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March Brings Women's History Events to Campus

By Andy Barker
University Communications

FEB. 23, 2009 – The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Women's Study Program presents several events to celebrate Women's History Month in March.

All events are free and open to the public. The kickoff event speaker, Cynthia L. Bejarano, from New Mexico State University, will give a presentation on "Gender Terrorism: Feminicides and Women's Rights in the Borderlands” Wednesday, March 4, at 4 p.m. in the Riverview Ballroom in the University Center. A reception will follow the talk. This reception will act as an opening ceremony for the event.

Jeffrey Shepherd, from the University of Texas-El Paso, will speak Thursday, March 5, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in the Kinnickinnic Theater in the University Center on “The Grand Canyon Skywalk, Global Tourism, and Representations of the Hualapai Past.”

Tuesday, March 10, is Women's HIV Awareness Day. An informational speaker from the Minnesota Global AIDS Campaign will speak on women's issues and HIV/AIDS at 5 p.m. in the Kinnickinnic Theater in the University Center.

The documentary film, "Senorita Extraviada," will be shown on at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, in Room 271 of Kleinpell Fine Arts followed by a discussion facilitated by Greta Gaard and Lissa Schneider-Rebozo, both faculty members in the UWRF department of English. The documentary, by filmmaker Lourdes Portillo, focuses on the feminicides in and around Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico.

A second documentary, "Women & Global Climate Change: What's the Connection?" will be shown on April 6 at 7 p.m. at the River Falls Public Library. The film is followed by a discussion facilitated by Greta Gaard, a faculty member in the UWRF department of English.

“This event is a good way to focus and make people more aware of the issue's on campus such as sexism. Also it gets us to think and talk about change,” said Todd Savage, who serves on the planning committee for the events and is an assistant professor of school psychology in the College of Education and Professional Studies. “This is meant to educate not just women, but rather all people and is intended to make people more aware of women's issues.”

For more information about the events, contact . The College of Education and Professional Studies is co-sponsoring the event along with Cynthia Kernahan, a psychology/ethnic studies professor and Kelly Cain, director of the St. Croix Institute for Sustainable Community Development ( ) and professor of plant and earth sciences and environmental studies.


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