Women's Week

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Friday, March 1, 2019 7pm
UPC Nebraska Partner with Outdoor Adventures + Women's Center Present: Emerald LaFortune: Women and the Outdoors "The View of a Raft Guide”

Nebraska Union Auditorium
Based in Salmon, Idaho, Emerald LaFortune is a whitewater, wilderness and fly fishing guide. She is also the Director of the Redside Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that supports the health and strength of Idaho’s guiding community. Women and other marginalized groups don’t always feel safe in the places you feel safe and it has everything to do with other people and nothing to do with grizzly bears. Drawing on a decade of experience, Emerald will explore tangible tips for creating conversation and change to make our rivers, trails, crags and slopes more welcoming for all.

Saturday, March 2, 2019 2pm
Elizabeth I: To speak or to use silence

Nebraska Union Auditorium
A collective of campus and community organizations will host a staged reading of the original play “Elizabeht I: To speak or use silence,” followed by a facilitated discussion with cast members, author Carole Levine, Jan Deeds, Director of the UNL Women’s Center, and two UNL students from Carole Levin’s Saints, Witches, And Madwomen class. The panel will discuss women and issues of power today and how they intersect with the events and issues in the play. Carole Levine is an international recognized scholar whose research and writing has expanded our knowledge about Elizabeth I, challenging modern audiences to explore her life through the intersecting lenses of politics, sex and power. Actress and educator, Tamar Meneghini, performed the role of Elizabeth in a production ELIZABETH I – IN HER OWN WORDS that toured the U.S. from 2016 to 2018, and will perform the role of the older Elizabeth I in this play.

Sunday, March 3, 2019 2pm
NET and the Women’s Center presents the film: Trials of Spring

Nebraska Union - Colonial Room
Watch the story of a young Egyptian woman who travels from her village to Cairo to add her voice to the tens of thousands of Egyptians demanding an end to 60 years of military rule, she is arrested, beaten, and tortured by security forces and later punished and imprisoned by her family for daring to speak out. Unbreakable, she sets out in a search for freedom and social justice. Hend Nafea’s story mirrors the trajectory of the Arab Spring—from the ecstasy of newfound courage to the agony of shattered dreams. In the end, despite crushing setbacks, it is resilience that sustains the hope for reform even in the darkest hours of repression.

Monday, March 4, 2019 7pm
Empowering Aspiring Women Leaders 
Memorial Stadium’s West Stadium Club
Women student-athletes and aspiring businesswomen will be proactively practicing networking skills and broadening their networks. This will give the opportunity for young women to learn from successful women and be inspired to achieve success in their professional careers. Light refreshments will be provided during this time. After an hour of networking, a distinguished keynote speaker will give a talk on the background of their career, sharing their thoughts on achieving success, overcoming obstacles and incites to critical leadership characteristics. We would also like the speaker to discuss specific challenges facing women leaders and effective means to overcome them. There will then be time after for discussion and questions

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 7:30 pm
Don't Just Change the Channel: Why Pop Culture Matters to Feminism, Activism, and Social Justice 
Nebraska Union Auditorium
Andi Zeisler is the co-founder and creative/editorial director of Bitch Media, a nonprofit feminist organization based in Portland, Oregon. She will speak on why pop culture matters to feminism, activism, and social justice and why “just changing the channel” isn’t a good idea.

Thursday, March 7, 2019 6pm
Women’s History Banquet
Champions Club
Join us as we celebrate our 12th Annual Women’s History Month Banquet. Throughout the night, we will be having the University Chorale, an award ceremony and a keynote speaker. This year our keynote speaker will be Michelle Zych, a former member of the Women’s Center and current Executive Director at the Women’s Fund of Omaha. In order to purchase individual tickets, contact Jeff Rech at 402-472-5668. Thank you for being a part of our continued tradition to honor Women’s History Month.

Friday, March 8, 2019
No Limits! Conference
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
No Limits! is an interdisciplinary student conference that explores a wide range of issues related to women, gender, and sexuality. Shireen Ghorbani, keynote speaker, is currently running as the Democratic candidate for Utah's 2nd Congressional District. She was featured on the cover of Time magazine, which showcased the grassroots movement of women newly inspired to run for office. An alum of UNL, she received her master’s degree in Communication Studies with a graduate specialization in Women's & Gender Studies. Visit https://www.unl.edu/wgs/no-limits-2019 for more information.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 7:30 pm
Don't Just Change the Channel: Why Pop Culture Matters to Feminism, Activism, and Social Justice 
Nebraska Union Auditorium
Andi Zeisler is the co-founder and creative/editorial director of Bitch Media, a nonprofit feminist organization based in Portland, Oregon. She will speak on why pop culture matters to feminism, activism, and social justice and why “just changing the channel” isn’t a good idea.

Friday, March 8, 2019 11:30 am
Vision Maker Film Festival presents Indigenous Women’s Films. 
NET Center 1800 North 33rd Street, Lincoln, Nebraska

11:30 a.m. RETURN (USA, 2017, 30 min.) Producer: Karen Cantor
RETURN: Reclaiming Native American Foodways for Health and Spirit features charismatic Roxanne Swentzell from Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico whose efforts to reclaim ancient foodways are echoed across the continent by Tlingit, Muckleshoot, Oglala Sioux, Menominee, and Seneca women.
12:30 p.m. Daughter of A Lost Bird (USA, 2019, 60 min.) Producer: Brooke Pepion Swaney (Blackfeet/Salish)
What does blood have to do with identity? Kendra Mylnechuk, an adult Native adoptee, born in 1980 at the cusp of the enactment of the Indian Child Welfare Act, is on a journey to reconnect with her birth family and discover her Lummi heritage. *Q&A to follow with Brooke Pepion Swaney (Blackfeet/Salish) and Kendra Mylnechuk (Lummi)

2:00 p.m. After the Apology (Australia, 2017, 80 min.) Producer: Michaela Perske
Four Aboriginal grannies each face their own battle to challenge government policies to bring their grandkids home. Their grassroots actions spearhead a national conversation to curb the skyrocketing rates of child removal.

4:00 p.m. MANKILLER (USA, 2017, 60 min.) Producer: Valerie Red-Horse (Cherokee)
MANKILLER explores the life of Wilma Mankiller, the first woman Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation who led her people in building one of the strongest Indian Tribes in America. More than a biography, the program delivers an empowering message.

5:15 p.m. Ohero:kon - Under the Husk (USA, 2017, 26 min.) Producer: Melissa Katsitsionni Fox, Editor: Victoria Catherine Chan "Ohero:kon
Under the Husk" is a documentary that follows the challenging journey of two Mohawk girls as they take part in their traditional passage rites to becoming Mohawk Women.

6:00-7:00 p.m. Reception
Traditional Native American hor d’oeuvres will be served. Separate RSVP needed.

7:30 p.m. Warrior Women (USA, 2018, 60 min.) Filmmakers: Elizabeth Castle, Producer and Christina King (Creek/Seminole/Sac & Fox)
From the perspective of Lakota activist Madonna Thunder Hawk, the film traces the untold history of women's activism in the Red Power Movement and follows Thunder Hawk as she encounters the major players in events that changed the landscape of Indian Country forever. *Q&A to follow with Elizabeth Castle and Marcella Gilbert (Oohenumpa Lakota)

Cosponsors: PREVENT, M@N,UPC, Vision Maker Media, Outdoor Adventure Center, Women and Gender Studies, Center for Civic Engagement, Athletics Department, NET, Humanities Nebraska