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Lafayette College is celebrating Women's History Month with an exhibition of works by women artists; a keynote talk on the real science behind The X-Files, and other events.

Programs are free and open to the public. Sponsors are the Women's Studies program, the American Studies program, the Association of Lafayette Women, the Association of Black Collegians, the office of student residence, the office of multicultural affairs, Phi Beta Phi, the Arts Society, and the departments of art, biology, English, psychology and religion.

Here is the complete schedule:

Through March 31 — Works by four women artists on display in the gallery of the College's Black Cultural Center, 101 McCartney Street. The artists are Karima Muyaes of Mexico City, Mexico; Janet Taylor Pickett of New Jersey; Lorraine Walsh of New York; and Kimberly Thomas of Pennsylvania, a 1990 Lafayette graduate.

Organized by the Black Cultural Center and Lafayette's Experimental Printmaking Institute, the exhibition is curated by Donna C. Moros, a 1998 Lafayette graduate from Merida, Venezuela. Gallery hours are: Monday 3-5 p.m.; Tuesday 4-8 p.m.; Wednesday 1-3 p.m. and 4-8 p.m.; Thursday 1-3 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.; and Friday noon to 3 p.m.

Thursday, March 4 — Margaret Mills, professor and chair of the department of Near Eastern languages and cultures at Ohio State University, will speak on “Women of Afghanistan and the Taliban/Islam: Stereotypes and Human Rights” at 8 p.m. in the auditorium of Kirby Hall of Civil Rights.

Thursday, March 25 — Muge N. Galin, a lecturer in the department of English at Ohio State University, will give a Brown Bag talk entitled “Turkish Sufi Women Today: The Power of Daily Practice,” based on a series of interviews with Turkish Sufi women, at noon in the Limburg Theater, Farinon College Center. At 8 p.m. Galin will give a lecture on “Sufism Between East and West” in the auditorium of Kirby Hall of Civil Rights.

Monday, March 29 — Keynote talk by Anne Simon, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Massachusetts, on “The Truth is in Here: The Real Science Behind The X-Files,” at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Kunkel Hall. An eminent plant virologist, Simon has been a scientific consultant for The X-Files since 1994. She was featured in February 1998 in People magazine. There will also be an informal conversation hour with Simon at 4 p.m. on the 29th in the Limburg Theater, Farinon College Center.

Thursday, April 1 – “Women's Studies at Lafayette: Opportunities and Challenges,” an informal conversation hour, 4:15 p.m., Marlo Room (West), Farinon College Center.

Thursday, April 8 – Performance by ACCO: A Chorus Celebrating Women, 7 p.m., Hogg Hall.

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