The Women's Studies Program,
Women's Studies Student Association, and Iota Iota Iota Honor Society
"Our Bodies, Ourselves, Our Voices:
Health and Human Rights in the
February 28, 2013 - March 2, 2013
A symposium co-sponsored with GRU Student Activities, GRU World Humanities Program, GRU Life of Mind Program Committee, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, GRU Department of English and Foreign Languages, GRU Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Social Work, and the GRU Division of Professional and Community EducationPlease join us for the third biennial Women's Studies Symposium at Georgia Regents University! The title of the 2013 Women's Studies Symposium, "Our Bodies, Ourselves, Our Voices: Health and Human Rights in the Twenty-First Century," references a ground breaking book on comprehensive women's health, Our Bodies, Ourselves, first published in 1970. The book, along with its associated women's health foundation, empowers women to become agents of health and wellness in their communities by providing access to accurate healthcare information. The symposium, in the spirit of the book's mission, supports the notion that accessing information via multiple platforms, inclusive of art, music, literature, and theater, can strengthen our understanding of the diverse health and wellness issues our community faces.
Thursday, February 28th
Africa Day Lecture:
Ify Osunkwo, MD, Emory University
"Sickle Cell Research and Its Relevance to African Women"
JSAC Ballroom, GRU Summerville Campus; FREE ADMISSION
Play and Discussion:
Dr. La'Veda Wallace Page, Sickle Cell: Crisis and Courage,
post-performance discussion with Dr. Abdullah Kutlar
University Hospital Auditorium, 1350 Walton Way; FREE ADMISSION
Producer, director, actor, and writer, Dr. La'Veda Wallace Page tells a powerful story of courage through major life and physical challenge. Born with Sickle Cell Anemia La'Veda has suffered complications of the disease that threaten her life and have already taken the lives of her brother and two babies, and left her former husband addicted to drugs. In this dramatic one woman show La'Veda shares her experiences as a fighter, survivor, mourner but never victim. Uplifting and inspiring this one woman show compels others to fight a good fight!
Following the perfomance, Dr. Abdullah Kutlar, MD, director of the Sickle Cell Center at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, will join Dr. Wallace Page for a discussion.
Friday, March 1st
Gallery Exhibit Opening:
Mahera Khaleque, Restoration
Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, 506 Telfair Street;
$5 ADMISSION for non-members of Gertrude Herbert; free for members. Admission must be paid at the door
Born in Bangladesh, Mahera Khaleque is an artist whose work on display at the Creel-Harrison Gallery (Feb 25 - May 17, 2013) addresses the issue of gender violence, specifically the disfigurement of women with acid. For the past few decades, acid attack has been a popular way of expressing the anger of men in many South Asian and Middle-eastern countries for trivial reasons. This body of work is inspired by the survivors of acid attacks. Mahera's goal is to create awareness through these artworks that engages a broad intellectual and social context and to expand the possibilities of art that possesses a powerful voice.
Currently, Mahera is pursuing her MFA in Drawing and Painting at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, the University of Georgia. She has an MA in Painting and an MA in Visual Communications Design from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. Mahera taught art and humanities at Augusta State University from 2010-12.
Saturday, March 2nd
Women's Studies Symposium
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JSAC Student Center, GRU Summerville Campus
Luncheon and Keynote Speaker
Dr. Susan Bordo, University of Kentucky
"The Anne Boleyn 'Diet': What Young Women Today Can Learn from the Story of Henry VIII's Second Wife"
JSAC Ballroom, GRU Summerville Campus
Susan Bordo is known for the clarity, accessibility, and contemporary relevance of her writing. Her first book, The Flight to Objectivity, has become a classic of feminist philosophy. In 1993, increasingly aware of our culture's preoccupation with weight and body image, she published Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body, a book that is still widely read and assigned in classes today. During speaking tours for that book, she encountered many young men who asked, "What about us?" The result was The Male Body: A New Look at Men in Public and in Private (1999). Both books were highly praised by reviewers, with Unbearable Weight named a 1993 Notable Book by the New York Times and The Male Body featured in Mademoiselle, Elle, Vanity Fair, NPR, and MSNBC. Both books have been translated into many languages, and individual chapters, many of which are considered paradigms of lucid writing, are frequently re-printed in collections and writing textbooks.
Her newest book, The Creation of Anne Boleyn: A New Look at England's Most Notorious Queen, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in April, 2013. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband, daughter, three dogs and two cats, and teaches humanities at the University of Kentucky.
This keynote lecture is made possible by funding from the GRU Life of the Mind Program and the GRU World Humanities Program.
Monday, March 4th
University Hall 170; Summerville Campus; Free for GRU students, faculty, and staff; $3 general admission
To mark International Women's Week and complementing the Wellness theme of the GRU Women's Studies symposium, the story of the British doctor who developed Victorian-era treatments for women diagnosed with female hysteria. Stars Maggie Gyllenhall and Hugh Dancy. (Comedy, 100 minutes; R)
This event is held as part of the ASU Film Series.
Registration is required for the Symposium event on March 2nd. You can register online prior to the event or you can register when you arrive. Early registration is recommended.
- ASU/GHSU (GRU) faculty, staff; non-GRU faculty and students; CSRA residents (Full Symposium, includes panels, keynote speaker, and lunch): $20
- Non-GRU faculty and students; CSRA residents (panels, keynote, no lunch): $10
- ASU/GHSU (GRU) students (Full Symposium, includes panels, keynote speaker, and lunch. Funded by Student Activities): $0
- Humanities students and Humanities faculty (panels, keynote, no lunch): $0
- Life of the Mind students, faculty, CSRA residents (panels, keynote speaker, no lunch): $0