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College celebrates women's history month with annual women's forum

  • College celebrates women's history month with annual women's forum

  • 03/05/10
  • SALEM, Va. - In honor of Women's History Month, Roanoke College will host its fourth annual "Women's Forum." This annual celebration includes lectures, discussions, performances and other events featuring and focusing on women in areas across the liberal arts. For a detailed schedule, visit Highlights include:

    Benefit for Haiti

    Saturday, March 13, 8 p.m. Alumni Gym. Tickets are $5/person and are available in advance online at or at the door one hour before the show. Proceeds (less City of Salem tax) will directly benefit two of the College's ongoing campaigns for Haiti relief, Partners in Health and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Disaster Response Fund.

    Join comedian Michelle Buteau, women's a capella group Mainstreet and the Flaming Hott Dance Troupe as they kickoff Women's Forum 2010 with a very special evening of entertainment, fun and generosity. Proceeds benefit Haiti relief efforts.

    CANCELED: Lecture: "Women in Globalization: From Oppression to Opportunity"

    Tuesday, March 16, 7 p.m. Wortmann Ballroom, Colket Center. No tickets required.

    Sister Frances O'Connor is a Holy Cross Sister and adjunct professor in religious studies at

    Holy Cross College. She has extensive cross-cultural experience, including 20 years as a missionary in Bangladesh. She also has worked with women in North and South America, Asia and Africa. She received the Prophetic Figures in the Catholic Church Award from the Women's Ordination Conference, as well as the YWCA President's Award for significant contributions to the advancement of women. O'Connor is author of two books: Like Bread Their Voices Rise and The Female Face in Patriarchy. This event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Notre Dame Club of the Blue Ridge.

    Tuesday’s lecture by Sister Frances O’Connor has been canceled due to illness. “Women in Globalization: From Oppression to Opportunity” has not been rescheduled at this time.

    Lunch discussion: "Soul Care for Women"
    Thursday, March 18, noon. Garrett Meeting Room, Colket Center. Please bring bag lunch. Drinks and dessert will be provided. For more information, contact Kathy Russo at (540) 375-2300.

    Are you yearning to reconnect with your inner self, but don't know where to begin? Do you find that there isn't enough time in the day to finish the 'to do list,' much less find time for yourself? Are you searching for ways to enrich your prayer life? It's not as hard as you might think. All you need is the desire and the readiness to make a commitment to yourself for 20 minutes each day. Come join us to find out how. Hosted by the Chaplain's Office.

    Daphne Oz: "The Dorm Room Diet"

    Thursday, March 18, 7:30 p.m. Wortmann Ballroom, Colket Center. No tickets required.

    While a student at Princeton University, Daphne Oz (daughter of Oprah's health guru Dr. Oz) wrote The Dorm Room Diet, which identifies an eight-step program for managing your weight and staying healthy on your own. Oz will share insights on dieting and healthy living challenges that are unique to college life such as late-night studying and parties. Hosted by the Office of Community Programs and Special Events, Residence Life Community Council, RC Health Services and the Panhellenic Council.

    Colloquium: Gender and Violence

    Saturday, March 20, 1 p.m. Monterey House

    Featured presentations of award-winning papers on the theme of gender and violence are hosted by women in philosophy and the gender studies concentration. For more information, contact Laura Jennings at

    Reading: novelist Jane Hamilton

    Tuesday, March 23, 7 p.m. Wortmann Ballroom, Colket Center.

    Jane Hamilton, author of five best-selling novels, will read new work and discuss a novelist's creative process. Hosted by the RC English Dept and the Jordan Endowment for the Humanities.

    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.

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