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64 Days of Nonviolence 2007

Women's Studies Program at SCSU observed its fourth annual observation of the 64 Days of Nonviolence last spring, beginning with the first event with Irma McClaurin (of Ford Foundation, and editor of Black Feminist Anthropology) on Tuesday, February 20.

The 64 Days, which officially begins on January 30, the day Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated, and ends on April 4, the day we commemorate Dr. King's passing,  ended last year with a celebration of SCSU Women's Studies Program 35th anniversary. In our fourth annual observation, we continued to celebrate many cultures and heritage months, including Black History Month, Women's History Month, and Asian/Pacific Heritage Month.

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Events for 64 days of Nonviolence 2007:


1. Feb. 20 (Tuesday): A seminar with Irma McClaurin on Black feminist anthropology

2. Feb. 27 (Tuesday): A talk with Lucy Anne Hurston on Zora Neale Hurston

3. Feb. 27 (Tuesday): Seminar with Layli Phillips on womanism


4. March 1-31 Exhibit: "We Fight for Roses, Too"

5. March 5 (Monday) Screening of "Toilet Training" with the Sylvia Rivera Law Project

6. March 9 (Friday): One-day symposium, "Women of Color Writing: Negotiating Gender & Ethnicity"

7. March 12 (Monday): An talk with Carol Kalafatic on slow food movement and food sovereignty" 


8. April 10 (Tuesday):
Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhran on Cherrie Moraga and Chicana literature

9. April 11 (Wednesday): Anoush Ter Taulian on Armenian American routs/roots

10. April 13 (Friday): Reproductive Health and Rights

11. April 14 (Saturday): Fifth Annual National Women's Studies Graduate Conference

"Resisting Oppression: Acknowledging Unheard Voices of Feminism "

12. April 19 (Thursday): (Thursday) WMS Graduate Open House 7-9

13. April 20 (Friday): Second Annual Women's Studies Minors Fair

14. April 27 (Friday): OWL Conference ( Opportunity for Women's Leadership)


An Evening with Winona LaDuke , 5-7:30.
Location TBA

Descriptions of 64 DAYS Events 2007 

Tuesday, February 20 - A seminar with Irma McClaurin on Black Feminist Anthropology

This is the first in the series of events celebrating 64 Days of Non-Violence 2007 

For over 30 years, as an activist, administrator, teacher, and writer, Irma McClaurin has maintained a commitment to the eradication of social inequality. In her work as Program Officer in Education and Scholarship at the Ford Foundation since January 2005, she continues to work in the areas of race/ethnicity, class, and gender. Before joining Ford, Dr. McClaurin was Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Florida, where she became the first African American to gain tenure in the department in 1999, and coordinated the Zora Neale Hurston Diaspora Research Project. In 2004, she was the Mott Distinguished Professor of Women's Studies at Bennett College for Women and from 2002-2004, she served as Deputy Provost at Fisk University. In 2000-2001, Dr. McClaurin was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Diplomacy Fellow in the Office of Policy Development and Coordination at USAID. She has a BA in American Studies (Grinnell College, 1973) and holds advanced degrees in English (MFA, 1976) and Anthropology (University of Massachusetts at Amherst, MA, 1987 and PhD, 1993). She considers herself as a "born-again anthropologist." For seven years (1997-2004), she was Editor of Transforming Anthropology, the journal of the Association of Black Anthropologists. To be held in EN B212 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 27 - A talk with Lucy Anne Hurston on Zora Neale Hurston

Lucy Anne Hurston , the niece of literary luminary and Harlem Renaissance writer Zora Neale Hurston, is the author of Speak, So You Can Speak Again: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston. Lucy Anne Hurston's own work as an academic sociologist, with field research in Jamaica and St. Kitts, among other places, provides her with a unique connection to her aunt's perspective and life. She has been the producer and host of two documentaries on Zora and the director of a high school production of her play Mule Bone. Lucy Anne Hurston currently teaches sociology at Manchester Community College (CT) and lives in Bloomfield, Connecticut.  To be held in EN C 112 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 27 - A seminar with Layli Phillips on womanism

Layli Phillips (Ph.D., Temple University, 1994) is Assistant Professor of Women's Studies at Georgia State University, where she teaches courses in Black feminism and womanism, the African American lesbian and gay experience, the psychology of women, and feminist methodology. Her research interests include womanist/ feminist-of-color theory, the development of identities (racial/ethnic, biracial/biethnic, lesbian/gay/bisexual, spiritual/religious, and feminist), and liberation psychology. With Barbara McCaskill, Ph.D., she is the Founding Co-Director of the Womanist Studies Consortium and the Founding Co-Editor of the interdisciplinary journal Womanist Theory and Research (formerly The Womanist). She has published articles in Signs, The Journal of Black Psychology, and History of Psychology, as well as contributed essays to such volumes as Good Girls/Bad Girls: Women, Sex, Violence, and Power in the Nineties (Rutgers, 1996) and Looking Queer: Body Image and Identity in the Lesbian, Bisexual, and Gay Communities (Haworth, 1998). To be held in EN C 112 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

March 1-31, 2006  - Lyman Center Exhibit of "We Fight for Roses Too"

The Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame has created this traveling exhibit dedicated, as always, to the stories, struggles, and achievements of our inductees, women who have shaped the culture and society of Connecticut and the nation. The exhibit is made up of twenty-two panels, each free standing and each seven feet tall. Their presence in a room is dominating; arranged by themes, the panels are bright, bold, and engaging. Inductees' tales are told in relation to the theme they fought for, such as Civil Liberties, Creative Expression, and Suffrage. Rather than focus solely on the photographs of each inductees, this exhibit showcases images that highlight the struggle of each woman's actions as a means of further reminding audiences that the quest for women's equality has not been an easy battle. To be held in the Lyman Performing Arts Center.

Monday, March 5 - Screening of Tara Mateik's "Toilet Training" with the Sylvia Rivera Law Project

"Toilet Training" is a d ocumentary focused on the difficulties transgendered people have in using gender segregated public toilets. (Location and time TBA)

Friday, March 9 - A one-day symposium, "Women of Color Writing: Negotiating Gender & Ethnicity"

This one day symposium features invited writers/critics including Elena Martinez, of Baruch College; Andree-Nicola McLaughlin, of Medgar Evers College; Bridget Harris Tsemo, of Iowa University; Vivien Ng, of New York State University, Albany; Sintia Molina, of St. Francis College; Elena M. Martínez, at Baruch College; May-lee Chai, of New York City (City University of New York); and others. This symposium is part of the Women's History Month as well as our 64 Days of Nonviolence observation and is partly subsidized by Minority Recruitment and Retention Committee. To be held in EN A 120 (tentative) 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Monday, March 12 - A talk with Carol Kalafatic on slow food movement and food sovereignty

Carol Kalafatic (Quechua/Spanish/Croatian) is a community development and international policy consultant whose focus is on indigenous peoples, food and agriculture. She has worked with tribes and Native villages in the U.S. and Latin America and recently was the coordinating lead author of a policy development paper for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). For eight years Kalafatic coordinated the UN Liaison Office and the Right to Food Program of the International Indian Treaty Council. She served as coordinator of the Indigenous Peoples' Caucus of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) and has worked with Mayan organizations in Guatemala to coordinate the global Indigenous Peoples' Consultation on the Right to Food and Food Security. She produced the first "Indigenous Peoples' Bulletin on the Right to Food" in 2004. For six years Kalafatic was the Film and Video Center's Latin American Program coordinator, and produced the 2002 NMAI national video tour Ojo del Condor/Eye of the Condor. She is currently editing an internet "book" on Alaska Native traditional healing. To be held in Buley BU 425 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday April 10 - Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhran on Cherrie Moraga and Chicana literature 

Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhran is  a Comparative Ethnic Studies scholar and teacher working at the intersection of Indigenous Studies, Women of Color Studies, and Queer People of Color Studies and the intersection of Literary Studies, Rhetoric and Composition, and History/Herstory. He received his B.A. in Women's Studies from  San Francisco State University, is M.F.A in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College and is a doctorial candidate in the American Studies Program at Michigan State University.  To be held in EN B 212 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday April 11 - Anoush Ter Taulian on Armenian American routs/roots 

Anoush Ter Taulian is an Armenian-American artist working in New York. Her video, photography, painting and poetry document, commemorate and highlight the Armenian Freedom Struggle. Her artwork is about resisting assimilation and supporting the visibility of women of color. To be held in EN C 115 7:35 p.m. - 10:05 p.m.

Friday April 13 - One-day Conference on Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights

A event on reproductive health and rights, co-sponsored with Women's Center & Planned Parenthood, CT(Location and time TBA)

Saturday April 14 - Fifth Annual National Women's Studies Graduate Conference "Resisting Oppression: Acknowledging Unheard Voices of Feminism"

This conference is organized by the Women's Studies Program graduate students.  We invite i ndividual and group presentations made by graduate students from all academic institutions, academic disciplines, areas of feminist research and activism, and artistic expressions are encouraged to submit proposals. Art and performance art may also be considered.   Proposals are being accepted until Friday, March 2, 2007. Conference to be held in the Adanti Student Center , 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Thursday April 19 -  Women's Studies Graduate Open House  

The Women's Studies Program will hold its annual spring open house for prospective Master's Degree students.  Informal presentations will be made by Women's Studies faculty and past and present Master's students.  This forum will provide prospective students with an opportunity to meet faculty and students associated with the Program and ask questions.  Open House and reception to be held in the Women's Studies office, EN B 229, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday April 20 - Second Annual Women's Studies Minors Fair 

This will be the first effort to bring all SCSU Women's Studies minors together to show case their creativities and research; An informational meeting and reception will be held with present and prospective undergraduate Women's Studies minors.  This event will feature informal discussions on present minors' experiences in Women's Studies and serve to answer questions of prospective students.  To be held in the Women's Studies office, EN B 229, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Friday, April 27 - An OWL ( Opportunity for Women's Leadership) Conference

Held in conjunction with Common Ground High School, Hillhouse High School, Wilbur Cross High School, & West Haven High School-this will be our fourth leadership conference with young high school women (the first held in November 2004, second in February 2005, and the third in February 2006).  To be held in the Adanti Student Center , 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.