The Catholic University of America

Feb. 22, 2006

Catholic University Community Celebrates Women's History Month

This March The Catholic University of America community will join in the national celebration of Women's History Month with a series of events organized by faculty and students including a photo exhibition, lectures and a film screening.

"We are pleased to sponsor a rich mixture of events in March to highlight women's achievements throughout the world," says Katherine Jansen, associate professor of history, who organized the week's event with fellow colleagues and students. "We are very enthusiastic."

Women's History Month began in 1978 as "Women's History Week" in Sonoma County, Calif., to coincide with International Women's Day - celebrated each March 8 in Europe since 1911. In 1981 the U.S. Congress passed a resolution to expand the celebration to a month. The aim of the movement was to "document women's experiences, recover female voices, and ultimately write women back into the master narrative of history," says Jansen.

To follow are details about upcoming events; as more student-organized events are finalized, they will be added to the online CUA Calendar of Events and CUA This Week.

Photo Exhibition: "Women at CUA." Wednesday, March 1.
Featuring historical photographs highlighting women's presence and contribution to CUA.Mounted by The American Catholic History Research Center & University Archives. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, second floor.

Lecture: "Sisterhood Becoming Powerful: Memories of Women in the Civil Rights Movement." Tuesday, March 7, at 5:30 p.m.
By Leslie Tentler, professor and chair, Department of History. Co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Association. Reception to follow. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room B.

Lecture: "Women Writing the Italian Diaspora to the United States in Melania Mazzucco's Vita" Tuesday, March 14, at 5:30 p.m.
By Stefania Lucamante, associate professor, Department of Modern Languages. Sponsored by the Department of History. Hannan Hall, Room 106

Lecture: "Decoding The Da Vinci Code: The Case of Mary Magdalene." Tuesday, March 21, at 5:30 p.m.
By Katherine Jansen, associate professor, Department of History. Accompanied by a slideshow. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room B.

Film Screening: "Rosie the Riveter." Tuesday, March 28, at 5:30 p.m.
Sixty-five minutes. Introduced by Laura Mayhall, associate professor, Department of History. Hannan Hall, Room 132.

Events are free and open to the public. For more information contact the Ramon Sola in the Department of History at 202-319-5484.

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Media contact(s):
· Chris Harrison, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,
· Katie Lee, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,