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Loyola University celebrates March as Women's History Month

Loyola press release - February 25, 2003

(New Orleans)—The Women’s Resource Center at Loyola University New Orleans will present two public lectures to celebrate March as Women’s History Month. A lecture and slide show by peace activist Penny Rosenwasser will be presented on March 17, 2003. This will be the third in the center’s annual series, Third Wave, Emerging, and International Feminisms. The lecture, “Women Waging Peace in Palestine and Israel,” will be held in Nunemaker Auditorium, Miller Hall and will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The slide presentation and lecture is based on her book, Voices from a ‘Promised Land’: Palestinian and Israeli Peace Activists Speak Their Hearts. Rosenwasser is from Berkeley, Calif., where she is assistant director of the Middle East Children's Alliance. She will discuss the quality of life under the occupation and the efforts of activists seeking peace and justice. She spent three weeks in Israel and Palestine in July 2002, doing solidarity actions with peace activists in Israel and Palestine, visiting and photographing people and places in the region.

On Tuesday, March 25, 2003, Olympia Vernon, will appear in Nunemaker Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., to read from her new novel, Eden. In a recent review in The Times-Picayune, Vernon’s writing is cited as, “exquisite, original language (that) is poetry. Vernon is a fearless writer. . . ”

Vernon takes a new look at the Deep South through the world of Pyke County, Miss. The main character in the book is a 14-year-old black girl, Maddy Dangerfield. The book deals heavily with how Maddy confronts mortality and learns to deal with the burdens of adulthood at an early age. Along the way, she is initiated into the way women care for and know each other.

Vernon grew-up in a Southern town on the border of Louisiana and Mississippi and has received an Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Louisiana State University. She has won the Matt Clark Memorial Scholarship twice and was nominated for the Robert O. Butler Award in Fiction in 2002. A booksigning will follow the reading.

For more information, contact Susanne Dietzel, director of the Women’s Resource Center, 865-7880.

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