Educational displays and events highlight Women's History Month

University Park, Pa. -- Since its creation at Penn State in 1985, the Center for Women Students has been celebrating Women's History Month every March.

"Women's History Month is really a celebration of women's heritage and their history," said the center's director, Peggy Lorah. "Every year we have a couple of events that folks can attend and that are scheduled at various times so hopefully, regardless of schedules, people can come to at least one event."

The Center for Women Students, Lorah said, focuses on any issues that are important to female students. The center advocates equality in and out of the classrooms and assists students who are coping with issues like sexual assault and stalking.

While there are a number of events planned throughout the month of March, Lorah mentioned three that she thought would be particularly interesting.

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, there is a Healing Gathering in the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center.

"It's meant to honor survivors of sexual and relationship violence and those who support them," Lorah said. "It's a safe space for them to feel their struggles are being honored."

From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 2-4, in the Robeson Cultural Center, the Center is sponsoring a Cultural Marketplace, which Lorah explained is an interactive exhibit where students can explore different topics such as race, gender and ethnicity.

Lorah said the central event for the month is the Guerilla Girls appearance. The group of women is performing "Feminists are Funny" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, in the HUB-Robeson Center's Heritage Hall. The event is free and open to the public, tickets will be at the HUB and exchanged at the door for a wristband.

A complete listing of events is below. For more information please call (814) 863-2027.

  • Cultural Marketplace, 7 p.m., March 2-4, Paul Robeson Cultural Center.
  • Healing Gathering, 7 p.m., March 4, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center.
  • Brown Bag lunch, noon, March 18, 410 Boucke Building -- Celebrate international women with Mariya Tartanko, a visiting Fulbright Scholar, from the Ukraine.
  • Guerilla Girls, 7 p.m., March 19, Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center.
  • Luna Fest, 7 p.m., March 23, HUB-Robeson Center Auditorium -- national short films festival.
  • Brown Bag lunch, noon, March 31, 203 Boucke Building -- Celebrate diverse women and learn more about lesbian identities with Claire Gonyo from the LGBTA Student Resource Center.


Last Updated November 18, 2010