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Womxn's History Month 2019

This March, join us in celebrating the incredible advocacy, leadership, scholarship, and creative work of cisgender women and gender-expansive individuals at the University of Richmond and in the greater Richmond community. Through this series of events, we reflect on womxn throughout the university’s history, honor those currently making contributions on campus and in the city, and envision a future in which all cisgender women and gender-expansive individuals thrive at UR and in the world. Please contact Dr. Mari Lee Mifsud, Professor of Rhetoric and Program Coordinator, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, mmifsud@richmond.edu or Zara Sibtain, Assistant Dean of Westhampton College, zsibtain@richmond.edu with questions about or suggestions for the Womxn’s History Month calendar.

March 1 - Ouvrir la Voix (Speak up)

Thursday, February 28 and Friday, March 1

Film: Ouvrir la Voix (Speak up)

Thursday: 7:30 PM - 9:45 PM, Jepson Hall, Room 118

Friday:  3PM & 7:30 PM, Robins School of Business, Ukrop Auditorium

Dir. Armandine Gay, France, 2018, 122 min.

This documentary centers the stories of black women in Europe, their experiences of difference, discrimination, and efforts to reclaim their own narrative. Exploring histories of European colonialism in Africa and the West Indies, the film examines how legacies of the past have impacted black women’s lives today. Intro and discussion led by Atiya Hussain, Asst. Professor of Sociology with student filmmakers Abby Muthoni and Jeanette Lam. Presented with One Book, One Richmond. Free and open to the public, all films are screened in their original language with English subtitles. Presented by International Education and the Media Resource Center.  See the film trailer at https://youtu.be/lOmprPPISrk.

March 1 through March 3 - We Must Say Her Name - dance performance during IN/MOTION, University Dancers 34th Annual Concert

Friday, March 1 through Sunday, March 3

We Must Say Her Name - dance performance during IN/MOTION, University Dancers 34th Annual Concert

7:30pm Friday (3/1) and Saturday (3/2), 2pm Sunday (3/3), Alice Jepson Theatre, Modlin Center for the Arts

Dance professor Alicia Diaz and dancers will perform “We Must Say Her Name” as part of IN/MOTION, University Dancers 34th Annual Concert. This performance engages with the current rise of white nationalism and its historical continuities. According to the Equal Justice Initiative, more than 4,400 African Americans were hanged, burned alive, shot, drowned, and beaten to death by white mobs between 1877 and 1950. Although often forgotten, close to 200 of these victims were women. Inspired by the work of anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells and the current Say Her Name Movement, this piece is a memorial honoring the lives of black women who have been lynched and continue to be murdered by our criminal justice system. Admission is free.  See more information at https://modlin.richmond.edu/events/page.html?eventid=14673&informationid=casData,startdate:2019-03-02,enddate:2019-03-02,starttime:193000,endtime:220000.

Choreography: Alicia Díaz in collaboration with the performers. Music: “Strange Fruit” (instrumental version of Nina Simone’s rendition), composed by Abel Meeropol, alias Lewis Allan; “Blood on the Leaves (Instrumental)” composed by Kanye West with sampling of Nina Simone’s rendition of “Strange Fruit.” Text: Excerpts of “The Negro Mother” by Langston Hughes and “America's Uncrowned Queens: Dedicated to the Heroic, Toiling Black Woman” by Drusilla Dunjee Houston. Additional text based on research of lynching conducted by Alicia Díaz, India Henderson, and Patricia Herrera. Costume Design: Johann Stegmeir. Light Design: Maja E. White. Scenic Design: Josafath Reynoso. Dramaturgy: Patricia Herrera. Performers: India Henderson, Ramsey Goodner, Kayla Schiltz, Gabriela Telepman.

March 4 - UR Hair Stories Pop-Up Exhibition

Monday, March 4

UR Hair Stories Pop-Up Exhibition

March 4 through end of spring 2019 semester, Westhampton Deanery

What’s your hair story? This fall, the innovative dance group, Urban Bush Women, performed their newest piece, Hair and Other Stories, at the University of Richmond. They used the arts of dance and theatre to explore issues of race, class, gender identity, and sexuality in their powerful performance. The Urban Bush Women are bold, fierce, athletic, strong, honest, inquisitive, determined, artistic, and hopeful; all traits that University of Richmond students embody. Inspired by the passion of the Urban Bush Women, Jay Do conducted a photoshoot to bring the hair stories of women of color on campus to life. These photographs are featured in an exhibition in the Westhampton Deanery from 4 March through the end of the semester. Please stop by to enjoy these amazing photographs! Share your thoughts using #URHairStories.

The exhibition is located in the deanery (the older part of the Westhampton Center).  Walk through the main entrance/pergola into the courtyard and turn left, and the door is on your left.   The exhibition starts in the foyer (where the stairs are) and continues into the dining room and living room.

March 5 - Race and Racism oral history project

Tuesday, March 5

Isabelle Thomas LeSane and Madieth Malone (both W ’72), Westhampton Deanery

Two of Westhampton’s first African-American graduates, Isabelle Thomas LeSane and Madieth Malone (’72) share their experiences, stories, and wisdom.  Current students Ayele d’Almeida (’20 ) and Jacob Roberson (’19) interviewed them for the Race and Racism oral history project, followed by a conversation with the Westhampton College staff and other community members.

March 6 - Choose pizza over patriarchy

Wednesday, March 6

Choose pizza over patriarchy

11:30am – 2pm, Westhampton Deanery

WCGA invites you to come celebrate International Womxn’s Day a bit early, with free Christian’s pizz. All are welcome. There will be vegan, diary free & gf options!

Stickers and t-shirts (limited sizes) too!

March 7 - Trans Advocate Training

Thursday, March 7

Trans Advocate Training

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM; Tyler Haynes Commons, 348

Building upon the skills developed through the Safe Zone Ally Training, Trans Advocate Training works to expand the knowledge and familiarity of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) issues. Being more hands-on, this training draws its foundation from dialogue and cooperation, thus developing participant’s knowledge and skills in the role of an advocate for individuals which identify as transgender, non-binary, and/or gender queer. Registration is required and seating is limited for this training.  Please click here to register for Trans Advocate Training.

March 9 - NCBW RMAC 2019 Women's Health Summit

Saturday, March 9

NCBW RMAC 2019 Women's Health Summit

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

VUU Living and Learning Center

1813-1899 Bath Street

Richmond, VA

$0 - $75

The NCBW RMAC will host its 2nd Women's Health Summit on March 9, 2019. We are expecting a star studded group of women in the Mind, Body, and Spirit. The public is invited attend.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ncbw-rmac-2019-womens-health-summit-tickets-52685899945?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

March 18 - Counternarratives from Women of Color Academics: Bravery, Vulnerability, and Resistance

Monday, March 18

Counternarratives from Women of Color Academics: Bravery, Vulnerability, and Resistance

4pm, VCU, Cabell Library Lecture Hall, 901 Park Avenue

VCU Gender Sexuality and Women's Studies welcomes contributors to the anthology Counternarratives from Women of Color Academics: Bravery, Vulnerability, and Resistance (2018, Routledge) for a panel discussion. The panel will feature co-editors Manya Whitaker (Colorado College), Eric Anthony Grollman (University of Richmond), and contributors Archana Pathak (VCU Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies) and Patricia Herrera (University of Richmond).

http://has.vcu.edu/panel-discussion-on-bravery-vulnerability-and-resistance/

March 19 - Celebrating Westhampton College Senior Student Athlete Reception

Tuesday, March 19

Celebrating Westhampton College Senior Student Athlete Reception

7pm, Westhampton Center Living Room

Join us as we honor Westhampton College’s incredible senior athletes who have made their mark on campus over the past four years.

March 20 - Celebrating Brave Women of Color Academics

Wednesday, March 20

Celebrating Brave Women of Color Academics

4:30pm, International Center Commons

“But some of us are brave…” It’s time to rewrite the narrative of Latinx, Black, Asian, and Indigenous women who work in academia. No longer will their stories be limited to experiences of marginalization, harassment, fear, and conformity. Join Sociology professor Eric Anthony Grollman in this panel discussion based on their co-edited anthology, Counternarratives from Women of Color Academics: Bravery, Vulnerability, and Resistance. Panelists include anthology co-editor Dr. Manya C. Whitaker (Colorado College), and anthology contributors Dr. Patricia Herrera (UR Theatre and Dance) and Dr. Archana Pathak (VCU). The panel will be moderated by the fearless Andrea Simpson, Professor of Political Science. Q&A will following the panel discussion.  This event is sponsored by Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and co-sponsored by the Departments of Sociology & Anthropology and Rhetoric & Communications.

March 20 - Trans Advocate Training

Wednesday, March 20

Trans Advocate Training

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM; Tyler Haynes Commons, 346

Building upon the skills developed through the Safe Zone Ally Training, Trans Advocate Training works to expand the knowledge and familiarity of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) issues. Being more hands-on, this training draws its foundation from dialogue and cooperation, thus developing participant’s knowledge and skills in the role of an advocate for individuals which identify as transgender, non-binary, and/or gender queer. Registration is required and seating is limited for this training. Please click here to register for Trans Advocate Training.

March 20 - Strong Voices: Celebrating the Power and Stories of Richmond Women

Wednesday, March 20

Strong Voices: Celebrating the Power and Stories of Richmond Women

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Omni Richmond Hotel

$125

The Richmond Times-Dispatch is proud to introduce “Strong Voices,” an event honoring women – present and past – whose vision, impact and commitment serves Richmond and Virginia.

https://www.richmond.com/calendar/business-tech/strong-voices-celebrating-the-power-and-stories-of-richmond-women/event_049e973c-3177-11e9-b8bd-ab707441a820.html

March 20 - Women's History Month Book Talk with Megan Taylor Shockley

Wednesday, March 20

Women's History Month Book Talk with Megan Taylor Shockley

11:00 AM

Library of Virginia, 800 E Broad St, Richmond, Virginia 23219, Virginia

In honor of National Women's History Month, author Megan Taylor Shockley will speak about her new book, "Creating a Progressive Commonwealth: Women Activists, Feminism, and the Politics of Social Change in Virginia, 1970s–2000s."

https://allevents.in/mobile/amp-event.php?event_id=20002009143133

March 20 - Robins Executive Speaker Series: Women on Boards

Wednesday March 20

Robins Executive Speaker Series – Women on Boards

6pm – 8pm, Robins School of Business Ukrop Auditorium

Dean Nancy. A Bagranoff and the Robins School of Business are proud to invite to the Robins Executive Speaker Series, featuring our Women in Business event. Melanie Healey, B'83, Candy Duncan, and Blythe McGarvie all serve on various national and international boards of directors, and will sit down with Dean Bagranoff to discuss their experience as trailblazers in the business community.

Healey serves on boards of Hilton, PPG, Target and Verizon, Duncan serves on the board of Discover Financial Services, and McGarvie serves on the boards of Apply Hospitality REIT, Sunoco, LKQ, and Wawa.

Please register by Tuesday, March 12. 

For question, please contact Andi Minor (aminor@richmond.edu), Special Events Manger at the Robins School of Business.

March 23 - Women Warriors: Grace and Grit

Saturday, March 23

The Virginia War Memorial 621 S. Belvidere St. Richmond, VA

Women have long played a vital role in military history and service, both behind the scenes and in uniform. During Women's History Month, we invite you to join us at the Virginia War Memorial to hear a panel of experts, historians, and veterans discuss the many ways Virginian women of varied classes, backgrounds, and ethnicities have experienced combat and supported war efforts on behalf of the United States, from WWII through today.

http://vawarmemorial.org/event/women-warriors-grace-and-grit

March 24 - Women's History Month Presentation

Sunday, March 24

Women’s History Month Presentation

2:00 - 3:30 PM

Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, 122 W. Leigh St. in Jackson Ward

In celebration of Women’s History Month, historian Elvatrice Belsches will present a talk about the four trailblazing African-American women who will be featured on the Virginia Women’s Monument in Capitol Square.

http://richmondfreepress.com/news/2018/mar/16/womens-history-month-presentation-march-24-black-h/

March 26 - WILL*/WGSS Speaker Series: Favianna Rodriguez, "Reclaiming the Radical Imagination"

Tuesday, March 26

WILL*/WGSS Speaker Series: Favianna Rodriguez, “Reclaiming the Radical Imagination”

7pm, Weinstein Hall Brown-Alley Room

Favianna Rodriguez is a transdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and activist based in Oakland, California. She firmly believes that social change cannot happen without centering art to inspire, educate, and spur the imagination beyond the realm of politics. Her work and collaborative initiatives address migration, economic inequality, gender justice, and ecology. Be sure to stop by the Westhampton Green to print some of Favianna’s designs yourself, using materials from Studio Two Three.

March 27 - Make your own Favianna Rodriguez prints!

Wednesday, March 27

Make your own Favianna Rodriguez prints!

3-4:30 PM, Westhampton Green

Come to the Westhampton Green between 3 and 4:30pm to print some of Favianna Rodriquez’s designs yourself! Studio Two Three will supply the materials and explain the process and Favianna Rodriguez will supply three of her designs.

March 27 - In Plain Sight: An Awareness Dinner on behalf of The Human Trafficking Institute

Wednesday, March 27 

In Plain Sight: An Awareness Dinner on behalf of The Human Trafficking Institute

6:00 - 9:00 PM

1320 Summit Ave.

Richmond, VA

$85

Join Chef Brittanny Anderson and women from the Virginia cider community for a special pairing dinner at Blue Bee Cider in Richmond, Virginia, on Wednesday, March 21, to help raise money in support of other women working without pay as forced laborers.

https://www.ciderculture.com/event/in-plain-sight-an-awareness-dinner-at-blue-bee-cider-in-richmond/

March 30 through April 2 - Make a T-shirt for the Clothesline Project

Saturday, March 30 through Tuesday, April 2

Make a T-shirt for the Clothesline Project

10am-Midnight 3/30, 3/31, and 4/1 and 10am-5pm on 4/2

Tyler Haynes Commons room 348

Make a t-shirt for the Clothesline Project! In this project, those affected by gender violence anonymously express their emotions and experiences on t-shirts, which are then hung on a clothesline to educate the campus community. The Clothesline Project is part of a national educational effort that spreads awareness about the prevalence of gender violence and creates a visible display on campus that strengthens the community’s commitment to eradicating violence. The Clothesline Project can be viewed throughout the day on Tuesday, April 2 in the Forum (rain location is the Gottwald Atrium located on the ground floor). The Clothesline Project at UR is sponsored by the WILL* program
April 1 - Westhampton Senior Celebration

Monday, April 1

Westhampton Senior Celebration

5 – 7 PM, Jepson Alumni Center

The Westhampton College Dean's Office and the University of Richmond Alumni Association sponsor this annual dinner for the senior class to celebrate their forthcoming graduation. Special awards, such as the Distinguished Leadership Awards, are given, based on nominations from the university community, including peers, faculty, and staff. Faculty and staff mentors are invited and their contributions to each student and the college community are acknowledged, and a Westhampton alum addresses the graduating class. Join us as we honor these incredible graduating seniors for their many accomplishments.

April 2 - Clothesline Project Viewing

Tuesday, April 2

Clothesline Project Viewing

All day, The Forum  (rain location: Gottwald Atrium, ground floor)

In the Clothesline Project, those affected by gender violence anonymously express their emotions and experiences on t-shirts, which are then hung on a clothesline to educate the campus community. This  Project is part of a national educational effort that spreads awareness about the prevalence of gender violence and creates a visible display on campus that strengthens the community’s commitment to eradicating violence. The Clothesline Project can be viewed throughout the day on Tuesday, April 2 in the Forum, including during the 7pm Take Back the Night event. The Clothesline Project at UR is sponsored by the WILL* program.

April 2 - Take Back The Night

Tuesday, April 2

Take Back The Night

7pm, The Forum

Take Back The Night is an annual event that unites students who are taking a stand against sexual violence. TBTN provides survivors and other students an opportunity to speak out about how sexual violence has impacted their lives and allows their peers to show their solidarity and commitment to ending sexual violence. Hot cocoa will be provided. For more information on how you can be a part of the change, visit prevent.richmond.edu. Contact Sarah Sheppard, Health Educator, by email for more info: ssheppa2@richmond.edu.

April 4 - Social Justice Advocate Training

Thursday, April 4

Social Justice Advocate Training

12-1:30pm, Tyler Haynes Commons 305

In striving to understand the origins of oppression and foster a culture of social activism the Social Justice Advocate Training engages participants in intersectional dialogue. Through this training, the participants will gain skills to affect real community change around social justice advocacy by addressing LGBTQ advocacy, racial equity and access, and equality for all communities. The training introduces participants to practical tools which can be used for growth, development, and empowerment to help foster social justice advocacy within the University of Richmond community. Registration is required and seating is limited. Click here to register for a Social Justice Advocate Training session.

April 8 - Social Justice Advocate Training

Monday, April 8

Social Justice Advocate Training

5-6:30pm, Tyler Haynes Commons 348

In striving to understand the origins of oppression and foster a culture of social activism the Social Justice Advocate Training engages participants in intersectional dialogue. Through this training, the participants will gain skills to affect real community change around social justice advocacy by addressing LGBTQ advocacy, racial equity and access, and equality for all communities. The training introduces participants to practical tools which can be used for growth, development, and empowerment to help foster social justice advocacy within the University of Richmond community. Registration is required and seating is limited. Click here to register for a Social Justice Advocate Training session.

April 9 - Debra Bergoffen: "The Misogynist Politics of Shame"

Tuesday, April 9

Debra Bergoffen: “The Misogynist Politics of Shame”

4:30, Weinstein Hall Brown-Alley Room

This event is sponsored by the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program.

April 12 - CCE Brown Bag Lunch Discussion: Audacious Voices: Celebrating 40 Years of WILL*

Friday, April 12

CCE Brown Bag Lunch Discussion: Audacious Voices: Celebrating 40 Years of WILL*

12:30 – 1:25, Tyler Haynes Commons 305

Join a panel of WILL* alums to celebrate the transformative power of the WILL* program, a feminist educational model that centers social justice, as it approaches its 40th anniversary. Alums will discuss how they are working to make their communities more equitable, and how WILL*, which connects coursework in women, gender and sexuality studies with activism and community engagement beyond the classroom, continues to influence their lives. Free pizza will be provided.

April 24 - Denim Day

Wednesday, April 24

Denim Day 

All day

Wear jeans on Wednesday, April 24th as a symbol that clothing does not indicate consent; consent can never be inferred and must always be clearly communicated. Denim Day transpired after a survivor was denied justice in their court case against their rapist, because of the clothes they were wearing. The Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction stating that because the victim was wearing tight jeans, they must have helped the rapist take them off, thereby consenting. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans to show their solidarity with the victim. To learn more about how you can be a part of the change, visit prevent.richmond.edu. Contact Sarah Sheppard, Health Educator, by email for more info: ssheppa2@richmond.edu.

Womxn's History at UR

Pictured here: Two of Westhampton’s first African-American graduates, Isabelle Thomas LeSane and Madieth Malone, both W’72, share their experiences, stories, and wisdom, as current students Ayele d’Almeida, ’20, and Jacob Roberson, ’19, interview them in the Westhampton Deanery for the Race and Racism oral history project.