UNC Asheville Holds Events in Observances of
Women's History Month
UNC Asheville will celebrate Women’s History Month
throughout March with 17 programs. Among the highlights will be a
lunchtime lecture series and the fifth annual “F-Word Film Festival,”
featuring six feminist films. Events are free and open to the public.
** The 12-part Brown Bag Lunch lecture series will
be a focus of UNC Asheville’s Women’s History Month events. Guests are
invited to bring a packed lunch to eat while they listen. All Brown Bag
Lunch talks will be held at 12:15 p.m. in Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall.
-- UNC Asheville students
currently enrolled in the “History of Sexuality” course will discuss
“The (Bizarre) Facts of Life Part I” Tuesday, March 1. Students will
present their original research about the strange about the human
anatomy in the past.
-- The WNC Eating
Disorder Taskforce will present “Voices of Hope: Breaking the Bonds of
Disordered Eating” on Wednesday, March 2. Three young women will discuss
their battles with various eating disorders and their fight to gain
recovery. The Task Force will share general information about disordered
eating and describe local resources for those seeking further help or
-- Students will continue
to share their research in “The (Bizarre) Facts of Life Part II” on
Thursday, March 3.
-- Sam Kaplan, UNC
Asheville assistant professor of mathematics, will discuss “Sisterhoods
of Personal Service” on Monday, March 14. Kaplan will share his recent
research on the Sisterhoods of Personal Service that were founded in New
York in the 1840s to work with German Jewish immigrants.
-- On Tuesday, March 15,
UNC Asheville senior history major Carol Jordan will give a talk on
“Treatment with a Habit: Asheville, Tuberculosis and the Sisters of
Mercy.” Jordan will describe the nuns’ success at establishing one of
the finest TB facilities in an area where Catholicism was a minor
religion and where health care was a male-dominated occupation.
-- UNC Asheville senior
history major Jackie Naylor will discuss “As Always, You Prove Your
Loyalty to Us Girls: Fred Seely’s Attitude Toward Women in the
Workforce” on Tuesday, March 22. Naylor will give new perspectives on
the career of Fred Seely, president of the Grove Park Inn from
1913-1927, and will describe how he represented the changing attitudes
of his day regarding women in the workforce.
-- A panel discussion on
eating disorders will be held on Wednesday, March 23. The panel will
include a nutritionist, a therapist, a psychiatrist and a mother and
-- Lorena Russell, UNC
Asheville assistant professor of literature and language, will lead a
discussion on “Queer Heterosexuality” on Thursday, March 24. She will
discuss the potential political uses of various representations of
"queer heterosexuality," drawing from models from film (such as Ellen
Ripley "Aliens") and literature (Fay Weldon's "She Devil").
-- UNC Asheville Africana
Studies Director Afaf Omer will talk on “Teaching Women’s Studies in
Qatar: We Have Come a Long Way” on Monday, March 28. She will relate her
experiences of teaching women’s studies and serving as a Fulbright
Senior Scholar in the Persian Gulf at the University of Qatar last year.
-- “Good Love? Romance
and Prudent Breeding in America” will be discussed by Amy Laura Hall,
professor of ethics and theology at Duke University School of Divinity,
on Tuesday, March 29. Hall will explore the American history of love and
marriage and “good breeding” from a theological perspective.
-- Eight UNC Asheville
students who attended the “Women as Global Leaders” conference in Dubai
will discuss their experiences in the Middle East on Wednesday, March
-- During the last talk
in the series on Thursday, March 31, UNC Asheville students currently
enrolled in the “Introduction to Women’s Studies” course will present
their original research.
** The fifth annual “F-Word Film Festival: A
Celebration of Images By and About Women (But for All Audiences)” will
screen six different feminist documentaries at 7 p.m. Thursday, March
24, and Friday, March 25, in UNC Asheville’s Humanities Lecture Hall.
Panel discussions with UNC Asheville faculty and students will
immediately follow the screenings both nights. Films are suggested for
mature audiences only.
-- “Picture Me an Enemy,”
“Sir: Just a Normal Guy” and “Rule of Thumb: Order of Protection” will
be shown on March 24.
“Picture Me an Enemy”
puts a human face on the wars in former Yugoslavia through the stories
of two young women from opposite sides of the battle lines. “Sir: Just a
Normal Guy” follows the 15-month female-to-male medical and emotional
transition of one patient. “Rule of Thumb: Order of Protection” explores
domestic violence through the perspective of women who have left abusive
-- “Under the Skin Game,”
“Ferry Tales” and “Summer of the Serpent” will be screened on March 25.
“Under the Skin Game”
combines images from instructional films, 1950s melodrama and the
nightly news to build the filmmaker’s argument that the contraceptive
implant Norplant is being used as an instrument of social control.
Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Short, “Ferry Tales” exposes
a secret world that unites a wide variety of women in the Staten Island
Ferry powder room. “Summer of the Serpent” explores the unlikely bond
that develops between an eight-year-old American girl and a Japanese
newcomer to the neighborhood.
** The UNC Asheville Women’s History Month keynote
address will be given by artist and writer Kathryn Temple at 4:30 p.m.
Friday, March 18, at UNC Asheville’s Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall. Temple
will discuss “Deinventing the Wheel: Examining Corporate/Military Power
through a Domestic Violence Lens and Charting the Course of Creative
Feminist Resistance.” After working at a shelter for battered refugee
and immigrant women, Temple created the “Corporate Globalization Power
and Control Wheel,” which she will discuss and relate to U.S. foreign
policy and advocate for a resistance movement. Her talk will be
accompanied by images of her artwork.
** UNC Asheville student Deborah Signorile will
give a talk on “Mirror: Cultural Reflections on the Fringe” at 3 p.m.
Wednesday, March 23, at UNC Asheville’s Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall. She
will discuss the intersection between standard cultural body ideals and
the pro-anorexia movement online.
** A screening of “Killing Us Softly 3” will be
held at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in UNC Asheville’s Ramsey Library
Whitman Room. Jean Kilbourne’s award-winning “Killing Us Softly” films
take a critical look at gender representation in advertising.
For more information, call the UNC Asheville
Women’s Studies Program at 828/251-6419.
- Dr. Tracey Rizzo, UNC Asheville’s Women’s Studies Program Director,
- Jill Yarnall, UNC Asheville Public Information Assistant Director,