TTU Offers Full Calendar of Women's History Month Events

T-shirts swaying on a clothesline -- it's a peaceful springtime image filled with quiet breezes.

The sights and sounds of violence against women will shatter that peaceful image when Tennessee Technological University displays the "Clothesline Project," a participation in a national Women's History Month program. The provocative exhibit will carry the month's strong message -- that women are being hurt and killed and that the violence must end.

"Women, either victims themselves or to honor another woman's suffering, can describe their experience by drawing or writing a message on T-shirts that are hung on a clothesline for public display," said Gretta Stanger, director of Tennessee Tech's Women's Center. "The display will be accompanied by a soundtrack of gongs, whistles and bells, but no voices, to represent the silence of those who do not report abuse."

On Monday, March 16, and Wednesday, March 18, the clothesline will be displayed outside Tennessee Tech's University Center. T-shirts can be made then and added to exhibit. On Thursday, March 19, the displays moves to the Putnam County Courthouse square for viewing from 11 a.m. until noon.

The "Clothesline Project" is one of many Women's History Month events sponsored by Tennessee Tech. Other March programs include:

  • "Football, Feminism, and Other Contemporary Contradictions," features Jackson Katz, a former all-state football player who became the first male to graduate from the University of Massachusetts with a minor in women's studies. In 1988, he founded REAL MEN, a Boston-based group committed to working against sexism and men's violence toward women. Katz will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, in the University Center's OVC Room.
  • "Mom -- The Tender White Meat You Can Trust: Images of Women in Advertisements," by Alison Piepmeier, a doctoral candidate at Vanderbilt who earned her masters in English from Tennessee Tech, will be presented Tuesday, March 24, at 11 a.m. in the University Center's Alumni Lounge.
  • "Women Breaking the Glass Ceiling: How to Thrive in a Man's World," will be a talk and audience discussion led by Sandra Lobert. Lobert is the vice president of Cincinnati's 5th/3rd Bank, one of the nation's largest banks. Her program, presented at Wesley Arena on 271 E. Ninth St. in Cookeville, will focus on developing strategies for a successful business career for women in traditional male fields.
  • "The Political Economy at War With Women: The Material Basis of Rhetoric and the Politics of Containment," will examine gender's impact on income. Ronnie Steinberg, sociology professor and director of Vanderbilt University's Women's Studies program will speak Tuesday, March 31, at 11 a.m. in the University Center's OVC Room.

    All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tennessee Tech's Women's Center at 931-372-3850.

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