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Women's Week 2016 Schedule


Monday, February 29th


Parenting Students at NDSU: Noon, Room of Nations

Caitlin Johnson: Mediator/Panelist, Equity & Diversity Center Graduate Assistant; Panelists: Ruth Buffalo, Public Health Graduate Research Assistant; Cassandra Coghill, McNair Scholar; Simeon Edosomwan, Pharmacy Graduate Teaching Assistant

This panel will serve to help learn about parenting student perspectives to help shed a light on an often overlooked population and help identify ways to provide support for this growing population of students at NDSU by examining their roles as mothers and fathers.  It will also highlight a range of experiences of balancing school, work, and the home responsibilities of raising (a) child/ren.   It will touch on how the role of parenting and nurturing impacted their academic studies and experiences.

Bystander Intervention > Personal Safety: 2pm, Hidatsa

Kelsey Keimig, Assistant Director Sexual Assault Prevention and Advocacy; Kristy Brandt, Violence Prevention Educator

“Why don’t women just learn how to defend themselves?” Find out why that doesn’t work on a mass scale, and why teaching bystander intervention is the best skill we can all learn to protect women.

Becoming Darcy: 7pm, Century Theater

Darcy Corbitt, Psychology PhD Student, Psychology

Award-winning transgender advocate Darcy Corbitt shares her lived experiences of transitioning in a small, conservative southern town and the lessons learned throughout her journey.  Darcy will discuss her discovery that loving yourself gives ordinary people the strength to do extraordinary things during their journey to become better versions of themselves. Moreover, Darcy will discuss how we can all work to make our communities more open and accepting of transgender individuals through policy and social changes in the tristate area.

Tuesday, March 1st


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

Christi McGeorge, Professor, Human Development and Family Science

 This session will involve viewing a segment of and discussing the documentary Out in the Night, which explores   the struggle for justice of four lesbian African American women. The discussion will focus on the role that race, gender identity, and sexual orientation play in our criminal justice system.

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

Kathleen Swanson, DNP, RN, Assistant Professor of Practice for the NDSU School of Nursing; Pat Olson, counselor, Rape and Abuse Crisis Center

Kathleen will share her personal story of escape from emotional spousal abuse in the rural Midwest and her journey of healing. A discussion will follow discussing hidden warning signs of emotional abuse, the impact of emotional abuse on families, and components of healthy relationships.

NDSU Young Lakota: 6:00 p.m., Century Theater

Lillian Jones: Mediator; Panelists: Cecelia Fire Thunder, the first female president of the Oglala Lakota; 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 & F/M Native American Center, Fargo Human Relations Commission; Jamie Holding Eagle, North Dakota State University

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, and three local Native American women who are cutting new paths    in our community.  Sponsors: American Civil Liberties Union of North Dakota, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota 

Wednesday, March 2nd


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

Ashley Baggett, Assistant Professor of History; Ann Burnett, Director of Women and Gender Studies; Chelsea Pace, Assistant Professor of Theatre; Zachary Sauvageau, Sociology Student

When considering what a feminist “looks like,” we often confront myths, such as those appearing in the title of this presentation.  This session seeks to dispel those myths through presentation, discussion, and unintimidating activities.

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

Nesreen A. El Doliefy, PhD Student, English; Ashleigh Petts, PhD Student, English

This panel explores powerful examples of feminist resistance to injustice through film, television, and early 20th-century speeches. 

Film: Suffragette: 7pm, Century Theater

Co-sponsored by Campus Attractions

In early 20th-century Britain, the growing suffragette movement forever changes the life of working wife and mother Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan). Galvanized by political activist Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep), Watts joins a diverse group of women who fight for equality and the right to vote. Faced with increasing police action, Maud and her dedicated suffragettes must play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, risking their jobs, homes, family and lives for a just cause.

Thursday, March 3rd


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

Angela Smith, Assistant Professor of Public History; Kristen Fellows, Assistant Professor of Anthropology; Anna M. Munns, MA Candidate in Anthropology

A short documentary on Melvina Massey, Fargo’s notorious African American brothel owner, will be screened. Following the film, researchers will update the audience on a larger project exploring the historical sex trade in North Dakota.

Women at NDSU: Building a Legacy: 2:00p.m., Hidatsa

 NDSU Library Staff:  Alicia Kubas, Beth Twomey, Merete Christianson, Trista Raezer-Stursa

This presentation examines 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.  A variety of primary resources from the NDSU Archives—including photographs, correspondence, news articles, and university records—will be utilized to illuminate the lives behind these names and highlight the larger contributions women have made on campus.  Between them, the women featured in this presentation have contributed hundreds of years of service to the university, serving as inspiration for future women leaders at NDSU.

 Friday, March 4th


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

Heather L. Fischer, B.Arch, MDS-HP, Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

The presentation 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-particular, in the workplace. It will examine the conflict of local culture during her role as Provost. Also, what others may learn from her leadership through subtle persistent action rather than protest.   

Pole Fitness: 2pm, Hidatsa

 Stacey Ann Schulte, Women and Gender Studies Alumna and panel of pole advocates

This session will include a demonstration on how pole fitness is bucking the stigma of stripper subculture while allowing students and practitioners to reach fitness goals while providing a safe, challenging, and supportive environment where students can discover their own confidence and power.


Events will be in the NDSU Memorial Union, 1401 Administration Ave., Fargo, ND. 58102, unless otherwise noted.

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 & 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, Vice President for Student Affairs.

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Featured Evening Speakers:

Becoming Darcy

Monday 7 p.m. in the Century Theater

Darcy Corbitt, Psychology PhD Student, Psychology

NDSU Young Lakota

Tuesday 6:00 p.m. in the  Century Theater

 Lillian Jones: Mediator; Panelists: Cecelia Fire Thunder, the first female president of the Oglala Lakota; 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 & F/M Native American Center, Fargo Human Relations Commission; Jamie Holding Eagle, North Dakota State University

More information on each of these events can be found on the complete event listing.

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