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February 28, 2000
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Women's History Month Events at IU Northwest

Women History Expert Performs ”Kate's Pants” – March3
Political Activist Angela Davis Speaks– March 23 

Plans are underway for a month of activities at IndianaUniversity Northwest in celebration of Women'sHistory Month including a Women'sHistory Celebration and Business Exposition on March 3 and a publiclecture by Angela Y. Davis,political activist, on March 23.

Women's History Alivewillhighlight the March 3 women's history and expo event. SandraHansen, one of Michigan's foremost experts on women in American historywill perform, Kate's Pants,a one-woman show portraying women's historical roles and includes 16 costumechanges. A light-hearted introduction to women's history, characters suchas Amelia Bloomer, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, and Mrs. SidneySavory Buckman parade through a 14-year-old’s bedroom as the teen reachesfor an understanding of social customs and women's role in history. 
Sponsored by the Women'sResource Center, the celebration and exposition will be in the BlueRoom, Tamarack Hallfrom 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the Hansen performance at 1 p.m. 

Open to the public, the day's activities will begin with the businessExpo, and offers networking and career opportunities with regional businessand community organizations.  Organizations participating in the Expoinclude: The Executive'sCouncil, Haven House, HealthyStart, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Tupperware,the Women'sResource Center at Methodist Hospital, Stepping Stone Shelter, St.Jude House, IU Northwest AdmissionsOffice, SPEA, Divisionof Business and Economics,  and the Divisionof Education. Lunch will be served prior to the 1 p.m. performance.The event is $3 for IU students, $5 for staff and the community. Ticketsor exhibit space can by calling contact Amy Paterson Sandie at 219-980-6641.

As part of the March celebration, political activist AngelaY. Davis will speak in Theatre Northwest on March 23 at 7:30p.m. Co-sponsored by the Women'sStudy Program and the department of minority studies, the free public lecture by Davis will be on Social Justice:Women and Prison, and is based on her research and various articlespublished in 1996, 1997, and 1998.

Removed from a teaching position at UCLAin 1969 because of her political activities, Davis today she is a tenuredprofessor in the history of consciousness department at the Universityof California-Santa Cruz. In 1994, she received the distinguished honorof an appointment to the University of California Presidential Chair inAfrican American and Feminist Studies. Ironically, California's formergovernor Ronald Regan once vowed that Davis would never again teach inthe University of California system.

Professor Davis’s commitment to prisoners’ rights dates back to herown 16-month incarceration in the early 1970s, prior to acquittal in 1972. She remains an advocate of prison abolition and has developed a “powerfulcritique of racism in the criminal justice system.” Davis is also a memberof the advisory board of the Prison Activist Resource Center, and is currentlyworking on a comparative study of women's imprisonment in the U.S., Netherlandsand Cuba. 

Another event scheduled for the university's women's history celebrationis the Celebrating Our Students Conference, scheduled on the March8th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is the 12th year IU Northwest has held theWomen's Studies event where students present gender-oriented research papers,essays, and other creative works. The keynote speaker for the conferenceis newly appointed Judge Karen Freeman-Wilson. Students participating inthis conference will have the opportunity to attend the undergraduate intercampus,CelebratingOur Students Conference at IU Kokomo in April. Since 1989, the conferencehas consistently been held on the IU Kokomo campus. However, in 2001, theIU Northwest campus will host the IU intercampus event for the first time.

Throughout the month, Brown Bag Sessions will also be offered. The firstsession is scheduled for March 1 from noon to 1 p.m. in TamarackHall 60. Dr. MaryRussell, department of English,will facilitate a discussion on If Eve and Adam Were Teenagers: PhilipPullman's Novels Recasting the Fall, or, Is That Your Final Answer?on March 1.Dr. Danille Taylor Guthrie,department of minority studieswill facilitate a discussion on Whois Angela Davis? on March 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in RaintreeHall 102..

For more information on Women's History Month activities at IUNorthwest contact the department of women'sstudies at 219-980-6680. 

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