AAUW Informal Informational Gathering

AAUW Informal Informational Gathering
Friday, October 26, 2007, 4-6 pm

Women’s Center, Baker Center 403
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

The Athens Branch of the American Association of University Women invites all women on campus and in the community to an informal, informational gathering. Come see who and what we are! Light refreshments will be served.

  • A powerful advocate for women and girls since 1881, the AAUW has played a key role in critical civil rights issues.
  • The AAUW lobbies, briefs Congress and the administration, spearheads coalitions, and strengthens women’s voices with policy makers.
  • The AAUW Educational Foundation, one of the largest sources of funding exclusively for graduate women, supports aspiring scholars and teachers, women at critical stages in their careers, and women pursuing professions where women are underrepresented.
  • The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund is the nation’s largest legal fund focused solely on sex discrimination in higher education.
  • Membership is open to anyone with an associate’s or equivalent, bachelor’s, or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

Contact: Mary Lee Powell at mpowell7 -at- columbus.rr.com or 740-592-2227

Mandy Carter “Building Bridges Ending Racism”

Mandy Carter “Building Bridges Ending Racism”
Three opportunities to hear Mandy Carter @ OU in Athens, Ohio, on Thursday, October 18, 2007

1.) Noon-1 pm

Brown Bag: Combating Racism
UCM: Center for Spiritual Growth and Social Justice
18 N. College St.

2.) 3:30-4:30 pm
International Studies Reception
Yamada International House
Ohio University

3.) 7-9 pmdownload flyer
Lecture: “Building Bridges Ending Racism”
A conversation with visionary, activist, and organizer Mandy Carter
Baker Center Ballroom A
Ohio University

Come be engaged in a journey that examines past struggles for justice and visions of the future. Mandy Carter will take you there!

Ms. Carter has been an anti-racism organizer for the past 39 years. Carter helped found SONG (Southerners on New Ground) at the Durham Creating Change Conference in 1993. Inspired by the vision of black and white southern lesbians, SONG works to build movements for progressive social change across the South by developing models for organizing that connect race, class, culture, gender and sexual identity. Ms. Carter was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize as part of the 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005 to recognize, make visible and celebrate the impressive and valuable, yet often invisible peace work of thousands of women around the world.

Sponsored by: African Studies, African American Studies, Center For International Studies, Communication And Development Studies, Department of Social Work, International Development Studies, LGBT Center, Multicultural Programs Center, Southeast Asia Studies, UCM: Center for Spiritual Growth and Social Justice, Women’s Center.

Contact: UCM @ 740-593-7301 or ucmcf -at- frognet.net
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Meet the Peacemakers: Cat Cutcher

Cat Cutcher
Soup for the Soul: Meet the Peacemakers series
Thursday, October 11, 2007, Noon-1 pm

United Campus Ministry
18 N. College St., Athens, Ohio
Free and open to the public

Cat Cutcher will be speaking about activism for peace and justice and reflecting on the balance between inner peace and outer/public peacemaking.

Catherine “Cat” Cutcher is originally from Columbus, Ohio and has lived in the Athens area since 1997. She has been an activist and community organizer since she was 15, and has worked on diverse issues including peace, justice, human rights, sustainable development and environmental restoration. She has worked with many local organizations, such as the Appalachian Peace and Justice Network, UCM, the Buckeye Forest Council, Rural Action, the Athens Farmers Market, and InterAct.

Currently she is a Ph.D. Student in Cultural Studies in Education at Ohio University. She also has an MA in International Affairs and African Studies from Ohio University, and a BA in Anthropology, Sociology and International Studies from Kalamazoo College. She recently received a Fulbright Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State for her dissertation research on popular education among women’s grassroots organizations in Kenya. She will be in Kenya from November 2007 through June 2008.

All students, faculty, and community are invited. Soup for the Soul’s fall 2007 theme is “Meet the Peacemakers.” Free lunch of soup and bread every Thursday!

Contact: ucmevan -at- frognet.net or 740-593-7301
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Screening: Can You Hear Me?

Screening: Can You Hear Me? Israeli and Palestinian Women Fight for Peace
Wednesday, October 10, 7pm

Athena Theater
20 S Court St, Athens, Ohio
FREE!

Screening and panel discussion generously sponsored by The Max Family Program at Ohio University. All are welcome.

Can You Hear Me? Israeli and Palestinian Women Fight for Peace (50 min., 2006), is the first documentary to explore in depth the role of Israeli and Palestinian women peace activists dealing with one of the world’s oldest conflicts. Though prospects for peace have ebbed and flowed between Israelis and Palestinians, women peace activists have worked consistently to bring an end to the bloodshed that has brought so much anguish to both sides.

Produced, written, and directed by Lilly Rivlin; narrated by Debra Winger.

Contact: Ohio Hillel

5th Annual Diversity Conference

5th Annual Diversity Conference
Friday, September 21, 2007, 7-9 PM

Baker Center Theater
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Free and open to the public

The Diversity Conference focuses on four main workshops: political ideology, religion, racial identity, and sexuality. Each workshop allows for the participants to learn and to discuss the topic by having interactive games, debates and showing video clips. All participants are allowed to attend all four of the workshops. Sponsored by Unify.

Unify is an Ohio University student organization that consists of diverse students committed to helping increase diversity and understanding at Ohio University. Unify provides opportunities for formal information sharing and collaboration among representatives from different campus organizations dealing with diversity issues. Members work to promote the Diversify Your World campaign, plan an annual diversity conference, discuss important topics, and unify various diversity initiatives.

Contact: jc160105 -at- ohio.edu
Facebook members: event page.

Dance Party for the InterActivist

Dance party to benefit InterActivist and People Might
Thursday, September 27, 2007, 10:30 PM-2 AM

Casa Nueva Cantina
4 W State St, Athens, Ohio
$3, 21 and over; $4, underage

download flyerFeaturing DJ Barticus of the famed “Dance or Die” crew, plus AK (Akil Houston: African American Studies and Film faculty member, author, Hip Hop scholar, and former house DJ for Zachary’s) spinning old school R & B, funk, and more.

InterActivist is Athens’ progressive monthly and covers women’s issues among others. Help support this free-to-all publication.

Founded in 2003 by the campus and community activist group InterAct (voted “Best Student Organization,” 2006 Athens News Readers’ Choice Awards), The InterActivist is now published by the local activist development center People Might in collaboration with InterAct, Amnesty International at OU, the Sustainable Living Organization, and Up In Arms, with additional support from the Campus Progress division of the DC-based Center for American Progress.

Facebook Members: InterActivist Readers’ Fanclub

Wide Angle: Enemies of Happiness

Enemies of Happiness
The true story of a young woman fighting for changes in Afghanistan
Tuesday, September 11, 9pm

PBS’ Wide Angle on WOUB Classic TV
Athens, Ohio

Tune into the national broadcast premier of Enemies of Happiness (Vores Lykkes Fjender), a film by Eva Mulvad and Anja Al-Erhayem (Denmark, 2006).

In September 2005, Afghanistan held its first parliamentary elections in 35 years. Among the candidates for 249 assembly seats was Malalai Joya, a courageous, controversial 27-year-old woman who had ignited outrage among hard-liners when she spoke out against corrupt warlords at the Grand Council of tribal elders in 2003. ENEMIES OF HAPPINESS is a revelatory portrait of this extraordinary freedom fighter and the way she won the hearts of voters, as well as a snapshot of life and politics in war-torn Afghanistan.

Amidst vivid, poetic images of Joya’s dusty Farah Province, the film tracks the final weeks of her campaign, when death threats restrict her movements. But the parade of trusting constituents arriving on her doorstep leaves no doubt that Joya is a popular hero. Among her visitors is a 100-year-old woman who treks two hours to offer loyalty and herbal medicine. King Solomon-style, Joya acts as folk mediator and advocate, adjudicating between a wife and her violent, drug-addicted husband and counseling a family forced to marry off their adolescent daughter to a much older man. Protected by armed guards, Joya heads to poor rural areas to address crowds of women, pledging to be their voice and ‘expose the enemies of peace, women, and democracy.’ In the presence of her fierce tenacity, we can imagine the future of an enlightened nation. – Caroline Libresco, Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Film Festival: World Cinema Jury Prize
International Documentary Festival Amsterdam: Silver Wolf Award
Human Rights Watch International Film Festival: Nestor Almendros Prize