March is Women’s History Month. At the University of San Diego, several on-campus organizations are delivering impactful events to promote awareness, knowledge and inspiration to not only women, but also to the campus community.
A USD Women’s Center kickoff event March 1 offered reflection and spoken word poetry where a collection of photos and other important information is displayed in the Hahn University Center/Student Life Pavilion Exhibit Gallery throughout this month.
The educational celebration continues with three empowering events on March 13 and 14.
The Women’s Center hosts a free showing of the documentary, “Miss Representation,” on Tuesday, March 13 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall’s Warren Auditorium. The film examines how the media’s misrepresentation of women has led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. At the film’s conclusion, a panel, featuring USD faculty members, will discuss the film and the issues it raises.
The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (KIPJ) hosts its annual International Women’s Day Breakfast at 7 a.m. on March 14 in KIPJ Rooms A-D. The event provides a great opportunity for women at USD to meet and connect with women doing amazing work in organizations locally, in the state, nationally and internationally.
This year’s event, themed “Connect, Create, Celebrate,” is highlighted by keynote speaker and filmmaker Maria Luisa Gambale. The co-director of the 2011 award-winning documentary, “Sarabah,” will show a clip from the film that tells the story of singer, rapper and activist Sister Fa. She’s described as “a hero to young women in Senegal and unstoppable force for social change.” Gambale will discuss the positive role that media and entertainment can play in advancing gender justice.
Also on March 14 is a Women Supporting Women networking event in the UC/SLP Exhibit Gallery from 6-8 p.m.
Two additional events connected to the month-long celebration of women and women’s history involves one off-campus event and another aimed at educating the audience about the issues of sex, racism and women in pop culture.
The Women’s Center hosts a 6 p.m. dinner on March 22 prior to transporting interested students, staff and faculty to see Claire de Lune’s Sunset Theatre for InnerMission Productions’ “The Vagina Monologues.” A pre-performance discussion will be facilitated by a USD faculty member. Tickets for this event are available now at the UC Box Office.
Gail Dines, a pioneer in fighting pornography and author/editor of two recent books, will be at USD to give a free lecture for mature audiences at 5 p.m. on March 29 in the IPJ Theatre. Her talk is titled, “Racy Sex, Sexy Racism: Demonizing the Black Body in Pop Culture and Porn.”
Dines lectured last year at USD about her most recent book, Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked our Sexuality, which examines how men’s and women’s lives, sexuality and relationships are shaped by porn culture. Dines has spent more than 20 years researching and writing about the porn industry. She’s had articles published on the image of women in Hollywood, racism in porn and how pornographic images shape sexuality and relationships in society. In 2007, Dines established an advocacy group, Stop Porn Culture, part of an international movement to end pornography.
— Inside USD staff