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Southeastern to celebrate Women's History Month

Contact: Rene Abadie


     HAMMOND – The Department of English at Southeastern Louisiana University will host Women’s History Month during March with a free author reading and lecture series.
     Focused on the theme of “Writing Women Back into History,” topics of politics, poetry, science and writing will be incorporated into the month’s events set to take place in the Student Union Theatre. 
     Southeastern history department head William Robison will kick off the series March 3 with a lecture titled “Anne Boleyn: A Hundred Years of Film and Television” and author Jill McCorkle will close the month-long celebration with a book reading.
     McCorkle has authored eight books and is the recipient of the North Carolina Award for Literature, the New England Book Award and the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature. English instructor Natasha Whitton will also present a lecture titled “People as Creatures of Habit: Themes in Fiction of Jill McCorkle” to discuss McCorkle’s writing style.
     “These lectures provide a good deal more than extra credit for courses,” Whitton said. “They give students a chance to hear women talk about making their way in the world and pursuing their dreams.”
     Whitton also said that celebrating Women’s History Month for the past 11 years has been a great opportunity for Southeastern students who are able to hear women share their life experiences.
     All Women’s History Month presentations will be held in the Student Union Theatre. The schedule includes:
▪ March 3, 12 p.m.—William Robison: “Anne Boleyn: A Hundred Years of Film and Television.”
▪ March 9, 11 a.m.—A reading by poet Ava Haymon.
▪ March 10, 12 p.m.—Margaret Gonzalez-Perez: “Women, Islam and the State: The Political Controversy over Muslim Women’s Clothing.” Perez is a history professor at Southeastern, and her research focuses on comparative politics and international relations.
▪ March 16, 11 a.m.—Annabel Servat: “Women Writing Food.” Servat is an instructor of English at Southeastern.
▪ March 17, 11 a.m.—a reading by poet Leigh Camacho Rourks: “Sympathetic Magic.” Rourks is an English instructor at Southeastern.
▪ March 23, 11 a.m.—Louise Bostic: “Women in Science and Technology: Role and Status.” Bostic is a professor of industrial technology at Southeastern who specializes in computer applications, drafting design, history and ethics.
▪ March 24, 12 p.m.—Natasha Whitton: “People as Creatures of Habit: Themes in the Fiction of Jill McCorkle.”
▪ March 29, 6 p.m.—A reading by author Jill McCorkle.
     For additional information about Southeastern’s Women’s History Month, contact Whitton at 985-549-2413 or

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