WRC, Women Studies
mark 30-year Anniversary
Celebratory conference takes place March 8-9 on UNM campus
Womens Resource Center (WRC) and Women Studies Program
will mark 30 years of service to UNM and the community with
a statewide conference at UNM Friday and Saturday March 8-9.
in the Desert: A 30-Year Anniversary Celebration of Women in
Activism, Academics and the Arts, will feature speakers,
performers, panel and paper presentations, workshops, an information
fair and open art studio.
for the opening celebration Friday, March 8 can be purchased
for $10. Conference registration is $40 and includes all events
for both days and a box lunch on Saturday. Scholarships are
of the first Ph.D.s in Women Studies, Dr. Angela Bowen, professor
of English and women studies, California State at Long Beach,
will give the keynote address Friday at 7 p.m. at the Continuing
Education Conference Center.
keynote is followed with a performance at 8:30 p.m. by award
winning poet Alix Olson, 1999 New York Foundation for the Arts
Fellow. Olson, who has been featured on the cover of MS. Magazine,
is touted as funny, brilliant performer, serious thinker
and ingenious poet.
two women appearing opening night of the conference are wonderful
examples of the risk-taking warrior women who paved and continue
to pave the road for, not only womens rights, but for
human rights, said WRC Director Sandrea Gonzales.
March 9, workshops, panel presentations, lunch and entertainment
will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Dane Smith Hall.
more than 60 presenters Saturday will be community activist
Sylvia Ledesma, actor Jules Odendahl and Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb.
the opening panel presentation conference participants will
hear from a group of women who share more than 30 years of experiences
and lessons in feminism, said Elizabeth Cahn, WRC program
panel, Intergenerational Dialogues: Two Generations of
Women Studies Faculty Reflect on 30 Years in the Academy,
features UNM faculty Ann Nihlen, Ph.D., Cheryl Learn, Ph.D.,
Lavinia Nicolae, Adriana Nieto, Tey Diana Rebolledo, Ph.D.,
and Dana Van Tilborg.
Womens Resource Center was founded in 1972 as the Womens
Coordinating Center. New Mexicos first rape crisis center
also one of the first in the nation began in the
early 1970s with a boost from the WRC. The New Mexico Commission
on the Status of Women and Domestic Violence Shelter also have
roots in the center. It was an extraordinary time for
women. A time when many women began to look at the expansion
of their opportunities for education and employment. A time
when women began to take back their lives, bodies, sexuality
and self-esteem, said Gonzales, associated with the center
for nearly 23 of its 30-year history.
Studies is an interdisciplinary program offering courses about
womens roles, accomplishments and issues with the objective
to promote personal and societal change. The UNM Women
Studies Program is one of the oldest in the United States. Women
Studies began offering courses in 1972, became a minor in 1984,
and a major in 1999, said Director Cheryl Learn.
to the conference, events will be held throughout the year to
celebrate the 30-year milestone, including a concert by Sweet
Honey in the Rock. We must remind ourselves of the accomplishments,
but also that there is more work to do in order to maintain
the rights that so many fought for, Gonzales said.
information on the conference, visit www.unm.edu/~womenst
(accessible only using Internet Explorer) or call the 277-3716