Women's History Month 2014

“Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment” The 2014 National Women's History Month theme www.nwhp.org/whm/

Learn of the UIW Women and Gender Studies Concentration


Women's Global Connection Girls Global Summit, Saturday, March 1, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry, 9725 Datapoint Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229. What does it mean to be a global citizen? Teams of girls from six San Antonio high schools will explore that important question. Open to girls of all ages, with emphasis on middle and high school. The first GLOBALLY AWESOME GIRL AWARD will be presented to Dr. Ruth Berggren, Director of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics at the UT Health Science Center, for her compassionate work in global health and education. The Summit is free and lunch is provided, but registration is required, go to www.womensglobalconnection.org/event/girls-global-summit/ Contact: Dr. Alison Buck, Women’s Global Connection Office 210 832-3208 or Claudia Garcia Guzman-Garcia@live.com.

imageRosie Castro, Activist and Mother of San Antonio Mayor, Julian Castro and U.S. Congressman, Joaquin Castro, Tuesday, March 4, 4:30 p.m., UIW Library Auditorium. Ms. Castro will speak on her experiences as a woman in the political and academic worlds. Sponsored by the UIW Woman and Gender Studies Concentration and Co-sponsored by Bexar County Young Tejano Democrats and the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. Contact: Dr. Emily Clark (ejclark@uiwtx.edu), 210-283-5061.

"Don't forget the ladies"-- the Road to the 19th Amendment ,” by Dr. Michelle Tabit, Wednesday, March 5, 12 noon to 1:15 pm, Marian Hall Ballroom. Join the US History class to remember the movement for women’s suffrage and its implications for today. Contact: Dr. Michelle Tabit (tabit@uiwtx.edu), 210-283-6346.

Band of Sisters

Band of Sisters, Thursday, March 6, at noon, Library Auditorium hosted by Dr. Gil Hinojosa, and Monday, March 17, 4 pm, hosted by Dr. Adrienne Ambrose. A screening and discussion of the award-winning documentary featuring interviews with Incarnate Word Sister Yolanda Tarango and other forward-thinking American nuns. The film chronicles the transformation in the lives of Women Religious following the Second Vatican Council as these brave women embraced the call to fully engage with the world in all its need. www.bandofsistersmovie.com/ Contact: Dr. Adrienne Nock Ambrose ambrosea@uiwtx.edu.

"Sr. Dorothy Ettling Future Women Leader Scholarship" Application Deadline March 7. Get full information to apply for the scholarship available to all UIW female students seeking a graduate degree on main campus or in one of the professional programs including optometry, pharmacy and physical therapy uiw.edu/education/scholarship.html The Second Annual "Women Leadership Forum” where the winner of this year's scholarship will be announced will be April 4, 12 noon, UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry. Contact: Dr. Narges Kasraie: nkasraie@uiwtx.edu or Dr. Noah Kasraie: kasraie@uiwtx.edu.

Bhutan refugees

Is This My Shangri-La? Join Dr. Lopita Nath at the Institute of Texan Cultures and hear about her exhibit. Tuesday, March 11, 10:30 – 11:30 am. 801 César E. Chavez Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78233. Dr. Lopita Nath, head of the UIW Asian Studies program, is currently working on a book about the Bhutanese refugee resettlement in the United States. From her research trips, she offers a glimpse of life as a refugee, as well as insight into how a people reconstructed their community, and preserved their culture in the face of life-changing events. The exhibit can be seen until April 20. At 10:30 am, March 11, meet at the front desk of the Institute of Texan Cultures. For complimentary admission with Dr. Nath’s group, please RSVP if you are coming nath@uiwtx.edu.

Band of Sisters, March 17, 4-6pm, Library Auditorium. See description above on March 6.

Gender Representation in Children’s Literature and in the Media: Has Anything Changed?Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 6 -7 pm, Library Auditorium. Picture books are one of the first encounters young children have with stories. In addition, these narrative stories are one of the most important cultural products by which individuals make sense of their lives and the world. As a result, the way in which characters are presented and represented in picture books communicates and establishes culturally accepted gender roles. This presentation explores the gender representations of characters in Caldecott Awarded and Honor books. Gender representation in the media and images of God will also be discussed. Presenters: Dr. Lori Falcon, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, Dr. Mary Swofford, Associate Professor of English, Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, Professor of Religious Studies. For information contact Dr. Stephanie Grote-Garcia, 210-832-2106, grotegar@uiwtx.edu.

IW MissionariesThe Evolution of a Women's Community Leadership Group: The Story of Pushaq Warmi (Guiding Women) in Peru. Thursday, March 20, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Library Auditorium, hosted by Women’s Global Connection (WGC). Presenters are volunteers with WGC, Ada Gonzalez, UIW Ph.D. candidate and Anne Catherine Mora, San Antonio community participant. They will help us visualize the capacity building in the WGC collaborative partnership with Pushaq Warmi that is leading to personal, social, and global development. Women’s empowerment through joint sharing of resources is featured. Presenters will encourage dialogue on this important topic. (In the picture, Pushag Warmi members with December 2013 WGC volunteers and Incarnate Word Missionaries.

Ada Garza, top row, second from left, is a recent UIW graduate. Learn how you might volunteer to work there through the IW Missionary program or go for a short term trip through WGC www.womensglobalconnection.org/)

Quality Time: Associate, Create, March 25, 12:00 p.m., Library Special Collections Room. Dr. Jo LeCoeur will credit the direct importance of creative sources. She will show how students stay true to their original vision while using pre-tested writing techniques. She will also cite one poem by each of five women in gratitude for their influences on her own work. Jo LeCoeur crosses genres. LSU published her Edith Wharton essay in The Southern Review. Trinity’s Art at Our Doorstep published her poem Gravity. She won first prize, fiction for Lip Music in Napa Valley College’s Jessamyn West Review. Her biographical memoir was published in West Virginia’s Legal Studies Forum. Her chapbook Medicine Woods got a $5000 grant from San Antonio’s Art Foundation. She judged the Houston Poetry Fest in October, hosted Showcase at the Twig in November, and performed poetry at the main library in the city’s Charter for Compassion January event. Contact: Dr. Emily Clark (ejclark@uiwtx.edu), 210-283-5061.

image“Come Back River” A Reading, Tuesday, March 25, 3 pm, Library Special Collections Room. Debangana Banerjee, artist and poet will read from her collection of poems Come Back River. These poems accompany her paintings and art work about the role of rivers, water, and women in her native Bengal. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact Dr. Tanja Stampfl at Stampfl@uiwtx.edu.

imageMary and Jesus in a Persian miniature. “Behold! the angels said: "O Mary! Allah hath chosen thee and purified thee- chosen thee above the women of all nations”. -Quran, sura 3 (Al Imran), ayah 42

Mary and Women in the Quran and in the Bible,Tuesday, March 25, 7 p.m., Library Special Collections. Dr. Fatma Arslan of UTSA and Dr. Adrienne Ambrose of UIW Religious Studies Department will share texts, images, and popular ideas with a lively discussion led by Dr. Jessica Kimmel of the UIW Education Department and Muslim students at UIW. March 25, the Annunciation, is the day that Christians especially remember the story of the angel Gabriel announcing the birth of Jesus to Mary. The story is found in both the Quran, chapter 19, and the Bible, Luke 1. Co-sponsored by the Turkish Raindrop Women’s Association, the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest,the “Gender” Adult Education Class, and Sister Martha Ann Kirk’s “Women and Faith” Class. Contact: Dr. Jessica Kimmel, kimmel@uiwtx.edu, 210- 829-3144.

Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness to Change, a documentary film hosted by NOSA, the National Optometric Student Association, Wednesday, March 26, 12 noon – 1 pm. Rosenberg School of Optometry Events Room 301-304. In 1965 a nonviolent protest for voting rights was stopped by police and opposing protesters on what is now known as “Bloody Sunday.” In response, Dr. Martin Luther King sent out a call to priests, clergy, religious leaders of all faiths and denominations to support the quest for voting rights through their physical presence in a nonviolent march from Selma to Montgomery. Six nuns from the Midwest participated in the march and others provided services to the marchers behind the scenes. This documentary includes interviews of some of the Sisters and archival footage of the march. The movie shows the Sisters’ fears, challenges, and the transformation they suffered throughout this battle against segregation, transformation that leaked into the spirit of the Catholic Church. www.aptv.org/as/sisters/sisters.asp A discussion will follow. Pizza and refreshments will be served. Contact: Dr. Lourdes Fortepiani fortepia@uiwtx.edu

United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, Thursday, March 27, 11:45 am – 1 pm, UIW Library Special Collections Room. Dr. Jessica Kimmel, a delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women meeting in New York City from March 9-21, will speak and shows slides on the issues presented. A light lunch will be served courtesy of the Dreeben School of Education. Contact: Dr. Jessica Kimmel, kimmel@uiwtx.edu, 210-829-3144.

Women Leaders in the Military: Profiles of Character, Courage, and Commitment Library Auditorium, Wednesday, March 26, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Hosted by Dr. Sharon Herbers’ Program Development Class. For more information, contact Dr. Herbers (210)805-3073 herbers@uiwtx.edu

Women in Computing History. The Computer Information Systems (CIS) degree program is celebrating March by researching the contributions of two prominent women, Ada Lovelace (Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace), recognized as the first computer programmer, and Grace Hopper (Grace Murray Hopper, Ph.D., RADM (Ret.)), inventor of the first programming language compiler, developing the COBOL language, and coining the term software "bug." UIW students are active with the San Antonio Women in Technology www.linkedin.com/groups/San-Antonio-Women-in-Technology-4973062. See their poster displays in the Joyce Building and learn more from Phillip Youngblood 210-832-3205, youngblo@uiwtx.edu.

Displays of books and videos celebrating the contributions of women, on view at the UIW Mabee Library throughout the month of March. Contact: Christina Link 210-832-2171 link@uiwtx.edu

Posters on Women’s History by first year students who were in the Learning Community Poster Research Day can be seen throughout the campus:

  • “The First African Woman Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai” by Cassandra Villarreal and Leah Villarreal which was awarded the Best of the Show in the Bonilla Science Hall.
  • “Dorothy Day” by Gabrielle Estrada which was awarded Best Graphic Design and Best for Presentation and Communication in the Library Reference Room.
  • “Sister Rosalie Bertell, Protector of God’s Children” by Kassandra Munoz, Angelica Padilla, Madeline Lopez, and Heather McKinney which was awarded Best for Mission in the Nursing Building.
  • “Mairead Corrigan Maguire from Victim of Violence to Noble Laureate, a Voice for Peace” by Carolina Gomez, Morgan Gorley, Daniel Hernandez, and Miranda Hyder.
  • “Women of Empowerment: Mother Teresa, Ada Maria Isazi Diaz, and Mary Daly” by Rebecca DeLeon, Jessica Hernandez, and Valerie Hernandez in the Administration Building on second floor.

The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word invite you to read “Sowing Seeds of Justice and Peace/ Sembrando Semillas de Justicia” y Paz www.saccvi.blogspot.com/ Join them working to protect women, men, and all of creation.

We are grateful to Women’s History Month Committee Members and to all our presenters.
Women’s History Month Co-chairs: Dr. Adrienne Nock Ambrose and Sister Martha Ann Kirk
Committee Members: Paul Ayala, Stephanie Boswell, Alakananda Chaudhuri, Emilie Clark, Lourdes Fortepiani, Flor García-Wukovits, Joan Giampaoli, Adeola Grillo, Stephanie Grote-Garcia, Sherry Herbers, Jessica Ibarra, Noah Kasraie, Jessica Kimmel, Tiffany-Jade Kreys, Roberta Lavin, Pat Lonchar, Joey López, Sarah Luna, Sr. Sally Mitchell, Teresa Partridge, Sally Said, Jeannie Scott, Audra Skukauskaite, Tanja Stampfl, Mary Beth Swofford, Michelle Tabit, Kathy Vargas, Amy Wagner, Debora Zamora.

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