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Activities include lectures, performances, and readings

The month of March is National Women’s History Month and Lafayette is celebrating with lectures, readings, and various performances.

Award-winning journalist and feminist activist Gloria Steinem will present this year’s keynote lecture, “The Longest Revolution: Social Movements and Women’s Rights,” 8 p.m. on March 4 in Colton Chapel. A public reception following the lecture will take place in Marquis Hall in the faculty dining room. The talk is the fifth in the Lives of Liberty lecture series, on-going throughout the year as part of the College’s celebration of the 250th birthday of the Marquis de Lafayette.

Steinem’s lecture and all other National Women’s History Month events are coordinated by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and sponsored by Lives of Liberty, the Office for Intercultural Development, Lafayette Activities Forum, Association of Lafayette Women, the Closs Writer-in-Residence fund, and the English department.

For more information about the College’s Women’s History Month celebration, please contact Carolynn Van Dyke, March Professor of English and coordinator of Women’s and Gender Studies, at x5536 or email.

Women’s History Month Schedule:

March 3: 8 p.m. Farinon College Center, Marlo Room.; “The J-Spot: A Sex Educator Tells All.” Jay Friedman, writer, comic, and sex educator. Part of Sex Week, sponsored by Lafayette Activities Forum.
March 4: 8 p.m. Colton Chapel; Keynote lecture: “The Longest Revolution: Social Movements and Women’s Rights.” Gloria Steinem, feminist activist, publisher, and writer. Co-sponsored by Lives of Liberty lecture series and Women’s and Gender Studies program.
March 5-8: 8 p.m. Williams Center for the Arts; Pride and Prejudice, College Theater presentation directed by Mary Jo Lodge, assistant professor of theater, adapted from Jane Austen by Jon Jory. Tickets are $2 for students, $3 for faculty and staff, and $6 for the public and can be purchased by calling the Williams Center box office at (610) 330-5009.
March 6-7: 8 p.m. Farinon College Center, Marlo Room; “The Vagina Monologues,” presented by Association of Lafayette Feminists. Tickets are $5 and are best reserved ahead of time as they will only be sold at the door if there are available seats. For ticket purchases, please contact Katie Thompson.
March 11: 4:10 p.m., Kirby Hall of Civil Rights, Room. 104; Poetry Reading by Lee Upton, professor of English and Writer-in-Residence. She will be reading from her latest book Undid in the Land of Undone. Reception following the reading will take place in the lobby of Kirby Hall of Civil Rights. Sponsored by Women’s and Gender Studies program.
March 24: 8 p.m. Williams Center for the Arts, Room 108; Fiction reading and discussion by Paula Morris, novelist and short story writer of English and Maori descent, Closs Visiting Writer-in-Residence. Co-sponsored by the department of English and Women’s and Gender Studies program.
March 26: 7:30 p.m. Kirby Hall of Civil Rights, Room 104; “Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Girls Gone Wild,” lecture by Deborah Siegel, writer and consultant. Co-sponsored by Office of Intercultural Development and Women’s and Gender Studies program.

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