Persistence Shapes the Future
Please join us March 2018. All #SUwhm events are free and open to the public.
“Nevertheless, she persisted” is the theme of the National Women’s History Project 2018. This expression was adopted by the feminist movement following the political incident in 2017 after the Senate voted to silence Senator Elizabeth Warren’s objections to the confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General. At the time, Warren was reading an opposition letter penned by Coretta Scott King. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell uttered this sentence during comments following the vote in an effort to defend the Senate's actions and blame Warren. Feminists immediately adopted the phrase in hashtags and memes to refer to any strong women who refuse to be silenced. Its meaning expanded to refer to women's persistence in breaking barriers, despite being silenced or ignored.
Drawing from its meaning to refer to women’s persistence in breaking barriers, despite being silenced or ignored, Shenandoah University prolonged the theme to "Persistence Shapes the Future." Highlighting the collective significance and collaborative efforts of women around the world, our month-long program focuses on the persistence of women’s movement for equality, education and interactions among cultures, gender and human rights. The Women’s March in January 2018 showed that women around the world take a stand calling upon the abuse of power and the urgency to end the ugliness of inflicting pain and suffering. Women guard! The persistence of marching for centuries shows that nothing can stop the course of time. How to advance and fortify ourselves into the future is best described by Maya Angelou.
Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps, fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.
— Maya Angelou
Women’s History Month at Shenandoah
All #SUwhm Film Screenings take place in Halpin Harrison Hall's Stimpson Auditorium from 7-9 pm. Admission is free and open to the public.
March 13, 7:00-9:00 pm
"STEP" documents the senior year of a girls' high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore. After the screening, dance professor Laurie M. Taylor will engage the audience in a discussion about the issues it raises.
"Battle Of The Sexes"
March 20, 7:00-9:00 pm
The 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs became the most watched televised sports event of all time. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposites sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. After the screening, mass communications professor Gina Daddario will engage the audience in a question and answer session.
"A Quiet Passion"
March 27, 7:00-9:00 pm
"A Quiet Passion" is a biographical film directed and written by Terence Davies about the life of U.S poet Emily Dickinson followed by a brief Post-Screening Discussion with Sarah Canfield Fuller, Assistant Prof. of English, Chair, Dept. of English. Halpin Harrison Hall, Stimpson Auditorium, 7 pm.
All #SUwhm Panel Discussions take place in Halpin Harrison Hall's Stimpson Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.
Confronting Gender Stereotypes Through An Intersectional Lens
March 15, 7:00-9:00 pm
Compounding identity markers such as race, class, age, religion, sexuality, and disability have affected how we confront gender stereotypes. Is this intersectional lens the best way to confront gender stereotypes or are we better served by a rejection of identity politics altogether? How do systems of power and inequality impact individuals, groups, and communities? Join the panel discussion with Campus Minister DeLyn Celec, Safety and Health Coordinator Sarah Celec, hispanic studies professor Casey Eriksen, religion professor Meredith Minister, and gender and women’s studies professor Petra M. Schweitzer.
The Battle for Gender Equality: Women’s Participation in Athletics
March 19, 7:00-9:00 pm
Join the panel discussion with SU Athletic Director Bridget Lyons, SU coaches, and female athletes.
Girl’s Education & Gender Equality
March 21, 7:00-9:00 pm
The Women’s Soccer soccer team has visited Jacmel multiple times to educate through sport. The group runs soccer camps for young girls for the area’s school and orphanage. Join the panel discussion about experiences educating and empowering girls through sport with soccer coach Liz Pike, lacrosse coaches Lindsey Lutz and Maddie Taghon, and SU student-athletes.
Redefining Power: Female Entrepreneurship
March 26, 7:00-9:00 pm
Join the panel discussion with management professor Montressa Washington and local, regional and national female entrepreneurs who will provide insight on the challenges and rewards of starting, managing and growing a business. What gender issues are apparent when seeking funding? How have you rebounded from any Gender-Discrimination problems prevalent in the business environment?
Hits & Misses: The Extraordinary Work and Life of Emily Dickinson in "A Quiet Passion"
March 27, 3:30–4:30 pm
"A Quiet Passion" portrays one of America's most important poets, Emily Dickinson. Join this panel discussion on the merits and flaws of using biography to explain such an innovative artist's work with poet Elizabeth Cross, and English professors Sarah Canfield Fuller and Kathryn Enders.
#SUwhm Special Events
All #SUwhm Workshops & Lectures take place in Halpin Harrison Hall's Stimpson Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.
Live-Stream from Kenya
March 21, 7:00-9:00 pm
Margaret Reiyia Kosha, Family Gender and Education coordinator at Nashulai maasai conservancy, will discuss her role in empowering and educating girls in the community. Among many cultural issues that violate the life of young girls, Mrs. Kosha is an advocate against female genital mutilation and early forced marriages.
Women’s History Month Open Mic Night
March 22, 7:00-9:00 pm
Join the Mosaic Center for Diversity for a student-led Open Mic Night! This show is a way for women to realize their worth by expressing themselves through song, poem, art, acting, and more. People of all races, genders, and identities are welcomed as we take part in this phenomenal event. Free refreshments will be provided.
African American Women Healing the Nation during and after the Civil War
March 28, 7:00-9:00 pm
Join us for a lecture and book signing by Heather Butts the author of "African American Medicine in Washington D.C." and "Healing Civil War Veterans in New York and Washington, D.C." This lecture will highlight the little-known contributions of African American women doctors and medical practitioners in the D.C. area during the Civil War era. Stay for a question and answer session with the author, english professor Christin Taylor, and McCormick Civil War Institute Director Jonathan Noyalas.
"Women Writing Women"
March 29, 7:00-9:00 pm
"Women Writing Women" is a workshop led by author and mass communications professor Kelley Crowley about drawing inspiration from great female writers like Virginia Woolf, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Willa Cather. Participants will learn what women need to prepare themselves to write, how to cultivate best writing practices.
Randi Zuckerberg: Business Symposium Keynote Speaker
March 30, 9:15-10:30 pm
Open to the Public. Free for Students.
The 2018 Business Symposium Keynote speaker is Randi Zuckerberg! Zuckerberg is an entrepreneur, investor, author and media personality. She launched Zuckerberg Media with the mission of creating media content that puts intelligent, tech-savvy, entrepreneurial women and girls at the forefront of business.