Winter 2013: Women’s Studies Center Events

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, 12-12:50 pm
207 Monroe Hall

Join Planned Parenthood Health Educator Cindy Fine as she debunks “myth-information” about birth control and answers YOUR questions.

Contemporary Issues in Feminist Research:  Can Muslim Women Speak
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, 12-12:50 pm
207 Monroe Hall

Ever since the invention of war on terror, there has been a constant struggle to rescue Muslim women from their own culture. Identifying these rhetorical practices as imperial feminism, Majid Sharifi, PhD., assistant professor, government, shows how these representations accompany the need to protect the United States from the “Muslim other” and thus secure the “American way of life.” In this presentation, Sharifi argues that imperial feminism uses the emancipatory messages of feminism, not to liberate others or secure self, but to silence local voices and dampen global liberty.

Summer Opportunities in Ghana
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, 12-12:50 pm
207 Monroe Hall

Calling students, faculty, and staff from all majors and departments.  Romel W. Mackelprang, DSW, MSW, LICSW, school of social work and director, disability studies, will discuss options for engaging in humanitarian work in developing countries, and particularly in Sub Saharan Africa.  Mackelprang will address the negative consequences of traditional “charity” and the need for “investing” in people in developing countries.  He will discuss ways that EWU students, faculty, staff and community people can live and work with Ghanaians as well as see the sights—universities to slave castles—in the same trip. Students can earn up to 10 college credits.  Examples include helping place children living in orphanages into families, water projects, working in health clinics and/or schools, and working with the disabled community.  Some time will be devoted to costs and logistics.

DVD:  Silent Choices
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, 12-1:15 pm
207 Monroe Hall

Illustrates the abortion issue through the lives of African American women, with both interviews and dramatic content. Features the personal experiences of several such women, some of whom chose to have abortions, and some who are staunchly pro-life. The film also brings in others active in the African American community on abortion issues, as well as juxtaposing African American viewpoints to those of white Americans, all combined and contrasted with the larger economic, political, and social pressures that are faced by the African-American community in general.  (60 minutes)  Terrie Ashby-Scott will lead the post film discussion.

DVD:  Black Womyn Conversations with Lesbians of African Descent
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, 2-4 pm
207 Monroe Hall

This documentary film focuses on the lives and views of lesbians of African descent from various backgrounds. Interviews were conducted with close to 50 out black lesbians including Cheryl Clarke, Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Staceyann Chin, Michelle Parkerson, and Fiona Zedde.  (90 min.) Sandra Williams, MFA, Pride Center coordinator, will lead the discussion.

Ableism:  The Unseen Prejudice and Discrimination of the Disabled
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, 12-12:50 pm
207 Monroe Hall

My name is Dan, I have a disability and I am an “abelist.”   This is not an easy thing to admit, for almost no one in society today confesses they are against the disabled, yet it is a real and tenacious issue. Indeed most of society asserts they feel compassion and desire to help the disabled. They just see a problem to be solved. People do not listen or truly see the problem for what it is:  an issue of independence and civil rights. We, in our compassion, put up attitudinal and physical barriers that exclude persons with disability from participation in society.  We have chosen not to overtly act on our ablelism and turn our eyes from the metaphoric ghettoes our kindness has created. We cannot escape the reality of our own abelism until we accept and face its very presence.   Dan Teachman, MSW, adjunct faculty, disability studies, will present these paradoxical perspectives.

Contemporary Issues in Feminist Research: Gender, Identity, and Representation in Chile
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, 12-12:50  pm
207 Monroe Hall

The 2006 election of the first female President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, brought to the public sphere topics of gender, inequality, and representation. But what did it mean for women? And how was it covered by the media? In this talk Claudia Bucciferro, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor, dept. of communication arts, Gonzaga University, addresses current issues of identity, drawing from her recent book FOR-GET: Identity, Media, and Democracy in Chile.  Her book will be available for sale after the talk.

Rural American Scholarship FundIs This Scholarship for You?
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, 12-12:30 pm 207
207 Monroe Hall

Come and learn more about this unique and generous scholarship.  RASF was established for individuals from rural communities who have spent time in the work force, who now realize they need a college education for advancement, and who are pursuing coursework toward an undergraduate degree.  In the 2012-13 academic year, 16 EWU students were awarded a generous scholarship from the Rural American Scholarship Foundation.  This scholarship is unique in that RASF awards all qualified students a scholarhsip. In the past, 40 percent of all applications were rejected because the applicant did not follow directions.  To help ensure that you meet the specific guidelines of RASF, Mary Ann Murphy, director, college advancement and development, and Carol Vines, manager, EWU women’s studies center, will review the guidelines and answer questions.

Empowering Malawians To Achieve Their Goals
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, 12-12:50 pm
207 Monroe Hall

Volunteering in Malawi is inspirational!  Working with schools, villages and other community groups in Livingstonia, our philosophy is to help the Malawians identify their needs and then to provide support so that they can achieve their goals.  Sylvia Gentili, community health nurse, early childhood educator, will share how this model is working in a health education program, primary and preschools, and development of a new university. Items from Malawi will be for sale after the talk

Governor Chris Gregoire: 24 Years Leading Washington’s Fight for Hanford Cleanup
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, 12-12:50 pm
207 Monroe Hall

This presentation chronicles Chris Gregoire’s legacy of advocating for Washington’s interests in cleaning up Hanford.  As the director of the Department of Ecology in 1989, she sought state regulation at Hanford and negotiated a cleanup schedule with the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. In her 12 years as Washington Attorney General and 8 years as Governor, she has lead state efforts to safely dispose hazardous waste and clean up contaminated facilities, soil, and groundwater at Hanford.  Speaker,  Erika Holmes, community outreach and environmental education specialist for the Department of Ecology’s Nuclear Waste Program, has worked extensively with Hanford subject matter experts to share important cleanup information with the public.

For more information, please contact Carol Vines at 359-2898 or at