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Women's Week events scheduled

NDSU's 34th annual Women’s Week, "This is What a Feminist Looks Like," is scheduled for Feb. 29 - March 4. 

Numerous events are planned for the Memorial Union, including:

Monday, Feb, 29

• Parenting Students at NDSU, noon, Room of Nations

Caitlin Johnson, Equity and Diversity Center graduate assistant, will serve as moderator and panelist. Other panelists include Ruth Buffalo, public health graduate research assistant; Cassandra Coghill, McNair Scholar; and Simeon Edosomwan, pharmacy graduate teaching assistant

The panel will help shed light on an often overlooked population and help identify ways to support this growing group of students at NDSU by examining their roles as mothers and fathers. It also will highlight a range of experiences of balancing school, work and the responsibilities of raising children.

• Bystander Intervention > Personal Safety, 2 p.m., Hidatsa room

Kelsey Keimig, assistant director of Sexual Assault Prevention and Advocacy and Kristy Brandt, violence prevention educator, will discuss how teaching bystander intervention is the best skill we can learn to protect women.

• Becoming Darcy, 7 p.m., Century Theater

Darcy Corbitt, psychology doctoral student and award-winning  transgender advocate, will share her experiences of transitioning in a small, conservative southern town and the lessons learned throughout her journey.

Tuesday, March 1

Out in the Night: A Film and Discussion about the Intersectionality of Sexism, Heterosexism and Racism, 12:30 p.m., Meadow Lark room

Christi McGeorge, professor of human development and family science, will discuss the documentary film that highlights the struggle of justice for four lesbian African American women.

* Out of Bondage: My Escape from Abuse, 2-3:30 p.m., Hidatsa room

Kathleen Swanson, assistant professor of practice for the NDSU School of Nursing, and Pat Olson, counselor at the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center, will share Swanson's personal story of escape from emotional spousal abuse and her journey of healing. A following discussion will look at hidden warning signs of emotional abuse, the impact of emotional abuse on families and components of healthy relationships.


• NDSU Young Lakota, 6 p.m., Century Theater

Join us for a screening of the documentary "Young Lakota" and panel discussion with Cecilia Fire Thunder, the first female president of the Oglala Lakota. Other panelists include Ruth Buffalo, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara and Chirichaua Apache, public health graduate research assistant; Tanya Red Road, Anishinaabe, site coordinator at Regroup, project coordinator for Native American Christian Ministries and F/M Native American Center, Fargo Human Relations Commission; Jamie Holding Eagle, NDSU. Lillian Jones will serve as mediator.

Sponsors include American Civil Liberties Union of North Dakota, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota

Wednesday, March 2

• Hairy Pits, Man-haters and Radicals: Dispelling the Myths of Feminism, noon, Room of Nations

Ashley Baggett, assistant professor of Hhstory; Ann Burnett, director of Women and Gender Studies; Chelsea Pace, assistant professor of theatre; and Zachary Sauvageau, sociology student, will seek to dispel myths about what a feminist looks like.

• Feminist Resistance Across Time, Cultures and Media, 2 p.m., Century Theater

Nesreen A. El Doliefy, doctoral student in English and Ashleigh Petts, doctoral student in English will explore powerful examples of feminist resistance to injustice through film, television and early 20th century speeches. 

• Film: Suffragette, 7 p.m., Century Theater

The film tells the story of the growing suffragette movement of early 20 th century Great Britain. Co-sponsored by Campus Attractions

Thursday, March 3

• The Business of Sex: Melvina Massey and Early Fargo’s Sex Trade, 12:30 p.m., Meadow Lark room

Following a short documentary on Melvina Massey, Fargo's notorious brothel owner, Angela Smith, assistant professor of public history; Kristen Fellows, assistant professor of anthropology; Anna M. Munns, master's degree candidate in anthropology will update the audience on a project exploring the historical sex trade in North Dakota.

• Women at NDSU: Building a Legacy, 2 p.m., Hidatsa room

NDSU library staff members Alicia Kubas, Beth Twomey, Merete Christianson and Trista Raezer-Stursa will examiness the overlooked stories of women whose names we know so well: Alba Bales, Evelyn Morrow Lebedeff, Jessamine Slaughter Burgum, Katherine Kilbourne Burgum, Mary Darrow Weible, Matilda Thompson, and Pearl Dinan. Between them, the women featured in the presentation have contributed hundreds of years of service to NDSU, serving as inspiration for future women leaders.

Friday, March 4

• Hope on the Range: One women’s rise in academic leadership through subtle feminism, noon, Room of Nations

Heather L. Fischer, Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, will focus on the story of one woman’s journey from being a stay-at-home mother to Provost in a region known for culture against women in the workplace.

Pole Fitness, 2 p.m., Hidatsa room

Stacey Ann Schulte, Women and Gender Studies alumna, and a panel of pole advocates will demonstrate how pole fitness is bucking the stigma of the stripper subculture while allowing students and practitioners to reach fitness goals in a safe, challenging and supportive environment.

Women’s Week 2016 is sponsored by the Equity and Diversity Center and Women and Gender Studies Program with support from the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Vice President for Finance and Administration, College of Health Professions, College of Science and Mathematics, University Relations, College of Human Development and Education, Vice President for Research and Creative Activity, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Vice President for Student Affairs.

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