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Everyone is invited to join the Northern Illinois University Women's Studies Program and the numerous other sponsors for Women's History Month! This year our theme focuses on the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

All events are open to the public and (unless otherwise noted) are free. Sign language interpreters will be provided upon request; call (815) 753-6515 (one week's notice is preferred). For further information, call the Women's Studies Program at (815) 753-1038 or email wgs@niu.eduCheck back often for updates!

Tuesday, March 4

“This is What a Feminist Looks Like!” Sticker Day
All Day
Every Where

We hope to break harmful stereotypes that cast all feminists as white, female, middle-class, or politically radical, and to open up the definitions of “feminist” to more complicated meanings. Stop by Reavis 103 to pick up a free sticker. Buttons are also available for$1. Click here to learn more about Sticker Day. Sponsors: Women’s Studies Program; Women’s Rights Alliance; LGBT & Women’s Resource Center

Shifting Fault(lines) & Negotiating Pathways: The Challenges & Opportunities in Constructing Cross-racial Women’s Alliances
12:00 p.m.
Holmes Student Center, Illinois Room

Join us for an interactive talk that will explore the “place” of women of color in the feminist family, led by Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Katrina Caldwell. Sponsors: Women’s Studies Program; LGBT & Women’s Resource Center

Wednesday, March 5

International Women’s Day Luncheon
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 
Adams Hall, Chandelier Room

Join us for this year’s International Women’s Day celebration. Lunch is $15 per person and seating is limited. Guests are welcome to attend the talk only, which begins at noon. Reservations are required by Feb. 25. RSVP to prosenberg@niu.edu. Sponsors: Division of International Affairs

Beyonce’s f-word
3:00 p.m.
Holmes Student Center, Sky Room

What happens when a music icon claims an identity that is Controversial and misunderstood in popular culture? We will discuss Beyonce’s visual album and the way she demonstrates feminism as an artist. Sponsors: LGBT & Women’s Resource Center, and Women’s Studies Program

Monday, March 17

Women’s History Month Self-Defense Seminar
6:30 p.m. 
Founders Library, Room 20

Lesley Rigg and Wayne Finley use their black belt karate skills to teach women how to protect themselves. Rigg and Finley are R.A.D.-certified self-defense instructors. Sponsors: Founders Memorial  Library, Women's Studies Program, and NIU Women’s Rights Alliance

Tuesday, March 18

Awareness Through Movement workshop 1
4:30-5:30 p.m. 
Music Building, Room 103

Come to one or both Awareness Through Movement lessons to jump start your body for spring! Any time we do an activity that requires repetitive movements or being very still, we end up with a variety of aches and pains that seem to appear out of nowhere. During both of the lessons we will be using chairs and walking. No special equipment or clothing needed, although loose fitting, comfortable clothing is best. We will be taking our shoes off, so wear (or bring) warm socks. For more information, go to http://www.jorjabrown.us/atm/atwmarch2014.html or contact Georgia Brown (gbrown@niu.edu) or 753-3836. For more information on the Feldenkrais Method go to  http://www.feldenkrais.com/

Wednesday, March 19

Exploring Civil Rights: A Panel Discussion
6:00 p.m.
Holmes Student Center, Capitol Room

This panel discussion will focus on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. The panel will include three distinguished NIU scholars: Dr. Laverne Gyant, Director of the Center for Black Studies; Dr. Diane Rodgers, Associate Professor of Sociology; and Dr. Elvia Arriola, Professor of Law. Sponsors: Department of History and Women’s Studies & LGBT Studies Programs

Thursday, March 20

This event will be rescheduled for fall 2014!
Queering a Human Rights Issue: LGBT on a Global Scale
12:00 p.m.
Holmes Student Center, Blackhawk Annex

Did you know that in some countries homosexuality is not only illegal but is considered an offense punishable by death?  Join us for an enlightening presentation by Associate Professor of History, Southeast Asian Studies, and NGO Leadership & Development Trude Jacobsen that will consider the state of LGBT rights across the globe. [A 3rd Thursday event] Sponsors: LGBT Studies Program and Women’s Studies Program

Three Women Who Stand for Peace: International Civil Rights in the Age of Drones
7:00 p.m.
Holmes Student Center, Regency Room

Join us for a panel discussion with three amazing women who stand for peace. Speakers include two-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, international peace activist, and founder/director of Voices for Creative Non-violence Kathy Kelly ; Medea Benjamin, founder and director of the women’s peace group Code Pink; and long time peace activist Ret. Col. Diane Right. Sponsors: DeKalb Interfaith Network for Peace & Justice; Women’s Studies Program; Amnesty International-NIU; NIU Women's Rights Alliance; NIU Department of History; Fox Valley Citizens for Peace & Justice; Rockford Peace and Justice; Sauk Valley Peace & Justice; and First Congregational Church of DeKalb (Mission Ministry Committee).

Friday, March 21

Myra Bradwell: The Practice of Law in the Wake of Her Legacy (panel discussion)
1:00-5:00 p.m.
Holmes Student Center, Carl Sandburg Auditorium

In celebration of Women's History Month, a panel of six female Illinois justices, including the three who serve on the Illinois Supreme Court, and the woman president of the state's largest bar association, will discuss the progress women lawyers have made since Myra Bradwell was denied admission to the Illinois bar because of her gender in 1893. Panelists include: Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita B. Garman; Supreme Court Justices Anne M. Burke and Mary Jane W. Theis; First District Appellate court Justices Joy V. Cunningham and Shelvin Louise Marie Hall; and Second District Appellate Court Justice Susan F. Hutchinson. Jennifer K. Gust, a partner in Hinshaw & Culberston, LLP, Chicago, will also participate. ISBA President Paula H. Holderman will moderate the discussion. A copy of Myra Bradwell: In Light of Experience, a book by state historian John Lupton, will be given to each attendee. [2.0 hours MCLE credit available, including 2.0* hours PMCLE credit. *Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval.] For further information, or to register, visit https://www.isba.org/cle/2014/03/21/myrabradwell.  Sponsors: ISBA's standing committees on Women and the Law and Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, and NIU College of Law.

Sunday, March 23

Herstorical Tea Program
3:00-5:00 p.m.
DeKalb Area Women's Center (1021 State St., DeKalb, IL)

The annual commemoration of Women's History Month will include educational entertainment with refreshments at the DeKalb Area Women's Center. Admission is one Lincoln bill ($5), or one Susan B. Anthony silver dollar ($1) or one Sacagawea golden coin ($1). [We are raising the value of coins embossed with women's images just for the afternoon!] Sponsor: DeKalb Area Women's Center

Monday, March 24

Rethinking Gender, War, and peace: Gender and Human Security in the 21st Century
4:00-6:00 p.m.
DuSable Hall, Room 240

This talk by Assistant Professor of Sociology and Community Leadership and Civic Engagement Laura Heideman examines the Human Security framework and its potential for addressing gendered issues during wartime and peace processes, as well as the challenges this framework imposes in a postwar environment. Sponsors: Center for NGO Leadership & Development

Tuesday, March 25

Awareness Through Movement workshop 2
4:30-5:30 p.m. 
Music Building, Room 103

Come to the second Awareness Through Movement lessons to jump start your body for spring! Any time we do an activity that requires repetitive movements or being very still, we end up with a variety of aches and pains that seem to appear out of nowhere. During both of the lessons we will be using chairs and walking. No special equipment or clothing needed, although loose fitting, comfortable clothing is best. We will be taking our shoes off, so wear (or bring) warm socks. For more information, go to http://www.jorjabrown.us/atm/atwmarch2014.html or contact Georgia Brown (gbrown@niu.edu) or 753-3836. For more information on the Feldenkrais Method go to  http://www.feldenkrais.com/

Vagina Seminar Part 1
5:00 p.m.
DuSable Hall, Room 340

Join us for this two-part seminar, which will examine what you should have learned in sex education but didn't! There will be a variety of topics each night, including alternative mentrual products, contraceptives, sex toys, and more. Sponsors: Women's Rights Alliance and Women's Studies Program

Wednesday, March 26

Wondering, Imagining, Musing: Celebrating Women’s Research
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 
Adams Hall, Chandelier Room

Join us for a celebration of women’s research at NIU. Get together in theme-/subject-oriented tables, from Gender Studies to Handicrafts, Technology to sports. When you sign up, please give two (2)areas of interest and we’ll seat you at a table to have coffee & dessert with other wonders of women’s research and their supporters. Reservations are required by emailing your name and areas of study to pcsw@niu.edu before Tuesday, March 18th. Sponsor: Presidential Commission on the Status of Women

Vagina Seminar Part 2
5:00 p.m.
DuSable Hall, Room 340

Join us for this two-part seminar, which will examine what you should have learned in sex education but didn't! There will be a variety of topics each night, including alternative mentrual products, contraceptives, sex toys, and more. Sponsors: Women's Rights Alliance and Women's Studies Program

Wednesday, April 2

Race, Gender and the Civil Rights Act-An Historical Perspective
6:00 p.m.
Holmes Student Center, Capitol Room

Dr. Patricia Sullivan’s lecture will focus on the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act from an historical perspective, including how women became part of the act and the immediate effects of the Act’s passage. Dr. Sullivan’s lecture will be based in part on research from her book, Lift Every Voice: The NAACP and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement (New Press, 2009). Dr. Sullivan is a Professor of History at the University of South Carolina.  Sponsors: Women’s Studies Program, Graduate Colloquium Committee

Thursday, April 3

Teaching Civil Rights (Graduate Colloquium Seminar)
10:00 a.m.
Holmes Student Center, Illinois Room

Dr. Sullivan’s seminar will focus on teaching the history of the Civil Rights Movement. In addition to being Professor of History at the University of South Carolina, Dr. Sullivan is also co-director of the NEH Summer Institutes at Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute on teaching the history of Civil Rights. Sponsors: Women’s Studies Program, Graduate Colloquium Committee