Traditions and the Full Dignity of Women. include Marcia Goren Weser, chair of the SoL Center Board of Directors and student/teacher of biblical texts with both Jewish and Christian scholars and clergy; Dr. Dhawn Martin, Executive Director of the SoL Center, and Dr Fatma Arslan, electrical engineering teacher at UTSA and leader in the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest. Cosponsored with the SoL Center. Register by March 6. Contact: Dhawn Martin dhawn.martin@gmail.com

Women in Navajo Society. Monday March 20-Wedensday March 22. Dubuis Lawn (or Joyce Building foyer in case of rain), University of the Incarnate Word. Beverly Allen, a master Navajo weaver from Tsaile, Arizona, will speak to classes and demonstrate Navajo spinning and weaving techniques. Her topics include “Women in Navajo Society,” “The Role of Weaving in Cultural Sustainability,” and “Wool Processing, Spinning, and Weaving.” Beverly’s trip is sponsored by the Modern Languages Department and the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences in honor of Women’s History Month and Earth Month. For more information contact: Dr. Sally Said, said@uiwtx.edu

A Report on the UN Commission on the Status of Women” Watch for when Jessica Kimmel of the World Council for Curriculum and Instruction, Sr. Martha Ann Kirk of UIW, Marta Prada Peláez of Family Violence Prevention, Lisa A.Uribe of Women’s Global Connection,

Services, and Fatma Arslan Korkmaz and Sumeyra Tek of the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest Commission of Women for Humanity will share about their experiences presenting a Session Event “Empowering women through local leadership opportunities” in conjunction with the United Nations sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women, New York City, http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw61-2017 The Journalist and Writers Foundation which holds UN ECOSOC General Consultative Status is sponsoring the Session Event. For information: Nicole Foy wgc.nicolefoy@gmail.com

"Learning to 'Feel Right": Harriet Beecher Stowe's Apocalyptic Plan to End Slavery and Save the World, Monday, March 20, 12:00-1:15, Administration Building 242. Dr. LuElla D'Amico will present her research on one of the most well-known abolitionists and social reformers in America, Harriet Beecher Stowe. Famously dubbed by Abraham Lincoln as "The Little Lady who Started this Great War," Stowe's writing urged her audiences to "feel right," or change their hearts so that they could change the world. Stowe, however, was an ardent Evangelical preacher who believed that in her quest to end slavery, she would also bring about the Apocalypse, an argument evident in her famous novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin. Dr. D'Amico is Vice President of the national Harriet Beecher Stowe Society and creates the Society's annual newsletter. For more information. Contact: Adrienne N. Ambrose ambrosea@uiwtx.edu

"Civil Rights in the 21st Century: A Latina Leader's Journey, Marisa Bono," Wednesday, March 22, 6:30 pm, Mabee Library Special Collections Room, University of the Incarnate Word. The Ettling Center Leadership Series features Marisa Bono, Southwest Regional Counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Ms. Bono has become a leading litigator and advocate in the area of civil rights, with a focus on immigrants’ rights and educational civil rights impact litigation on the behalf of Latinos. She currently manages the docket for MALDEF’s San Antonio office, which includes nine states in the Fifth and Tenth Circuits. For more information contact: Monica Cruz, mdcruz@uiwtx.edu

imageGirls’ Global Summit. Saturday, March 25, 9:00am-2:00pm, Rosenberg Skyroom, University of the Incarnate Word. Girls from 20 high schools present on the local and global significance of topics especially relevant for women's leadership. Includes guest speakers from the community and Globally Awesome Girl Award. Lunch included, free. Please make a reservation by calling Women's Global Connection, 828-2224, ext. 297

“Dorothy Day and Her Legacy,” Tuesday, March 28, 7 pm, Gorman 119. Preceded by a showing of the documentary, Don't Call Me a Saint at 6. From being a suffragette arrested in front of the White House, to founding an international movement for workers' right, to being considered for sainthood in Catholic Church now, Day led a life of adventure and compassion. Her story will be explored through film and a panel discussion led by Dr. Sharon Herbers. For information: herbers@uiwtx.edu

Iraqi Women of Three Generations: Challenges, Education, and Hopes for Peace,” An Exhibit of Images and Stories by Sister Martha Ann Kirk, Th.D. and Sister Patricia Madigan, Ph.D., St. Anthony Catholic High School Library, March 1-31, 2017. Stories of Iraqi women’s resilience, courage, and compassion have wisdom which can encourage understanding and healing across cultures and religions. Learn more about the book based on the exhibit and read the introduction http://peacecenterbooks.com/iraqi-women/ This exhibit may be borrowed, contact kirk@uiwtx.edu

We are grateful to all participating and the Women’s Month Committee co-chaired by Dr. Adrienne Ambrose and Sr. Martha Ann Kirk.

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