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Feb. 20, 2002
CONTACT: Robert Cole, 312-3527
OSWEGO -- The SUNY Oswego women's studies program will present the 13th annual "Women Aloud" performance fund-raiser at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 11, in Bell Auditorium, Room 213 in Hewitt Union.
The evening's performance will include women singing, speaking and reading their own words and the words of other women. The event, which celebrates the creative contributions of women, is co-sponsored by United University Professions and Auxiliary Services. The event is part of Herstory Month celebrating women's roles in history throughout March, organizers said.
The women's studies program organizes "Women Aloud" to fund scholarships to student majoring or minoring in women's studies. Suggested admission donations are $3 for students and $5 for the general public. Food and beverages will be available preceding the performance.
Laura Hess Brown of the psychology department will emcee the event. Performers will include students Sondra Tackett, Christine Carmona, Takeema Osborne and Early Manyiwa; Maureen Shanahan of the art faculty; and Barbara Streets of the Counseling Services Center.
"Women Aloud" began in 1989. According to Distinguished Teaching Professor of History Geraldine Forbes, who was women's studies director from 1995 to 2000, the name of the event is a pun on the word "allowed" because "there was so many things that women were not allowed to do." The committee wanted to show that women have something to say and should be heard, she said.
Planning for this year's "Women Aloud" has been done by a committee that includes Mark Cole, chair of the theatre department and co-director of the event; Dr. Bruce Altschuler, chair of the political science department; Dr. Robert Cole, director of women's studies; Forbes; and two students in the women's studies program, Genevieve Brackins and Rebecca Bait. The committee each year tries to assemble a diverse group of women who are students, faculty and staff and members of the larger community, Forbes said.
Mark Cole has been a co-director of the "Women Aloud" event since it began. Changes over the years have included the many different students involved, bilingual performances and the addition of musical pieces, he said. According to Cole, performances allow for discovery of a writer's voice, introduction to a new writer and rediscovery of a writer.
Dr. Robert Cole, who has been the director of women's studies for two years, said he is excited about the event and expects it to be well attended by students, faculty, staff and administrators. For more information, call him at 312-3527.
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