Detailed - Calendar of Events 2019

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Friday, March 1

Women’s History Month Keynote Speaker

Rosenberg School of Optometry Events Room

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker Dr. Ramona Parker, Assistant Dean of Medical and Interprofessional Education at University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine will kickoff Women’s History month followed by an award ceremony for the Sr. Dorothy Ettling Future Female Leader Scholarship. Free Admission for students and UIW community. Listen to Women Leaders and Get Inspired! ( Link to flyer)

Monday, March 4

Women’s Fair

West Gate Circle

11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.

UIW Women’s History Month Committee hosts the 4rd Annual UIW Women's Fair on Monday, March 4 from 11:30 a.m., - 1:30 p.m., on the West Gate Circle.  The fair will feature students, campus orgs, UIW offices, UIW research, Women's Health booth, and booths from community non-profits, organization that benefit women, and women-run business in San Antonio. For more information contact (210) 805-5705 or

Tuesday, March 5

National Catholic Sisters Project Speaker Event

The Real Sister Act: Confronting the Uneasy History of Racial Segregation and Exclusion in U.S. Female Religious Life

Seddon Recital Hall

6:30 p.m.

A distinguished lecture by Dr. Shannen Dee Williams, Assistant Professor, Villanova University. Sponsored by the Organization of American Historians co-sponsored by Religious Studies and the Pastoral Institute. Reception before and after.

Wednesday, March 6

Healthcare Heritage Exhibit and Wellness Fair Introduction

Reference Room in Mabee Library

10:00 a.m.

Sister Michele O’Brien will help introduce the Health and Education Fair which will include a month-long Healthcare Heritage exhibit in the Mabee Library. Sr. O’Brien will speak in the Reference Room in the library at 10a.m., and the fair itself will begin at 11a.m in the Wellness Center. There will be over 60 vendors at the Health and Education fair, and it will include a plethora of local San Antonio community members and UIW organizations. For more information about the Healthcare Heritage exhibit, contact Adrienne Ambrose at and for more information about the Health and Education Fair in general, contact Renee Bellanger at

UIW Wellness Fair

Wellness Center

11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 7

“Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence,”

Student Engagement Center (SEC) 2030

1:30 p.m.- 2:45 p.m.

The National Women’s History Theme for 2019.   Led by Sister Martha Ann Kirk. Reflections on women who have led efforts to end war, violence, and injustice and pioneered the use of nonviolence to change society. These women recognized that the means determine the ends and so developed nonviolent methods to ensure just and peaceful results.  They have rejected violence as counterproductive and stressed the need to restore respect, establish justice, and reduce the causes of conflict as the surest way to peace.  Cosponsored by the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability. Information:

Tuesday, March 19

"Weaving Culture s : Catholic Sisters Contributing to the Fabric of the United States" 

Student Engagement Center (SEC) 2030

1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.  

The Mexican American Catholic College  is the recipient of a special grant considering the gifts and potential of immigrant Catholic Sisters in the US. Learn from Dr. Arturo Chavez, the President of MACC, and some of these amazing women.  Read the study which led to this educational program

Tuesday, March 19

The Women of Highlander: An Arts-Based Approach to Research

Special Collections

6 p.m. -7 p.m.

Highlander Folk School, an adult education center for civil rights, was founded in 1932. This presentation will tell the story of two young men with a radical vision of change in Appalachia meeting Lilian Johnson, a woman who earned a PhD from Cornell in 1905 and had lived for 15 years in a rural mountain community trying to bring economic and social change. Sharon Herbers will share her research on the life and work of Johnson, then four doctoral students will read a scene from her play, Aunt Lilian’s Deed. The legacy of other women who worked with Highlander, Ella Baker, May Justus, Septima Clark will be highlighted.

Wednesday, March 20

Women’s and Gender Studies Women’s Month Lecture Series featuring Speaker Carolyn Cocca

SEC Ballroom

6 p.m. -7:15 p.m.

For its annual Women's History Month lecture series, the Women’s and Gender Studies program is bringing speaker Carolyn Cocca to campus on March 20 th at 6pm in the SEC Ballroom.  She will give a talk centered on her Eisner-award-winning book Superwomen: Gender, Power, and RepresentationSuperwomen investigates how and why female superhero characters have become a flashpoint for struggles over gender, sexuality, race, and disability; what has changed over time and why in terms of how these characters have been written, drawn, marketed, purchased, read, and reacted to; and how and why representations of superheroes matter, particularly to historically underrepresented and stereotyped groups. Specifically, the book explores superheroes, such as Wonder Woman; Batgirl and Oracle; Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Star Wars' Padmé Amidala, Leia Organa, Jaina Solo, and Rey; and X-Men's Jean Grey, Storm, Kitty Pryde, Rogue, and Mystique. ( Link to flyer)

Thursday, March 21

“The Ethics of Hospitality: An Interfaith Response to U.S. Immigration Policies” By Rev. Helen T. Boursier, Ph.D.

Mabee Library Special Collections

1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Rev. Boursier will share stories from her new book The Ethics of Hospitality.    Her writing is set against an ethical-theological-philosophical framework of the role of love in the Abrahamic tradition (Islam, Judaism, and Christianity).  The book highlights the personal witness of refugee families seeking asylum from the Northern Triangle in Central America to the U.S. Their heart-wrenching stories include why they fled their homelands, their experiences along the arduous overland journey, and their inhospitable reception when they arrived in the U.S. and requested asylum. Rev. Boursier has served for four years as a volunteer chaplain with refugee families and developed an art exhibit “The Power of Hope” of their creations.   Cosponsored by the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability. Information:

Wednesday, March 27

“When the Stars Align: How the “Loveliest Woman in America” found Fame in a Nun’s Habit” by Dr. Adrienne Ambrose (Thomas A. French Chair of the Religious Studies Department)

Special Collections

4:30 p.m.

This presentation will explore a rich period in American religious history through the experiences of a young amateur actress.  Rosamond Pinchot was a teenaged debutante when she was cast as the wayward nun in a landmark theatrical production, The Miracle.  Her subsequent rise to stardom, I will argue, is partly due to a powerful appetite for Catholic spectacle that swept the country in the 1920s.  Remembering Rosamond is one way to think through the complex, perennial issues of gender, religion, and American identity. 

Thursday, March 28

Women Composers Concert

Seddon Recital Hall

1:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m.

Join UIW faculty, students, and friends in a concert celebrating the works of women composers. Works by women composers throughout history and some original compositions by students at UIW will be performed.  For more information, contact Michele Aichele at

Empowerment of At-Risk Women: Cases Studies from Immigrants, Refugees and the Battered Women’s Shelter (Panel Discussion)

Location: TBD

4:30 p.m.

The panelists are: Angelica Docog, Executive Director, Institute of Texan Cultures, UTSA; Dr. Lopita Nath, Professor and Chair, Department of History, UIW Marta Pelaez, CEO and Chief Executive Director for Family Violence Prevention Services Inc. (Battered Women and Children's Shelter)

Moderator: Sumeyra Tek, Physics Adjunct Faculty at UIW; Volunteer at Raindrop Foundation San Antonio; Board Member of Women's Global Connection

“Building Resiliency and Personal Power,”

OLLU Moody Professor Lecture at UIW

Special Collections

6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.

Lecture by Bernadette Hassan Solórzano, PsyD. She is a Professor at Our Lady of the Lake University and the clinic director for the university’s training clinic for graduate students and has over twenty-two years of experience. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor. She provides supervision and consultation to Center for Survivors of Torture who are people from different countries who have relocated to San Antonio and dealing with past traumas and adjusting to a new living context and the Rape Crisis Center. She works with international families dealing with immigration situations. Her passion is working with families dealing with the trauma of enforced separations because of immigration and mentoring students in working in this area. She has conducted many interviews to prove hardship, qualify individuals as victims of crime, victims of domestic violence and credible fear that would qualify to seek asylum. Reception to follow.

Saturday, March 30

Cardinals in the Community

SEC Ballroom

8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Join your UIW family for a day of community service on March 30 th from 8:30am to 2:00pm.  On-campus and off-campus opportunities will focus on a variety of social justice issues.  Food and transportation provided.  For more information, please contact Yesenia Caloca at or (210) 805-2547.

Girls’ Global Summit,

UIW Rosenberg Skyroom

9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

“The Word Lived in the Past, Promise for the Future”: A Photo History of Incarnate Word Sister and UIW

All of March

Condos Student Gallery

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