Women’s History Month and Gender Week (March 5-9) takes place during the month of March at UNC. The Carolina’s Women’s Center and the LGBTQ Center organize numerous Gender Week events, including the University Awards for the Advancement of Women, and other departments and units across Carolina will be hosting special events throughout the month.

Please check here often for updates.

2019 Women’s History Month Calendar

Friday, March 1

Salary Negotiation Workshop with Honors Carolina

Location: Graham Memorial 039 (218 E. Franklin Street, basement level)
Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Congratulations! You got the job offer—or you’re hoping to get one soon! Now it’s time to negotiate! In this interactive session, you will learn the basics of the negotiation process and how to negotiate effectively. We will address negotiating industry positions, with an eye towards minimizing gender and racial pay inequities.

This is the Time Tour

Location: Visitors center (west wing of Morehead Planetarium, 250 E. Franklin Street)
Time:
3 p.m.

Celebrate Women’s History Month and learn about pioneering Carolina women through the Southern Oral History Program’s This is the Time tour. This walking tour highlights the history and experiences of women connected to Carolina, as captured in Southern Oral History Program collections.

Sophia Hutchens, a junior communication and anthropology major, will lead the group to campus locations with notable women’s history, and tour participants will receive links to audio clips from the Southern Oral History Program collection to enhance their tour experience.

Reservation

Houn’ Dawg: LIfe and Times of Big Mama Thornton

Location: Stone Center
Time: 7-9 p.m.

Step back in time with vocal powerhouse Big Mama Thornton, portrayed by actress Azusa SHESHE Dance.This musical comedy shows her experience as a blues singer, songwriter and entertainer dealing with racial and sexual tensions in the music industry. Join us on her fearless journey of musical strife and success. (Warning: Explicit language)

Azusa SHESHE Dance resides in New York City and is a native of Chattanooga, TN. SHESHE is a musical theater actress with accolades including Motormouth Maybelle (Hairspray), Sophia (The Color Purple), Nella (Gee’s Bend), Evilene (The Wiz),Dionne (Hair) and has performed on the Apollo stage twice. When not onstage, SHESHE can be found belting old school tunes in the NYC subways with the Music Under New York (MUNY) program or singing with the blues/soul band The Jealous Fates. Big Mama Thornton’s life and music has been a true inspiration in SHESHE’s career and why she proudly portrays her in hopes of enlightening others to such a talented and powerful female legend. Houn’ Dawg is SHESHE’s first original stage work, was submitted and chosen for the United Solo Festival 2018 (NYC), sold out and received an encore performance as a best seller.

This event is made possible through the generous support of the following Stone Center partners: American Studies Department, Carolina Black Caucus, Carolina Women’s Center, Center for Dramatic Art, The Center for the Study of the American South, Department of African, African American and Diaspora Studies, Department of Communications Studies, LGBTQ Center, Ngozi Design of Durham, Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association.

This event is free and open to the public but RSVP is required. Click here to register. Entry is general admission and visitors can reserve up to 4 seats. All guests must be seated by 6:45 p.m.; we will release any unoccupied seats after 6:45 p.m.

Read Across America Day – Family Reading Program – with Carolina Veterans Resource Center

Location: Carolina Veterans Resource Center, 211 Branson Street
Time:
5-7 p.m.

Come join us for family fun, reading, crafts, and food as we enjoy some of the books from the Read Across America program! Open to UNC student Veterans & UNC Graduate and Undergraduate Students with families. RSVP requested.

Saturday, March 2

Rock the Risers at UNC Women’s Lacrosse Game

Location:  Fetzer Field (309 Stadium Drive)
Time: 12:30 p.m.

The Rock the Risers campaign works to promote attendance at women’s sporting events and show support for UNC’s women athletes. Come find the CWC table at the game, tell us why you #RicktheRisers and get some free swag!

Sunday, March 3

International Women’s Day Tea with She’s the First

Location: Carolina Inn
Time: 3-5 p.m.

She’s the First is hosting the annual International Women’s Day tea event at the Carolina Inn. There will be a panel of speakers to discuss feminism, girls’ education and intersectionality, as well as a silent auction.

She’s the First sponsors girls’ education in low-income countries, giving them the chance to graduate from secondary school.

This event is part of Feminism for All (FFAQ), a collaboration among student organizations, departments and centers. FFA seeks to support and encourage the development of interdisciplinary events related to gender equity.

Monday, March 4

Screening & Discussion: “Parallel Parking” – Exploring the Struggles of Immigrant Women

Location: 103 Bingham Hall
Time: 7:15-9 p.m.

Join Wonder Women to view several clips from Aby Rao’s film, Parallel Parking and for a discussion with the director and cast as we examine the struggles of immigrant women, including homelessness, trauma, unemployment, human trafficking and identity crisis. This film explores the power of love, friendship and empathy in the face of discrimination and prejudice.

FREE and for UNC affiliated individuals only. Contact wonderwomenworldwide@gmail.com with questions.

RSVP 

Friday, March 8

This is the Time Tour

Location: Visitors center (west wing of Morehead Planetarium, 250 E. Franklin Street)
Time:
3 p.m.

Celebrate Women’s History Month and learn about pioneering Carolina women through the Southern Oral History Program’s This is the Time tour. This walking tour highlights the history and experiences of women connected to Carolina, as captured in Southern Oral History Program collections.

Sophia Hutchens, a junior communication and anthropology major, will lead the group to campus locations with notable women’s history, and tour participants will receive links to audio clips from the Southern Oral History Program collection to enhance their tour experience.

Reservation

Sunday, March 10

Documentary Screening & Discussion: “Strange Fruit”

Location: Stone Center
Time: 4-5:30 p.m.

“Southern trees bear a strange fruit/Blood on the leaves and blood at the root/Black body swinging in the Southern breeze/Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees…”

These haunting lyrics made famous by Billie Holliday were surprisingly penned by a Jewish schoolteacher from the Bronx. Discover the fascinating story behind Strange Fruit, the protest anthem of the ’40s that impacted millions during the civil rights movement and endures today.

Join us at Chapel Hill landmark, Varsity Theatre, for a screening of Strange Fruit, the first documentary exploring the history and legacy of the Billie Holiday classic. The song’s evolution tells a dramatic story of America’s radical past using one of the most influential protest songs ever written as its epicenter. The saga brings viewers face- to- face with the terror of lynching even as it spotlights the courage and heroism of those who fought for racial justice when to do so was to risk ostracism and livelihood if white – and death if Black. It examines the history of lynching, and the interplay of race, labor and the left, and popular culture as forces that would give rise to the Civil Rights Movement. A discussion will take place after the film’s screening. This event is made possible with support from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Click here to RSVP 

Monday, March 18

Gender Week Tabling w/LGBTQ Center

Location: Davis Library courtyard
Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Tuesday, March 19

DSS Advancing Narratives Speaker Series: “Being Ocean as Praxis: Sylvia Wynter, Depth Humanisms & Dark Sciences” with Alexis Pauline Gumbs, PhD

Location: Pleasants Family Room, Wilson Library
Time: 12-1 p.m.

The Graduate School’s Diversity and Student Success Advancing Narratives Speaker Series will present an interactive lecture drawing on Alexis Pauline Gumbs’s research on Sylvia Wynter, her practice of navigating in, around, and beyond the academy, and her forthcoming book Dub: Finding Ceremony.

As an educator, Alexis Pauline Gumbs walks in the legacy of black lady school teachers in post-slavery communities who offered sacred educational space to the intergenerational newly free in exchange for the random necessities of life. She honors the lives and creative works of Black feminist geniuses as sacred texts for all people. She believes that in the time we live in access to the intersectional, holistic brilliance of the black feminist tradition is as crucial as learning how to read. She brings that approach to her work as the provost of the Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind, a transmedia- enabled community school (aka tiny black feminist university) and lending library based in Durham, North Carolina.

A queer black troublemaker, a black feminist love evangelist and a prayer poet priestess, Alexis has a PhD in English, African and African-American Studies, and Women and Gender Studies from Duke University. She was the first scholar to research the Audre Lorde Papers at Spelman College, the June Jordan Papers at Harvard University, and the Lucille Clifton Papers at Emory University during her dissertation research. For more information on Dr. Gumbs, go to:  http://alexispauline.com/

Co-sponsored by the English and Comparative Literature Department.

University Awards for the Advancement of Women Ceremony

Location: By invitation
Time:
 1-3 p.m.

The University Awards for the Advancement of Women recognizes contributions to the advancement of women at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Each year, we present four awards: one to a faculty member, one to a staff member, one to an undergraduate student and one to a graduate or professional student or postdoctoral scholar. Read more about the award at https://womenscenter.unc.edu/about-us/awards/.

Coffee Conversation on Gender and Mental Health

Location: Student Union, Room 3202
Time: 2-3 p.m.

This event is part of Feminism For All (FFA), a collaboration among student organizations, departments and centers. FFA seeks to support and encourage the development of interdisciplinary events related to gender equity.

Wednesday, March 20

“Gender & …Campus Change”: University Awards for the Advancement of Women Luncheon

Location: Pleasants Family Lounge, Wilson Library
Time: 12:30-2 p.m.

In the spirit of celebrating the University Awards for the Advancement of Women (UAAW), the CWC is gathering together previous winners to learn how they pursued gender equity in their everyday roles on campus. Katrina Morgan (2018), Erica Wallace (2018) and other prior recipients will share how they worked to improve gender equity at UNC-Chapel Hill from their positions as faculty, staff and students. What inspired their action? How did they decide what to do first (and next)? How, in short, did they become leaders and change agents in their corners of the university?

We hope this discussion will inspire you to ask yourself, “How can I work towards gender equity?”

Lunch will be provided. RSVP

Co-sponsored by the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion

Movie Screening w/the LGTBQ Center After Dark

Location: TBD
Time: 5 p.m.

Thursday, March 21

Lunch & Learn on Non-Western Third Genders with LGBTQ Center

Location: Toy Lounge, Dey Hall
Time: 12-1:30 p.m.

With LGBTQ Center Assistant Director, Dr. April Callis.

Friday, March 22

Conversations for Caregivers II: Help! How Can I Support My Aging Parents?: An Overview of Advance Health Care Planning

Location: Hitchcock Room, Stone Center
Time:
12-1 p.m. (lunch provided)

Is your parent (or other older person for whom you care) nearing the end of their life? Or are they facing serious illness and you are panicking because they don’t want to talk about it?  Don’t know how to get started?  Building on the previous session, this workshop talks about making health-related advance care plans with your parents.  We’ll introduce some tools that you can use to begin the conversation with your parents, friends, and loved ones, and offer tips for a successful partnership.

Register here

This is the Time Tour

Location: Visitors center (west wing of Morehead Planetarium, 250 E. Franklin Street)
Time:
3 p.m.

Celebrate Women’s History Month and learn about pioneering Carolina women through the Southern Oral History Program’s This is the Time tour. This walking tour highlights the history and experiences of women connected to Carolina, as captured in Southern Oral History Program collections.

Sophia Hutchens, a junior communication and anthropology major, will lead the group to campus locations with notable women’s history, and tour participants will receive links to audio clips from the Southern Oral History Program collection to enhance their tour experience.

Reservation

Monday, March 25

Conversations for Caregivers I: Starting the Conversation

Location: Hitchcock Room, Stone Center
Time:
12-1 p.m. (lunch provided)

As a (potential) caregiver, starting the conversation with the person for whom you will be caring can be terrifying and/or frustrating. Where do you start? How do you start? This workshop introduces a framework for entering into a collaborative relationship with your aging parent (or other older person for whom you care) and some strategies for approaching those conversations. Participants will also have the opportunity to practice through some role playing scenarios.

Register here

Tuesday, March 26

Safe Zone: Gender Identity & Gender Expression

Location: Provided upon registration
Time:
10 a.m.-12 p.m.

The purpose of Safe Zone: Gender Identity & Gender Expression is to make the University community a safer and more supportive place for all UNC-CH students, faculty and staff by creating a network of allies who have basic knowledge about transgender and intersex community.

Prerequisite: Completion of Safe Zone training.

Register here

Wednesday, March 27

EOC Lunch & Learn: Sexual Harassment Awareness and Response in the Workplace

Location: Student Union 2423
Time:
12-1 p.m.

Participants will learn about the types of conduct that could be considered sexual harassment and thus prohibited at UNC-Chapel Hill. Participants will also learn how to report an incident, and what happens when a report is made to EOC.

This session will also cover maintaining a welcoming and equitable work environment, as well as the protections and prohibitions of applicable equal opportunity laws and UNC policy.

Sexual Harassment Awareness and Response in the Workplace will be presented by Adrienne Allison, Director of Title IX Compliance | Title IX Coordinator.

Thursday, March 28

Carolina Seminar on Gender & Sexual Violence with the Department of Dramatic Art

Location: Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art, Room 101
Time: 5:30-7 p.m.

This discussion will be a prelude to the debut of PlayMakers Repertory Company’s production of How I Learned to Drive, a play about one woman’s journey of her sexual abuse by a family member. A reception will follow.

Friday, March 29

Women Veterans Breakfast with Carolina Veterans Resource Center

Location:
Time: 8-9:30 a.m.

This is the Time Tour

Location: Visitors center (west wing of Morehead Planetarium, 250 E. Franklin Street)
Time:
3 p.m.

Celebrate Women’s History Month and learn about pioneering Carolina women through the Southern Oral History Program’s This is the Time tour. This walking tour highlights the history and experiences of women connected to Carolina, as captured in Southern Oral History Program collections.

Sophia Hutchens, a junior communication and anthropology major, will lead the group to campus locations with notable women’s history, and tour participants will receive links to audio clips from the Southern Oral History Program collection to enhance their tour experience.

Reservation

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