March is Women’s History Month, and Youngstown State University celebrates with the following free events:
- Friday, March 8, 2 p.m. coffee hour and 3 p.m. selections from the film, “Women Hold Up Half the Sky,” followed by discussion. Location: YWCA, 25 W. Rayen Ave., Youngstown. Co-sponsored by Student Diversity and the Center for International Studies and Programs.
- Tuesday, March 19, 7 p.m. Film “Miss Representation,” followed by discussion. Location: Jones Room, Kilcawley Center on the YSU campus. The award-winning documentary film explores the media’s misrepresentations of women in positions of power and influence.
- Thursday, March 21, 7 p.m. Poetry and fiction reading by Marge Piercy. Location: McKay Auditorium, Beeghly Hall on the YSU campus. Piercy is the author of 17 novels, including the New York Times bestseller Gone to Soldiers. Her book He, She and It received the Arthur C. Clark Award for Best Science Fiction. As an activist, she has been a key player in the women’s movement and in resistance against the wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Friday, March 22, noon. Panel discussion, “Women Against Violence Everywhere.” Location: Jones Room, Kilcawley Center on the YSU campus. Malinda Gavins from Sojourner House Domestic Violence Services, Lynn Bilal from the Rape Crisis and Counseling Center, and Johanna Slivinske from the YSU Department of Social Work and PsyCare participate.
- Tuesday, March 26, 7 p.m. Film “Too Fast to Be a Woman?” followed by discussion. Location: Jones Room, Kilcawley Center on the YSU campus. The film explores gender issues surrounding the winner of the 800-m World Championship race in 2009. A panel discussion follows with YSU track coach Katrina Brumfield, YSU Professor of Political Science Cryshanna Jackson and YSUnity’s Brian Wells.
- Wednesday, March 27, 11 a.m. Lecture “Thank God There’s Silvio.” Location: Gallery Room, Kilcawley Center on the YSU campus. Eva Rus, a Fulbright scholar whose research focuses on contemporary feminist autobiographical practice and body representation in both written text and the visual arts, will lecture. The presentation concentrates on the role of Italy’s former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi in contributing to the over-exposure of media images of infantilized, sexually subservient, decorative feminine types.
- Friday, March 29, 5 p.m. Panel discussion “Are You Mom Enough?” Location: Gallery Room, Kilcawley Center on the YSU campus. Midwife Rachel Sieman, Ob-Gyn Joni Canby and Karen Kotrba, author of a collection of poems about nurse-midwives from the early 20th century, discuss issues related to maternity, early motherhood and more.
All events are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Lincoln Deck and M24 along Fifth Avenue next to McDonald’s. For more information, call 330-941-2320.