When The Divinyls frontwoman Chrissy Amphlett realized that her breast cancer was terminal, she had one last order of business: to repurpose her 1990 anthem “I Touch Myself” to encourage women to check their bodies for cancer.
Amphlett discovered her own breast cancer through self-examination, after mammograms and ultrasounds initially failed to identify it. She died in April 2013, but not before communicating her new vision for the hit song — originally a groundbreaking celebration of female sexuality
Archive for April, 2014
Women’s Resources Center—Newsletter—Volume 6/Issue 13—April 18, 2014
Celebrate Earth Day – April 22, 2014. On Earth Day, April 22, 2014, take action and honor the generations of women who have taken the lead to save the planet. Earth Day began in 1970 as a catalyst to promote meaningful opportunities for celebrations, education and actions that include all social sectors, nationalities and cultural groups. Join an Earth Day event near you. http://earthday.net/search/node
This Week’s Activities @ WRC
Monday – April 21 @ 7:00-9:00 PM @ Women’s Resources Center – Illini Art Therapy at the Women’s Resources Center. 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.
Tuesday – April 22 @ 5:30 PM @ Asian American Cultural Center—Women’s Support Group. This weekly support group is open to women who have experienced sexual assault or abuse within a relationship.
Tuesday – April 22 @ 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 – April 23 @ ALL DAY @ Women’s Resources Center – Denim Day. Come see us on the Quad to view our wonderful denim quilt made by UIUC students! Learn more about the sexual assault case Denim Day is based upon and help raise awareness of sexual assault. Sponsored by University Housing and the Women’s Resources Center among other sponsored. This event is a part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month programming.
Wednesday – April 23 @ 5:00 PM @ Women’s Resources Center – Crafternoons at the Women’s Resources Center. Join Noelle Bruce at the Women’s Resources Center for weekly Crafternoons where we’ll tackle a new craft each week- from jewelry making to paper arts, knitting to DIY screen-printing. We’ll also craft cards together as a weekly practice. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to kick back, relax, and craft! 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.
Wednesday – April 23 @ 7:00 PM @ Women’s Resources Center – Short Skirts, Dark Streets: Writ n’ Rhymed Poetic Arts Space | Open Mic. Come to the Women’s Resources Center at 7pm and join us for a Writ ‘n Rhymed centered around sexual assault awareness month. Today is Denim Day so learn about the art project made for Denim Day. Come listen to and share your own poems about victim blaming and street harassment to raise awareness and break the silence. Featuring work by: Sydney Germaine; Molly M. McLay; Rachel Lauren Storm
and more! Held at the University of Illinois Women’s Resources Center, Writ n’ Rhymed is a transformative poetic space created on select Wednesday nights at the University of Illinois. It is a space for art, poetry, spoken word, music, movement, prose, rhyme, performance, and critical engagement. It is creativity at its finest. Our mission is to provide a forum for poetry and other spoken word to the University of Illinois campus community. It is open to anyone at any level of poetry experience, and we welcome those who wish to share their own work as well as the work of others (e.g. a favorite famous author). Come bring your poetry, your friends, and/or your listening ears! Free and open to the public. This event is part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month programming.
Thursday – April 24 @ 9:00 AM-1:00 PM @ Illini Union Room A – Sex Out Loud | Sexual Health , Education, and Safety Resource Fair. Join us for a day of all things sexual health! Sex Out Loud is a sexual health resource fair free and open to students, faculty, community members, and you! Tablers will be sharing their expertise on everything from birth control and safe sex to consent and pleasure! Be sure to stop by and bring your friends!
Thursday – April 24 @ 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—May 1 @ 4 to 6 pm—Heritage Room, ACES Library; 1101 S. Goodwin St., U—Annual Women’s Awards Ceremony & Graduation Celebration!! Join us in a fun celebration as we honor some special members of our campus community! FOOD—FUN—ENTERTAINMENT—ALL WELCOME TO ATTEND—FREE!!
May 8 @ 7pm @ Art Cooperative Theatre (Downtown Champaign)—5th Annual Feminist Film Festival. Free—Fun—Everyone Welcome!!
Events This Week @ OIIR Cultural Centers/Units:
Monday – April 21 @ NOON @ Women’s Resources Center – Quench | Navigating the Healthcare System: Barriers for Transgender People of Color. Sponsored by the LGBT Resource Center. Featuring Dr. Margo Bell, MD, Director of Inpatient Pediatrics, Cook County Health and Hospital System. Lunches are free and open to all!
Monday – April 21 @ 7:00 PM @ Alice Campbell Alumni Center – Asian American Leadership Awards. Recognizing excellence in activities, programs, and services that promote cross-cultural understanding of Asian American and Asian international experiences, and that provide education and cultural support for our university community. Sponsored by the Asian American Cultural Center.
Tuesday – April 22 @ NOON @ Asian American Cultural Center – Food for Thought | The Sikh American Experience: Challenges and Opportunities featuring Jasjit Singh, Sikh American Legal Defense & Education Fund and U of I Alum. Lunches are free and open to all!
Tuesday – April 22 @ 7PM @ Illini Union, 314B – 2nd Annual DiversityEd Awards with featured speaker Dr. Joycelyn Landrum-Brown.
Wednesday – April 23 @ NOON @ Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center – Food for the Soul | The Power of Giving Back: Impact of Outreach on our Youth featuring Rev. Dr. Eugene Barnes, Founder and Executive Director of Metanoia Centers. Lunches are free and open to all!
Thursday – April 24 @ NOON @ La Casa Cultural Latina – Lunch @ La Casa | Redes y circunstancias: Understanding Social Media & Latino Networks of Belonging featuring Dr. Marisa Duarte, Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow, American Indian Studies. Lunches are free and open to all!
Thursday – April 24 @ 7:00-8:00 PM @ Lincoln Hall 1051 – I-Journey Workshop | Class Privilege. Class Privilege covers the issue of privilege and considers how it applies to our everyday lives through activities that examine these concepts, and how they play out in society. All workshops are on Thursdays at 7 pm in Lincoln hall Room 1051. I-Journey workshops are one-hour peer developed, peer led workshops that explore issues of social identity, exclusion/inclusion, and being an ally.
Friday – April 25 @ NOON @ Women’s Resources Center – Conversation Café | Last Lecture Series: Footprints in the Sand – Reducing Your Impact While Making a Difference featuring Kirsten Bartels, College of LAS. Lunches are free and open to all!
Saturday – April 26 @ 7:00-9:00 PM @ Lincoln Hall Auditorium, University of Illinois – Fiesta 2014. Join us for La Casa Cultura Latina’s annual Fiesta celebration! It is our 25th year celebrating the Latino/a talent on campus. This year’s theme is “El Movimiento Latino” celebrating activism and the accomplishments of Latinos over time. Make sure to join us to make this 25th year celebration memorable! There will be spoken word, dancing, singing and much more! Herrison Chicas will recite a spoken word piece. His experience comes from his experience as a Latino in America, Chicas’ poems touch people from all demographics. As Her Campus Magazine writes, his art has the “ability to stay with you long after you’ve heard it.” With his poetry, Chicas not only attempts to bring-to-light controversial topics in order to promote dialogue, but also to produce smiles and laughs while doing it.
Tuesday—May 6 @ 5:30pm @ Illini Union, Rooms A & B—Lavender Graduation. Refreshments start at 5:30pm with program and speaker at 6pm. Lavender Graduation is a cultural event to celebrate students’ academic and personal achievements. The ceremony is open to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally (LGBTQA). Lavender Graduation recognizes an important milestone in the lives of our LGBTQ and Allied graduates. Each LGBTQA graduate will receive a rainbow tassel and a certificate of distinction. This event also provides an opportunity for our community to come together and honor those among us who have worked to make University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign a better place for LGBTQ people. Graduates at all levels (certificate, bachelors, masters, doctoral) are especially encouraged to attend and bring family, friends, and other significant individuals in their lives, including faculty members or staff. Of course, all faculty and staff as well as alumni are invited. Lavender Graduation is held every spring semester.
Out & About on Campus and the CU Community:
Fearless Photo Exhibit at the ARC. The Fearless Project by Jeff Sheng will be on display at the ARC during April. This photo documentary exhibit is used to celebrate and raise awareness of “out” lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender high school and college athletes. Sheng will be on campus to discuss his experience and inspiration with this subject on Thursday, April 17 from 7-9 p.m. in the ARC auditorium. Everyone is welcomed to visit the ARC to view the exhibit and to attend Sheng’s presentation. The Fearless Exhibit was paid for by the student cultural programming fee, Campus Recreation, Hillel, LGBT Resource Center, and Inclusive Illinois.
Monday – April 21 @ 9:00 AM-9:00 PM @ Murphy Gallery, University YMCA – Art @ the Y | Inside/Outside Works by Laura Wennstrom. Always a highlight of the Spring and planned to coincide with the local Boneyard Arts Festival, this year’s Emerging Artist show will feature the work of multimedia artist Laura Wennstrom, an MFA candidate in New Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “In the process of making art, I am interested in gathering those materials and objects – the cast off, the forgotten, the incidental, the profound – and through combining and layering, I find new ways to tell stories. My art represents the intersection of my life with the people I have worked with while honoring their experiences and trying to make sense of my own. Sometimes this intersection happens within the studio, sometimes this exchange happens outside of the studio with others. I am interested in these spaces and how they inform my practice.” -Laura Wennstrom’s new installation piece Reticulation has been selected as the 2014 Boneyard Arts Festival Signature Image and will be on display at Figure One from April 18 – May 17. Art @ the Y is an initiative of the University YMCA. All Art @ the Y events and exhibitions are free and open to the public. “Inside/Outside” is on view in Murphy Gallery at the University Y from 9am-9pm weekdays through May 17, 2014.
Monday – April 21 @ 10:00AM-3:00PM @ Urbana Courthouse – R.A.C.E.S. Traveling Sexual Abuse Awareness Exhibit. Rape Advocacy, Counseling & Education Services (RACES) will be sponsoring a Community Awareness Project during the week of Monday, April 9-12th and April 21-22 in recognition of National Crimes Victim’s Rights Week (NCVRW), Prevent Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The Community Awareness Project is a traveling exhibit of stuffed animal characters to promote community public awareness about sexual violence against women, girls and children. The exhibit would be divided into three sections and provide local, state and federal data about victimization. We will display the roving art at various locations throughout the community.
Monday – April 21 @ 10:00 AM @ University of Illinois Main Quad – Sexual Health Peers’ Campaign for Consent. Jenna Quinn and the Sexual Health Peers will host the Campaign for Consent on the UI Main Quad.
Tuesday – April 22 @ 7:00 PM @ Illini Union Room 105 – Tuesday@7 Workshop | Deconstructing Masculinity: Doing MANual Labor. Sponsored by the Counseling Center Paraprofessionals. Part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Thursday – April 24 @ 4:00 PM @ Beckman Institute Auditorium – Army ROTC SHARP Training featuring Catharsis Productions’ “The Hook-Up”. Catharsis Productions presents “The Hook-Up”. This program is sponsored by the Army ROTC, the Women’s Resources Center and Rape Advocacy, Counseling and Education Services (R.A.C.E.S.) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This innovative, interactive program leads audiences into a frank and compelling discussion by using strategic humor to open up audiences on the subject sexual assault and sexual harassment. Catharsis Productions never makes light of violence or its consequences. The purpose of this program is to reach out and educate our campus and community on the local resources available and provide a safe environment for students to discuss sexual assault and intervention or prevention of sexual assault. This production is intended to give people a safe forum to discover some of the stereotypes and hurtful cultural norms that plague us as a community and as a college campus. Catharsis Productions is also the creator of “Sex Signals”, often a part of the military’s sexual assault awareness training.
Wednesday – April 23 @ 4:00 PM @ Eichelberger Field – Illini Softball versus Northwestern. Come cheer on the Fighting Illini!
Thursday – April 24 @ 4:00 PM @ 1408 W. Gregory Dr., Room 346, Urbana – “Gwendolyn Brooks: Beyond the Word Maker, a Black Poet and Activist” | A Lecture by Haki R. Madhubuti. Haki R. Madhubuti is the Founder and President of Chicago’s Third World Press. Poet, publisher, editor, educator, and one of the architects of the Black Arts Movement, he has been a pivotal figure in the development of a strong Black literary tradition. Among Madhubuti’s latest books are “Honoring Genius: Gwendolyn Brooks: The Narrative of Craft, Art, Kindness and Justice” (2011) and “By Any Means Necessary, Malcolm X: Real, Not Reinvented” (co-edited with Herb Boyd, Ron Daniels and Maulana Karenga, 2012). He is the former University Distinguished Professor and a professor of English at Chicago State University where he founded and was director-emeritus of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center and director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program.
Thursday – April 24 @ 7:30-9:00 PM @ Lincoln Hall Theater – Full Pepper and Light | Welcoming the Gwendolyn Brooks Papers to the University of Illinois. To celebrate acquiring the papers of poet and writer Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000), the University of Illinois Rare Book & Manuscript Library and numerous campus partners have organized an evening of poetry, song, and appreciation called: Full of Pepper and Light: Welcoming the Gwendolyn Brooks Papers to the University of Illinois. The event will take place in the newly-renovated Lincoln Hall Theater (702 S. Wright Street, Urbana) at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, 2014. Admission is free. The evening’s performances will include poets, scholars, singers, and dancers reading, discussing, and expressing their appreciation for Brooks’s art and inspirational legacy. The production and performance is directed by Interim Head of the Theatre Department Thomas Mitchell. Brooks was the third Poet Laureate of the State of Illinois (following Carl Sandburg), poetry consultant to the Library of Congress, and the first African-American writer to win a Pulitzer Prize. Performers will include the University of Illinois Black Chorus, conducted by Dr. Ollie Watts Davis; Aurora, a troupe led by Brooks’s daughter Nora Brooks Blakely; poets Janice Harrington and Laurence Lieberman; artist Amos Kennedy; local high school students; and Dr. Haki Madhubuti, co-founder and director emeritus of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing. “A special “Poetry Bus” will shuttle audience members between the Champaign Public Library, the Urbana Free Library, and the Douglass Branch Library and campus,” said Rare Book & Manuscript Library Director Valerie Hotchkiss. “This spares folks the parking hassles and will get them in the mood for poetry!” Bus reservations are requested, but not required. Please email Marten Stromberg (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve a place.
Thursday – April 24 @ 6:30 PM @ University of Illinois Quad – Take Back the Night 35th Annual
Take Back the Night march and rally against sexual violence. We will gather at 6:30p.m. at Anniversary Plaza on the University of Illinois Quad (behind the Illini Union) March begins at 7:00 PM ending in front of the Champaign County Courthouse. Rally and speak out to follow. This event is open to everyone For individuals who do not wish to march, we traditionally arrive at our ending location between 7:45 and 8:15p.
Check back for information regarding campus parking. Champaign County Courthouse parking is 25cents for the first hour and 50cents for each additional hour. The lot IS ENFORCED after 5p.m.
We will march in inclement weather, barring lightening or other dangerous conditions. The rain location on the Quad is in the English Building Atrium. The English Building is located on the North end of the Quad.
Alternate location for Courthouse is TBD
Questions? Contact Stephanie 217-344-6298
Friday – April 25 @ 6:00 PM @ Eichelberger Field – Illini Softball versus Michigan. Come cheer on the Fighting Illini!
April 23rd through April 27th @ Virginia Theatre – 16th Annual Roger Ebert Film Festival Founded in 1999 by the
late Roger Ebert, University of Illinois Journalism graduate and Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic, Roger Ebert’s Film Festival (Ebertfest) celebrates films that haven’t received the recognition they deserved during their original runs. The festival gives these films and their filmmakers a well-deserved second look. Ebertfest takes place in Urbana-Champaign each April. Chaz Ebert, Roger’s beloved wife, business partner and fellow film-lover, is the festival host. While Roger passed away in April 2013, his influence on the Festival continues. True to Roger’s vision, the twelve films screened during the five day event represent a cross-section of important cinematic works overlooked by audiences, critics and/or distributors. Some films come from lists of possible films that Roger drew up over the first 15 years of the festival. Chaz Ebert and Festival Director Nate Kohn select additional films based on Roger’s established criteria for an Ebertfest film. Both Chaz and Nate worked closely with Roger for fifteen years on programming the festival. The Festival brings together the films’ producers, writers, actors and directors to help showcase their work. A filmmaker or scholar introduces the films, and screenings are followed by an in depth on-stage Q&A discussion among filmmakers, critics and the audience. Ebertfest is a special event of the College of Media at the University of Illinois, and the festival, in conjunction with the College, hosts a number of on-campus academic panel discussions each year that feature filmmaker guests, scholars and students. All the festival films screen in the 1,500-seat Virginia Theatre, a restored 1920s movie palace with state-of-the-art 35/70mm and digital projection. A portion of the Festival’s income goes toward on-going renovations at the theatre.
Wednesday—April 30 @ 2:00-3:30pm @ Room 103, 1207 W. Oregon, U–The Department of Latina/Latino Studies presents | “Cultures of Poverty, Lyric Subjects, and Sandra Cisneros’s Wicked, Wicked Ways” featuring John Alba Cutler, Assistant Professor, English and Latina/o Studies, Northwestern University. John Alba Cutler has published essays in “American Literature,” “Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies”, and “MELUS,” and has an essay forthcoming in the summer 2014 issue of “American Literary History.” He is currently completing a book manuscript entitled “Ends of Assimilation: Race, Gender, and the Formation of Chicano Literature,” forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Co-sponsors: Department of English and La Casa Cultural Latina.
Take a break from your Reading Day studies, and come to Campus Recreation’s Party at the Pool! The party will take place on Thursday, May 8 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the ARC outdoor pool and MP7. Spin in the sun while DJ Karol spins some songs on the pool deck. Service dogs, free sunglasses, snacks, and other surprises are also in store. Sign up for an outdoor cycling class and come Party at the Pool!
SAVE THE DATE!
The Department of Gender and Women’s Studies | End of the Year PARTY
Thursday—May 8 @ 4-6 pm @ GWS House, 1205 W. Nevada
* Celebrating our Graduating Majors and Minors
* Recognizing 2013-14 Award Recipients
* Announcing GWS Outstanding Awards
* Plus Live Entertainment!