Women's Forum 2019

13th Annual Women's Forum

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In honor of Women's History Month, Roanoke College will host the 
13th Annual Women's Forum throughout the month of March 2019

This annual celebration includes a variety of events such as films, lectures, discussions, exhibitions, and performances 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. 

More information also available at www.roanoke/edu/events


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  • Tuesday, March 12, 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Cregger Foyer
    Our Bodies, Ourselves - International Women's Day Luncheon

Join the offices of International Education and Multicultural Affairs for a lunch and panel discussion with young women on our campus from India, Ireland, Palestine, Rwanda and the U.S. as we explore views of women's sexuality, access to birth control, sex education, sexual health for girls and women around the world. 

SPACE IS LIMITED, RSVP to: cote@roanoke.edu or lowery@roanoke.edu


Tycely Williams

  • Thursday, March 14, 6:00 p.m., Colket, Pickle
    BECOMING From Classroom to Career: Ways to Power Up & Succeed
    A new Women’s Forum dinner event.

Tycely Williams began championing equity and values-driven leadership three decades ago when she became the first black elected to student government in a public-school district located in a suburb in her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. Now Tycely is the vice president of development for YWCA USA, the 25th largest not-for-profit in the United States dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women. Under her leadership every annual fundraising goal has been surpassed and she has increased contributed income by 300%. 

She holds an executive masters in leadership from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and is the first woman of color and African-American president of the Junior League of Washington. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to careers@roanoke.edu

This event is sponsored by:
Career Services, Community Programs, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs


  • Monday - Thursday, March 18-21, Colket Atrium
    Women's Lives Around the World Poster Session

In celebration of Women’s History Month, students in SOCI 338: Women’s Lives Around the World, have created posters to highlight the accomplishment of contemporary women leaders from different parts of the world.  Posters will be on display in the atrium of Colket Center from March 18-March 21.

For more information contact: Dr. Meeta Mehrotra, Associate Professor of Sociology


  • Wednesday, March 20, 7:30 p.m., Wortmann Ballroom, Colket Center
    Reclaiming the Narrative of the American Civil War

The legacy of the American Civil War is one of the most divisive issues in America today.  The evolution of the narrative shifted considerably over time and with each generation.  It is regarded as a military conflict born over the appropriate balance between state and federal powers. The war pitted “brother against brother” in a conflict to end slavery.  But it was much more, and those narratives leave significant gaps. The predominate narratives are shaped by a series of deliberate forces that leave misunderstanding about its cause, course and legacies.  Ms. Coleman sheds light on these issues and how the American Civil War Museum restores wholeness to this complex story by exploring the war from multiple perspectives. Christy Coleman currently serves as CEO of the American Civil War Museum, located in Richmond and Appomattox, Virginia. 

This event is being sponsored by:
the Center for Teaching The Rule of Law and Roanoke College Community Programs

This event is free and open to the public.  Tickets are not required.  


  • Thursday March 21, 8:00 p.m., Olin Recital Hall
    Voces Fememinas: Resistencia e Identidad / Feminine Voices: Resistance and Identity

Voces femeninas/Women Voices is a poetry recital where women voices express their views on gender equality under a patriarchal order. Voices like the Argentinean Alfonsina Storni, the Mexican Rosario Castellanos, the Uruguayan Cristina Peri Rossi and the Colombian Jhoana Patiño, to name a few, introduce the audience to a broad range of topics in where cultural stereotypes are expressed in their poetry.