St. Thomas celebrates fifth annual Phenomenal Women’s Week

The University of St. Thomas is observing its fifth annual Phenomenal Women’s Week, March 11 through 15, with events sponsored by a host of organizations on campus.

Events during the week will include lectures by Dr. Walter DeKeseredy and Kerry Kennedy Cuomo sponsored by the University Lectures Committee; a presentation by the Guerrilla Girls sponsored by the Luann Dummer Center for Women; a concert sponsored by St. Thomas Activities and Recreation; and several other activities sponsored by Dowling Hall.

Dr. Walter DeKeseredy

Dr. Walter DeKeseredy’s lecture, "Male Peer Support and Woman Abuse in College Dating: Research, Theory and Intervention" will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in Room 155, Murray-Herrick Campus Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

DeKeseredy’s lecture will focus on the high amount of woman abuse in college dating across the country and address the role of male peer support in perpetuating woman abuse in these relationships. Also, he will discuss what can be done to reduce the incidence and prevalence of the problem.

DeKeseredy is a professor of sociology and anthropology at Ohio University. He received his doctorate in sociology from York University in 1988. Some of DeKeseredy’s teaching and research interests include social problems, gender studies, violence against women and conflict resolution. He has published numerous journal articles and books, one of his latest being Contemporary Social Problems in North America, written with Dr. Shahid Alvi, professor of sociology at St. Thomas.

Kerry Kennedy Cuomo

Kerry Kennedy Cuomo’s lecture, "Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World," will begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, in O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Kerry Kennedy Cuomo

Cuomo, daughter of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy, started her human rights work in 1981 when she investigated abuses committed by U.S. immigration officials against El Salvadoran refugees. Since then, she has led more than 40 human rights delegations to over 30 countries. Cuomo serves on the board of directors of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, and in 1988 founded the RFK Center for Human Rights, an organization that strives to ensure the protection of rights codified under the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights. She also is the chair of the Amnesty International Leadership Council.

Guerilla Girls

The Guerrilla Girls, an anonymous group of women in gorilla masks, will stage a multimedia presentation that promises to expose sexism and racism in the art world and American culture at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, in O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

The group originated in 1985 as a response to an exhibit at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art that was billed as a summary of the world’s most significant contemporary art, but included only 13 women and no minority artists. Since then, the Guerrilla Girls have energetically and very publicly railed against sexism and racism in the arts, wearing gorilla masks to keep the focus on issues rather than personalities.

Brenda Weiler

Brenda Weiler

Singer-songwriter Brenda Weiler will perform at noon Thursday, March 14, in Scooter’s, lower-level, Murray-Herrick Campus Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Minnesota Music Academy named Weiler, a Fargo, N.D. native, Best Acoustic Artist in 2001. She received the 2000 Critic’s Choice Award for Best Female Vocalist from the City Pages, and was named Best Female Vocalist at the 2000 Minnesota Music Academy Awards.

Dowling Hall activities

Dowling Hall will sponsor a number of events throughout Phenomenal Women’s Week.

On Monday, March 11, resident adviser Anne Winston will give a 7 p.m. presentation, "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall," in the Dowling Hall first-floor lounge. The presentation will discuss how women perceive themselves, their image, and their assertiveness.

Collette Kuhn from Personal Counseling; Beth Cotton, a registered nurse; and Kay Guidarelli, a registered dietician, will show a 40-minute video, "Killing Us Softly," covering women’s images in the media at noon Tuesday, March 12, in the Dowling Hall first-floor lounge. The video will be followed by a question-and-an
swer session.

The Succulent Wild Women’s Party will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, March 15, in the Koch Commons Fireside Lounge. Women and men are encouraged to celebrate being a woman and the women in their lives. There will be a comedy act by St. Thomas student Tisha Olson, along with music, food and facials.



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