April 26, 2005

OED's def. for Victim

Just in case anyone is interested this is the current OED online dictionary's definition for victim:

victim, n.
1. a. A living creature killed and offered as a sacrifice to some deity or supernatural power
b. Applied to Christ as an offering for mankind.
2. a. A person who is put to death or subjected to torture by another; one who suffers severely in body or property through cruel or oppressive treatment.
b. One who is reduced or destined to suffer under some oppressive or destructive agency.
c. One who perishes or suffers in health, etc., from some enterprise or pursuit voluntarily undertaken
d. In weaker sense: One who suffers some injury, hardship, or loss, is badly treated or taken advantage of, etc.

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April 12, 2005

Women's Rights and the Supreme Court

There's a fascinating article about Justice Harry Blackmun and women's rights in this week's New York Times Magazine. (I think you may need to log in to view it, but it's well worth your time.)

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March 10, 2005

Women & Politics Book Group

The Women and Politics Book Group will be meeting Wednesday March 23, 5:00pm, in the Freeman Commons, at Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs to discuss The F Word: Feminism in Jeopardy, Women, Politics and the Future, by Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner.

Professor Sally J. Kenney, director of the Center on Women and Public Policy, and Mary Rosenthal, DFL Education Foundation, founded the Women and Politics Reading Group in the spring of 2003. Since then, the group meets every other month to discuss books on women and politics aimed at a general audience. We welcome all men and women, students, faculty, and staff, elected officials, community activists, and voracious readers. You may pick and choose among the topics that interest you or come every time. For more information visit our web site.

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February 24, 2005


Intermedia Arts and SASE: The Write Place present Words! Camera! Action!
Saturday, March 5, 2005, 2:00 pm
Dance and spoken word performances by local women artists weave story connections with the multigenerational matriarchs whose lives unfold on the screen.

$7 ($4 for youth under 17 and members of Intermedia Arts)
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis MN
For more information, please call (612) 871-4444
or visit www.intermediaarts.org


Afghanistan Unveiled (excerpts)
by Brigitte Brault and Aina Women¹s Filming Group
Afghanistan Unveiled takes the viewer on an emotional and geographic journey as it explores the effects of the repressive Taliban regime and the subsequent U.S. military campaign on the lives of Afghan women and their families. As the young camerawomen experience newfound freedom and opportunity through the process of creation, their lives stand in contrast to the harsh lives of those on the end side of the camera‹the rural women of Afghanistan. A Women Make Movies release.

Don¹t Fence Me In: Major Mary and the Karen Refugees from Burma.
A Film by Ruth Gumnit
Don't Fence Me In: Major Mary and the Karen Refugees from Burma chronicles the life of 70-year-old freedom fighter Major Mary On and her people¹s struggle for self-determination. Major Mary¹s charismatic storytelling illuminates the rare footage smuggled out of the refugee camps along the border between Burma and Thailand. The film reveals the Karen refugees' spirit and determination to survive as political and historical forces conspire against them. Producer/Director RUTH GUMNIT is the recipient of NEA/Rockefeller Interdisciplinary Artist Award. She will be present to discuss her film.


Evette Hornsby-Minor, Ph.D integrates the arts and her own lived experiences in her academic and performance works. Through narrative ethnography, African storytelling traditions and performance ethnography, she embodies the lived experience of Black women, using the lens of Black feminist thought. She is currently a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota Women¹s Studies Department.

Storytellers, dancers and singers from the Karen Community Of Minnesota tell the story of their refugee experience from the camps of Thailand to the Twin Cities. They maintain and upgrade the Karen culture, literature, music and dance by engaging youth in cultural activities. Through their art, they seek to join hands with multi-ethnic groups to peacefully urge the return of democracy in Burma, also known as Myanmar.
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"Prism/Prison of Privilege" on KFAI

KFAI's Womanist Power Authority is devoting the month of February to examining the "Prism/Prison of Privilege."

This Sunday, February 27, host Pat Nelson will convene a spectacular panel of community activists to delve deep into the oppressive contours of white privilege - what it means, how it originated and how it exploits and oppresses both peoples of color and people of European descent.

Tune in from 9:00 - 10:30 pm February 27 at 90.3 fm in Mpls and 106.7 fm in St. Paul to hear:

Vidhya Shanker

Roxanne Peyton

Kathy Mouacheupao

Chris Spotted Eagle

and Pat Nelson

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February 17, 2005

“Pain, Passion and Profit” film screening

The Women’s Student Activist Collective Presents:
“Pain, Passion and Profit” film screening
Thursday, February 24
Coffman 202
Everybody welcome
Discussion to follow

Pain, Passion and Profit is an inspirational look at women entrepreneurs
through the eyes of Anita Roddick, the founder of the Body Shop who has
always maintained a strong commitment to the idea of “profits with
principles”. Several women in Africa who have successfully developed
small-scale business enterprises in their own communities provide a focus
for Roddick to pose questions about how the role and status of women
affects their enterprises and how those enterprises provide a means of
community and economic development for women. Pain, Passion and Profit
gives an in-depth look at global feminism and economic development as well
as a personal and spirited view of the connections between the experiences
of women entrepreneurs in the First and Third Worlds. 49 Minutes

This film is part of WSAC’s “Learning to be an Ally” series, and is
co-sponsored by the Office for University Women

The Women's Student Activist Collective
Coffman Union, Suite 202
300 Washington Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612.625.1611, wsac@umn.edu, www.tc.umn.edu/~wsac

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International Women's Day Celebration

10th Annual International Women¹s Day Celebration

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Coffman Memorial Union

University of Minnesota

Join us as we celebrate Beijing & ­ ten years of implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action ­ and the strength and diversity of Minnesota women.

Presented by Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights and the Human Rights Program at the University of Minnesota

Keynote speakers:

  • Zainab Salbi, Women for Women International
  • Winona LaDuke, Honor the Earth and White Earth Land Recovery Project

Plenary sessions, workshops, music, dance, film, and display tables from over 50 co-sponsoring organizations

Free and open to the public

Special thanks to the Women¹s Foundation of Minnesota and the following University of Minnesota groups for their generous support:

  • Office for University Women
  • Institute for Global Studies, through a Title VI grant in International Studies from the U.S. Department of Education
  • Center on Women and Public Policy, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
  • Human Rights Center
  • Department of Women¹s Studies
  • MacArthur Program/Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change
  • The Arleen C. Carlson Chair in Political Science

For more information and updates on IWD 2005, see www.mnadvocates.org.

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January 27, 2005

From the Feminist Studies Colloquium:

You are invited to our opening session of the Spring 2005 Feminist Studies Colloquium series as we explore collaborations with the arts organization Intermedia Arts in conversation with Artistic Director, Sandy Agustin. Please join us!

What: Meet Sandy Agustin, Artistic Director of Intermedia Arts
When: Monday Jan 31, 2005 3:15-5
Where: 400 Ford Hall (Geiger room)
Why: to brainstorm and plan collaborations between Intermedia Arts and
the students and scholars at the U for 2005.

Intermedia Arts' mission is to be a catalyst that builds understanding among people through art. Their focus in current programming in Immigrant Status, and their important and exciting program Home, Land, Security continues through January. Next year's focus will be Women. While some of you may already know and work with Intermedia Arts, this informal meeting will be a wonderful opportunity for students and faculty in our programs and classes to get involved in supporting the artistic, educational, and social change goals we share with the organization.

For further information about Intermedia Arts, including its mission, events, educational programming, community and artistic collaborations, go to:

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