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Spring semester WOW events

Monday, February 11, 2013

Cheryl Reeve, coach of the WNBA Minnesota Lynx

Surrounded by her players is Cheryl Reeve, coach of the WNBA Minnesota Lynx.

Cheryl Reeve, coach of the WNBA Minnesota Lynx Eve Ensler, playwright and activist Debra Leigh, lead educator for St. Cloud State's Community Ant-Racism Education Initiative 

Cheryl Reeve, coach of the WNBA Minnesota Lynx, is one of 11 powerhouse presenters scheduled spring semester for "Women on Wednesday."

A long-running speaker series of the Women's Center, "Women on Wednesday" will also offer a student panel discussion featuring women students of color noon Feb. 6 in the theatre of Atwood Memorial Center (AMC). The panel will be moderated by award-winning activist Amee Vang, a junior math education major from Ramsey.

Learn about this semester's theme in the "Compelling Voices" brochure (PDF).

See these free public presentations noon time Wednesdays in the AMC theatre:

Feb. 13 - 15 years of V Day: "Until the Violence Stops"

The screening of  “Until the Violence Stops” features playwright and activist Eve Ensler and documents how “The Vagina Monologues” grew into an international grassroots movement called V-Day to stop violence against women and girls. "Until the Violence Stops" is a 2004 documentary by Abby Epstein.

Feb. 20 - Debra Leigh - One Woman’s Role in Brown vs. Board of Education: The Life of Dr. Mamie Phipps Clark

Debra Leigh, founder and lead educator for the Community Anti-Racism Education Initiative at St. Cloud State, will discuss Phipps Clark’s research into the negative impacts of segregation and how that research helped the NAACP win a landmark Supreme Court case.

Feb. 27 - Cheryle Reeve - 40 Years of Title IX:  A National Champion’s Story

Coach Reeve will share the story of her career as an athlete and coach, including her experience coaching the Lynx to the 2011 WNBA championship.

March 6 - Cat Salonek - Recent Activism through the Occupy Movement Improving Women’s Lives

A community organizer, Salonek will discuss organizing for social justice as a St. Cloud State student and her recent formation of Occupy Homes MN, an organization to defend community members from foreclosures and unjust evictions.

March 20 - Sonia Brummer and Terry Sallas Merritt - Responding to Clinic Violence:  Profiles of Courage and the FACE Act

Brummer and Sallas Merritt will discuss legal protections for reproductive healthcare clinic patients and staff, the realities of clinic violence and the role of volunteers. Brummer is a clinic escort program coordinator for NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota. Terry Sallas Merritt is executive director of Whole Women’s Health, a Texas-based chain of reproductive health clinics.

March 27 - Maxine Barnett and Peggy LaDue - Challenging Violence Against Women: Local Leaders Share Their Stories

Barnett and LaDue will cover Minnesota’s progressive approaches to the battered women’s and anti-rape movements in the 1970s, local support groups and resources and the impact of the Violence against Women Act. Barnett is a retired executive director of Anna Marie’s Alliance, formerly the Central Minnesota Task Force on Battered Women. Peggy LaDue is executive director of the Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center.

April 3 - Roberta Gibbons - Women’s Safety and Security: What is the Status of Violence Against Women on Campus?

Gibbons, an assistant professor at Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, will discuss the impact of Title IX on college sports opportunities for women. She'll also consider Title IX's role in improving women’s safety on campus. The lecture will cover the Clery Act, Victims’ Bill of Rights and a blueprint for women’s safety called the SAFE Act.

April 10 - Joy Friedman and Noelle Volin - Ushering in The Safe Harbor Act: Stopping Sex Trafficking and Prostitution

Friedman and Volin will discuss Minnesota’s Safe Harbor statute, a victim-centered law that includes protections for minors exploited in prostitution. They'll also offer other criminal justice system updates. Friedman is an education/training and outreach manager for Breaking Free, a Minnesota-based non-profit that helps women and girls escape sex trafficking, sexual exploitation and prostitution. Volin is staff attorney and public policy manager for Breaking Free. 

Parking is free on streets adjacent to campus and a dollar per hour in the 4th Avenue Parking Ramp.

For more information, contact Jane Olsen at 320-308-4958 or jolsen@stcloudstate.edu.

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