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Spring 2020 Events

bev gooden

Join us Tuesday, March 24 for Beverly Gooden!  Ms. Gooden's appearance has been rescheduled for next year.

January

1/21 Martin Luther King Jr. March
11 a.m. meet on the President's Lawn

We will celebrate MLK’s legacy by joining the silent march hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha. All students, staff and faculty are welcome to participate. Participants are asked to meet at the President’s Lawn (Dixie Avenue in front of Walton House) and will proceed in silence to Derryberry Hall.

February

2/4 First Tuesday Book Club Meeting
11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. in the Women's Center 

Attend this term’s inaugural meeting of our book club. This is your chance to meet other readers and discuss books and issues of interest. Members will choose one common read for the term and discuss books that they are interested in or are currently reading. All students are encouraged to attend and new members are always welcome.

2/11 One Billion Rising: Rise in Solidarity 2020
11 a.m. – noon in the RUC main lobby 

1 in 3 women across the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. That’s ONE BILLION women and girls. One Billion Rising is the biggest worldwide mass action to end violence against women. Tech community members will come together, rise up, and stand against sexual assault and gender-based violence in all its forms. There will be activities, music, and giveaways. Stand with PEP (Peer Empowerment Program), the Tech Players, Project AWAKEN, and the Women’s Center at Tech’s eighth Rising as we join activists worldwide in this effort.

2/13 - 2/15 The Vagina Monologues
8 p.m. at the Backdoor Playhouse

A poignant and hilarious play, The Vagina Monologues is a celebration of female sexuality in all its complexity and mystery.  Produced and directed by local women, Eve Ensler's drama gives us real women's stories of intimacy, vulnerability, and sexual self-discovery. This is a benefit performance hosted by the Tech Players. 

 2/14 Attune submissions deadline
Email to Womenscenter@tntech.edu

ATTUNE is a joint publication of the Tech Women’s Center and the Commission on the Status of Women. This newsletter is published twice yearly and focuses on gender-equity issues as well as Women’s Center resources and upcoming events. While it is student-edited, all members of the TTU community are welcome to submit articles for consideration. A digital version of the latest edition can be found at https://www.tntech.edu/women/center-resources/newsletter. Paper copies are available at the Women’s Center. 

March

Women's History Month 

3/2 - 3/6 Women's History Month Display
All week in the Roaden University Center (RUC) lobby beginning at noon on 3/2

This year marks the Centennial of Women's Suffrage and our display showcases this and other important moments in women’s history. Stories of individual women and their accomplishments can be found here as well as history quizzes and handouts.

3/3 rescheduled for 3/10 First Tuesday Book Club Meeting
11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. in the Women's Center

We'll begin the discussion of this term's common read Things No One will tell Fat Girls by Jes Baker. Haven't started it? No problem. Bring the book you are currently reading or one that you have read recently for discussion. All students are encouraged to attend and new members are always welcome.

3/3 Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image film screening
7 p.m. in Johnson Hall 401 Cancelled, to be rescheduled

Ninety percent of women and young girls say they do not feel represented in the fashion industry or in media, and that the imagery they consume on a daily basis makes them feel “disgusting” and “less than”. Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image examines the industries and social obstacles responsible for the current body image crisis an d showcases the dynamic leaders working for better representation of  diversity in size, race and age.  This groundbreaking documentary tackles difficult issues around body image - including eating disorders, fat stigma, media literacy and social media. At a time when our brain processes images 60,000 times faster than words Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image sets out to change the imagery we are seeing and to bolster a movement that is redefining society’s unrealistic and dangerous standards of beauty to impact society at large. Light refreshments and a short discussion period to follow the film. 

3/12 Center Stage presents Allyson Hobbs
7 p.m. in Derryberry Hall Auditorium  Cancelled, to be rescheduled

Director of African and African-American studies at Stanford University, Allyson Hobbs, is the author of the award-winning book, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She is a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and a contributing staff writer at The New Yorker. In her first book, Hobbs examines the phenomenon of racial passing in the United States from the late eighteenth century to the present. Hobbs teaches American identity, African American history, African American women’s history, and twentieth-century American history and culture. This is a Center Stage event cosponsored by Dr. Julia Gruber, Multicultural Affairs, and the Tech Women’s Center. 

3/24 Beverly Gooden - #WhyIStayed
7 p.m. in Derryberry Hall Auditorium Cancelled, to be rescheduled

Beverly Gooden is a victims’ rights advocate, writer, and creator of #WhyIStayed. She is a graduate of Hampton University, where she completed a B.A. in Communications. She also received her M.A. from the University of Chicago in Social Justice. Beverly breaks down the myths and misunderstandings around domestic violence to illuminate the complex reasons why victims stay in abusive relationships and what everyone can do to help. She founded the Ella Mae Foundation and the Bolt Bag Project, which provides domestic violence survivors with bags filled with essential items needed to escape dangerous environments successfully. Her interests include women’s issues, healing, empowerment, economic justice, and ending gender violence. This is a Center Stage event cosponsored by the Women’s Center, Project AWAKEN, and Multicultural Affairs.  

April

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Join our social media campaigns via Instagram and Facebook at @TNTechWomensCenter.

4/2 Jes Baker  - Change the World, Liberate Your Body
7 p.m. in Derryberry Hall Auditorium cancelled, to be rescheduled

Jes Baker is an author, speaker, Body Image and Mental Health Coach, and advocate. She is internationally recognized for her writing on her blog The Militant Baker, the “Attractive and Fat” campaign, her literary debut Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls and her dedication to shifting social paradigms into a place where all people are offered the opportunity to embrace themselves just as they are. In her work Baker highlights the importance of body autonomy, self-esteem, mental health, social justice and diversity. This is a Center Stage event cosponsored by the Commission on the Status of Women and the Women’s Center.

4/7 The Clothesline Project displayed   Cancelled
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 4 -7 p.m. in the RUC Tech Pride Room

Witness and applaud these visual testimonies by survivors of interpersonal violence from our campus and local communities. In this public display, a clothesline is hung with shirts decorated to represent a survivor's personal experience. In the months prior to the display, you can come by the Women's Center during office hours to make a shirt or leave one for the display. Hope and healing hang on the clothesline.

4/14 First Tuesday Book Club Meeting via Zoom 
11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. in the Women's Center

We'll finish the discussion of this term's common read Things No One will tell Fat Girls by Jes Baker. Haven't started it? No problem. Bring the book you are currently reading or one that you have read recently for discussion. All students are encouraged to attend and new members are always welcome. Contact us in advance if you would like to join the Zoom session.

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