Campus commemorates International Women's Day and World Water Day

The Teaching International program at Penn State Greater Allegheny will commemorate International Women’s Day and World Water Day with a series of presentations by faculty and students at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, in the Ostermayer Room, Student Community Center. The event is open to the public and light refreshments will be provided.

Presentations will include the following:

• "Bully!: Teddy Roosevelt, Conservation, and Masculinity," Doug Charles, assistant professor of history
• "Responsibility Without Respect: Tanzanian Women Farmers,” Penn State Greater Allegheny student Ambre Vailes-Macarie
• "A Reenactment of Tea at the Treedome," Penn State Greater Allegheny drama students: Courtney L. Handlovitch, Mike Mattis, Brandi Telli, Tim Tolbert, Raven Moore, Brianna Toth, and Lauren Pruitt
• "Thinking about how we think about women," Liz Mazur, associate professor of psychology and  Ellie Higgins, associate professor of English
• "Sanitary pads and education:  What's the connection?," Penn State Greater Allegheny student Sara Davis
• Poetry Reading, Milli Mickle, associate professor of English
   o “Diving into the wreck,” Adrienne Rich
   o “From the house of yernaja,” Audre Lorde
   o “Fifteen haiku for Toni Morrison,” by Sonia Sanchez
• "Gender and the Dual Water/Sanitation Crisis," Verónica Montecinos, professor of sociology
• “A Model of a Squat Toilet," Eric Lipsky, assistant professor of engineering, with Penn State Greater Allegheny students Jared Reesman and Nathan Ferraro

According to UNWater.org, the website of the United Nations coordination mechanism for all water-related issues, World Water Day is held annually on March 22 as a means of focusing attention on the importance of fresh water and advocating for the sustainable management of fresh water resources.  Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of fresh water. The 2013 World Water Day was dedicated to “water cooperation.”

International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900s.  Annually on March 8, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate their achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities, and networking events through to local women's craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades, and more.  The theme of International Women’s Day 2013 is the Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum.

The Teaching International program at Penn State Greater Allegheny has been in place since 2004.  Its goal is to educate students about world trends by studying different regions and issues of global importance. This year's focus is on the Celtic Nations and water. More than 20 faculty and staff members are cooperating to explore and reflect on various aspects of the history, culture, and economic, social, and political reality of this region. Course lectures, student research projects, public debates, service learning activities, theater productions, films, and guest lectures will be used to spread knowledge about this area of the world. Teaching International is a partner with the Greener Allegheny initiative and the Honors Program to bring lectures, films, and other activities on globalization and sustainability to the campus.

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Last Updated March 27, 2013