Missouri State University will celebrate Women’s History Month beginning March 1. A variety of events will take place throughout the month, including the keynote address from Dr. Alice Domurat Dreger, American bioethicist and professor of clinical medical humanities and bioethics at Northwestern University.
This year’s theme is about celebrating women of character, courage and commitment. It will honor the extraordinary and often unrecognized determination and tenacity of women. For more information, visit the National Women’s History project.
Women’s History Month at MSU is sponsored by the gender studies program, Student Activities Council (SAC), division for diversity and inclusion, Ozarks Studies Institute, the Disability Resource Center, the College of Education and the office of multicultural programs.
Events for the month include:
A screening of “A Question of Habit,” a documentary film by Bren Ortega Murphy and Michael Whalen, will begin at 6 p.m. in Meyer Library, Room 101. This full length documentary film examines visual images of Catholic nuns and sisters used in contemporary U.S. pop culture in contrast to actual religious women. The film looks at the nature, scope, and significance of these images, possible explanations for their increasing popularity, and the impact on our understanding of religious women.
Dr. Randy Dillon, professor of communication at MSU, will present Pearl White, the “Peerless Fearless Girl” from Missouri: The Perils and Parallels of America’s Silent Action Film Star at 3:30 p.m. in Meyer Library, Room 101. See how the experiences of the film star Pearl White compare to the rapid changes of today’s society. This event is free and open to the public.
An awards reception honoring the “Women of Distinction” recipients, nominees and nominating faculty will be at 4 p.m. in the Kentwood Hall, Crystal Room, 700 E. St. Louis St.
Dr. Alica Domurat Dreger will present When Research Meets Politics: Controversies over Fetal Hormonal Engineering Aimed at Female Sex ‘Normalization’ at 7 p.m. in Meyer Library, Room 101. Dreger will examine the history of fetal hormonal engineering and what happened when medical research and politics collided. This event is free and open to the public.
Missouri State University’s first Women’s Leadership Conference will explore women’s roles and their impact in all walks of life including business, sports, education and health. For more information and to register for the conference, visit the public affairs website.
For more information about Women’s History Month, contact Pam Sailors, College of Human and Public Affairs associate dean, at (417) 836-5529.
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