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UNI to celebrate Women's History Month

February 28, 2011

Phyllis Baker, director and professor, Women's & Gender Studies, 319-273-7102,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- In honor of Women's History Month, the University of Northern Iowa will host a series of events throughout March. All events are free and open to the public.

To kick off Women's History Month, there will be an open house from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 3, in Room 225, Sabin Hall. The film "The Codes of Gender: Identity & Performance in Pop Culture" will be shown at 5 p.m. in Room 324, Rod Library. 

The Center for Multicultural Education (CME) will sponsor two lectures. Susan Douglas, author, columnist, cultural critic and professor of communication studies at the University of Michigan, will present a lecture on feminism and sexism of women in the media at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, in the Maucker Union Ballroom.

Joann Faung Jean Lee will present the lecture "Reflections on Evolving Asian American Images Along the Road to the American Dream" at 3:30 p.m., Monday, March 28, in Room 109A, CME. Lee is a former television journalist for CNN and author of the book "Asian Americans in the Twenty-First Century: Oral Histories of First to Fourth Generation Americans from China, the Philippines, Japan, India, the Pacific Islands, Vietnam and Cambodia."

The Women's History Month Panel will hold two discussions. The first is "The Truth About Feminism," from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, March 21, in Room 109A, CME. Young feminists will address how and why they see themselves as feminists and what feminism is in the 21st century. Those attending are encouraged to bring their lunch. The second discussion is "Women, Men and Wrestling in Iowa," from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, in the Oak Room, Maucker Union. Panelists will discuss the recent refusal of a male high school wrestler to face his female opponent in the Iowa state wrestling tournament, as well as general gender issues in the sport of wrestling.

The Hearst Lecture Series will sponsor Courtney E. Martin, senior correspondent for "The American Prospect," in her discussion about her book "Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists," in which she profiles eight young people who are doing social justice work. The discussion will be held at 7:30 p.m., March 28, in Lang Hall Auditorium. Amandajean Freking Nolte, communications studies, will facilitate a reading group in conjunction with Martin's discussion. There are a limited number of texts available. To get a copy, contact Nolte at

Guerilla Girls On Tour will present "Feminists are Funny" from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, March 29, in Lang Hall Auditorium. "Feminists are Funny" is a combination of works from women in the 20th century, visual works, street theatre actions and excerpts from the current comedies of the Guerrilla Girls On Tour.

Related events in March include the Women's and Gender Studies Program's CROW Forum lecture with Phyllis Baker, UNI Women's and Gender Studies, and Kevin Leicht, University of Iowa professor of sociology. They will present their research, titled "Economic Development and Women's Life Chances," at noon, Monday, March 7, in the CME. 

UNI Proud will sponsor a performance by Kate Bornstein at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, in the Ballroom, Maucker Union. Bornstein is a transgender activist, performance artist and author of "Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation."

For more information about Women's History Month, contact Phyllis Baker, director and professor of women's and gender studies, at 319-273-7102 or