Tech celebrates Women’s History Month
As March is Women’s History Month, the Louisiana Tech department of history has joined with the Phi Alpha Theta history honor society and the Association of Women Students to coordinate a month’s worth of events. Dr. Laurie S. Stoff, an assistant professor of history, said the purpose of Women’s History Month is to “highlight the accomplishments of women throughout history.” The month’s events include several special lectures by noted scholars on various facets of women’s history, films focusing on women’s experiences past and present, and a research paper competition on topics concerning women, open to undergraduate students in every discipline written in any class at Tech between April 2010 and March 2011. All of the Women’s History Month events are free and open to the public and are listed below. March 14 Special lecture “How Do We ‘Know’ Muslim Women?” by Dr. Lamia Ben Youssef Zayzafoon, from University of Alabama at Birmingham 10 a.m. Wyly Tower Auditorium (This event is done in conjunction with the Shaping the 21st Century: Focus on the Middle East events.) March 14 Film screening “Honey and Ashes,” the story of three women in contemporary Tunisia caught between the modern and traditional rules for a woman in a patriarchal society 6:30 p.m. Wyly Tower Auditorium (This event is done in conjunction with the Shaping the 21st Century: Focus on the Middle East events.) March 22 Special lecture “Prescription for Heterosexuality: Sexual Citizenship in the Cold War Era” by Dr. Carolyn Herbst Lewis from Louisiana State University 11 a.m. Wyly Tower Auditorium March 23 Film screening “I, The Worst of All (Yo La Peor De Todas),” an illuminating and soulful portrait of Latin America’s first great poet, who happened to be a brilliant nun in 17th Century Mexico. 4 p.m. George T. Madison Hall March 28 Special lecture “Frustrating Freedom: Freedwomen, Unpardonable Sins, and the Gendered Awakening of Federal Emancipation, 1865-1868” by Dr. Mary Farmer-Kaiser from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette 2 p.m. Wyly Tower Auditorium March 31 Deadline for submission of papers for Women’s History Month paper competition Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org Women’s History Month events at Louisiana Tech are made possible by financial and other support from the department of history, the Lambda-Rho Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta history honor society, and the Association of Women Students.