University of South Carolina

March is Women's History Month


Numerous campus events are taking place to celebrate Women's History Month 2010, including a recital, lectures, and the Southeastern Women's Studies Association Conference.

Other events—sponsored by campus offices and groups such as Women's Student Services and the Office of Student Life—include the Outstanding Woman of the Year Celebration.

Planned activities include:

-- March 18, "The Countertenor: A Gendered Cultural Production," a lecture recital, featuring J. Daniel Jenkins, music, 7:30 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall. Jenkins is an assistant professor of music theory in the School of Music.

-- March 25, "Shadow Feminisms," a lecture by Judith Halberstam, faculty member at the University of Southern California, 6:30-8 p.m., Belk Auditorium, BA Building. Halberstam is a professor of English, American studies, and ethnicity and gender studies at the University of Southern California. Halberstam works in the areas of popular, visual, and queer culture with an emphasis on subcultures. Halberstam's first book, Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters (1995), was a study of popular gothic cultures of the 19th and 20th centuries, ranging from Frankenstein to contemporary horror film.

-- March 25-27, The University will sponsor the Southeastern Women's Studies Association Conference. The theme is "Cultural Productions, Gender, and Activism." The plenary sessions are free and open to the public. For more information, go to

-- March 26, Women's and Gender Studies Program Awards Luncheon, noon-2 p.m., Capstone Room. Marjorie J. Spruill, a professor of history at the University, an authority on the women's rights movement and recipient of the 2009 Josephine Abney Award, will speak on "Preserving Feminist History: Lessons from Constance Ashton Myers' International Women's Year 1977 Oral History Project." Spruill is a professor of history at the University. She currently is writing a book on the rise of the modern women's rights movements in the late 1960s and 1970s. She has been working with USC's Valinda Littlefield and Joan Marie Johnson of Chicago co-editing an anthology to promote and publish scholarship on the history of women in the state. It is a three-volume anthology entitled South Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times, University of Georgia Press. Volume One was published in June 2009 and Volume Two in January 2010. Volume Three is forthcoming.

-- March 26, the inaugural lecture of the Dr. Mary Baskin-Waters Lectureship Fund for Women's Human Rights, Global Issues, and Grant Writing, with speaker Bernice Johnson Reagon, singer/composer, cultural historian, author, and activist, "The Singing Culture of the Civil Rights Movement: A Sonic Force for Radical Transformation of Place and Person," 7:30-9 p.m., Belk Auditorium, BA Building. Currently professor emeritus of history at American University and curator emeritus at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, Reagon envisions herself as a "songtalker," blending her music and scholarship to create a combination of activism and art to improve the lives not only of those people facing injustice but of all people who hear her voice. The Walker Institute of International and Areas Studies is a co-sponsor of the lecture.

-- March 26 Women’s History Month Finale Luncheon at Preston’s at Noon. Celebrate women with good food and good conversation plus door prizes and Women’s History T-shirts. For more information go to

-- March 27, Dance performance with The Power Company, "Four Screaming Women," choreographed by Jane Comfort, noon-12:30 p.m., Capstone, Campus Room. SEWSA Awards Luncheon, 12:30-2 p.m., Capstone, Campus Room. Post-conference music performance, An Evening with Madame F., Claudia Stevens, College of William and Mary. Sponsored by Department of History, Jewish Studies Program, Department of Theater and Dance, Women's and Gender Studies Program, and the School of Music. 7:30 p.m., School of Music, Recital Hall.


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