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Women’s History programming includes speakers, movies, discussions

February 26, 2016

The Women's History Month Colloquium at Indiana State University promises four days of packed programming Feb. 29-March 3 at the university's Cunningham Memorial Library.

The colloquium's keynote event is a showing of the movie "Suffragette" at 6 p.m. March 2 in the events area of the library. The 2015 film explores the women's voting rights movement in Great Britain. A discussion will be led by Carly Schmitt, assistant professor of political science at Indiana State.

Guest Speaker Kristalyn Shefveland of the University of Southern Indiana will present a lecture, "‘A Loving Remembrance': The Indian Slave Trade and Constructs of Gendered Power in Anglo-Indian Virginia" at noon March 2 in the events area.

"Hester Street," a film about gender roles and immigration at the turn of the century in New York City, is set for 9 a.m. Feb. 29 in the events area and 8 a.m. March 2 in room 28 of the library.

Daytime sessions run according to university class times Feb. 29-March 3, and sessions include guest lectures, film screenings and discussions. All events are free and open to the public.

The colloquium is sponsored by the following: Indiana State Center for Community Engagement, gender studies in the department of multidisciplinary studies, department of history and African and African-American Studies, American Democracy Project, Cunningham Memorial Library, College of Arts and Sciences, Foundational Studies, Feminist Majority ISU, American Association of University Women, and the Eugene V. Debs Foundation.

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Contact: Ruth Fairbanks, full-time instructor for multidisciplinary studies, Indiana State University, 812-232-4333 or