Women’s Resources Center—Newsletter—Volume 6/Issue 9—March 14 2014
March IS Women’s History Month!
Mary McLeod Bethune (1875 to 1955) was an American educator and civil rights leader. She believed education was a key for advancing the rights of Blacks/African Americans and started a school for African-American students in Daytona Beach, Florida, that eventually became Bethune-Cookman University. She was an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Affectionately known as “The First Lady of The Struggle” because of her commitment to bettering life for Blacks/African Americans.
This Week’s Activities @ WRC:
May 1 @ 4pm @ Heritage Room | ACES Library—Women’s Awards Ceremony
May 8 @ 7pm @ Art Cooperative Theatre (Downtown Champaign)—5th Annual Feminist Film Festival
Healing Works annual art exhibit features works about healing from sexual violence and abuse. “We have survived and in that survival is our life, our strength, our spirituality. And we are telling about it…” Linda Hogan, writer, poet, playwright, Indian rights activist, educator, The Stories We Hold Secret, 1986. Submissions are due by April 1 and can include any medium—painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, collage, writing, performance, film, etc. Submissions can be from students, staff, faculty or community members! The exhibit will be part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, April 2014 and Boneyard Arts Festival (Campus Day, April 10, 2014). For more information on how to submit your work call 217.333.3137 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday – March 17 @ 7:00-9:00 PM @ Women’s Resources Center – Illini Art Therapy Come participate in art workshops led by the Illini Art Therapy Association! Take a break from your classes and create art for self-reflection, self-knowledge and empowerment. You don’t have to be creative or artistic- though you may find out that you are! You’ll be encouraged and guided in making images and writing that help you to reflect and reconnect with your emotions and aspirations. The Illini Art Therapy Association will provide all necessary art supplies, occasionally offer refreshments, and lead self-expressive projects. Should you require any accommodations (assistance with food and seating, large print programs, an ASL interpreter, visual/audio assistance, etc.), please contact us at your earliest convenience.
Monday – March 17 @ 7:00-9:00 PM @ Allen Hall, 1005 W Gregory Urbana – Class of ’70 Performance Looking for Lilith is a theatre company that is dedicated to re-examining history through women’s perspectives, both past history and history in the making today, in order to reveal and celebrate women’s contributions. The Class of ’70 production is an intergenerational play that focuses on the women’s movements in the 1970’s. The production will take place at Allen Hall in the main lounge. Paid for by the Student Cultural Programming Fee.
Tuesday – March 18 @ 5:30 PM @ Asian American Cultural Center—Women’s Support Group. This weekly support group is open to women students only who are coping with the emotional consequences of sexual assault and/or abuse within a relationship. For more information contact Pat at 217.333.3137 or email@example.com.
Tuesday – March 18 @ 7:30 PM @ Women’s Resources Center—UIUC NOW Meeting. NOW’s purpose is to take action to bring women into full participation in the mainstream of American society now, exercising all privileges and responsibilities thereof in truly equal partnership with men. This purpose includes, but is not limited to, equal rights and responsibilities in all aspects of citizenship, public service, employment, education, and family life, and it includes freedom from discrimination because of race, ethnic origin, age, marital status, sexual preference/orientation, or parenthood. Everyone welcome!
Wednesday – March 19 @ 6:30-8:00 PM @ Women’s Resources Center – DIY Sexual Health Series | Exploring Asexuality Workshop In this workshop, students will gain a deeper understanding of asexuality and how to be supportive and inclusive of individuals who identify as asexual. Facilitated by Elise Lanker, Counseling Center Paraprofessional and Sexual Health Peer Advocate
Wednesday – March 19 @ 7:00-9:00 PM @ Women’s Resources Center – Art @ the WRC | Cats, Kids, and Queers Using multiple media, Jennifer Hargrave, Vivian Le, and Julian Pahre explore the ways in which gender, narrative, and cuteness interact with the institutional art world. The attractive nature of the works draws viewers in, while the content forces them to question their desires. In the show Cats, Kids, and Queers, the artists hope to provide a playful way of looking at these potent ideas.
Wednesday – March 19 @ 7:00-8:30 PM @ Women’s Resources Center – ManTalks What makes a man? This question is rarely asked and even more rarely discussed – especially by men. ManTalks is an opportunity to discuss men’s issues in today’s society. Each talk will be an open conversation about a different topic concerning the development of men and the role that society plays in manhood. From how work defines us to sharing our emotions, ManTalks looks to examine how men are able to be who they want to be. Come join the conversation about men, with men, in an environment that hopes to challenge the status quo and push the boundaries of what a man “really” is.
Thursday – March 20 @ 5:30 – 6:30 PM @ Women’s Resources Center—Women on the Move Fitness | Yoga for Healing. Join us for a FREE, ongoing, weekly yoga class for healing designed for women-identified students! We’ll explore philosophy, fundamental components of a yoga class, and styles of yoga. Together we will explore yoga breathing practices and learn some basic yoga poses, with an emphasis on safe movement and effective alignment. Our practice will conclude with a final relaxation period. Yoga for Healing is a safe space and survivor-centered. These weekly yoga classes take place at the Women’s Resources Center and are designed for bodies of all shapes, sizes, and abilities. Dress in clothes that are easy to move around in! Mats and other needed materials are provided. The yoga series begins January 23rd and continues all semester on every Thursday, excluding March 27th. Should you require any accommodations (assistance with food and seating, large print programs, an ASL interpreter, visual/audio assistance, etc.), please contact us at your earliest convenience. This event is free and open to women-identified students.
Thursday – March 20 @ 7:00-9:00 PM @ Women’s Resources Center – Sex & Gender Film Series | Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Heroes Wonder Women! The Untold Story Of American Superheroines traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, Wonder Women! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation. The Sex + Gender Film Series occurs on Thursdays at the Women’s Resources Center in collaboration with the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, National Organization for Women UIUC Chapter, DiversityEd, and Department of Media and Cinema Studies. Free and open to the public- bring your friends! Should you require any accommodations (assistance with food and seating, large print programs, an ASL interpreter, visual/audio assistance, etc.), please contact us at your earliest convenience. Paid for by the Student Cultural Programming Fee.