Theme: Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination – Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27
Mortality in Eternity:Mayumi Amada Exhibition
Opening Reception: 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Fort Lewis College Art Gallery in the Art Hall
Japanese installation artist Maymi Amada explores the brevity of human life within the eternal flow of time. Using traditional female handcrafts, recycled materials, and the spatial environment of the gallery, she mixes beauty, irony, serenity and theatricality to explore life cycles. Mayumi will be in residence at Fort Lewis College from Feb. 25-March 1 and will install the exhibit in a collaborative project with FLC students. Exhibit runs through March 28. Contact Hillary Raab for more information.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20
Second screening of Wonder Women: The Untold Story of American Superheroines
5:30 p.m. at the Durango Discovery Museum
Learn how and why Wonder Woman came to be and why she continues as an enduring role model and feminist icon.
THURSDAY, MARCH 21
Codependency and Women: The Madonna/Whore Conflict
6 p.m. 130 Chemistry Hall.
Dr. Kristin Roush, a private practitioner and faculty member at Central New Mexico Community College, will discuss how personality traits associated with being co-dependent have been used to describe the “ideal woman” in American culture. As many women begin to awaken from the sleep of gender-role conformity, she says, they often experience conflicting needs to individuate into their own power while also being accepted and supported within the dominant culture. Her discussion will cover the history of codependency as a descriptor, its traits and their origins, and the unique bind experienced by women who seek to place themselves at a balanced location along a continuum of possibilities, thereby rejecting the Madonna/Whore duality. Dr. Roush co-authored the article, From Passive Acceptance to Active Commitment: A Model of Feminist Identity Development.
SATURDAY, MARCH 23
AAUW’s Annual Book and Author Luncheon
Featuring Dinah Swan,
author of the Mary Alice Tate Southern Mysteries series
11:30 a.m. in the Vallecito Room at Fort Lewis College
Tickets: To be announced.
Dinah Leavitt Swan will be the featured author at the annual luncheon and fund-raiser that benefits the AAUW scholarship fund. Swan is author of 18 plays, all produced on stage, and more recently, of Cana Rising and Now Playing in Cana, two novels about southern socialite Mary Alice Tate who has a penchant for solving murders in her small town of Cana, Mississippi. Books are available on Kindle.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27
STEM-Power! How Girls Can Change the World!
5-7 p.m. at the Durango Discovery Museum
Free to the first 50 girls.
Women are sorely underrepresented in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) industries. This interactive evening for elementary school-aged girls will give them an opportunity to learn from professional women about the intriguing and fun career opportunities available to them in STEM industries. Includes hands-on science activities with Discovery Museum staff. Sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Southwest Colorado. Contact Kyle Conrad at Kyle.Conrad@gscolorado.org.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, MARCH 29-30
The Vagina Monologues
7 p.m. both nights at the Durango Arts Center
Tickets: $10. Advanced ticket sales will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. from March 25-28 in the College Union Building at Fort Lewis College.
Join Fort Lewis College student and community actors in this annual production of The Vagina Monologues, an episodic play based on author Eve Ensler’s Vagina Interviews with women from around the world. The collection of stories give voice to women’s lusty, outrageous, poignant, brave and thoroughly human experiences. Produced by Feminist Voice.
Women’s History Month Sponsors:
- Fort Lewis College Gender and Women’s Studies Program
- The Discovery Museum
- Girls Scouts of Southwest Colorado
- La Plata County Chapter of the American Association of University Women