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Women's Forum 2015

In honor of Women's History Month, Roanoke College will host the 9th Annual Women's Forum throughout the month of March 2015.  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.  Please check back often, as events are continuing to be added.


Tuesday, March 10, 7:00pm, Wortmann Ballroom, Colket Center
Undoing Democracy: Neoliberalism and Political Life, Dr. Wendy Brown, Class of 1936 First Professor of Political Science at UC Berkeley. Prof. Brown is a scholar of Western political thought who aims to make political theory illuminate contemporary problems.  Her current research examines challenges for democracy generated by neoliberal governance and austerity politics.  This lecture marks the eleventh anniversary of the installation of the Nu of Virginia Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Roanoke College.

Thursday, March 12, noon, Wortmann Ballroom, Colket Center
Climate Action: Roanoke College Students Speak Out Dr. Valerie Banschbach, Professor and Chair of the Environmental Studies Program at Roanoke College shares predictions that climate change will most heavily impact women and girls.   Additionally, four Roanoke College student leaders will speak about their efforts to engage students with the broader community in climate activism.  Alexandra Ramey will discuss work as a student Executive Board member of the Roanoke chapter of the Sierra Club.  Claire Brooks and Mackay Pierce will discuss upcoming alternative spring and fall break trips for students to study the impacts of mountaintop removal on Appalachian communities.  Glenn Rhodes will discuss Fossil Free RC, a fossil fuel divestment initiative that he initiated at Roanoke College.  Light refreshments will be served. 

Thursday, March 12, 7:00pm, Pickle Room 111, Colket Center
From Pant Suit to Hoodie: Journey of an Accidental Entrepreneur - Meet Else Sze, Boston based Founder and CEO of Agora, an online town hall platform that connects citizens with decision makers in local communities.  When Elsa decided to take a few years off from her early career advising top executives in Fortune 500 companies on business strategy, she had no idea that what could have been a three year 'vacation' turned into an opportunity to be a founder of her own technology start up.  While pursuing her MBA and MPP degrees at Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Elsa founded Agora in 2013 as a way to reimagine democracy in the digital era.  Please join this interactive discussion with Elsa Sze to hear a first-hand account of her journey and inspirations on the road to re-examining her purpose in life and her role in her community.   Sponsored by Roanoke College's Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurial Innovation.   

Thursday, March 12, 8:00pm, Cavern, Colket Center
Lea Morris- Lea Morris, a Washington D.C. singer and songwriter, will perform her uplifting blend of gospel, jazz, country and R&B music, characterized as contemporary soul-folk tunes. Morris has released seven full-length albums, and she has been nominated for multiple awards by the Washington Area Music Association.  Sponsored by Office of Multicultural Affairs.  

Monday, March 16-Thursday, March 20, Colket Center Atrium
Contemporary Women Leaders and Pioneers Poster Display
Sociology students display posters of their research on Women's Lives Around the World.  Posters will remain on display in Colket through March 20th and then will be displayed in Trout Hall (Room 106) until April 20th.

Tuesday, March 17, 7:00pm, Wortmann Ballroom, Colket Center
Create Connections That Count (For College Career and Life Success) - Laura Morales, a high energy speaker, trainer, communications coach and author presents an interactive and content-rich presentation about how to create connections that count for your success.  Creating connections that count is critical for college, career and life success because these connections help determine the paths you take, the relationships you cultivate, and ultimately, the experiences you create in your individual journeys.   No matter where you are in your life or career, don't miss this opportunity to learn success tips not taught in the classroom.  Sponsored by Career Services and Community Programs.  

Wednesday, March 18, 7:00pm, Wortmann Ballroom, Colket Center
Film: How to Lose Your Virginity - In a culture where 'be sexy, but don't have sex' is the overwhelming message to young women, this film goes through the looking glass to identify why a woman's virginity continues to define her morality and self-worth.  In this hilarious, eye-opening and occasionally alarming film, filmmaker Therese Shechter uses her own story to explore why a woman's chastity is still so treasured in our otherwise hyper-sexualized society.  Following the film, a discussion will be led by Monique Ingram, Health Educator for Roanoke Planned Parenthood Health Services.  Sponsored by Student Health Services and Community Programs.  

Thursday, March 19, 7:00pm, Wortmann Ballroom, Colket Center
Girls Fight Back - is back by popular demand.  This interactive self-defense seminar is aimed at teaching women ways to prevent and fight back against violence.  As many as one in five will experience sexual assault while in college.  The program combines cutting-edge safety training with simple techniques.  It is delivered in a comedic fashion, using a practical and down-to-earth approach to safety.  Sponsored by The Office of Campus Safety and Community Programs.

Tuesday, March 24, 7:00pm, Wortmann Ballroom, Colket Center
Salsa Lesson and Lecture by Eileen Torres is brought to you by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.  Eileen 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".  She assisted in the selection of the music, wrote the liner notes on the origins of Latin music, and created a piece of each artist.

Thursday, March 26, 8:00pm*, Wortmann Ballroom, Colket Center
SEX SIGNALS  Are you getting the signal?  The real life funny, sort of improv-show is about a guy, a girl, dating and other stuff.  SEX SIGNALS has become one of the most popular programs of sexual assault awareness among college and military audiences, personnel and educators.  It differs from traditional sexual assault prevention programs in that it incorporates improvisation, humor, education and audience interaction to provide a provocative look at dating, sex and the core issue of consent.  This program is brought to you by The Office of Campus Safety and Student Health Services.   

*Note: This program was incorrectly advertised to begin at 7pm.  The correct start time is 8pm. 

Thursday, March 26 - 8pm, Olin Recital Hall
Freedom Fighters: Latin American Women Through Music and Poetry - Ada Lis Jimena, Argentine mezzo-soprano and the Modern Languages Spanish program at Roanoke College, brings to life a performance of music and poetry based in Latin American women. An interactive recital featuring music by the Argentine composer Ariel Ramirez and poetry by Alfonsina Storni, Lil Milagro Ramírez, las mujeres del Cuá y Susana Chávez in their quest for justice and equality.