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64 Days of Nonviolence 2009

The 64 Days officially begins on January 30, the day Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated, and ends on April 4, the day we commemorate Dr. King.  In our sixth annual observation, we continue to celebrate the many cultures and heritages among us, including our observation of Black History Month, Women's History Month, and Asian/Pacific Heritage Month.

1)    A talk with Amy Kessleman, Professor of Women's Studies, SUNY New Paltz, and Visiting Scholar of SCSU Women's Studies (2008-2009), on the hidden history of women's movement in New Haven and its global connections (Wednesday, February 18, 2009; 7:30-9:30 p.m., in EN B308)

2)    An evening with Pia Barros, visiting Chilean feminist writer and activist, on writing, feminism, and activism, co-sponsored by Minority Recruitment and Retention Committee (Tuesday, February 24, 2009; 6-7:30 p.m., in EN A120)

3)    Part of the "Courageous Conversation" on white privilege, a panel discussion with Lytasha Blackwell, President of Black Student Union; I-Ton, WPKN Talk Show Host; Gary Holder-Winfield, AAUP; Dave Walsh, AAUP; and others (Wednesday, February 25, 2009; 1-3 p.m., in EN B121 A)

4)    A reading honoring African American women, "Standing on the Shoulders of Our Sisters: Honoring African American Women," a lead-up to the 14th Annual African American Women's Summit (Wednesday, March 4, 2009; 1-3 p.m., in ASC 308), with sponsorship of Iota, Iota, Iota, the SCSU Chapter of the Women's Studies National Honor Society

5)    A faculty development workshop, "Feminist Pedagogy 2.0," with Vivien Ng, Associate Professor of Women's Studies and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Research, University at Albany, on feminist pedagogy and technology (Friday, March 6, 2009; 8-4 p.m., in Buley Library, 4th floor. 406T)

6)    A talk with Aishah Shahidah Simmons, producer and filmmaker of No! The Rape Documentary and Breaking Silences, on violence against women in the communities of color, co-sponsored by Women's Center (Wednesday, March 11, 2009: with screening of No! from 5-7 p.m., in Adanti Student Center Theatre; lecture at 7:30-9:30 p.m., in ASC Theater)

7)    A symposium on women of color knowledge production, with a focus on Latina women writing and cultural productions ("Latina Expressions, Interventions, and Resistance"), co-sponsored by SCSU Minority Recruitment and Retention Committee, with Sintia Molina (Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature, St. Frances College); Mary Gratereaux (Publisher and Editor of Voices of the Diaspora: Testimonies of Dominican Women Immigrants); Elizabeth Figueroa (Activist and Translator of Voices of the Diaspora: Testimonies of Dominican Women Immigrants); Lydia Rodriguez (Associate Professor of Spanish, Indiana University of Pennsylvania),; Resha Cardone (Assistant Professor of Spanish, SCSU); Sobeira Latorre (Assistant Professor of Spanish); and others (Friday, March 13, 2009; 9-3 p.m., in EN A120)

8)    The 14th Annual African American Women's Summit, "Standing on the Shoulders of Our Sisters: Reclaiming Our History, Community, and Ourselves," co-sponsored with African American Women's Summit, a Sisters' Collective in New Haven (Saturday, March 21, 2009; 8-3 p.m., Wexler Grant School - 55 Foote St, New Haven)

9)    "Take Back Our Kitchen" with Peggy Rivage-Seul, Director of Women's and Gender Studies, Berea College, on food and politics (Wednesday, April 1, 2009; 7:30-9:30 p.m., in EN B308)

10)    Seventh Annual SCSU Women's Studies Graduate Conference, "Feminisms & Popular Culture" (Saturday, April 4, 2009; 8-5 p.m., in EN A120)

11)    A talk with Pauline Park, transgender activist and author, on race and politics of the LGBT community, in collaboration with the SCSU Sexuality and Gender Equality (S.A.G.E.) Center and LGBTQ Prism Club (Monday, April 13, 2009; 4:45-6 p.m., in EN A120)

12)    A talk with Melinda Bronson (educator, artist, dancer), on gender, class, and healthcare (Monday, April 15, 2009; 3:25-4:40 p.m., in MO 10)

13)    Women's Studies Graduate Open House (Thursday, April 16, 2009, 7-9 p.m., in EN B229, following the Graduate Studies Spring 2009 Open House)

14)    A performance and talk ("Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue") with Gloria Miguel (Kuna/Rappahanock), founding member of the Spiderwoman Theatre (the longest running all women and all Native American theatre), as a Native elder reflecting on art, culture, and legacy, while offering hopes and dreams for the future (Monday, April 20, 2009; 5:00-6:00 p.m., in EN A120)

15)    A talk with Resha Cardone, Assistant Professor of Spanish, SCSU, titled "Unbound and Underground: Chilean Feminist Publishing under Dictatorship" (Wednesday, April 22, 2009; 7:30-9:30 p.m., in EN B308)

16)    A reading of Eve Ensler's Vagina Monologues, with Iota, Iota, Iota, the SCSU Chapter of the Women's Studies National Honor Society (Thursday & Friday, April 23 & 24, 2009; 7:30-9:30 p.m., in EN C112)

17)    An OWL (Opportunity for Women's Leadership) Empowerment Symposium, "I Dare to Dream," our fifth leadership conference with young women from area high schools such as Common Ground High School and Wilbur Cross High School (Thursday, April 30, 2009; 8-2 p.m., in EN B121 A& B)

We thank our many co-sponsors at SCSU and beyond:  Association of American University Professors; Faculty Development Office; Minority Recruitment and Retention Committee; Black Student Union; Iota, Iota, Iota, National Women's Studies Honor Society, SCSU; LGBTQ Prism Club; Sexuality and Gender Equality (S.A.G.E.) Center; Women's Center; and African American Women's Summit, a Sisters' Collective of New Haven.