RU to celebrate Women's History Month


Radford University will join in the nationwide recognition of Women's History Month in March.

The month-long celebration kicks off March 2 with a Circle of Life Intergenerational Dialogue, featuring Sarah Hastings, director of RU's psychology program.

Every Monday in March, an inner circle of women from one generation will speak to an outer circle of participants from other generations about their life experiences and what it is like to be a woman in a particular age group.

Also on March 2, RU welcomes award-winning novelist Dorothy Allison to campus. Allison is the author of "Bastard Out of Carolina," among other works.

On March 5, President Penelope W. Kyle will speak at a presentation titled, "Our Wretched Sisters: Gender and Executed Women" along with Mary Atwell, professor emeritus of criminal justice.

Kyle will conclude the month's events on April 1 with a closing reception titled "Reflections on Women and Women's History Month."

Other events include the annual performances of "Vagina Monologues," directed by Lucinda McDermott; the Paradigm Shift dance performance; and Her-Story Celebration featuring poems, sketches and photo journals by RU students, faculty, staff and administrators.

Schedule of events

March 2

  • 2 p.m., Heth 16. Circle of Life Intergenerational Dialogue (50+ in inner circle), Dr. Sarah Hastings (Director, Doctor of Psychology Program)
  • 5 p.m., McGuffey Auditorium. Award-Winning Novelist Dorothy Allison, author of "Bastard out of Carolina," "Cavedweller," and other works

March 4

  • Noon, Bonnie Auditorium. Welcome by President Kyle. Dr. Mary Atwell: "Our Wretched Sisters: Gender and Executed Women"

March 16

  • 2 p.m., Heth 16. Circle of Life Intergenerational Dialogue (30s- 40s in inner circle), Dr. Sarah Hastings

March 18

  • 4 p.m., Heth 45. Dr. Virginia Weisz and Debra Massaro (Nursing): "A Day in the Life of a Belizean Mother"

March 19

  • 2 p.m., Heth 22. Dr. Roann Barris and Students from ARTH 420 (ARTH): "Contemporary Art History and Women’s Issues"

March 20

  • 4 p.m., Heth 16. Dr. Deneen Evans (School of Social Work), Natalie Fajardo (Assistant Director for Diversity and Inclusion), Dr. Diane Hodge (Director School of Social Work), Crasha Townsend (Director Center for Diversity and inclusion): "LEAN IN—Women, Work, and the Will to Lead: What Happens when Women of Diverse Voices Lean In?"

March 23

  • 2 p.m., Heth 16. Circle of Life Intergenerational Dialogue (20s and under in inner circle), Dr. Sarah Hastings

March 25

  • 5 p.m., Brewin’ Around Coffee Shop. Slam Poetry Event.

March 26

  • 3 p.m., Heth 16. STEP-UP! Bystander Intervention: SAVES Staff, Dr. Amy Sorensen (Sociology)
  • 7:30 p.m., Albig Theatre. Paradigm Shift: An Evening of Women’s Work— a concert celebrating Women’s History Month, featuring original creative dance works by emerging female choreographers from the RU Department of Dance

March 27

  • 1:30 p.m., Bonnie 249. Dr. Donna Boyd (Co-Director Forensic Science Institute) and Dr. Sara O’Brien (Biology): Women in STEM Professions—Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies for Success (panel discussion with STEM students and professionals)

March 29

  • 2 p.m., Bonnie Auditorium. Performance of Eve Ensler’ s The Vagina Monologues. Directed by Lucinda McDermott

March 30

  • 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Muse Banquet Hall. Caitlyn Parker (History, English, and Women’s Studies): "Defining and Creating Safe Spaces: A Day of Workshops, Lectures, and Discussions"
  • 2 p.m., Heth 16. Bence Bays, Leanne Hancock, Cassandra Perkins (Career Center ): "Women and the Work World"
  • 1 p.m., Heth 14. Exhibit Opening & Students' Presentations

March 30-31, 7 p.m., Bonnie Auditorium. Vagina Monologues

March 30, 1-5 p.m. and March 31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Heth 14. Dr. Carlee Bradbury and Students from ARTH 414 (Art): "The Mary Project"—Art Exhibit and Symposium

March 31

  • 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Heth 14. "The Mary Project" Exhibit
  • 4 p.m., Bonnie Auditorium. Dr. Hilary Lips (Chair, Department of Psychology): "Women Working for Less: What’s the problem?"

April 1

  • Covington Foyer. Closing Reception, President Penelope W. Kyle: "Reflections on Women and Women's History Month"

Feb 18, 2015