Women's Forum 2017

Artwork of woman with flowers for hairIn honor of Women's History Month, Roanoke College will host the 11th Annual Women's Forum throughout the month of March 2017. 

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.  


A Thousand Voices

Wednesday, March 15, 7:00pm, Ballroom, Colket Center

Film: "A Thousand Voices" with producer Pamela Pierce '72, CEO of Silver Bullet Productions

Audience members will view "A Thousand Voices," a documentary film that builds from thousands of voices to present one universal story of New Mexico's Native American women. Native American women have been purveyors of culture since creation. From the beginning of time through the invasions from Spain, Mexico and the Unites States, their power remains and their story continues. They remain strong and grounded in traditional values by enduring courage and wisdom. "A Thousand Voices" is the winner of four awards in the 2015 New Mexico Film Fiesta: Grand Prize, Best Documentary, Best Directing and Best Cinematography.

The film was produced by Silver Bullet Productions, a non-profit educational film company in Santa Fe, New Mexico. There will be a discussion after the film with producer Pamela Pierce '72 CEO of Silver Bullet Productions.

The Syrian Bride

Friday, March 17, 4:30pm, Logan Gallery, Bank Building

 Film: The Syrian Bride

Mona's wedding day may be the saddest of her life. Once she crosses the border into Syria, she will never be allowed back to her beloved family in the Druze village of Majdal Shams. Shot on location in Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, The Syria Bride is a powerful film about physical, mental and emotional borders  and the courage it takes to cross them. Told with great humor and compassion, its story provides an emotionally  stirring  look  at the human side of political conflict, focusing on the hopes and dreams of one family trapped in no-man's land between two nations.   The International Relations program faculty invite you to the second of a series of topical and current movies/documentaries. These are intended to enhance our understanding of current events in the international system. A 30-minute discussion will usually follow the formal screening. Prize drawing at the end of the session-and come early to get a bean bag seat!

Barbara Martin

Tuesday, March 21, 6:00pm, Wortmann Ballroom, Colket Center

Great Ladies of Blues and Jazz

Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae - These women of blues and jazz have played an important and often unrecognized role in American music. This entertaining and educational program will give audiences insight into the lives, times and musical influences of American female blues and jazz artists from the 1920's through the 1950's. Interspersed with anecdotes from the fascinating and colorful lives of these women are performances of the songs most representative of their musical styles at different points in their careers. The musicians are Barbara Martin, Court Stewart on piano and Bob Bowen on bass.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Community Programs, the Fine Arts Department and the Performing Arts Series.

Dr. Sarah Hinlicky-Wilson

Thursday, March 2, 6:00pm, Wortmann Ballroom, Colket Center

Women of the Reformation: Dr. Sarah Hinlicky-Wilson, Institute for Ecumenical Research

In conjunction with the celebration of the Reformation and Women's Forum, Dr. Wilson's lecture tells the lives of prominent women of the Reformation based upon recent research.

Panelists: Dr. Mary Henold, Dr. Charlene Kalinoski, Dr. Whitney Leeson
Moderator: Dr. Ned Wisnefske

Sponsored by Copenhaver Scholar in Residence and the Blakely Endowment

performing arts

Other Spring Performing Arts Events associated with Women's Forum

Theatre Roanoke College: "Circle Mirror Transformation"
Thursday - Saturday, Feb. 23 - 25, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 26, 2 p.m., Olin Theater

Theatre Roanoke College: "Becky Shaw"
Thursday - Saturday, April 6 - 8, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, April 9, 2 p.m., Olin Theater

Contact the Olin Box office for details.