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Women's History Month

REVISED: The lecture, "Gender, Sex, and Violence: Understanding the Issues," by Kiera Pollock of Rockland Family Shelter, scheduled for March 2, has been canceled.

SUNY Rockland Community College Schedules Events to Celebrate
Women's History Month


Public invited to attend - free admission


Suffern, NY - Faculty members and authors will be featured in Women’s History Month activities at SUNY Rockland Community College. All events are free and open to the public.


Thursday, March 4, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Lecture: "Women in the Civil Rights Movement"

Technology Center, Room 8180 (Ellipse)

David Lucander, RCC Instructor of Pluralism & Diversity in America, will discuss the impressive contributions of women like Jo Ann Robinson and Ella Baker to the Civil Rights Movement.


Monday, March 8, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Self-Defense Class with Linda Morrissey

Fieldhouse, Room 5200


Thursday, March 18, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Lecture: "The 1970s: A Decade of Change and Challenge"

Technology Center, Room 8180 (Ellipse)

The 70s were a revolutionary time for American women. RCC faculty members Nancy Pietroforte, Assistant Professor of Sociology, and Dr. Christina Stern, Instructor of History, will discuss the legacy of prominent activists like Gloria Steinem and introduce students to the political, cultural, and social changes of the era.


Saturday, March 20, 1 p.m.

Ceremony Honoring Rockland Women Who Made a Difference

Cultural Arts Theater

Celebrate the work of 24 local women leaders in the fields of education, the arts, and more. Honorees with an RCC connection include Arlene W. Clinkscale, LHD, Chairwoman, RCC Board of Trustees, Stella Marrs, LHD, member of the RCC Foundation Board, and MariEllyn Dykstra-Donnellan, member of the Advisory Board for the RCC Spring Valley Extension Center


Featured speakers are Ann E. W. Stone, Sr. Vice President of the National Women's History Museum, Ellen C. Jaffee, Assemblywoman, 95th District, and Dr. Cliff L. Wood, RCC President. The Dominican College chorus will present music written or made famous by women.The event is co-sponsored by the Rockland County Chapter of the American Association of University Women, together with the League of Women Voters and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Info: 845:735-1567,


Wednesday, March 24, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Book Discussion: "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide"

Technology Center, Room 8349 (Writing Center)

Discuss the new bestselling book, "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide," by The New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, and his wife, Cheryl WuDunn. We'll survey the global landscape and analyze the challenges that face women in various regions around the world.


For more information about the events, contact Women’s History Month Co-Chairs Dr. Christina Stern, Instructor of History, at 845-574-4438, or Dr. Kristie Morris, Instructor of Psychology, at 845-574-4434,




Rockland Community College, a unit of the State University of New York, is located 25 miles northwest of NYC. The majority of its students transfer to four-year colleges, and many find immediate employment upon earning their associate's degree or certificate. The College also offers others, from preschoolers to senior citizens, the opportunity to simply learn something new. Quality a price you can afford.

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