UNC Asheville will celebrate Women’s History
Month throughout March with a variety of special events. Among the
highlights will be an academic festival and the eighth annual
"F-Word Film Festival," featuring five feminist films. Events are
free and open to the public.
-- The Second Annual "Women, Work and Leadership Panel" will be held
at 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 12, at UNC Asheville's Mountain Suites,
Highsmith University Union. Four local female business leaders will
share their stories of success and other advice. Networking and
light refreshments will follow the panel discussion.
-- A well-balanced woman's life includes healthy eating and
exercise. These will be the topics of a mini-workshop at 12:15 p.m.
Thursday, March 13, at UNC Asheville's Highsmith University Union,
room 223. Amy Lanou, nationally recognized nutritionist and UNC
Asheville assistant professor for health and wellness, will lead off
with a discussion of "Food for Optimal Performance." In this
30-minute presentation, Lanou will share tips on eating right for
enhanced athletic performance. A 45-minute talk on "Active Living
for a Healthy Life" will follow. Kathie Garbe, UNC Asheville
associate professor of health and wellness, and Keith Ray, chair and
associate professor of health and wellness, will discuss how regular
physical activity can prevent disease and enhance women's quality of
life. Practical ideas and examples of how to incorporate physical
activity into one's life will also be shared.
-- The eighth annual "F-Word Film Festival: A Celebration of Images
by and about Women (But for All Audiences)" will feature five
feminist documentaries at 7 p.m. March 13 and 14 in UNC Asheville’s
Humanities Lecture Hall. Panel discussions with UNC Asheville
faculty and students will follow the screenings both nights.
"Heart of the Sea: Kapolioka’ehukai" and "My Home, Your War" will be
screened on Thursday, March 13. "Heart of the Sea" is the portrait
of surf legend and breast cancer victim Rell "Kapolioka'ehukai" Sunn,
founding member of the Women's Professional Surfing Association and
one of Hawai’i’s most beloved community leaders. "My Home, Your War"
offers an exceptional look at the effect of the Iraq war through the
eyes of an ordinary Iraqi woman -- a perspective that has rarely
been available to U.S. audiences.
Three short documentaries -- "In the Name of Love," "The Women's
Kingdom" and "Black and White" – will be shown on Friday, March 14.
"In the Name of Love" examines the motivation of Russian women who
sign up with agencies to meet and marry American men. "The Women's
Kingdom" takes an intimate journey into the Mosuo matriarchal
society in southwest China. "Black and White" shines a sensitive
light on a subject that is too often either shunned or
sensationalized: the experiences of intersex people, who are
sometimes known as hermaphrodites.
-- Ann Dunn, Asheville Ballet director and UNC Asheville Humanities
Department lecturer, will discuss "Gutsy Dames: How Women Invented
Modern Dance" at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at UNC Asheville's
Alumni Hall, Highsmith University Union. In her talk, Dunn will
examine the 20th century dance revolution created and sustained
primarily by women, including Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Twyla
Tharp and Mary Migman.
-- Women's History Month will wrap up with an Academic Festival from
3 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 28, at UNC Asheville's Laurel Forum.
The event will showcase research by UNC Asheville faculty on a host
of topics, including the presidential election, loss and change,
ancient class and religion, the Japanese Keitai Revolution, art and
literature. Faculty presenters include Brian Butler, Cynthia Canejo,
Lora Holland, Dee James, Sarah Judson, Mary Lynn Manns, Dolly
Mullen, Bill Sabo and Lorraine Walsh. A light dinner will be served
at 7:30 p.m. Cost for the dinner is $7.50. To reserve a dinner,
email Helen Snyder at
For more information about Women’s History Month events, call the
UNC Asheville Women’s Studies Program at 828/251-6419 or visit