SUNY Cortland plans Women's History Month events

Old Main at SUNY Cortland

Ithaca College Professor Asma Barlas was forced to flee her native Pakistan and seek asylum in the U.S. after criticizing her country’s former leader and questioning some interpretations of Islam.

Montana-based nurse practitioner Patricia Carrick has frequently risked her health in Africa to help people threatened by Ebola, HIV infection and chronic malnutrition.

And economist Nancy Folbre has questioned the very foundation of our economic system during a career focused on understanding why women throughout the world are compensated less for the work they do than men.

Those are just some of the experiences and perspectives that will be shared at SUNY Cortland in March as the College celebrates Women’s History Month with a packed schedule of events.

This year’s theme is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence.”

“Each year we look across campus and around the world to find speakers and topics,” said Jena Nicols Curtis, professor in the Health Department and coordinator of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. “This March, I’m especially excited because will have so many new voices, issues and identities represented.”

The College opened Women’s History Month with “TransAction,” a day-long conference focused on making campus more inclusive of people who are transgender or non-gender conforming on March 1 in Corey Union Exhibition Lounge.

SUNY Cortland’s Women’s History Month schedule continues with the following:

  • Monday, March 4: “A Conversation on Gender/ Gender Expression/ Sexual Orientation,” at 5 p.m. in Old Main Colloquium.
  • Wednesday, March 6: “Who is Me? Race and the #MeToo Movement,” a Sandwich Seminar at 12:30 p.m. in Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge.
  • Wednesday, March 6: “What’s Your Green Dot,” by Alberto Lorenzo at 7 p.m. in Corey Union Exhibition Lounge.
  • Friday, March 8: “Leading from Everywhere: SUNY Cortland’s Leadership Workshop.” This workshop required pre-registration and is now full.
  • Friday, March 8: “Simple Gifts,” a musical performance by two women, Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon, playing twelve instruments and everything from Irish Jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezzmer frailachs, at 7 p.m. in Old Main Brown Auditorium.
  • Monday, March 11: “The Rise and Decline of Patriarchal Systems,” by Nancy Folbre at 4:30 p.m. in Sperry Center, Room 106.
  • Wednesday, March 13: “Braving the Blind Side: How to See Disability as Art and Not an Adjective,” by Christina Papaleo, at 2 p.m. in Corey Union Exhibition Lounge.
  • Tuesday, March 26: “Profiting from the Poor: Global Philanthropy and Education Markets in India,” by Sangeeta Kamat at 4 p.m. in Corey Union Exhibition Lounge.
  • Tuesday, March 26: “Careers in International Studies: Medical Humanitarian Aid,” by Patricia Carrick, Board of Directors, Doctors without Borders (Medicines Sans Frontiers) at noon in Van Hoesen Hall, Room B103.
  • Tuesday, March 26: “Doctors Without Borders Around the World,” Carrick’s second lecture of the day, at 6 p.m. in Moffett Center, Room 2125.
  • Wednesday, March 27: “Sex and Scripture: What can the Qur’an Tell us About Male Privilege and Gender Equality?” by Asma Barlas at 4:30 p.m. in Sperry Center, Room 105.
  • Wednesday, March 27: “Madame President: Inclusive Student Leadership at SUNY Cortland,” at 2 p.m. in Corey Union Exhibition Lounge.

Women’s History Month Events are sponsored by Sexual Orientation, Gender, Identity, and Expression Committee (SOGIE), the Institutional Equity and Inclusion Office, the Campus Climate Committee, the President’s Office, SUNY Cortland It’s On Us Action Team, the SUNY Cortland Gender Policies and Initiatives Council, the Institutional Planning and Assessment Committee, the Campus Artist and Lectures Series, the Economics Department, Student Disability Resources, Syracuse University’s South Asia Center and Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Education Club, the Early Childhood Education Department, the Clark Center for Global Engagement, the International Studies Program, the Center for Ethics and Peace Studies, the Student Government Association and the SUNY Cortland Chapter of the American Association of University Women.

For more information, contact Curtis at 607-753-2979.

Prepared by SUNY Cortland Communications Office writing intern Skyeler Paparteys