Women's Week events open

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Women’s Week events open

Each year, the Women’s Center, in collaboration with many different student organizations, academic and administrative departments, and community groups, hosts and organizes Women’s Week, a week-long series of events in March to celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day.

The event celebrates the contributions women have made in the community and on the world while raising awareness about the struggles women still face.

The theme for Women’s Week 2014 is “Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment.”

Seats to attend the Leadership Luncheons are free and open to students, faculty and staff. Reserve seats by contacting Jamie Porter by March 14 at wcprogramming@unl.edu or 402-472-2597, ext. 2. Events are at the Nebraska Union if not otherwise noted.

Women’s Week events include:

  • Vision Maker Film Festival, March 13-17, Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center — The VisionMaker Film Festival showcases Native-produced film and video projects that often do not get the spotlight of a crowded entertainment market. Native filmmakers will be present at some screenings. For more information, including a complete schedule and pricing, go to http://www.theross.org.

  • Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment, March 17-21 — A display about local women who have done extraordinary things from the past and present. Each of these women was nominated by others in the UNL and local communities for their character, courage, and commitment.

  • Leadership Luncheon: Women in Religion, 11:30 a.m., March 17 — A panel discussion about women’s roles in faith traditions on our campus and around the world including Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Free and open to the public.

  • Doin’ Time with Peterson Toscano, 6 p.m., March 17 — Performance artist and activist Peterson Toscano performs scenes from his one-person plays including the comedy about his time in an ex-gay program, “Doin’ Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House,” and “Transfigurations—Transgressing Gender in the Bible.”

  • Open Forum with the CCSW Staff Council, 11:30 a.m., March 18 — Discussion with the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women Staff Council. Topics include concerns and issues facing women at UNL. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch.

  • Veterans and Military Service Resource Fair, 4 to 7 p.m., March 18 — Information on how to access the many campus and community resources that are available to veterans and military service members.

  • Women in Combat Panel, 7 p.m., March 18 — Women from four branches of the U.S. military speak about their experiences. The panel includes Brig. Gen. Wilma L. Vaught, USAF, retired, and President of the Board of Directors of the Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation, as well as three local women military service members and veterans with combat experience.

  • Leadership Luncheon: Feminist Pioneers, 11:30 a.m., March 19 — A panel of leaders of the feminist movement in Nebraska in the 1960s and 1970s who made important strides for women everywhere discuss their journeys, struggles, triumphs and future possibilities.

  • Feministing: Offline and Unfiltered — 7:30 p.m., March 19 — Editors and writers for the Feministing blog will share their journeys and discuss how feminism has changed over the last decade, online and off, and the future of the movement.

  • Leadership Luncheon: Staying Rooted in Agriculture, 11:30 a.m., March 20, East Union — Discover how Asia Haack, alumna of UNL’s Animal Science program, stayed close to her agricultural roots while branching out in the industry. Learn about her academic and post-graduate journeys plus current topics in agriculture.

  • Annual Women’s History Month Banquet, 6 p.m., March 20, Champions Club — Celebrate Women’s History Month with the Women’s Center and speaker Cecilia Fire Thunder, the first woman elected as President of Oglala Sioux and featured in the Visionmaker Festival film “Young Lakota.”

  • Leadership Luncheon: Sisterhood is Global, 11:30 p.m., March 21, Selleck Hall, Presidential Dining Room — Opportunity to bring a friend to lunch in celebration of close, supportive and healthy friendships between women while forging new friendships with people from different backgrounds.

  • Las Hermanas Padilla, 7:30 p.m., March 21, Lied Center for Performing Arts — Presentation of Tony Meneses’ fantastical story of 10 sisters-in-law who find conflict and solace, humor and grace in the unexpected sisterhood they are forced into while their husbands are away fighting an unnamed war. The performance will be followed by a discussion of the role the arts play in our lives. Tickets, $20 general admission and $15 for students/senior citizens, are are available at http://www.liedcenter.org or 402-472-4747.

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