International Women's Day Luncheon

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International Women's Day Luncheon

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

The event is now full. Please contact Hilary Beggs with the Office of Global Initiatives at Thank you!

International Women's Day

Now, more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. There’s a strong call to #PressforProgress motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.

On Thursday, March 8, 2018 NOON to 2PM, Silver & Sage Room, Old Main enjoy an educational luncheon and a panel discussion:“Press for Progress: Insight from Around the World” at the Silver & Sage Room, Old Main from noon until 2pm.

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Panel Description: The panel will represent women with experiences from all over the world to share insight about how women from different regions are pressing for progress (the 2018 theme for International Women’s Day). Panel members will be given the moderator’s questions in advance and will chose which questions to offer a response for. 
Moderator: Janet Sturman, Ph.D.  (Associate Dean, Graduate College)
Jennifer Donahue, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Africana Studies)
Chunyan Fan, Ph.D. (Visiting Scholar, History Department and East Asian Studies)
Maha Nassar, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies)
Anna Ochoa O’Leary, Ph.D. (Department Head for Mexican American Studies)
Jadwiga Pieper-Mooney, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, History, Gender and Women’s Studies)
Who is invited: UA community (staff, faculty, students). 
Cost: FREE 
RSVP: The event is now full. Please contact Hilary Beggs with the Office of Global Initiatives at Thank you!


Dr. Janet SturmanModerator: Dr. Janet Sturman, Ph.D.  (Associate Dean, Graduate College).  Dr. Sturman is an ethnomusicologist and pianist, joined the University of Arizona School of Music faculty in 1995. She received her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Columbia University in New York City, her M.A from Hunter College – CUNY, and her B.M. from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. Her research centers on the role of music in the maintenance, creation, and projection of ethnic and social identity. Her special interest in American multicultural practice has led to studies of music in the American Southwest, as well as Spanish and Latin American expressions.


Jennifer DonohueDr. Jennifer Donahue is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies with a Ph.D. in Literature from Florida State University. She specializes in contemporary Caribbean literature with a focus on the relationship between narrative, trauma, and sexual politics. Her dissertation, which she is developing into a book manuscript entitled Trauma, Shame and Silence in Caribbean Women’s Writing, argues that body and sexual politics function as forms of micro-trauma that engender conditions ranging from shame to psychosis. 


Dr. Maha Nassar is assistant professor in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Arizona. She holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago. Dr. Nassar is a cultural and intellectual historian of the twentieth century Arab world. Her book, Brothers Apart: Palestinian Citizens of Israel and the Arab World (Stanford University Press, 2017) examines how Palestinian intellectuals in Israel in the 1950s and ‘60s connected to the Arab world and beyond through literary and journalistic texts. 


Anna Ochoa O’Leary, Ph.D. is the Department Head for Mexican American Studies. Dr. O'Leary's current research and teaching interests focus on the education, culture and urban politics of Mexican/U.S.-Mexican populations, the political economy of the U.S.-Mexico border, and gender issues. Her community activities include participation in several non-profit community-based groups, such as the Coalición de Derechos Humanos and Fundación México.


Jadwiga Pieper-Mooney, Ph.D. is an associate professor with the departments of History and Gender and Women’s Studies. Her focus on Latin America, gender, and comparative/global and world history and she is especially interested in human rights, women's rights, gender equity, and notions of inclusion and exclusion in the making of modern nations. Her book, The Politics of Motherhood: Maternity and Women's Rights in Twentieth-Century Chile, presents a study of citizenship rights in Chile through the lens of gender analysis. Dr. Jadwiga Pieper-Mooney has also written about forced sterilization campaigns and human rights violations in Peru and North Carolina.

Chunyan Fan, Ph.D. is an associate professor at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and is currently a visiting scholar at History Department and East Asian Studies at UA. Her research interests include Cultural studies and Women's studies, and she is now working on a project titled “the socialist-feminism in the wave of post-modernism”.

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