Southern Utah University will celebrate and explore the female perspective during the annual Women’s Week festivities March 28 through April 1.
And even though Women’s Week obviously focuses its attention on one gender, according to Womens’ Week committee member Shobha Gurung, everyone — including men — is encouraged to attend this eye-opening event.
According to Linda Liebhardt, another Women’s Week committee member, “Though it sounds very specific and narrow because of its name, Women’s Week actually addresses ideas and and issues surrounding a globally encompassing experience — the woman’s impact on society.”
“The events throughout Women’s Week are not meant to create boundaries between genders and sexualities, but rather to recognize these differences and to celebrate a diversity of experiences,” Gurung said.
Several of the week’s highlights include opening remarks from SUU Vice President for Student Services Donna Eddleman, a talented and inspirational speaker who will discuss the importance of this week.
SUU Associate Professor of Creative Writing Danielle Dubrasky will read poetry about issues surrounding the female experience.
There will also be an open mic event at The Grind Coffeehouse which allows women to show their different talents and opinions by speaking, reading, dancing or singing. Anyone interested participating in this must contact Andrea Donovan at firstname.lastname@example.org. This event will be on April 1 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
This year’s keynote speaker, Dr. Lianne McLarty, will explore the politics of gender identity in film — a topic she has studied for many years and about which she has published several writings. McLarty wrote her dissertation on contemporary North American horror film, feminism and postmodern theory.
This year’s Women’s Week theme, “Bridging Women’s Lives: From Local to Global,” works hand-in-hand with SUU’s current Academic Roadmap to address and present issues that are pertinent and relevant at both local and global levels.
Said Gurung, “It provides opportunities to hear as well as to share different perspectives; it generates dialogues on different levels.”
Women’s Week will offer many diverse activities, including presentations and panels of students, faculty, staff and community members. All are invited top join in the activities and discussion.
For SUU students, Women’s Week is offered as a one-hour academic credit through HSS 2920 or HSS 4920. Students will receive one credit hour by attending a certain number of Women’s Week events. Registration for the Women’s Week credit is open until March 28 through the Register’s office.
A complete schedule of Women’s Week activities is available online at suu.edu/womensweek. All Women’s Week events are free and open to all.