Women's History Month at Tennessee Tech features academic, artistic events

Tennessee Technological University recognizes Women's History Month with an array of events both academic and artistic in nature. In addition to lectures and discussion panels, the month's activities include film, drama and art by and about contemporary women.

In keeping with the national theme of Women's History Month, "Women and Leadership," the Tennessee Tech Commission on the Status of Women sponsors a lecture, "Women in a Man's World: Gender, Politics and the Roosevelt Family," by Stacy Cordery, professor of history and women's studies at Monmouth College in Illinois. The lecture takes place at 7 p.m. Monday, March 17, in Johnson Hall Auditorium.

The Tennessee Tech Women's Center presents the one-hour video "First Ladies" from 1-2 p.m. and again from 2-3 p.m. Monday, March 17, in room 371 of the University Center. The video describes some of the country's "unofficial officials" and includes footage from the Smithsonian Institution's collection of gowns worn by first ladies.

Mary Jean Delozier, former history professor at Tennessee Tech, presents a historic perspective on the topic of women and leadership at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 18, in the OVC room. Delozier will give a lecture, "Women and Leadership in Putnam County History."

Local leadership is in the spotlight as Cookeville Mayor Jean Davis and others present a discussion, "Women in Community Leadership," at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 20, in the University Center's OVC Room. Also on March 20, at 11 a.m. in the OVC Room, the Honors Forum sponsors a panel of Tennessee Tech students who will share news from the Women and Leadership Conference held at Middle Tennessee State University March 7.

The Backdoor Playhouse presents a live drama, "Keely and Du," by Jane Martin. This controversial play about abortion has been called "provocative" and "compelling" by critics. "Keely and Du" opens Thursday, Feb. 27, and continues through Monday, March 3. Performances begin at 8 p.m. each evening, with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, March. 2. Tickets are $5, $3 for students and senior citizens. For reservations, call 372-3478.

At 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, see a free screening of "Norma Rae," the acclaimed film about labor union organization in a southern textile mill in the early 1970s. The film earned Sally Field the 1979 Academy Award for Best Actress and was nominated for Best Picture and Best Director awards. The screening takes place at the Backdoor Playhouse.

Throughout the month, contemporary women artists from across the country will display their work at the university's art galleries. At the Appalachian Center for Crafts, Jane Nodine presents a collection of mixed media constructions in the small gallery from March 3-31. Nodine, assistant professor of art at the University of South Carolina - Spartanburg, has exhibited work throughout the United States and has received art fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the South Carolina Arts Council.

Also at the Craft Center is "Excavations Near the Center of the Earth," ceramic sculptures by Helen Phillips, March 3-31. Phillips teaches ceramics, fiber and contemporary media at the University of Central Arkansas. She has exhibited her work throughout the United States. Phillips began her art career in Tennessee, earning a bachelor's degree in art from Memphis State University and studying ceramics and printmaking at the Memphis Academy of Art.

In the Joan Derryberry Art Gallery on the main campus, nine women artists from Florida present a mixed media exhibit, including handmade books and paper, glassware, baskets and fiber pieces. "The Sunshine Girls" runs from March 2 to April 11. Everyone is invited to attend an opening reception from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in the gallery.

For more information about art exhibits, call 615/372-3161. For details on other Women's History Month events, contact the Tennessee Tech Women's Center at 615/372-3850.