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A Barbie bride and “Happily Ever After” wedding dress are on display for artist Donna Durbin’s exhibit entitled “Lifting the Veil.”

Women's studies explored in week-long revival

University of Houston-Clear Lake will host Women's Studies Week Feb. 26-March 8. The week-long exploration of women's studies includes a variety of speakers, film screenings and exhibits. "This is the first Women's Studies Week of this magnitude in 10 years" said Loretta Gurnell, director of development. All proceeds, contributions, and a percentage of book sales go to scholarships for women's studies. "The significance of this revival and events of Women's Week 2004 is to explore and celebrate the diversity of women's experiences as addressed through women's studies' curriculum" said Angela Howard, professor of history. "Among other things, Women's Studies Week will provide context for students, faculty and staff, and the wider community to interact in ways that there's not always time and space in the day-to-day life of the institution," said Deepa Reddy, professor of anthropology. "It is a context for discussion and exploration, the sharing of ideas and passions and critiques that need to be purposely created and maintained if the experience of education is to be vibrant and meaningful.." There will be an interactive art installation that explores the archetype of love, marriage and relationship called "Lifting the Veil" March 3, 7-8:30 p.m., in the Art Gallery in the Bayou Building. Artist Donna Durbin will be on hand to present a lecture entitled "Symbolic Veils of Illusion and Reality" in connection with the exhibit. There will be a session following the lecture to meet Donna Durbin in Atrium I. Donna Durbin is a native Texan with more than 20 years of experience. Durbin has a Master of Fine Arts from Texas Women's University and is an alumna of UH-Clear Lake. In 2003, she received a grant from the Cultural Arts Council of Houston. The same day from 10 a.m. until noon there will be a discussion on the film "Killing Us Softly." This film, by Jean Kilbourne, is a survey of advertising that examines how, why, and to what effect corporations use images of girls and women to sell their products. The discussants will be Jo Meier, Sharon Hall and Beth Hentges, professors of psychology, and Ashley Packard, professor of communication. Guest lecturer Maria Jimenez, of the National Network of Immigrant and Refugee Rights, will present the topic "Gender and Violence in Juarez: Image and Text in Print Sources," 4-7 p.m. in room B1408. Distinguished guest lecturer, bell hooks, will speak March 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Bayou Theater. Her lecture will be entitled "Ending Domination: Race, Class, Gender." Hooks is a professor of English at City College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is the author of more than 20 books. Guest lecturer Hamid Naficy will discuss "Lure or Threat? Women in Iranian Cinema" Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Forest Room. Naficy is a professor and chair of art and art history at Rice University. "My talk will focus on the post revolutionary Iranian cinema, in particular on the emergence of women directors as an important artistic force, and on the evolution of the representation of women in cinema since the revolution toward liberal interpolations," Naficy said. To accompany Naficy's lecture, there will also be a film screening of the film "Dayereh/The Circle." This is a film by Jafar Panahi and won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Anna Agathangelou, professor of cross-cultural studies, will present a video essay entitled: "Hay Mish Eishi/This is Not Living" by Alia Arasoughly March 2, 4-7 p.m. in room B1439. This film explores the lives of eight Palestinian women and their struggle to live normal lives amidst war, terror and military occupation. March 4, from 1-4 p.m., in the Forest Room, there will be a roundtable discussion and screening of the film "The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter." This Connie Field film has won three awards from the American Film Festival. The film describes how women were "recruited" into the workplace during the 1940s and then dropped back into second and third class positions after the war. The presenters will be Angela Howard, professor of histor; Emy Barrios Robinson, founder of Barrios Technology Inc.; Sharon Perkins Hall, professor of computer science and information systems and Adam Hodges, professor of history. The UH-Clear Lake Film and History Club will present a viewing and discussion about the film "The Hours" March 5 at 7 p.m. in Room B2512. This film interweaves stories and struggles of three different women from different times and places. "We now have a proposal for a new BA in [Women's Studies] to the Texas Coordinating Board for Higher Ed., which, if approved, would make ours still only the third undergraduate degree in [Women's Studies] in the State of Texas." said Reddy. "I'm hoping, quite simply, in the end that participants will go away with the energy that comes from such sustained and critical exposure, enriched by intellectual challenges, with a sense of the possibilities of Women's Studies, and what our program has to offer."

 

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