Women’s History Month 2011 Events

The schedule for the January-May 2011 Spring Film Series will be available on the Women’s Resource Center and Women’s Studies homepage.

Feb.y 13 & 18, 2011

The Vagina Monologues

Location: EJ Thomas Hall Stage Door.

Tickets will be on sale at EJ Thomas Hall Ticket Office – Students, faculty, and staff. T-Shirts will also be on sale at EJ Thomas Hall. All proceeds benefit V-day and the Rape Crisis Center of Summit and Medina Counties. The University of Akron’s 2011 V-Day benefit performance of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” is a consciousness-raising event and fundraiser to help end violence against women and to celebrate women, their bodies and their experiences. It is sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program and E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall and is supported by L.I.P. (Liberation in Progress) Service and Graduate CROW student organizations. All proceeds benefit the V-Day Organization and the Rape Crisis Center of Summit and Medina counties. The monologues will be performed by UA students, faculty, staff and Akron community members. The theme for this year will be poets’ society/smooth jazz. Co-sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program and EJ Thomas Hall.

March 15, 2011

Women’s History Project Dinner

Registration, 5:30 p.m.; Dinner, 6 p.m., Martin University Center – This annual event honors local women for improving the quality of life of those around them. A cash bar will be available. For reservations information, call 330-929-3382. Sponsored by the Women’s History Project

March 3, 2011

Women’s Wellness Fair

Polsky 3rd floor, 10 a.m. -2 p.m. – Booths, displays and presenter focusing on women’s health issues. Join us for a free and fun-filled day of giveaways, demonstrations and literature. Co-sponsored by Women’s Studies Program and Student Life at Summit College.

March 3, 2011

Women Trailblazers Panel

5 p.m.-9 p.m. – The accomplishments of distinguished, successful and diverse female leaders from around the country will be highlighted at this panel discussion. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Development.

March, 2011

Counseling, Testing and Career Center programming

Location: Simmons Hall 306

  • Black Women and Identity – March 2, noon
  • Good Sleep and Academic Performance – March 7,  11 a.m.
  • I Am Not My Hair – March 9 , noon (This is about body image issues especially for women of color.)
  • First Generation College Student – March 10, 1 p.m.
  • Suicide Prevention – March 22, 11 a.m
  • Peace, Love and Happiness – March 23, noon
  • A Parent and Also a Student – March 30, 1 p.m.

Sponsored by Counseling, Testing and Career Center

March 21, 2011

Cece Gable

EJ Thomas Hall Stage Door, 7:30 p.m. General Admission – $10; UA Students – $5

A consummate jazz cabaret performer, CeCe has sung in jazz clubs throughout the United States and Europe. Influenced by many women and men of jazz, she offers her own voice on jazz standards and the American Songbook. A native of Barberton, Ohio and graduate of Kent State University, Cece will be accompanied on piano by David Ake.

Co-sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program and EJ Thomas Hall.

March 23, 2011

Let’s Talk Africa Discussion Panel

Student Union Theater, 6 p.m. Co-sponsored by African Student Association, Pan-African Studies and Women’s Studies Program

March 24, 2011

Women’s History Month International Programming

Ball rooms A and B [Sunandini Chopra will confirm time] Sponsored by Associated Student Government [ASG]

March 26, 2011

African Night

Student Union Grand ballroom, 6 p.m. Sponsored by African Student Association

March 28, 2011

Angela Davis – Democracy and Civil Engagement

EJ Thomas Hall Stage Door,  7:30 p.m. General Public – $8; UA Faculty-Staff with Zip Card, $6; Seniors, $6; UA Students – $4

Angela Davis has been an activist and writer promoting women’s rights and racial justice while pursuing her career as a philosopher and teacher at the University of Santa Cruz and San Francisco University — she achieved tenure at the University of California at Santa Cruz though former governor Ronald Reagan swore she would never teach again in the University of California system. She studied with political philosopher Herbert Marcuse. She has published on race, class, and gender. Known for her ongoing work to combat all forms of oppression, human rights activist Angela Davis has been active as a student, writer, teacher, scholar and organizer for more than three decades. As a gifted diversity speaker, Angela Davis is a moving orator, recounting her place in our nation’s tumultuous history.

Co-Sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program, Office of Inclusion & Equity and EJ Thomas Hall.

Picturing women and madness

Students in That Chick is Crazy: Women and Madness, the Women’s Studies Program’s special topics course at The University of Akron this fall, created visuals to go with their final papers.

Their artistic work ranged from acrylic to watercolor to collage. Take a look at some of their creations, posted below.

You can also read the blog essays students wrote on the topic of women and madness as part of their coursework.

Rant in Defense of Feminism




Tearing the Paper

Madness Meditations

Mad for You: Feminine Serial Killers

The Solution That Has a Name

Can BLACK Tarnish?

From Happy Housewives to Desperate Housewives

Learned Behavior Perceived as Madness

Silence is Betrayal: Speak Out