Press Release for Thursday, March 1, 2007

UNF Women's Center Hosts Women's History Month Events

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102


To honor the notable contributions by women, for women and about women, the University of North Florida Women’s Center presents nine unique events to celebrate Women’s History Month, calling attention to areas where women impact society, academia, communities, leadership roles and individual lives. All events are free and open to the public.

Highlights among the month-long events include a lecture by former Clinton Advisor Nancy Soderberg, UNF Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Political Science and Public Administration, a presentation by Ireland’s most famous poet Eavan Boland, a Brown Bag Lunch on human trafficking and a discussion of interpersonal violence and how it’s used in war and hip-hop.
Below are the following Women’s History Month Events at UNF:

Annual Kick-off Luncheon; Monday, March 5, Noon, in Building 14 (Rooms 1601-02)—The Women's Center and the Gamma Sigma Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. celebrate the beginning of Women's History Month with its annual kick-off luncheon. The event includes the presentation of the prestigious Susan B. Anthony Award, spotlighting a member of the UNF community who has made significant contributions to women at the University, as well as the presentation of the Women's Center Leadership Scholarship, which honors a student who demonstrates exceptional leadership ability for achieving gender equity.

“Dream Alive Program,” Monday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the University Center—“Dream Alive” is a dedication to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., featuring former Lt. Gov. of Colorado Joe Rogers. The program is an incredible live commentary by Joe Rogers in dedication to the memory and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. This nationally-acclaimed program is an effort to help increase the understanding of the enormous contributions that King imparted to the nation and a reminder that his wisdom and vision are timeless to all who are fighting for equal rights. Event sponsors include the UNF Women’s Center, the African American Student Union and Student Government.

“Is Hip Hop Promoting Sexual Violence,” Thursday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m. in Building 14, Room 2623—This event includes a discussion on current issues and trends in modern America and how hip hop is promoting sexual violence.

Ambassador Nancy Soderberg; “Future of Women in Global Politics,” Monday, March 12 at 6 p.m. in UNF’s Fine Arts Center—From a first hand account, Soderberg will share her thoughts on how we can each make an impact. From 1993-97, she served as the third ranking official of the National Security Council at the White House, as deputy assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. Her recent book, “The Superpower Myth,” analyzes the use of force and diplomacy over the last decade. Soderberg is a regular commentator on national and international television and radio, including NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, BBC, Fox, National Public Radio, the “Lehrer News Hour,” “CNN Crossfire” and “The Daily Show.” This event is presented by the Florida Center for Public and International Policy and the UNF Women’s Center.

UNF Women’s Center Komen Grant Project Unveiling: Young Black and Hispanic Women’s Breast Health Project, Wednesday, March 14, Noon in Building 14, Room 1604-5—This Brown Bag Lunch will look at the project recently developed by the Women’s Center, which targets young African American and young Hispanic women for breast cancer awareness.

Society of Success and Leadership, Monday, March 26, at 6 p.m. in the Robinson Theater—Jack Canfield’s teleconference, “The Success Principles,” will be replayed. Canfield is the best-selling author of “Chicken Soup for the Soul” and “The Success Principles.” A champion of female heroines, he is a compelling, empowering and compassionate coach and presenter who for the past 30 years has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals achieve their dreams. This event is hosted by the UNF Women’s Center.

“Is Rape a Weapon of War?”, Tuesday, March 27, at 6:30 p.m. in Building 14, Room 1602—This discussion group will address rape and the context in which rape is used as a weapon during war. This event is hosted by the UNF Women’s Center.

“Human Trafficking: Slavery or Indentured Servitude? How do we stop it?”, Wednesday, March 28, at Noon in Building 14, Room 1604-05—This Brown Bag Lunch features Lt. Annie Smith from the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office and a member of the Human Trafficking Task Force. She will be speaking about human trafficking, slavery and indentured servitude. Smith will define the crime of human trafficking, the laws on human trafficking and ways to identify victims as well as ways to help victims. A question-and-answer session will follow the discussion.

An Evening with Irish Poet Eavan Boland, Thursday, March 29, at 7 p.m. in the Robinson Theater on the UNF campus—Boland, Ireland’s most famous poet and director of the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University, will present a reading from her poems. She has won numerous awards for her poetry, and her works have appeared in “The New Yorker,” “The Atlantic” and “The American Poetry Review,” among other well respected journals. A reception and book signing will follow the reading. This event is co-hosted by Irish Studies.


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