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BSU plans 'Herstory' events through early April

BEMIDJI—Bemidji State University has already started commemorating Women's History Month.

University staff have scheduled a month-long series of activities designed to celebrate women's contributions to history, culture, and society. They began Thursday with a roundtable discussion on educational strategies that promote men's development and learning in higher education in relation to gender equality, university staff said.

The discussion was led by two men's issues scholars, Jason Laker, professor in the Department of Counselor Education and Educational Leadership at San Jose State University and Tracy Davis, professor in the Department of Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Illinois University.

Jesse Grant, associate vice president for student life and success, invited Laker and Davis to campus to provide a two-day workshop for students, faculty and staff recognizing that men's and women's issues go hand in hand.

"Studying men's issues directly impacts women's history—or 'herstory,'" he said in a university release.

BSU staff have organized seven events beyond that, including a panel discussion on emotional labor, a lighthearted presentation about sex education and women's empowerment, and a choir concert that features compositions by Hildegard of Bingen, a German Benedictine abbess and composer, and American Indian composer Reena Esmail.

Ye "Solar" Hong, BSU's Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator, hopes the lineup of events provides a platform for students and educators to celebrate female leaders in higher education.

"I'm looking forward to seeing how much students take away from the various events on campus during the month," she said. "Seeing students grow from their educational experience on campus is always a huge encouragement for an educator."

March 8-31: Women's History Month book display and giveaway—Hong, BSU's Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator, BSU's Gender and Women studies program and the A.C. Clark Library will sponsor a Women's History Month celebration book display and giveaway throughout the month. The sponsors will purchase 14 books written by women authors to give away during the last two weeks of March.

March 15, 4 p.m.: Emotional Labor—a panel discussion with faculty and staff on managing the emotions of peers, students and superiors that become necessary to perform well in their positions. Hagg-Sauer Hall 102, BSU campus.

March 25, 4 p.m.: Speaking the Unspoken: Many Perspectives of Women and Labor—A community-wide discussion with BSU faculty and staff on the connection between women and labor. A. C. Clark Library, BSU campus.

March 25, 7 p.m.: I (heart) Female Orgasm—A traveling presentation that combines sex education and women's empowerment with a hearty dose of laughter. Hagg-Sauer 100, BSU campus.

March 26, 7:30 p.m.: Bemidji Choir home concert featuring compositions from German Benedictine abbess, composer and visionary, Hildegard of Bingen and Indian American composer Reena Esmail. First Lutheran Church, Bemidji.

April 1, 5 p.m.: Poverty is Sexist: Zaza Rising—a documentary created in support of the Duterimbere Bakery, a women-run social enterprise in rural Rwanda co-sponsored by the ONE campaign. Hobson Memorial Union Crying Wolf Room, BSU campus.

April 2, 7:30 p.m.: The Bystander Effect—A panel discussion with BSU faculty and staff about confronting the bystander effect, encouraging intervention. Hagg-Sauer 100, BSU campus.

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