UIW celebrates Women’s History Month

“Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment” is the theme of the 2014 observance of Women’s History Month during March at the University of the Incarnate Word.

The month kicks off with a Girls Global Summit from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 1, sponsored by the Women’s Global Connection, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.

Teams of girls from six San Antonio high schools will explore the question – “What Does It Mean to be a Global Citizen?” – at Rosenberg School of Optometry, 9725 Datapoint Drive.

The summit also will feature the awarding of the first “Globally Awesome Girl Award” to Dr. Ruth Berggren, director of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center, “for her compassionate work in global health and education.”

At 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, Rosie Castro, a longtime San Antonio activist, will speak in J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library Auditorium about her experiences as a woman in the political and academic arenas. Castro, mother of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and Congressman Joaquin Castro, is appearing on behalf of the Woman and Gender Studies Concentration in UIW’s English Department, UIW’s College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and Bexar County Young Tejano Democrats.

“Don’t forget the ladies — the Road to the 19th Amendment” is the subject of Dr. Michelle Tabit’s presentation at noon Wednesday, March 5, in Marian Hall Ballroom. Tabit is an associate professor of history at UIW.

   Screenings of “Band of Sisters,” an award-winning documentary featuring interviews with Sister Yolanda Tarango and other “forward-thinking American nuns” will be shown at noon Thursday, March 6, and 4 p.m. Monday, March 17, in Mabee Library Auditorium. Tarango is congregational coordinator for the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, the founders of UIW.

The film chronicles the transformation in the lives of “Women Religious following the Second Vatican Council as these brave women embraced the call to fully engage with the world in all its need,” according to a news release. Dr. Gil Hinojosa, a history professor, will moderate a discussion following the March 6 showing and Dr. Adrienne Ambrose, a religious studies professor, will do the same March 17.

March 7 is the deadline for UIW women seeking a graduate or professional degree to apply for the “Sister Dorothy Ettling Future Women Leader Scholarship.” The winner will be announced at noon April 4 during the second annual “Women Leadership Forum” at Rosenberg School of Optometry. For more information, go to http://uiw.edu/education/scholarship.html

Dr. Lopita Nath, an associate professor of history at UIW, will be featured in an off-campus discussion of her “Is This My Shangri-La?” exhibit from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 11, at the Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 César E. Chavez Blvd.

Nath, head of the UIW Asian Studies program, is currently working on a book about the Bhutanese refugee resettlement in the United States. From her research trips, she offers a glimpse of life as a refugee, as well as insight into how a people reconstructed their community, and preserved their culture in the face of life-changing events. The exhibit can be seen until April 20.

“Gender Representation in Children’s Literature and in the Media: Has Anything Changed?” is the subject of a panel presentation 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, in Mabee Library Auditorium. Panelists include Dr. Lori Falcon, an assistant professor of teacher education; Dr. Mary Swofford, an associate professor of English; and Sister Martha Ann Kirk, a religious studies professor.

Two volunteers with the Women’s Global Connection will tackle “The Evolution of a Women’s Community Leadership Group: The Story of Pushaq Warmi (Guiding Women) in Peru” from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20, in Mabee Library Auditorium. Ada Gonzalez, a UIW doctoral student, and Anne Catherine Mora, a San Antonio community participant, will speak.

Several events will take place Tuesday, March 25, in the library’s second-floor Special Collections Room beginning with longtime UIW English professor and poet, Dr. Jo LeCoeur, discussing the importance of creative sources in a “Quality Time: Associate, Create” program at noon in the Special Collections Room. At 3, the room will be the place for “Come Back River,” a reading featuring artist-poet Debangana Banerjee’s works about the role of rivers, water and women in her native Bengal. Refreshments will be provided. At 7, the spotlight is on “Mary and Women in the Quran and in the Bible” where Dr. Fatma Arslan of UT-San Antonio and UIW’s Dr. Adrienne Ambrose will share texts, images and popular ideas with a discussion led by Dr. Jessica Kimmel, a professor in UIW’s Dreeben School of Education, and Muslim students at UIW. The latter event is cosponsored by the Turkish Raindrop Women’s Association, Dialogue Institute of the Southwest, Kimmel’s “Gender” Adult Education Class, and Kirk’s “Women and Faith” Class.

“Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness to Change,” a documentary film hosted by the National Optometric Student Association, will be shown noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, in Rosenberg School of Optometry’s Events Room. A discussion will follow. Pizza and refreshments will be served.

“Women Leaders in the Military: Profiles of Character, Courage and Commitment” will be presented 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, in Mabee Library Auditorium by Dr. Sharon Herbers’ Program Development Class.

On Thursday, March 27, Dr. Jessica Kimmel, a delegate to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, will wrap up the month when she shows slides on the issues presented earlier in the month in New York City from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Mabee’s Special Collections Room. A light lunch will be served courtesy of the Dreeben School of Education.

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