Sunday, February 22, 2009

News and Updates - lots of events this week!

Hey everyone,

There are a lot of events coming up this week that I wanted to let you know about. First off, we will be having a Groovefest planning meeting today at 2pm in the Will Rogers room of the Union (next to the food court). Our next General Meeting will be Sunday, March 1st at 7pm - location TBA.

Creating for the Women of the DRC
For this week's V-day events, the Norman Women's Collective will be putting together an installation piece in the South Oval for the women of the DRC. They are meeting today at 5pm at 783 Debarr (aka "Universe City") to work on the project. "Please bring art supplies, glitter, all kinds of paper, fabric, boxes to make into cell phones and laptops, canned food cans, and creative ideas about creating the following: Bricks of "gold", "silver", and other "metals", diamonds and gemstones, flowing water, and lumber/timber."

The Vagina Monologues
The Women's Outreach Center will be hosting the 2009 edition of the Vagina Monologues at OU. We will be tabling at the Vagina Monologues this Monday and Tuesday (February 23rd and 24th) from 6-7pm in the hallway in front of Meacham Auditorium. We still need volunteers to sit at the tables and help get the supplies from my house to the events. It would also be great if someone could help writing Urgent Action letters on this issue. "Suggested donation of $5 with personal care item for Women's Resource Center or $7 without. The Vagina Monolgues will be preceded with a performance of "Still That Girl" by Ella Rhodes. V-Day, a non-profit corporation, distributes funds to grassroots, national and international organizations and programs that work to stop violence against women and girls. For more info visit"

Women's Studies Activist-in-Residence
This week Igballe Rogova, the Executive Director of Kosova Women's Network, will be visiting OU as the Women's Studies Activist in Residence. The Women's Studies department is hosting a series of events around her visit:
Wednesday, February 25th 7pm-9pm: "Calling the Ghosts" Film, a story about Rape, War, and Women in the Balkans. This event will be held in the Women's Studies lounge in the Physical Sciences center 530.
Thursday, February 26th 10:30am-12pm: Symposium lecture "Europe's Newest State: Women's Organizations, Democratization, & the Politics of Peace in Kosovo" OMU Scholars Room
Thursday, February 26th 2pm-3:30pm: Workshop with Rogova "From One Activist to Another: learning lessons from activism around the world" OMU Weitzenhoffer Room
Thursday, February 26th 5pm-7pm: Reception Honoring Igballe Rogova - Recognition of Igballe Rogova as the WS Activist-in-Residence 2009 OMU David L. Boren Lounge
Friday, February 27th 9am-11am: Breakfast with Rogova - a personal breakfast with an international women's rights activist. Women's Studies Lounge, Physical Sciences Center 530.

"Intelligence and Torture" Panel Discussion
The Center for Middle East Studies & International Programs will present a panel discussion, "Intelligence and Torture" with Staff Sergeant Eric Maddox, author of "Mission: Blacklist # 1" and panelists Dr. David Edger and Dr. Christopher Howard. The panel discussion is open to the public and will be held on Thursday, February 26, 2009 from 4:30pm - 5:30pm in the Gaylord College of Journalism library. "Join us in an open discussion with Staff Sergeant Maddox about his key role in the capture of Saddam Hussein and the controversy between violent and non-violent interrogation methods." The panel will be moderated by Dr. John Fishel.

Thanks guys and see you soon! As always, call/email if you have any questions


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