Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Clayton State Plans Seven Women’s History Month Events

“Women’s Art: Women’s Vision.” That’s the theme for a series of event events celebrating Women’s History Month at Clayton State University.

“In this series of events we celebrate women as artists and visionaries who inspire us and move us forward,” explains Dr. Deborah Deckner, assistant professor of Psychology and chair of the Clayton State 2008 Women’s History Month Committee.

In this case, a “month” runs from a musical kick-off celebration on Monday, Mar. 10 through to a discussion on pregnancy in the workplace on Tuesday, Apr. 8. All Women’s History Month Events at Clayton State are free (with the exception of the Women’s Forum Luncheon) and all are open to the public.

The Mar. 10 musical kickoff will run from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will feature Clayton State music faculty members Dr. Michiko Otaki and Dr. Kurt-Alexander Zeller, plus additional Clayton State University faculty and students. The Musical Kick-off Celebration will be held in the Choral Room of Spivey Hall.

On Wednesday, Mar. 12, Clayton State’s unofficial poet laureate, Dr. Brigitte Byrd, assistant professor in the Department of Language and Literature, will perform selected readings from her book, “The Dazzling Land” in room UC 272 of the James M. Baker Center from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The next day, Thursday, Mar. 13, Women’s History Month moves off-campus with Assistant Professor of Communicative Arts and Integrative Studies Dr. Wendy Burns-Ardolino’s reading/discussion/book signing of her new book, “Jiggle: (Re)Shaping the American Woman” at the Morrow Barnes and Noble on Mt. Zion Road. Burns-Ardolino will be appearing at the Barnes and Noble from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

On Monday, Mar. 17, Dr. Susan Copeland, assistant professor in the Clayton State Language and Literature will lecture on Georgia author Flannery O’ Connor in room UC 272 of the Baker Center from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, Mar. 18, the Clayton State Women’s Forum will celebrate Women’s History Month with its monthly luncheon featuring
Cindy Cathy, who will speak on WinShape Home, which was established to provide loving, nurturing homes to children who are victims of circumstance and need a secure family environment in which to grow and mature. The cost of the luncheon, which begins at noon in room 101 of the Harry S. Downs Center, is $12. Go to for more information.
On Monday, Apr. 7, Polly McKinney, executive director of the League of Women Voters of Georgia, will be speaking on political participation in room UC272 of the Baker Center from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. A voter registration table, staffed by Clayton State students from the School of Business’ Women in Leadership Class, will be available directly outside UC 272 during this event.

Finally, on Apr. 8 at noon in room UC265 of the Baker Center, Karina Bull, attorney with the City of Seattle Office for Civil Rights, will speak on Pregnancy in the Workplace. Bull will discuss a range of Federal statutes that impact family planning in the work place, including FMLA, ADA, and Title VII.

For more information on Women’s History Month at Clayton State, contact Deckner at (678) 466-4836.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

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