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Millikin University is pleased to announce its celebration of Women’s History Month. The theme for this year is “Empowerment: Women in the World.” 

Women’s History Month traces its beginning to the first International Women's Day in 1911. Congress passed a resolution recognizing Women's History Week in 1981, which was extended to an entire month in 1987 to recognize the diverse and historic accomplishments of women that have shaped events throughout history.

“This year's theme, ‘Empowerment: Women in the World’ expresses the importance of celebrating women at Millikin, in the Decatur community, and throughout the world,” remarked Latrina Denson, director of the Center for Multicultural Affairs. “Most importantly, it is a time to empower women to raise their voices and inspire others.”

Millikin’s celebration of Women’s History Month includes a number of events sponsored by University departments and organizations, including the Center for Multicultural Affairs, Conversation on Race Taskforce, Gender Studies, Hessler Learning Community, Latin American Student Organization, Multicultural Student Council, the Office of Student Programs, Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority, Inc., Sister Circle and Unity Social Justice Advocates. 

Activities scheduled for Women’s History Month are as follows:

MARCH 1-31

Poster Exhibit
Shilling Hall, second floor, and Richards Treat University Center (RTUC)

Explore women’s history through a poster display highlighting women’s achievements.


Laying it Bare: Readings of Selections from Women Writers
7 p.m. – Fireplace Room – Lower RTUC

Join in a reading of poems, short stories, and passages written by women authors that have served as cultural touchstones. Dinner will be provided.


Film: A Powerful Noise
6 p.m. – Room 128 – Kirkland Fine Arts Center

This film by Bui My Hanh takes you inside the lives of three extraordinary women who each overcame seemingly insurmountable odds to bring lasting solutions to their countries: Hanh, an HIV-positive widow from Vietnam; Nada, a peacemaking survivor of the war in Bosnia; and Madame Urbain, who crusades for girls’ rights in Mali. Through their strength and ability to empower others, these women are ignited remarkable change: fighting AIDS, educating girls, and rebuilding communities. Refreshments will be provided.

Sigma Alpha Iota Recital
6 p.m. – Kaeuper Hall – Perkinson Music Center

Come enjoy an evening of great music! Amnesty International will host a post-recital reception with refreshments and a petition drive benefiting the women of Atenco, Mexico. 

Cake and Current Events: Women’s Issues
10 p.m. – Hessler Hall Lobby

Join in a discussion of current events pertaining to women’s issues. Refreshments will be provided.


Panel Discussion: Women in the Corporate World
7 p.m. – Parquet Room – Lower RTUC

Women’s roles, struggles and achievements in Corporate America will be discussed. Refreshments will be provided.


Hear Me Roar
6 p.m. – Fireplace Room – Lower RTUC

“Hear Me Roar” will feature a student presentation on female writers who have been historically ignored, marginalized, or misunderstood. Come and learn about Aspasia (who inspired Socrates and Plato), Margery Kempe (who wrote the first English autobiography), Mary Wollstonecraft, Virginia Woolf, Bell Hooks, Chris Kramae, Sojourner Truth and other influential women authors. Refreshments will be provided.

From a Bad Girl to a Great Woman: Tiffany D. of The Bad Girls Club Speaks
7 p.m. – Student Programming and Entertainment Center (SPEC) 

Come watch former Bad Girl and Reality TV star, Tiffany D., discuss how she transformed herself from a bad girl to a great woman in season three of “The Bad Girls Club.” Light refreshments will be provided.


Bras for the Cause
7 p.m. – Parquet Room – Lower RTUC

During Bras for the Cause, a fund-raising event for Breast Cancer Awareness, individuals will decorate bras to be displayed around campus as tokens of awareness. The event will include live music, food, raffle and a silent auction. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.


Women’s Appreciation Celebration
5:30 p.m. – Lower RTUC

This event celebrates the accomplishments of women at Millikin University.


Tunnel of Oppression
6-9 p.m. – Walker Hall

Tunnel of Oppression is a multimedia guided walking tour through rooms representing different forms of oppression. The purpose of this event is to create awareness of current and past issues of oppression and discrimination in a creative and interactive environment. Each tour will take approximately 30-45 minutes.


Tunnel of Oppression
3-6 p.m. – Walker Hall


A Woman’s Work
3 p.m. – Lower RTUC

This is a solo performance piece performed by Ruby Nelda Perez, portraying a middle-school student teacher at home after a long day. Perez presents this teacher’s life through the use of poems, monologues and some personal experiences. 


Jane Elliott: Keynote speaker, Days of Social Justice/A Conversation on Race
6 p.m. – Kirkland Fine Arts Center

Internationally known teacher, lecturer and diversity trainer Jane Elliott will discuss race and identity in 2010 prior to “A Conversation on Race” discussion panel.


Sex Talk: Orientation, Liberation, Celebration, Revolution
7 p.m. – Lower RTUC

The final event of Women’s History Month 2010 will feature dance performances by Dynamic Equilibrium and readings of monologues, celebrating the spectrum of female sexual orientation, awakening, and associated trials and victories over them. Selections from renowned authors and original creative works will be read by faculty, staff and students.

For more information on Women’s History Month, contact the Center for Multicultural Student Affairs at 217.362.6411 or cmsa@millikin.edu. 
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