|Several activities are
planned at Black Hills State University in honor of
women's history month. The theme for the month of women's
history month is "You've come a long way, baby ...
Or, have you?"
A student panel with Kym Reis and
other students will be held Monday, March 13 at 3:30 p.m.
The panel will discuss women's experiences as students.
Dr. Sharon Strand will present "Quilts as a Form
of Persuasion by the Women's Christian Temperance Union
(WCTU)" Thursday, March 16 at 12:30 p.m. in Jonas
307. Strand has traced the use of quilts and other forms
of needlework as a method of building community and
furthering the causes of the WCTU from 1875 to 1895. The
WCTU under Francis Willard's leadership recognized the
particular status of women at the time and incorporated
the tenets of the cult of true "Womanhood" in
their endeavors, including encouraging the use of quilt
making. Because of this concern for their audience, the
WCTU was more successful in convincing women of that time
to eventually seek the right to vote than were the more
vocal and strident suffragettes of the era.
The film Orlando which is based on a novel by
Virginia Woolf will be shown Thursday, March 16 at 7 p.m.
in Jonas 305. Directed by independent filmmaker Sally
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challenges traditional ideas about gender and sexuality.
Initially set in Elizabethan England, the film centers on
the adventures of a young aristocrat who is commanded by
Queen Elizabeth never to grow old. This mysterious
longevity allows Orlando to dash through four centuries
of sexual politics.
Dr. Kristi Pearce, associate
professor of education and coordinator of faculty
development at BHSU, will present "Women's
experiences in the field of education" Monday, March
20 at noon.
Dr. Holly Downing, dean of the College of Arts and
Science, and Dr. Rena Faye Norby, assistant professor of
education, will speak about women's experiences in
science Thursday, March 23 at 3 p.m.
Other presentations scheduled for later in the month
include a panel discussion with the Rev. Leiga Spicer and
other women in a discussion of women in religion and a
presentation by Dr. Tim Steckline, BHSU College of Arts
and Sciences assistant professor. Times and topics of
these events will be announced later.
For more information on any of these events call Dr.
Sharon Strand at 642-6040.