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In February, the University of Akron and the Women’s Studies program will be having several programs of particular interest to women.

Monday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m., CNN Democratic strategist and adjunct professor of Women’s Studies at Georgetown University Donna Brazile, will speak at E.J. Thomas Hall.  Tickets are available in the Women’s Studies office at 58 Schrank Hall North. The program is part of the University’s Rethinking Race program.

Kimberly Dark is Women Studies’ contribution to the Rethinking Race programs. She will present Feb. 10 in the student union Gardner Theatre at 7 p.m.. Through interactive activities and lecture audience members will learn about U.S. wealth distribution and the differing realities of wealth accumulation based on race and gender. Through humor, facts and statistics, you will discover how poverty is not just a personal problem.

In preparation for the upcoming Vagina Monologues Women’s Studies will present two programs. The video, “Until the Violence Stops”  will be presented Monday,  Feb. 9, at 4 p.m. in room 133, College of Arts and Sciences.  The video examines Eve Ensler’s work with violence worldwide and the way presenting the Vagina Monologues helps to fight it.

On Tuesday Feb. 10, a teach-in on Women of the Congo will be held in room 335 Student Union Theatre from 5-7 p.m. The teach-in will include a powerpoint on the history of the Congo and the current atrocities being committed against women and children there.

The Vagina  Monologues will be presented Feb. 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. in Leigh Hall’s John S. Knight Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for University affiliates and $12 for the general public. Ten percent of the proceeds from this year’s Vagina Monologues will go to help stop violence against women in the  Congo and ninety percent will go the Summit Medina County Rape Crisis Center. For information call 330-972-7008 or e-mail millhof@uakron.edu.

Other upcoming programs of interest are:

  • Minority women in Local Newspapers. Feb. 3, 9 a.m. 3rd Floor Student Union (above Starbucks).
  • Budgeting, saving and credit reports.  Feb. 3, 7 p.m. Terri Campanelli of Consumer Credit Counseling.  Schrank Hall South Room 222.
  • Coeds  Go Red. Feb. 4. Noon. Student Union Ballroom A.  Free lunch. Reservations required. joanna.franks@heart.org.
  • Self defense class. Feb. 24. 5:30 p.m. Memorial Hall room 126.
  • Socially Responsible Investing.  Feb. 24, 7 p.m. Karen Dumont, Calvert Funds.  Schrank Hall South Room 222.
  • Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft. March 3, 7 p.m.  Kimberly Ray of National City Bank. Room 222 Schrank Hall South.

See you there.

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