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UTSA hosts Women's History Month events

(March 2, 2005)--The UTSA Women's Studies Institute (WSI) will host a variety of events throughout March in celebration of Women's History Month.

Activities will feature innovative and inspired works of women, while encouraging both male and female members of the UTSA community to inspire, invent and create.

Patricia Castillo of the San Antonio P.E.A.C.E. Initiative was keynote speaker at a March 1 opening reception for the month's events. The reception featured artwork by San Antonio West Side San Antonio artist Mary Agnes Rodriguez, who was was thanked for creating the WSI logo.

Among many other UTSA events during Women's History Month, enjoy a poetry reading by Wendy Barker, Catherine Kasper, Barbara Ras, Lee Robinson and Bonnie Lyons at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 3 in Business Building Room 2.06.04, UTSA 1604 Campus.

At 4 p.m., Monday, March 7, the Women's Studies Institute hosts an opening reception for the photography exhibit, "De Colores: Women of Color in the Academy," at the Durango Building art gallery, Downtown Campus.

The reception is followed at 5:30 p.m. by a panel discussion in the Frio Street Building Riklin Auditorium (1.406). Panelists led by UTSA faculty member Josie Mendez-Negrete will discuss their experiences as Chicana/Latina faculty members at various institutions of higher learning.

At 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 7, the UTSA Department of Music presents "Music by Women Composers," a free concert by the UTSA Faculty Chamber Ensemble in the Arts Building Recital Hall, 1604 Campus.

At 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 8, Kathy Clay Little, editor of African-American Reflections, will speak on "Perceptions and Roles of African-American Women Through the Eyes of History." The lecture is in Business Building Room 2.06.04, 1604 Campus.

A Women's Fair is 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Thursday, March 10 at the Sombrilla Plaza, 1604 Campus, with information booths staffed by representatives from more than 25 women's organizations and music by Girls in a Coma, Rita Vidaurri and Ledaswan.

Sonia Saldivar-Hull, WSI founding director, holds doctoral and master's degrees in English from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Houston. She wrote the book, "Feminism on the Border: Chicana Gender Politics and Literature," and her research in Chicana feminist theory and literature has been published in more than a dozen books and journal articles. Since 1997, Saldivar-Hull has served as co-editor of "Latin America Otherwise," a book series by Duke University Press.

Patricia Trujillo, assistant to the director of WSI, is committee chair of UTSA Women's History Month 2005.

--Bronwyn Wingo

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