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22nd Annual Women's History Month Lecture Series Scheduled

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

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Media Contact: Sue Stevens

The Women’s Studies Program at The University of Texas at Arlington will present its 22nd Annual Women’s History Month Lecture Series during March. This year’s theme is “Women and Activism.”

The series begins with the film “Death on a Full Moon Day,” a moving portrayal of the devastation caused by the brutal 25-year war between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The film demonstrates how war and military culture affect lives, disrupting the romantic notion of idyllic village life and the noble military service. The film will be shown at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library, 702 Planetarium Place, which is the site for all the lectures in the series. A reception will follow the film.

At noon the next day, Sandya Hewamanne, assistant professor of anthropology at Drake University, will analyze the social dynamics between Sri Lanka's women Free Trade Zone workers and the military by exploring the militarization of factory employment in the Free Trade Zone. She argues that the militarization of the work of women in the Free Trade Zone persists, even during the peace process, and analyzes the political economic forces that create this situation. A reception will follow the lecture.

At noon Wednesday, March 12, Mia Bay, associate professor of history at Rutgers University, will discuss “The Sexual Politics of Ida B. Wells.” Bay discusses Ida B. Wells' understanding of race and gender, noting that her gendered understanding of Jim Crow was possible only because the Southern notions of chivalry were not applied to African American women. A reception will follow the lecture.

At noon Wednesday, March 26, Winifred Breines, professor of sociology at Northeastern University will discuss, “The Trouble between Us: White and Black Women in the Early Second Wave Feminist Movement.” Breines considers the role of race in the early women's movement of the 1960s and 1970s. In particular, she notes that although the early women's movement was explicitly anti-racist, it was perceived as racist by African American women. She discusses the gender history that explains this seeming paradox. A book signing and reception will follow the lecture.

All events are free and open to the public. Call (817) 272-3131 or visit www.uta.edu/womens_studies for more information.

Women’s Studies is joined by the UT Arlington Central Library, the Department of History, the Star-Telegram and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology in presenting the lectures. Also, the Center for Theory, Office of Multicultural Affairs, College of Liberal Arts, the School of Social Work, Office of International Education, Lambda Alpha and the Anthropology Club.

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