Roanoke College to celebrate Women's History Month with week of events

SALEM, Va. - In honor of Women's History Month, Roanoke College will host "Women's Forum 2008," a series of events from March 10-14. This week-long celebration will include lectures, discussions, exhibitions and performances that focus on women in areas across the liberal arts. All events are open to the public.

At Mill Mountain Coffee in Salem, the Honors Program will host "Coffee Shop Conversation on Women in Politics" on Tuesday, March 11 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, March 12, Roanoke College's "Women in Philosophy" group will discuss "Discriminatory Epistemologies of Science," from Sandra Harding's book Science and Social Inequality. The event will take place at Mill Mountain Coffee in Salem from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Also on March 12, the Foreign Languages Department will host "Reviving Women's Voices of Latin America" in the Colket Center's Garrett Meeting Room from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

To conclude the evening, Sister Helen Prejean will give a talk titled "Dead Man Walking: The Journey Continues" in the Colket Center's Wortmann Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. This event is hosted by Lucas-Hathaway Fund, the Fowler Legacy and the Chaplain's Office. No tickets are required.

On Thursday, March 13, a women's spirituality group will hold a brown bag lunch discussion of "Daughters of the Desert: Stories of Remarkable Women from Christian, Jewish and Muslim Traditions." This event will take place from noon-1 p.m. in the Antrim Chapel. Drinks and desserts will be provided.

In Smoyer Gallery on Friday, March 14, an art exhibit will open at 6 p.m. featuring photography by Beatrix Reinhardt. She will offer an artist's lecture at 5:30 p.m. in Olin Hall Room 231.

Also on March 14, the Roanoke College women's lacrosse team will face at Kerr Stadium at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Concluding the celebration is a "Chicks and Giggles" comedy night featuring four of the best female stand-ups from New York City, which will be held in Alumni Gym at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 14. Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the door. Tickets are available online at and doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Additional women's forum events also are planned for the women of the Roanoke College community.

Roanoke College, the country's second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast." Roanoke's 2,000 students represent 40 states across the U.S. and 26 foreign countries.

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.