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Women's History Month at the University of the Incarnate Word

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2010 National Women’s History Project’s theme of “Writing Women Back Into History”

Display in the UIW Library.

"Creating Art, Creating Friendship" An Exhibit of Art by Children of Iraq, Rwanda, and the U.S. UIW Fine Arts Building Lobby, throughout March in conjunction with the citywide Luminaria Arts Festival and Contemporary Art Month. See

March 3, 4:30-5:30, "Women, Peacemaking and Reconciliation Through Art," a gallery talk by Patsy Sasek, artist-in-residence for Cambridge Elementary School project with ArtPeace of the Church of Reconciliation.

March 13, 10 am. to 4 pm, A day for children of all ages. Come see the exhibit, create art to send to children in Rwanda and Iraq, hear stories and music from those countries. 
See Sister Martha Ann Kirk's articles: "Get the Children Home", "Seeking Solidarity with Iraqis", and "Get the Children Home" and a photo essay to be released by Catholic Relief Services for the April 12-23, 2010 GSN session on refugees and internally displaced persons.

image"Women as a National Symbol in Bapsi Sidhwa's Novel Cracking India"

By Dr. Tanja Stampfl of the UIW English Dept. March 4, 12 to1 pm. Tilton room, Joyce Building, Brown bag lunch, drinks provided.

Dr. Stampfl will talk about the role of women in the violent riots of Indian Partition (1947) and relate these historical facts to her reading of Pakistani writer Bapsi Sidhwa's novel Cracking India. Part of an article that has recently been published in a collection of essays, this discussion will center on the concept of "Mother India," an idea supported and promoted by Mahatma Gandhi.

Dr. Stampfl’s article has been published in the book, Textual Mothers/Maternal Texts: Motherhood in Contemporary Women's Literature, ed. by Elizabeth Podnieks and Andrea O'Reilly published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2010.

"Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, and Religion on America’s College Campuses"

by Dr. Donna Freitas, author and assistant professor of religion at Boston University. 

March 9, 12 noon with lunch provided and followed by focus group discussions. Sponsored by the Speakers for Achievement and Success Committee.  For information: Office of Campus Life at (210) 829-6034.


image"Women's Global Connection's Collaborations in Zambia and Tanzania that Promote Education, Women’s Economic Development and Empowerment"

by Tere Dresner-Salinas, Executive Director of Women’s Global Connections

Friday, March 12, 2010 10:15 - 11:30 am, Admin. Building 365, University of the Incarnate Word.

This includes a video of rural women entrepreneurs who are marketing their products and services to benefit their families, and the local and global economies. For information: Dr. Anita Anderson at, Psychology of Women class

"Voice: Interruptions While Trying to Read"

Dr. Jo LeCoeur’s Slattery Lecture, March 22, at 5:30 p.m., UIW Library Special Collections Room.

Joan Didion’s Holy Water-voice weaves in and out of Steven Solomon’s history of the exploitation of Water. Mary Karr’s memoir silences Robert March’s lecture on quantum foam. Annie Dillard’s Total Eclipse-vision casts a big black shadow over mine. Ava Haymon’s accusatory voice illustrates Harry Crews’ defense of the personal “I.” As for the warning that computer scientist Jaron Lanier attaches to software design, Sister Mary Daniel Healy has the last word.

images"Moving Experiences, Near and Far"

by Dr. Alison Buck, Dr. Sharon Herbers, Dr. Jessica Kimmel, Sr. Martha Ann Kirk. Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 6 - 8 pm. Marian Hall Ballroom.

This presentation will highlight opportunities that bring members of the UIW community face to face with women of diverse cultures for heart to heart dialogue. Dr. Buck will describe a project in Mexico and Dr. Herbers will tell stories of women of Appalachia.


Sr. Martha Ann Kirk and Dr. Jessica Kimmel will discuss experiences in Turkey, Israel and Palestine.

Participants are invited to bring photographs of women of courage, locally or globally and to share stories of their involvement with women of diverse cultures or experiences.



"The Annunciation: Incarnate Word Day"

On March 25 the announcement of the angel Gabriel to Mary inviting her to be the mother of Jesus is remembered as told in Luke 1:5-25. The university has many special educational and inspirational activities in the week of this day which is special to the Incarnate Word Sisters, the founders of the university.  All are invited to the Chapel of the Incarnate Word on March 24, Wednesday, for Vespers at 5:30 p.m. More information is coming from the UIW Mission and Ministry Office, see

The image of the angel Gabriel and Mary is from the Chapel of the Incarnate Word where the Vespers will be held. For more pictures, see

Muslims also remember the story of Mary and Gabriel as described in the Qur'an 19, the Chapter of Mary.

"Women Role Models from Various Faith Traditions"

Women’s Voices Inviting Compassion and Wisdom, a panel with Muslim, Jewish, and Christian Women. Tuesday, March 30, 7 to 8:30 pm, Special Collections Room, UIW Library. Jewish: Ms. Marcia Goren Weser, Free Lance Writer, MGW Communications. Muslim: Dr. Fatma Korkmaz, Women's Outreach Director, Institute of Interfaith Dialog. Christian: Dr. Kelly Allen, Pastor, University Presbyterian Church. Sponsored by the Institute of Interfaith Dialog and Women's Global Connection and UIW "Women and Faith" class.


HerStory 360° Challenge, Beginning January 1, 2010, and continuing each day for 90 days until the end of Women's History Month, the on the HerStory Scrapbook website (, will present 90 stories of 90 women who fought for women's suffrage. The 2010 HerStory 360° Challenge commemorates the 30th anniversary of Women's History Month and the 90th Anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, by providing internet-access to original historical sources. During the month of February, which is Black History Month, the HerStory 360° Challenge will focus on African-American women. Because black women were often marginalized in, or left out entirely from, the history texts written by white suffragists and the mainstream media, we are fortunate that Google Books has recently digitalized The Crisis, the magazine of the NAACP, which was first published in 1910.