March events planned on campus for Women’s History Month

Mayra Elide performs at the 2017 International Womxn's Day Celebration

From luncheons to film screenings and lectures to performances, Women’s History Month is full of ways to honor women and their achievements. The University of Oregon is celebrating Women’s History Month 2019 through a variety of events in March.

Gatherings

Students of all genders are welcome to join the International Womxn’s Day Celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, at the Erb Memorial Union ballroom. The celebration includes a presentation about the global refugee crisis, a keynote speech about global privilege and oppression, cultural performances representing different parts of the world, and a mix of food from Latin America, East Asia, the Middle East and the deep south of the U.S. Space is limited.

Fatima Roohi Pervaiz, the director of the UO Women’s Center, said the event uses the term “womxn” to include all people who identify as women or are gender nonconforming or nonbinary.

“This event is important because it is a celebration of often marginalized and underrepresented students and their unique cultures and heritages,” Pervaiz said. “International Womxn’s Day Celebration is truly one of the most joyful events we host in our work to promote intersectional feminism and social justice.”

The Lundquist College of Business's will present the second annual International Women's Day Panel and Lunch. The discussion will explore the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. Lundquist Dean Sarah E. Nutter is part of the panel, which will be moderated by a current MBA student. This event is noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 8, in Room 312, Lillis Hall. 

Lectures

Police violence on black women in Brazil and the U.S. is the focus of a lecture by Christen Smith, an associate professor of African and African diaspora studies and anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. Smith will present “The Sequelae of Black Life in Brazil and the US: Violence, Gender, Space and Time” from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in the Knight Library Browsing Room.

Later that day, Judge Yassmin Barrios will give a talk, "Justice and Reparation in Guatemala: Challenges and Possibilities," from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 156, Straub Hall. Barrios, president of Guatemala’s High Risk Court Tribunals, presided over a case convicting dictator Efraín Ríos Montt for genocide against the indigenous Ixil Mayans of Guatemala. The Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies is putting on this public event.

Art and Cinema

Fans of Hispanic cinema and literature will get the chance to participate in workshops and discussions, watch Hispanic films, and meet the directors during Cine-Lit 9 conference March 9 and 10 at Portland State University and March 11 at UO Portland. The theme of this year’s Cine-Lit is women, featuring women filmmakers and representations of women and genders. Every evening of the conference, Cine-Lit will show the latest Hispanic films from the Portland International Film Festival that connect with the theme of women. Several Hispanic directors featured in the festival are planning to attend, including Lucrecia Martel of Argentina, Natalia Cabral of The Dominican Republic and Almudena Carracedo of Spain.

The EMU Visual Arts Team is hosting a closing reception of an art exhibit called ”Envelop” by Anne Margratten. Participants will get the chance to meet Margratten and enjoy light refreshments while perusing her work from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Adell McMillan Gallery in the EMU. “Envelop” features painted folding screens, queer still life paintings and farm-to-table drawings. The exhibit is on display through March 16.

For more information, check out the UO Diversity and Inclusion’s list of Women’s History Month events.

—By Emily Hoard, University Communications