Each March, The Women and Gender Resource Center celebrates Women’s History Month with a variety of programs and activities. If you are unable to participate in our Women’s History Month programming, you can still contribute to our efforts by donating a book to the Frances S. Summersell Library!
To kick off Women’s History Month and our Lunch and Learn Series, Author Irene Latham discussed the rich history of Gee’s Bend quilts and how the arts can connect us across cultures. The event was co-sponsored by the Department of History and Phi Alpha Theta. Later that evening, Irene Latham and Charles Waters explored how diversity is represented in children’s poetry through performance, reading, and discussion of their book Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship. That event was co-sponsored by the School of Library & Information Studies and the Alabama Student Chapter of the American Library Association.
Next, in honor of International Women’s Day, a panel of women at The University of Alabama shared their journeys from their home country to The University of Alabama. That event was co-sponsored by Culverhouse College of Commerce Business Honors Program and Capstone International Center.
Our Lunch and Learn series continued with Aaron Hoggle discussing his research on an 18th century English heiress who traveled to the American colonies to buy a plantation in hopes of improving her social status. That event was co-sponsored by the Department of History and Phi Alpha Theta. The final event in the Lunch and Learn Series featured Jennifer Horne, poet laureate of Alabama, presenting her research on the life of Sara Mayfield. Sara Mayfield was a deep-dyed Southern woman whose experiences ranged from being an author, inventor, and sculptor to being a patient at Bryce (Alabama State Hospital for the Insane) living during the Roaring Twenties through the Civil Rights Movement. That event was co-sponsored by the Department of History and Phi Alpha Theta.
We also hosted our annual Spring fundraiser, a film festival called LUNAFest, as part of Women’s History Month.