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Women's Forum 2016

In honor of Women's History Month, Roanoke College will host the 10th Annual Women's Forum throughout the month of March 2016. 

This annual celebration will include films, lectures, discussions, exhibitions, performances and other events that feature or focus on women in areas across the liberal arts.  All events are non-ticketed, free and open to the public.  Please check back often, as events are continually added.  


Tuesday, March 15, 7:00pm, Garrett Meeting Room, Colket Center

Film: "It Was Rape" (2013) 
Produced by Jennifer Baumgardner with discussion moderated by Monique Ingram.U.S. sexual assault statistics are startling and have remained unchanged for decades.  According to the White House Council on Women and Girls report, one in five women experience rape or attempted rape in her lifetime.  This film follows eight women of different backgrounds, ages, and ethnicities, and talks about their survival, struggles towards healing, empowerment and ability to speak out. Monique Ingram '04, a Health Educator for Roanoke Planned Parenthood Health Services will lead a discussion following the film.

Monday, March 21, 7:00pm, Wortmann Ballroom, Colket Center

Salsa Lesson and Lecture: Eileen Torres Back by popular demand, Eileen Torres returns to Roanoke College with her Salsa Lesson and Lecture, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Torres has lectured on salsa in many venues including the Kennedy Center, National Geographic Society, the Pentagon, the World Salsa Congress in Puerto Rico, the European Salsa Festival in The Netherlands, and the Washington DC Salsa Festival, among others. In addition, she was contracted by Starbucks Coffee Company to collaborate on the Latin compilation CD "Mambo Mio".  

Kemba Smith Pradia Tuesday, March 22, 7:00pm, Wortmann Ballroom, Colket Center

2016 Keynote: "Defeating Domestic Violence, Drugs Policies and a Destructive Justice System", Kemba Smith PradiaSimilar to millions of women who are currently in abusive relationships, Kemba Smith Pradia never imagined herself involved with a partner who could become physically abusive.  Pradia speaks openly about her personal relationship with a drug dealer during her freshman year in college and how she experienced physical, mental and emotional abuse disguised as love.  Pradia's message is real and raw.  She speaks of empowerment, anti-violence, domestic abuse and pathways to positive choices.  This even is sponsored by Roanoke's Office of Community Programs, the Roanoke Area Chapters of Alpha Delta Kappa Women Educators, Roanoke City Youth Services Citizen Board, Gender and Women's Studies Concentration, Residential Life and Housing and Office of Multicultural Affairs. 

Thursday, March 31, 8:00pm, Wortmann Ballroom, Colket Center

Poetry Recital: "El patio de Lorca: An homage to women in Frederico Garcia Lorca's Poetry"
Frederico Garcia Lorca, on of the most important dramatists and poets of his time, treats women's presence as a significant theme of his literature.  From dominant and courageous to poor and disadvantaged, Lorca's female representations are depicted through a lyrical and poetic richness.  Ada Lis Jimena, a musician, and Roanoke College Modern Language Department Poetry Club will perform Lorca's poetry and fragments of poetic plays, to pay homage to the literary greatness of this writer.  The plays will be performed in Spanish.