Women's History Month 2015

Women's History month, March 2015, “Weaving the stories of women's lives”

Learn of the UIW Women and Gender Studies Concentration www.uiw.edu/english/womensstudies.html

“The Stories of Women in Our Lives”
Tuesday, March 3. Bonilla Science Hall 111. 12pm – 1:15pm
As part of Dr. Stampfl’s Women’s Writing Class (Engl 3340), Olivia Almirudis, Ivonne Ayala, Gabriela Bogran, and Megan McKenna will share the stories they have collected through oral histories. Olivia will share the story of Maria Almirudis and her journey of a woman, daughter, sister, mother, and pastor's wife across cultures and languages. Ivonne will tell the story of Carmen Lucia Romo Aguilera, a Mexican woman, one of the oldest of 8 siblings, and who has 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren. Everyone is invited to attend.

"Mass and Reception to Honor Congolese Women"
St. Paul Community Center. Sunday, March 9, 10am.
The Congolese Catholic community of San Antonio has scheduled this mass to honor all Congolese women who have died the fifteen-year-long war in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and to raise awareness among the larger San Antonio community about the suffering caused by this often neglected war. Coordinated by UIW Religious Studies Instructor, Bosco Miller

Celebration of Women” Open House"
Hosted by Women’s Global Connection, Brackenridge Villa Basement. Wednesday, March 18, 8am-noon. 
Celebrate the women and girls we collaborate with in Peru, Tanzania, Zambia, and San Antonio, as well as the many women and girls who serve WGC as volunteers.  Drop by our new office location anytime between 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
(210)828-2224, Ext. 297.  wgc.mabuck@gmail.com

“Selma Epstein: The Pianist as Activist”
Thursday, March 19th, 2015 at 1:30 PM

The UIW Department of Music will host a lecture/performance that focuses on the life and career of Selma Epstein, pianist, pedagogue, and advocate for underrepresented composers, particularly women. The music department recently received a donation of music scores that Selma collected throughout her life—a treasure trove of 20th-century piano music with an especially rich collection of music composed by women over many centuries—all of which will now find a home in the new music building’s listening library. The March 19 presentation will feature performances of pieces found in Selma’s library, all by women composers: Lili Boulanger (edited by Selma), Emma Lou Diemer, and Maryjean Van Appledorn. Another of Selma’s interests was the music of Australian composer Percy Grainger, and excerpts from her album of Grainger’s piano music will also be played during the presentation.

"Las Hermanas:  The Struggle is One” Conference
This interdisciplinary symposium  will honor the history, development, and legacy of Las Hermanas, a grassroots Latina movement formed 40 years ago to challenge and change the church and its role in society.  The conference promises a rich program, including outstanding keynote speakers, academic papers, sharing of stories, celebration in the spirit of Las Hermanas, and an opportunity to visit the new Heritage Center of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.  For more information and to register, please visit http://www.uiw.edu/lashermanas/.   
Thursday, March 19, 7pm, Library Auditorium:  Keynote addressLara Medina, Ph.D., California State University Northridge, “Las Hermanas: A Legacy of Commitment, Courage, and Spiritual Activism”  Free and open to the public

"Weaving Demonstrations by Beverly Allen, Master Navajo Weaver"
Tuesday, March 24, 10:30-11:45am & Thursday, March 26, 9-10:15am. Dubuis Lawn  
In case of inclement weather, demonstrations will be held in the Joyce Building Lobby.

Monday, March 23:
9:00-10:15am: Dubuis Lawn (or NB 206 if bad weather), "The Role of Weaving in Cultural Maintenance"

12:00-1:15pm: FMGT 3340 Textile Product Analysis in JB 232, "Spinning, Weaving Demonstration"

1:30-2:45pm: FMGT 3323 Fashion History II in JB 232, "Spinning, Weaving Demonstration"

4:30-5:45pm: PSYC 385 Multicultural Issues in AD 354, "Women in Navajo Society, Navajo Culture"

Tuesday, March 24:
9:00-9:45am: PSYC Multicultural Issues in AD 325, "The Role of Weaving in Cultural Identity"

10:30-11:45: Weaving demonstration is Dubuis Lawn (or JB Lobby if bad weather)

Wednesday, March 25: 
9:00-10:15: FMGT 2341 Textiles in JB 232, "Spinning, Weaving Demonstration"

12:00-1:15pm: ENG 1312 in BSH 120, "Women in Navajo Society"

3:00-4:15pm: ENG 1312 in GB 109 "Women in Navajo Society"

"Maestra" Film Showing
Monday, March 23 at Noon and Friday, March 27 at 5 PM, Library Auditorium
This 33 minute documentary explores the experiences of nine teenage girls who joined the National Literacy Campaign in 1961 to eradicate illiteracy in Cuba. The film will be followed by discussion of adult literacy in San Antonio today. 
Sponsors: Ettling Center for Civic Leadership, Contemporary Issues in Adult Education class, and CARE (Children Are Reason Enough).

“Women Narrating Themselves”
Monday, March 30th. 3pm – 4pm. Nursing Building 142.

Ivonne Ayala, Kelly Holguin, and Leah Gomez will share their creative autobiographies as they reflect on the most important events, people, and influences in their lives. We conceive of our identities and sense of self in the form of narratives, and the three presenters will weave their stories through the lens of gender. These projects originated in the Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies course (Engl 2340), and Dr. Tanja Stampfl will facilitate the reading and discussion.

We are grateful to Women’s History Month Committee Members and to all our presenters.
Women’s History Month Chair: Dr. Adrienne Nock Ambrose
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, Tyler Tully, Kathy Vargas, Amy Wagner, Debora Zamora.

A campus map is available at www.uiw.edu/map. The University of the Incarnate Word provides reasonable accommodations with adequate notice. To request disability accommodation for this event, visit www.uiw.edu/ada