The University of Northern Colorado will celebrate Women's History Month throughout March with a wide range of free events that include a screening of a critically acclaimed documentary film, luncheons and a presentation by a social theorist internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in gender violence prevention education.
UNC will join the world in observing International Women's Day March 7 with a free screening of Girl Rising at 5 p.m. in Lindou Auditorium in Michener Library.
The film, directed by Oscar-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, tells the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world who faced arranged marriages, child slavery and other heartbreaking injustices. The girls used education to overcome their obstacles, breaking barriers and creating change in the process. After the film, a panel of women from around the world will share their stories.
Women's History Month also features a presentation by author, educator, filmmaker and social theorist Jackson Katz at 7 p.m. March 31 in the University Center ballrooms.
Katz has long been recognized as one of America's leading anti-sexist male activists. He's the author of The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help, a candid look at the cultural factors that lend themselves to tolerance of abuse and violence against women.
He co-founded Mentors in Violence Prevention, a program that has worked with thousands of high school and college-aged men to prevent violence against women, and he's the director of the first worldwide domestic and sexual violence prevention program in the United States Marine Corps.
Katz, who was the first man to minor in women's studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, earned a Ph.D. in cultural studies and education from UCLA.
Unless otherwise noted, all other Women's History Month events take place at UNC's Women's Resource Center in Scott-Willcoxon Hall.
How to Love 101
Join the Women's Resource Center for a presentation on domestic violence awareness at 7 p.m. Monday, March 3.
Women's Resource Center Open House
Explore the resources available at the WRC during their open house from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, March 5. Enjoy free food, trivia and giveaways.
Women's History Timeline
View a visual timeline that pays homage to women of character, courage and commitment throughout history from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., March 3-7 at the WRC.
Café-Social: A Warm-Hearted Conversation
The WRC will host an open discussion on everyday topics no one wants to talk about at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 11.
Women's History Month Read-In
UNC's monthly Read-In from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.Thursday, March 13, at Michener Library will honor Women's History Month. Anyone interested in reading published works can sign up online for a 15-minute time slot and listeners can drop by as their schedules permit.
"I Need Feminism Because..." Women's History Consciousness Raising Luncheon Part 1
During this luncheon from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, join in the conversation about the history of women's rights in the U.S.
"I Need Feminism Because..." Women's History Consciousness Raising Luncheon Part 2
Continue the discussion of women's history as the WRC explores contemporary women's issues, including gender violence, advertising and policy from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, March 25.
All events are free and open to the public. Building and parking lot locations are available at http://www.unco.edu/uncmap/. Parking is free in UNC lots after 5 p.m. Before then, parking permits can be purchased at automated dispensers located at lot entrances.
For more information about Women's History Month or its events, contact Bernadette Cordova, 970-351-2941.