Southeastern celebrates Women's History Month

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
by: Rene Abadie

     HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Department of History and Political Science will coordinate Women’s History Month throughout March with a series of free lectures and presentations.
     “As in the past, we will present a variety of interesting and intriguing topics through lectures, films and other presentations that focus on an interdisciplinary approach to women’s history,” said William Robison, head of the Department of History and Political Science. “We are pleased that colleagues with the Sims Memorial Library and the Department of Languages and Communication are joining us in providing a diverse program throughout the month.”
    Most of the programs will be held on campus or at area Tangipahoa Parish library branches. A special “Lafayette Lagniappe” is scheduled at the end of the month in Lafayette.
     The schedule for Women’s History Month includes:
     March 9, 2 p.m., Student Union Theatre, Professor of History and Political Science Margaret Gonzalez-Perez presents “Hidden Women.” A specialist in the area of female terrorism, she will look at women of other countries who live as men, not out of sexual preference but because women in these societies suffer economic, political and societal discrimination.
     March 14, 5 p.m., Tangipahoa Parish Library, 380 N. Fifth St. in Ponchatoula, “Julie and Julia.” Southeastern graduate Karen Williams of the LSU Department of English will host a viewing of the movie “Julie and Julia” and discuss its significance to women’s history. The 2009 historical comedy-drama illuminates the history of post-World War II women as it depicts the life of famed author and chef Julia Child and modern New York office worker Julie Powell, who sets out to cook all of Child’s 254 recipes from “The Art of French Cooking.”
     March 16, 12:30 p.m., Sims Memorial Library, Library Director Eric Johnson offers another lecture in a series of presentations in the library’s Latino-American History Series. “Latinas on Broadway” will review Latina stars who have made important contributions to America Theatre and will look at the collective impact they have had in both drama and musical theater. Videos will be featured along with excerpts from original cast records of shows.
     March 16, 6:30 p.m., Tangipahoa Parish Library, 314 E. Thomas St. in Hammond, Robison will discuss “Women in Civil War Films.” The presentation will include discussion of film clips from the Silent Era to the present, ranging from the early sound films “Only the Brave” and “Gone with the Wind” to more modern films such as “The Conspirator” and “Lincoln.”
     March 21, 12:30 p.m., Student Union Theatre, independent musician and photographer Natasha Sanchez of New Orleans will present “Louisiana: The State of My World,” an adventurous tour of the state  through songs, stories and photographs covering her journeys from Algiers to Zwolle and parts in between.
     March 21, 5 p.m., Tangipahoa Parish Library, 204 NE Central Avenue, Amite. The film “Suffragette” will be presented in its entirety followed by a discussion led by Robison. The 2015 drama sets a fictional story within the pre-world War I campaign for women’s suffrage in Great Britain.
     March 23, 12:30 p.m., Student Union Theatre. Professor Carol Madere of the Department of Languages and Communication will present “How Depictions of Careers for Women Have Evolved on Television.” She will explore how representations of women on television have progressed from the wise matriarch of “The Donna Reed Show” to the conflicted FBI-agent-in- training of “Quantico” and consider whether reality TV shows like “The Bachelor” are setting women back.
     March 23, 7 p.m., Lafayette Lagniappe: South Regional Library, 6101 Johnston St. in Lafayette. Professor Robison presents “Mary Magdalene, the Da Vinci Code, and History.” The lecture will compare the scriptural Mary Magdalene and her many artistic, fiction, and mythological manifestations.
     For additional information about Southeastern’s Women’s History Month, contact the Department of History and Political Science at 985-549-2413 or

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