The Niagara University women’s studies program is hosting a roster of events in celebration of National Women’s History Month. All events are free and open to the public.
The observation kicks off on Tuesday, March 7, with a look at the centennial of the Equal Rights Amendment by Dr. Julie Suk, professor of law at Fordham University and author of “We the Women: The Unstoppable Mothers of the Equal Rights Amendment.” Her presentation, “A Century of Founding Mothers: Why the ERA Matters Now,” will discuss why and how constitutional change has been so important in the long and unfinished journey toward gender justice in the United States and in many countries around the world. It will be available both online and in person (Room 101 in Niagara University’s Golisano Center for Integrated Sciences) from 6-7:30 p.m.
The next day, Dr. Carrie Glenn, assistant professor of history at NU, will discuss “Women’s Protest in the Revolutionary Era,” from 10-11 a.m. in Glynn Hall Room 306. Dr. Glenn will also present her research on a Black Haitian businesswoman’s navigation of Revolutionary-era Philadelphia on Thursday, March 23, from 5-6:15 p.m. in Dunleavy Hall Room 127.
On March 9, Niagara University students will present their winning research papers that focus on women’s studies at the annual Women’s Studies Program Writing Contest Awards, 6-7:15 p.m. in Dunleavy Hall Room 127.
The Castellani Art Museum will host an event that looks at Indigenous tradition and identity with Indigenous artists Tina Mt. Pleasant and Jodi Lynn Maracle, along with NU freshman and Brennan Scholar Violet Printup, on Tuesday, March 28, from 4-5:30 p.m. in the museum’s main gallery.
The university’s annual “Take Back the Night” event, sponsored by its Office of Violence Prevention and Education, honors the victims and survivors of sexual assault and declares the right to walk around campus safely at night. It will take place on Thursday, March 30, from 5-8 p.m. in the upper level of the Gallagher Center.
The celebration wraps up on Tuesday, April 11, with a discussion of how Black American women have shaped U.S. democracy by Dr. Martha Jones, professor of history at Johns Hopkins University and author of “Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All.” The presentation takes place from 6-7:30 p.m. in Golisano Room 101.
The event programming is sponsored by Niagara University’s Office of the Provost, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, history department, women’s studies program, and the Castellani Art Museum, in partnership with the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area. For more information, please contact Dr. Shannon Risk, associate professor of history, at 716.286.8084.