Rutgers University–Camden Hosts Public Events in March for Women’s History Month

Women's History Month 2019

By Stefanie Charles

For Women’s History Month this March, Rutgers University–Camden will host a series of public events to recognize women’s contributions to American history and examine contemporary women’s issues. The celebration will culminate with a guest talk by Tarana Burke, founder of the “Me Too” movement, on Monday, April 1.

Admission to these events is free unless otherwise noted. The full schedule is as follows:

Friday, March 1
Women’s History Month begins with “Remarkable 31,” an event recognizing members of the Rutgers–Camden campus community who advance gender equality through scholarship, campus action, community and professional service, teaching, and creative work. This kick-off celebration, hosted by the gender studies program, will take place 11:20 a.m. in the Scarlet Lounge, located on the main level of the Campus Center.

That evening, Rutgers–Camden students will perform the play “Vagina Monologues” by Eve Ensler at 7 p.m. in the Walter K. Gordon Theater, located in the Rutgers–Camden Fine Arts Building. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Services Empowering Rights of Victims (SERV), an initiative of the Camden nonprofit Center for Family Services, which supports survivors of sexual and domestic violence and human trafficking. Tickets are $10 ($5 for Rutgers–Camden students) and can be purchased through the IMPACT Booth located in the Campus Center lobby or at the door on the night of the event.

Wednesday, March 6
Carol Singley, a professor of English at Rutgers University–Camden, will consider the iconic poet and onetime Camden resident Walt Whitman during her talk “Why Women Need Whitman,” which will be held at 4 p.m. in the Honors College Lounge at 319 Cooper Street.

Thursday, March 7
Guest speakers including female physicians and health professionals will discuss women and health-related careers and concerns during the “Women in Health” panel discussion at 12:45 p.m. in room 121 of Armitage Hall.

Tuesday, March 12
In this Women’s History Month edition of “RED Talks: Raptors Engaging in Discussion,” area leaders will speak about topics relevant to women and gender equality. Participants will include Gloria Bachmann, director of the Women’s Health Institute at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; Kimberly Mutcherson, co-dean of Rutgers Law School; Lara Price, chief operating officer of the Philadelphia 76ers; and Melanie Kennedy RLAW’88, senior vice president of human resources at American Water. The discussion takes place 6 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room on the main level of the Campus Center.

Thursday, March 14
A conference titled “The Role of Women Entrepreneurs in Local and Global Community Development” will convene distinguished panelists to share their experiences working with women’s groups locally and globally to build capacity in their families and communities, and to sustain their economic livelihood. The keynote speaker is Marjorie Margolies, a former congresswoman and television journalist, and current president of Women’s Campaign International. The event runs 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Campus Center’s Multi-Purpose Room. Registration is $20. For more information, contact Matthew Closter.

That afternoon, psychologists, nutritionists, and culinary professionals will share their expertise on women’s nutrition during “Food Positivity,” a discussion moderated by Charlotte Markey, a professor of psychology at Rutgers University–Camden and author of the book Smart People Don’t Diet. The event begins 12:45 p.m. in the South ABC Conference Room, located on the lower level of the Campus Center.

Monday, March 25
“What I Was Wearing,” a survivor art exhibit, powerfully answers the question that is often asked of sexual violence victims. Inspired by the poem with the same name by Mary Simmerling, this exhibit reminds viewers that sexual violence has nothing to do with how we dress. “What I Was Wearing” will be on view at the Campus Center through April 5, with an informational opening reception March 25, 3 p.m. in the South ABC Conference Room.

Wednesday, March 27
Lorina Marshall-Blake, president of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, will deliver the 2019 Rutgers University–Camden Distinguished Nursing Lecture at the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden. A devoted champion for health equity, Marshall-Blake leads the strategic, programmatic, and operational efforts to fulfill the Independence Blue Cross Foundation’s mission to improve the health and wellness of the community. She has guided the $73 million Independence Blue Cross Foundation to be a collaborator, innovator, convener of diverse organizations, and thought leader in addressing emerging health needs in southeastern Pennsylvania. Marshall-Blake is affiliated with more than 30 professional and civic organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League and the United Negro College Fund. This event will begin at 5 p.m. in room 101 in the Nursing and Science Building, located at 530 Federal Street.

Monday, April 1
Tarana Burke, founder of the “Me Too” movement, will talk about the movement’s origins and its viral awakening for women’s rights, and will offer strength and healing to those who have experienced sexual trauma or harassment. To register for this free event, visit the IMPACT Booth located in the Campus Center lobby or call 856-225-6211. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation begins 7 p.m. in the Walter K. Gordon Theater. Contact Laura Luciano for additional information.

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