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    Spring 2015 Events

    What is Terrorism?

    Wed, March 4, 2015

    3pm, Ward Room

    The panel puts into question the commonly accepted notion that terrorism means any act of violence by a Muslim. Speakers on the panel will discuss multiple forms of unpredictable and fear-inducing violence that occur against vulnerable groups in American society. For example, Prof. Richard Breaux (ERS) will speak about attacks on African-American churches and Prof. Gia Pai (History) will discuss the shootings at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin. There will be room for open discussion at the end.

    Sponsored by: Departments of History; Communication Studies; English; Ethnic and Racial Studies; Psychology; Political Science and Public Administration; Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Sociology/Archaeology; Art; Modern Languages and Office of International Education.

    For more information, contact Heidi Morrison, hmorrison@uwlax.edu

    Staceyann Chin

    Wednesday, March 4

    7pm, Valhalla, Cartwright Center

    Staceyann Chin is a fulltime artist. A resident of New York City and a Jamaican National, she has been an "out poet and political activist" since 1998. From the Nuyorican Poets' Cafe to one-woman shows Off- Broadway to acting in Julie Taymor's Across the Universe and performing in both the stage and film versions of Howard Zinn's Voices of a People's History of the United States, to starring in the Tony nominated, Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, Chin credits the long list of "things she has done" to her grandmother's hard-working history and the pain of her mother's absence.

    Sponsored by the Pride Center, Rainbow Unity, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Dept.

    International Women's Day Celebration

    Thursday, March 5, 2015

    5pm Appetizers

    5:30pm Program

    Hall of Nations | 1300 Centennial Hall

    This event will consist of a panel of women from Botswana, Croatia, Kyrgyzstan, and Iran. They will discuss their personal journeys as women and share reflections on the ways women have overcome barriers in their countries.

    Sponsored by the AAUW-La Crosse Branch; UW-L Office of International Education; League of Women Voters-La Crosse Area; School District of La Crosse; UW-L Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department; World Services of La Crosse; International Women's Group of La Crosse; Gundersen Global Partners; and YWCA-La Crosse.

    For more info., contact: Lois Gilbert, lglgilbert5@gmail.com or 608-782-7204.

    Film Series: History of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    2/19/15: "Refugees", 5:30pm, 2200 Cent Hall

    "In 2007, a wave of desperate African refugees, many from Darfur, crosses the desert border into Israel. Empty-handed and journeying on foot, they contend with dangerous conditions on the Egypt-Israel border in a frantic attempt to reach safety. The film crew follows not only these refugees but also a group of Israeli volunteers who challenge their own government's position."

    3/26/15: "Budrus", 5:30pm, 2200 Cent Hall

    "Follows a Palestinian leader who unites Fatah, Hamas and Israelis in an unarmed movement to save his village from destruction. Success eludes them until his 15-year-old daughter jumps into the fray."

    4/2/15: "Promises", 5:30pm, 2200 Cent Hall

    "Several Jewish and Palestinian children are followed for three years and put in touch with each other, in this alternative look at the Jewish-Palestinian conflict

    Sponsored by: Departments of History; Communication Studies; English; Ethnic and Racial Studies; Psychology; Political Science and Public Administration; Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Sociology/Archaeology; Art; Modern Languages and Office of International Education.

    For more information, contact Professor Heidi Morrison at hmorrison@uwlax.edu

    Julia McReynolds-Perez, "'With one little cell phone we caused quite an uproar!' Reproductive Rights Activism Where Abortion is Illegal"

    Wed, April 1, 2015

    4pm, Hall of Nations | 1300 Centennial Hall

    In Argentina, as in most of Latin America, abortion is illegal in the vast majority of cases. Historically this has meant that poor women who wished to terminate a pregnancy faced enormous risks. Recently, off-label uses of the prescription ulcer drug misoprostol has made home pharmaceutical abortion far more accessible, and reproductive rights activists have taken on new roles as educators and lay social scientists in the fight to make abortion safe and accessible to all women, even in a country where it remains illegal. This talk will explore the impact these new trends are having on reproductive rights politics in the region.

    Sponsored by the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Dept.

    For more info, contact: Mahruq Khan, mkhan@uwlax.edu , 785-8351

    Women Moving Ahead Conference & $mart $tart: Salary Negotiation Skills Workshop

    WMA Conference: Friday, April 17, 9am-5:30pm

    Salary Negotiation Skills workshop: Saturday, April 18, 9am-12:15pm

    Institute for Campus Excellence, 150 Murphy Library

    Women Moving Ahead (WMA) works to raise awareness about the challenges women and girls in all cultures encounter in their lives and their careers and to empower them with the knowledge and skills they need to "move ahead" in their communities, their places of work, and beyond.

    Program schedule: http://womenmovingahead.org/wma-2015-schedule/

    Register here: http://womenmovingahead.org/conference-registration/

    Sponsored by UW-L's Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department

    For more info, contact: Teri Holford-Talpe, tholford-talpe@uwlax.edu or Larry Sleznikow, lsleznikow@uwlax.edu

    Marie Moeller, "Designing to be Thin: Gender Politics, Infographics, The Weight Loss Industrial Complex, and Narratives of Normalcy"

    Thurs, April 23, 2015

    4pm, 2205 Centennial Hall

    This presentation operates at the intersections of technical medical communication, disability studies, and gender studies. Focusing on infographics from various health-oriented organizations, this talk examines the way medical visual rhetoric employs normalizing narratives of "health" to supplement and forward hegemonic frames that feminize the "obese" body and use the female body as an instrument of normalization and cultural management. It also uncovers how infographics, regarding body categorizations, participate in a gross simplification of terms that amplify the narrow frames with which we understand "obesity" and "obese" bodies.

    Sponsored by the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Dept.

    For more info, contact: Mahruq Khan, mkhan@uwlax.edu , 785-8351