Roanoke College Hosts Annual Women's Forum

Week of events includes many that are open to the public.

SALEM, Va. - In honor of Women's History Month, Roanoke College will host its annual Women's Forum event, a series of events March 15-22. This week-long celebration will include lectures, discussions, exhibitions, performances and other events that feature or focus on women in areas across the liberal arts. All events are free. For detailed information, check out our Web site at www.roanoke.edu/womensforum.

Sunday, March 15

"The Clothesline Project" Opening
5:30 p.m. Colket Center Atrium (continues through March 22).

"The Clothesline Project" is a display of shirts designed by victims of rape and their friends or family and is hosted by the Sexual Assault Awareness & Recovery Team.

"Girls Fight Back!"
5:30 p.m. Colket Center Wortmann Ballroom.

"Girls Fight Back" is an interactive program 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 hosted by the Office of Community Programs and Special Events, Sexual Assault Awareness & Recovery Team, and the Panhellenic Council.

Monday, March 16

International Women's Day Reception
4:30 p.m, Pickle Lounge.

Honoring mothers, wives, sisters, friends and colleagues. To inspire women and celebrate their achievements. Activities include dance, music, special recognitions and a bilingual poetry reading performance of "Female Voices of Latin America/Voces femeninas de Latino América." This event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Hispanic Organization for Leadership & Achievement.

The Death Penalty in America: A Conversation with Sister Helen Prejean and Marie Deans
7:30 p.m. Antrim Chapel. No tickets required.

Sister Helen Prejean is a leading American advocate for the abolition of the death penalty. Her first book served as a basis for the feature film Dead Man Walking. Marie Deans founded Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation as well as the Virginia Coalition on Jails and Prisons. This event is sponsored by The Roanoke College Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, Lucas Hathaway Fund, Fowler Legacy Program and the Chaplain's Office.

Tuesday, March 17

"Coffee Shop Conversations" with the RC Honors Program
5:30 p.m, Mill Mountain Coffee, Salem.

Conversation will be on a to-be-determined women's issue. This event will be hosted by the Honors Program.

"Star Spangled Girls" performance
7:30 p.m. Antrim Chapel. No tickets required.

The Touring Theater Ensemble of North Carolina will perform this short play about women in World War II. This event is sponsored by Gender and Women's Studies, the Jordan Endowment for the Humanities, CCLS, Colket Center, the History Department and the Office of Community Programs.

Wednesday, March 18

"Gender and Race: (What) Are They? (What) Do We Want Them To Be?" 4:30 p.m. Mill Mountain Coffee, Salem.

Roanoke College's "Women in Philosophy" group will lead a discussion on the Sally Haslanger work. To receive the text, e-mail Dr. Monica Vilhauer at vilhauer@roanoke.edu.

Women's Softball Game vs. Guilford College
5 p.m. Moyer Sports Complex. Admission is free.

"Influential Women in Science"
6-7 p.m. Colket Center, Kime Meeting Room.

Dr. DorothyBelle Poli, assistant professor of biology will give a brief presentation of the world's most influential women in science. Q&A to follow.

AAUW's Night of Workshops about Women
7:30 p.m. Colket Center, Wortmann Ballroom.

Workshops include: an exploration of women in religion, focusing on our body image, a dedication to the strong women in our lives and much more. Celebrate being a woman! This event is sponsored by the RC Chapter of the American Association of University Women.

Thursday, March 19

Women's Spirituality Group lunch discussion with Dr. Mary Henold
Noon. Antrim Chapel.

Bring your brown bag lunch for a thoughtful discussion led by the Women's Spirituality Group. Drinks and dessert provided. This event is sponsored by the Chaplain's Office.

Poetry Reading by Carol Guerrero-Murphy
4:30 p.m. Pickle Lounge.

Dr. Carol Guerrero-Murphy chairs the Department of English, Theatre, Communications and Foreign Language at Adams State College in Colorado. Her book, Table Walking at Nighthawk, (Ghost Road Press, 2007) received the WILLA Award, named for noted author Willa Cather and presented to writers whose books feature stories about women in the American West. This event is hosted by the English Department.

Take Back the Night Rally
8 p.m. Back Quad.

The rally provides awareness to the problem of widespread violence against women, provides survivors an opportunity to speak out and unites individuals who wish to work with others to make our community safer. The evening includes an open microphone for survivors, music and viewing of "The Clothesline Project."This event will be hosted by SAART.

Friday, March 20

Maroon Day to Honor Women's Athletics

Saturday, March 21

RC Women's (& Men's) Outdoor Track and Field Invitational
9 a.m.-5:30 p.m, C. Homer Bast Track and Alumni Field. Admission is free.

Softball Game vs. Virginia Wesleyan
2 p.m. Moyer Sports Complex. Admission is free.

Women's Lacrosse Game vs. Salisbury
2 p.m. Donald J. Kerr Stadium. Admission is free.

Sunday, March 22

Women's Tennis vs. North Carolina Wesleyan.
11 a.m. Tennis Courts. Admission is free.

Softball Game vs. Randolph-Macon
1:30 p.m. Moyer Sports Complex. Admission is free.

Roanoke College, an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a classic, undergraduate setting. Roanoke prepares students for their futures through its commitment to providing a true classic college experience. 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."

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

Released: March 11, 2009
Contact Name: Public Relations
Contact Phone: (540) 375-2282
Contact Email: gereaux@roanoke.edu