Women's Forum 2014

In honor of Women's History Month, Roanoke College will host the 8th Annual Women's Forum throughout the month of March 2014.  This annual celebration will include films, lectures, discussions, exhibitions, performances and other events that feature or focus on women in areas across the liberal arts.  Please check back often, as events are continuing to be added.


Wednesday, March 12, 7:30pm, Wortmann Ballroom, Colket Center
Women's Forum 2014 Kickoff - Author Jessica Valenti
Feminism: Alive, Well, and Changing the Game
Jessica Valenti - called one of the Top 100 Inspiring Women in the world by The Guardian - is the author of three books: Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman's Guide to Why Feminism MattersHe's a Stud, She's a Slut" and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know, and The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women which has been made into a documentary by the Media Education Foundation.   She is the editor of the anthology Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape, which was named one of Publishers Weekly's Top 100 Books of 2009.

Jessica is also the founder of Feministing.com, which Columbia Journalism Review calls "head and shoulders above almost any writing on women's issues in mainstream media." Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Nation, The Guardian (UK), The American Prospect, Ms. magazine, Salon and Bitch magazine. She has won a Choice USA Generation award and the 2011 Hillman Journalism Prize for her work with Feministing. She has appeared on The Colbert Report and the Today show, among others, and was profiled in The New York Times Magazine under the headline "Fourth Wave Feminism."   This event is sponsored by the English and Sociology Departments, the D.L. Jordan Endowment for the Humanities and the Office of Community Programs and Special Events.


Thursday, March 13, 5:00pm, Garrett Meeting Room, Colket Center
Queen for Eternity: Digital Archaeology and the (After)Life of Meresankh III of Egypt
The tomb of Queen Meresankh III provides an exceptional look at the life, status, and burial of a royal Egyptian woman of Egypt's Fourth Dynasty (c. 2575-2465 BC).  Constructed at Giza near the Great Pyramid of her grandfather, King Khufu, the tomb emphasizes not only Meresankh's important familial roles as daughter and mother, but also aspects of her priestly, royal, and religious status.  Based on the original excavation records, the Giza Project at Harvard University has created an archaeologically accurate computer reconstruction of the tomb, one of the most beautiful and well-preserved at Giza. This talk, by Rachel Aronin of the Harvard University Giza Project, will discuss how 3D graphical modeling allows scholars to better visualize Meresankh's world and shine new light on the shadowy lives of ancient Egyptian women 4,500 years ago.  This event is sponsored by the Anthropology Concentration, Archaeology at Roanoke College, Classics and the Ancient Mediterranean World Concentration, Fine Arts Department, and Gender and Women's Studies.

Thursday, March 13, 8:00pm, Wortmann Ballroom, Colket Center
Sex Signals - The Real Life, Funny Sort-of-Improv Show about Dating and Other Stuff
A sexual assault prevention show that talks about a tough topic in a unique way.  Using improvisation, Sex Signals explores social pressures, unrealistic fantasies, and gender stereotypes which all contribute to the rising tension in the dating scene. By exploring these topics, first through humor then through semi-improv, the actors show how a fun situation can turn into a case of assault. Sex Signals creates a critical dialogue to bring down ideas behind rape and encourages safe, intimate and accountable behavior.  Sponsored by Campus Activities Board.

Friday, March 14, 12:00-1:00pm, Antrim Chapel
Spirituality at Work - Taking a Mini- Retreat during the Workday
Did you ever think that you could take a mini-retreat during the workday without even leaving campus?  Well you can! You can retreat solo or have a friend or two join you during your lunch break.  Find out how you can pause, retreat, reflect and renew in one hour (or less).  It's not as hard as you may think.   Join us.  Bring a bag lunch. Drinks and dessert will be provided.  Sponsored by the Chaplain's Office.  For more information, contact Kathy Russo 375-2300.

Friday, March 14 @ 5:30pm, Olin Gallery (exhibition through April 4)
Artist Lecture and Exhibition - Tif Robinette
Tif Robinette's work is "fueled by revulsion to excessive beauty. The interplay between lust and loathing is found within the works, as excess engorges the forms. Organic forms, referencing entrails, cocoons, scatology and cave formations, become sites of obsessive adornment. "

The artists' work, "cursed to be cute, both rebels against, and embraces femininity".  Consume/ated will encompass the artists "sickly-sweet multi-media projects that reference environments, relationships, and her own history with a sense of excess and frivolity, finding the crude and fantastic in the everyday". Through personal narratives of feminine mythology, family, and dreams, Robinette explores the natural cycles of eating and excrement, beauty and vulgarity, desire and lust. Playful encounters with materials prompt the artists' explorations of spaces and actions.  

Through April 4, Smoyer Galleries
Art Exhibition - Gwen Hardie Skin Deep

Observing from life, New York artist Gwen Hardie's work incorporates aspects of classical painting and color theory to create ambiguous paintings of epidermal landscapes. With the use of natural light and herself as the source and subject matter, the artist amplifies the depths of a small area of skin in a large scale format. Hardie's work is driven by the requisite to "unearth multiple associations and feelings with minimal information. The emphasis on skin and what lies just underneath becomes a metaphor for emotional depths pushing towards the surface". Gwen Hardie was born and educated in Scotland and has lived and worked in London and Berlin before settling in New York City in 2000. Hardie has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at Garis and Hahn, New York and The Royal Hibernium Academy, Dublin in shows about Depictions of Skin along with artists such as John Coplans and Marlene Dumas. Upcoming shows include "A Harsh reality, Modern and Contemporary Painting" at The Sainsbury Centre in Norwich, England, in September 2014 along with Lucien Freud, Peter Doig, Jenny Saville and others. Her work has been reviewed in UK and US publications such as Art In America, The New York Times, The Glasgow Herald, The New Yorker, The Sunday Herald, Contemporary Visual Art, Time Out, The Scotsman, and The Independent. Her work is also in private and public collections which include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, British Council, London, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, and the Gulbenkian Collection, Lisbon. (This exhibit opens February 28.)

Friday, March 14, 8:00pm, The Cavern, Colket Center
Folksingers Erin & Monica - Women's Voices in Music
Erin & Monica are a folk duo that has been playing around the Roanoke Valley for the last 5 years. The sound is made up of acoustic guitar, violin, and an emphasis on vocal harmonies. Strongly influenced by musicians like Gillian Welch, Patty Griffin, Martha Wainwright, Edie Brickell, and Tori Amos, the duo will focus their performance on women's voices in music.

Monday, March 17-Thursday, March 20, Colket Center Atrium
Contemporary Women Leaders and Pioneers Poster Display
Sociology students present posters of their research on women's lives around the world.  Posters will continue on display in Trout Hall until April 21.

Monday, March 17 @ 6pm, Pickle Lounge
Dr. Yana Rodgers - "Women's Economic Empowerment Around the World: 
What Works to Make Women Stronger" 
Yana van der Meulen Rodgers is Professor and Graduate Director in the Women's and Gender Studies department at Rutgers University. Many of her studies have focused on East and South Asian economies, and she has traveled to and lived in Asia to conduct her research.  Dr. Rodgers became President of the International Association for Feminist Economics in July 2013, and she has served as an associate editor for Feminist Economics since 2005. She has also worked regularly as a consultant for the World Bank, the United Nations, and the Asian Development Bank.  This event is sponsored by the Economics Department.

Tuesday, March 18, 5:30pm, CUPS on Campus, Fintel Library
Coffee Shop Conversations - A Spectrum of Feminist Ideologies
A discussion of themes from all of the different speakers and artists taking part in Women's Forum 2014.  Hosted by the Honors Program.     

Tuesday, March 18, 7:00pm, Kerr Stadium
RC Women's Lacrosse vs. The College at Brockport 
Admission is free.

Tuesday, March 18, 7:30pm, Garrett Meeting Room
Film Screening of "Adam's Rib"
Story of two married lawyers who find that the double standard that exists in society has come between them in the form of a court case. How will the couple adjust to this intrusion in this romantic comedy? Starring Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.  Sponsored by History through the Lens.  

Wednesday, March 19 @ 7:30pm, Ballroom
Kristin's Story - A Mother's Account of Rape and Depression
"Kristin's Story" is a mother's tale of her daughter's rape and subsequent suicide.  A vibrant 20-year-old, Kristin committed suicide shortly after she was raped by a friend in 1995. Her mother Andrea Cooper made the difficult decision to share her daughter's tragedy with college students all over the nation.   "Kristin's Story" is not for women only.  This presentation gives ideas on how men and women can best help a rape survivor.  It also aims to help men understand how their girlfriends or sisters feel if they become a rape survivor and how anyone can support victims and help them as a friend, a boyfriend, or a brother.  This event is sponsored by the Student Activities Center.

Thursday, March 20, 7:00pm, Pickle Lounge, Colket Center
Panel on Women, Faith and Leadership
Sponsored by the Interfaith Council and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Monday, March 24 @ 6:00pm, Pickle Lounge
Dr. Cindy S. Bergeman -  "How Stress Gets 'Under the Skin': Implications for Health and Well-Being"
Cindy S. Bergeman, Ph.D. is a lifespan developmental psychologist with research interests in resiliency and aging, behavioral genetics, and the theory-method interface. Her research focuses on investigating patterns of variability and change in physical and psychological health across the lifespan and identifying the genetic and environmental factors that may importantly influence that process. Her current research project uses multiple lenses (yearly questionnaires, in-depth interviews and daily assessments) to identify and describe the various pathways through which converging behavioral, psychological, environmental, and social processes contribute to resilience and optimal functioning in later life. Unique to her perspective is the innovation in data assessment and analysis that facilitate more comprehensive understanding of the multidimensional and multilevel pathways that underlie the relations among stress and uplifts (e.g, in areas of work, family, friends, health, finances), resilience mechanisms (e.g., hardiness, control, social support) and health and well-being outcomes.  This event is sponsored by the D.L. Jordan Endowment for the Humanities.    

Tuesday, March 25, 7:00pm, Wortmann Ballroom, Colket Center 
"Latinas/Chicanas in the USA: Voices Crossing Borders"
A Poetry Recital presented by the Modern Languages Department students.  
For more information contact Dr. Jose Banuelos-Montes.  

Wednesday, March 26 @ 7:00pm, Pickle Lounge, Colket Center
Filmmaker Andrea Shreeman - Panel Discussion on 
Dying with Dignity and her Upcoming Comedy Film A Good Day to Die

Roanoke native and filmmaker Andrea Shreeman has co-written and is producing a comedic film about end-of-life care called A Good Day to Die. The film is being shot in Roanoke this spring and stars Oscar and Emmy-winning actress Cloris Leachman. Join the filmmaker as she explores what it means to die a "good death" with special guests, Dr. William Fintel, Oncologist and Co-Author of Cancer: A Medical and Spiritual Guide for Patients and Their Families, Reverend Bill Lee of Louden Avenue Christian Church, and Lydia Border, Hospice Nurse with Carilion Clinic. Sponsored by the Sociology Department.

Thursday, March 27, 7:30pm, Wortmann Ballroom, Colket Center
Women's Forum 2014 Finale
Girls Fight Back - A Sassy Self-Defense Guide
Back by popular demand!!  This interactive program is aimed at preventing and fighting back against violence, combining cutting-edge safety training, empowerment and simple techniques that are easy to remember. The program is delivered in a comedic fashion, using a practical and down-to-earth approach to safety.  This event is sponsored by the Office of Community Programs, HEAT and the Panhellenic Council.