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Womens History Month 2009

DANBURY, CONN. — Women’s History Month is about women changing the world — from a teen who fights for her right to sexual education to a woman who challenges her country’s political policies.

During the month of March, Western Connecticut State University will host a series of women’s history events, including a fashion show that highlights what students may have been wearing on campus each decade starting from the 1920s.

The schedule of events is as follows:

Tuesday, March 3, at 5:30 p.m.: WestConn will present the film “The Education of Shelby Knox” at the Student Center Theater, Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The movie tells the story of a Texas teen’s fight for sexual education.

Thursday, March 5, at 7 p.m.: “Rosa Luxembourg” will be shown in the White Hall Viewing Room 1 on the Midtown campus. This film is about a German revolutionary imprisoned for anti-war activities and eventually murdered.

Friday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m.: See how college fashions have changed through the years since the 1920s at “Fashion Forward.” The fashion show is a chance for faculty, students and alumni to model clothes at the Student Center Theater, Midtown campus.

Wednesday, March 11, at 11 a.m.: A Faculty Authors’ Reading will feature Dr. Nicholas Gallucci, professor of psychology and author of “Sport Psychology: Performance Enhancement, Performance Inhibition, Individuals and Teams”; Dr. Burton Peretti, professor of history and author of “Lift Every Voice: The History of African American Music”; and Dr. Shouhua Qi, associate professor of English and author of “The Pearl Jacket.” The reading will be on the first floor of Warner Hall, Midtown campus; refreshments will be served. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Wednesday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m.: “Political Fight Night” heats up as audience members argue the merits of abstinence versus comprehensive sexual education. The debate will take place in The Club at the Westside Campus Center, 43 Lake Avenue Extension, in Danbury.

Thursday, March 12, at 8 p.m.: WestConn will present the Midtown Coffeehouse in Alumni Hall on the university’s Midtown campus. The coffeehouse will include open mic performers at 8 p.m., followed by the featured act in celebration of Women’s History Month, at 9 p.m.

Tuesday, March 17, at 12:30 p.m.: A panel discussion of “Women and the Economy” will be held on the first floor of Warner Hall, Midtown campus. A faculty panel will discuss the impact of economic change and the particular changes that women face, both here and abroad. On the panel will be Professor of Sociology Dr. Carina Bandhauer, Assistant Professor of History Dr. Jennifer Nugent Duffy, Assistant Professor of Anthropology Dr. Damla Isik, and Associate Professor of History Dr. Martha May. Lunch will be served.

All of the events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

Western Connecticut State University offers outstanding faculty in a range of quality academic programs. Our diverse university community provides students an enriching and supportive environment that takes advantage of the unique cultural offerings of Western Connecticut and New York. Our vision: To be an affordable public university with the characteristics of New England’s best small private universities.