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March 5, 2001

Pulitzer winner to keynote
'01 celebration

By Deb Hammacher &
Stephanie Sonnenfeld

Natalie Angier, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times science writer, will give the keynote address of Emory's Women’s History Month celebration on Thursday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m.
Angier will discuss the terrain covered in her acclaimed book, Woman: An Intimate Geography, in her lecture, “Terra Cognita: On the Biology of Women.”

Angier’s speech is one of the many events slated as part of this year's Women’s History Month celebration, coordinated through the Emory Women’s Center. This year's theme, “Women Embodying Reconciliation,” is a part of the University’s Year of Reconciliation.

Woman: An Intimate Geography has been described in Time as “a delicious cocktail of estrogen and amphetamine designed to pump up the ovaries as well as the cerebral cortex.” In translating the scientific mysteries of the female body, Angier explores the essence of what it means to be a woman.

Angier joined the Times in 1990 and won the Pulitzer Prize the following year for science stories ranging from the Human Genome Project and scorpions to sexual fidelity in the animal kingdom.

Her lecture will take place in Cannon Chapel and is free and open to the public.

While several different daily events have been planned for Women's History Month, there are several ongoing events that include:

• “A Chronicle of Significant Events in the Lives of Women at Emory University,” featuring vintage photos from Special Collections. Women’s Center.

• “Women of Faith in Victorian Culture: The Contrasting Faith Journeys of Maude Dominica Petre and Mary Petrie Carus-Wilson,” a multi-source exhibit which runs through April 27 in Pitts Theology Library.

• “Freeing Fay,” the photographs of Fay Pullen Fairbro-ther, documenting her struggle with cancer. Through March 24. Opening reception at 5 p.m. March 7. Art gallery, Dobbs Center.

The following events are a sampling from the larger list of planned events. All events are free and organized by the Women’s Center (unless otherwise noted):

• March 3–5: The 8th Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Film Festival includes works such as Sandra Nettlebeck’s A Certain Grace, Jorge Manzano’s Johnny Greyeyes and Barbara Hammer’s History Lessons. On March 5, Hammer will take part in a colloquium at 3 p.m. in 106 Tarbutton. For specific times and more details, visit the calendar or call the Office of LGBT Life at 404-727-0272.

• March 6: Layli Miller Bashir will speak about her work with refugees and female genital mutilation at 7:30 p.m. in 205 White Hall. She is the founder, president and legal advisor of the Tahirih Justice Center for the Promotion of Human Rights and the Protection of Immigrant Women and author of many articles on gender-based asylum law

• March 8: University organizations such as Ngambika, Saheliya, Delta Sigma Theta, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Apsaras, Sitara and the Office of Multicultural Programs and Services sponsor the performance of “Dance of Togetherness: African American and South Asian Women Unite.” The events will begin at 5 p.m in the Coca-Cola Commons in Dobbs Center.

• March 20: “Composing Reconciliation: Women of Faith Telling Their Stories” begins at 5:30 p.m. in Cannon Chapel, and features an interfaith panel featuring women of diverse traditions. A free vegetarian dinner will be provided at the event, which is free but requires an reservation. Call
404-727-4180 to reserve a space.

• March 21: Novelist and memoirist Anchee Min will read from her works, which include the memoir Red Azalea (an international bestseller and New York Times notable book of 1994) and the novels Katherine and Becoming Madame Mao, at 8:15 p.m. in the Jones Room of Woodruff Library. For more information, call 404-727-4683.

• March 23–24: Emory will again play host to the fourth Annual National Black Herstory Conference. The conference includes panel sessions about the legacy and lives of women of African descent and their alliances. The conference, which runs two days, begins at 7 p.m. in 112 White Hall and cost is $30. Pre-registration and ID are required. For more information, call 404-508-8040.

• March 23-24: “Telaio: Desdemona” is an operatic soliloquy combining the dialogue spoken about Shakespeare’s Desdemona and the poetry of an Italian Renaissance woman, Gaspara Stampa. Composed and performed by Susan Botti, with a group of seven musicians conducted by Kimberly Grigsby. The performance is at 8:15 p.m. in the Mary Gray Munroe Theater. Cost is $20 general admission, and $10 for Emory students. Call 404-727-5050 for more information.

• March 26: “The Jewish Women’s Archive” is a multimedia presentation that Karla Goldman will present at 7:30 p.m. in 205 White Hall.

• March 27: The discussion “Our Bodies, Our Choices” will include a panel of women of various ages and backgrounds who have had abortions. This event is at 7 p.m.
in the Women’s Center.

• March 28: In “My Journey Home,” Sue Silverman will speak on her survival as a domestic abuse victim in the Jones Room of Woodruff Library at 7 p.m. A book signing will follow. Call 404-727-2085 for more details.

For a complete listing of all Women’s History Month events, please visit the Women’s Center website at or call 404-727-2000.


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