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Women's History Month Events at Rockland Community College

Women's History Month Events at Rockland Community College

Le Couple by Niki de St. Phalle

Come to Rockland Community College to celebrate and learn about the history of women’s lives and achievements. Women's History Month events begin on March 3 with a special event for pre-school children, and continue throughout the month, ending on March 31 with award-winning novelist, Colm Tóibín, author of The Blackwater Lightship (1999), The Master (2004), Brooklyn (2009), and his recent collection of short stories, The Empty Family (2011) leading a discussion of his work.


Please see the following for a full schedule and the details of events for Women’s History Month 2011 at RCC.


Special activity for children from the Campus Fun and Learn Center  - the younger members of the RCC community…

Thursday, March 3, 10:30 to 11:30 am
Children’s Event: Girl Power and Dragons
Second Floor, Library

Women’s History Month Committee member Joanie Asch will lead pre-school students in a reading of the children’s feminist classic, A Paper Bag Princess. Crafts and activities will follow.


Monday, March 7, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Lecture: 21st Century Slavery: A Personal Story
Student Union Center, Room 3214

Author Beatrice Fernando will recount her harrowing experiences as a woman who was trafficked into slavery.  This event is part of a series of programs designed to raise awareness about the continuing problem of slavery in the modern world.


Tuesday, March 8, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Film Showing: Iron Jawed Angels (2004)
Technology Center, Room 8180 (Ellipse)

On the 90th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote, join us for this film showing of Iron Jawed Angels, starring Hilary Swank as suffragette Alice Paul and Anjelica Huston as Carrie Chapman Catt.


Wednesday, March 9, 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Lecture: Exploring the Challenges and Changing Roles of the Women of Vietnam
Technology Center, Room 8180 (Ellipse)

Learn about the historical challenges that have faced Vietnamese women over the centuries as well as social and cultural challenges that still face women in Vietnam today. Patricia Lazar, RCC Associate Professor of Psychology, will lead the slide-illustrated discussion, with the assistance of her daughter, Mya Hai Lazar.\


Tuesday, March 15, 11:00 am to 12:15 pm
Lecture: Pioneers of the Mind: Women in Contemporary Psychology
Technology Center, Room 8180 (Ellipse)

Kristie Morris, RCC Instructor of Psychology, and Sabrina Rieder, RCC Adjunct Instructor of Psychology, will chronicle the contributions of influential women psychologists to the field of 20th and 21st century psychology.


Wednesday, March 16, 12:00 to 2:00 pm
Panel Discussion: Saluting Women in Military Service
Student Union Center, Room 3214

Anngela Cooper, President of the Hudson Valley Women's Veterans Association, will lead a panel discussion of RCC student veterans that demonstrates the wide variety of occupations in which women are succeeding in today’s armed forces.


Thursday, March 17, 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Lecture: Hot Mamas of Pop Art
Technology Center, Room 8180 (Ellipse)

In this slide-illustrated lecture, Professor Emily Harvey of the Art Department will provide a new look at the women who gave a spirited gender twist to the flashy and seductive art movement of the l960's. The artwork of Marisol, Niki de St. Phalle, Faith Ringgold, Judy Chicago and other exciting artists will be included.


Tuesday, March 22, 3:00 to 4:15 pm
Lecture: Tolerance and Intolerance: A Conversation with Diana Wilkins
Technology Center, Room 8180 (Ellipse)

Join us for a discussion with Diana Wilkins, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Program Coordinator of (Volunteer Counseling Service) VCS Gay Pride Rockland, about bullying and tormenting of LGBTQ individuals and the damaging effects of such intolerant acts.


Wednesday, March 23, 10:00 to 11:00 am
Lecture: Women and Strategies of Power - Past and Present
Technology Center, Room 8180 (Ellipse)

Bruce Delfini, RCC Instructor of History, will analyze the ruling strategies of some of history’s most formidable women, including Cleopatra, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen Elizabeth I, Catherine the Great, Eva Perón, and others.


Thursday, March 24, 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Lecture: A Woman Engineer's Story
Technology Center, Room 8180 (Ellipse)

Dr. Gloria Reinish will share the challenges she faced as a young female engineer in the 1940s and 1950s while noting contemporary developments in today’s engineering field.


Tuesday, March 29, 12:15 to 1:45 pm
Film and Discussion: Ahead of Time (89 min.)
Director Bob Richman and Producer Zeva Oelbaum
Technology Center, Room 8180 (Ellipse)

Join us for a documentary film about the remarkable life journey of 99-year-old Jewish American writer and journalist Ruth Gruber.


Thursday, March 31, 11 am
Author Discussion: Colm Tóibín
Cultural Arts Theater

Join us for a discussion with award-winning novelist, Colm Tóibín, author of The Blackwater Lightship (1999), The Master (2004), Brooklyn (2009), and his recent collection of short stories, The Empty Family (2011).


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

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