See what events are happening this week for Women's Month 2019

From: Women's Center

Events happening this week for Women's Month 2019.

Monday, March 18

Poetry Reading with Laura Eve Engel and Rebecca Morgan Frank

4-5PM, 370/380 Shanks

Join us for a reading to celebrate the publication of poet Laura Eve Engel's, "Things That Go" (Octopus Books, 2019), and Rebecca Morgan Frank's, "Sometimes We're All Living in a Foreign Country" (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2017). This is Laura Eve Engel's first book and is a re-telling of the story of Lot's wife (reimagined). Rebecca Morgan Frank's book gives voice to perpetual outsiders, and Frank is also the long-time editor of Memorious journal. Contact Erika Meitner at for more information. Sponsored by: The MFA Program in Creative Writing and the English Department.

Breaking the Glass Slipper: Deconstructing Disney

Watch "Tangled" @ 6:30PM, Squires Colonial Hall

Discussion immediately following the film, Squires Brush Mountain A

All are invited to come to our film and discussion series centered on Disney princess films and their relation to women's issues including body image, gender roles, love, relationships, sexuality, leadership, and race. Contact Emily Mawyer at for more information. Sponsored by: Student Engagement and Campus Life.

Monday, March 18 — Thursday, March 21

Women on Weights

Monday & Wednesday: 7-8PM, War Memorial Multi B

Tuesday & Thursday: 5:15-6:15PM, War Memorial Multi B

Do you feel intimidated by the thought of going to the gym? Or are you someone who feels overwhelmed by the idea of lifting? We know that ‘gymtimidation’ is real and we are here to help! Join us in our private strength and condition room. Women on Weights is a small-group training class specifically designed to teach anyone the essential foundation of strength training and proper lifting technique, provide knowledge for participants to create their own workouts, and help build confidence when exercising in the gym. This is a free week of programming that allows anyone interested to give it a try. There is the potential to continue with the group for a six-week session if they are interested. More information can be found here. For more information, contact Shelly Rasnick at Sponsored by: Virginia Tech Recreational Sports.

Tuesday, March 19

Encourage Her

Noon-4PM, Lavery Hall in front of Turner

There is power in numbers and numbers is something the Virginia Tech campus has. As a community, let’s show women on our campus that we support each other not just in actions, but in words. At our booth, we will have corkboards with notes that people can take, and notes that people can leave. Take a Compliment, Leave a Compliment is the idea we are going for, but we do not want the notes to stop there. We want to see women leaving empowering statements, positive quotes, or happy thoughts that can inspire and empower someone else. So, encourage her with a positive message and help her achieve the next milestone. For more information, contact Kristen Lopez at Sponsored by: Zeta Tau Alpha.

Black Maternal Health and Implicit Bias

4-6PM, School of Medicine Building Riverside 2, 2nd Floor Commons Room

This talk focused on black maternal health and how implicit racial and gender biases can change healthcare outcomes, and what disparities currently exist.  The goal of the session is to learn cues and how to communicate across cultural differences. Registration here.  Sponsored by the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

An Onstage Conversation with Zadie Smith, author

7:30PM, Moss Arts Center in the Street and Davis Performance Hall, Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre

New York Times bestselling novelist Zadie Smith was born in North London in 1975 to an English father and a Jamaican mother and graduated from Cambridge in 1997. Her acclaimed first novel, White Teeth, is a vibrant portrait of contemporary multicultural London, told through the stories of three ethnically diverse families. The book won many awards, including the Guardian First Book Award, the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize, and two awards from the Ethnic Multicultural Media Academy. Smith’s On Beauty was one of the New York Times’ “10 Best Books of 2012.” Since her debut novel, Smith has established herself not just as one of the world’s preeminent fiction writers, but also a brilliant and singular essayist. She regularly contributes to The New Yorker and the New York Review of Books. Just released in February, her collection of essays, Feel Free, offers a survey of important recent events in culture and politics, as well as her own life. Smith is a tenured professor of creative writing at New York University.

Tickets for the performance are $25 for general admission and $10 for students and youth 18 and under. Tickets can be purchased online; at the Moss Arts Center's box office, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; or by calling 540-231-5300 during box office hours. Presented in partnership with the Department of English Visiting Writers Series and the Women’s Center at Virginia Tech in celebration of its 25th anniversary.

Wednesday, March 20 — Saturday, March 23

Lois Gottlieb: Architect Extraordinaire

9AM-5PM, Cowgill Hall Lobby and the Art + Architecture Library, Cowgill Hall

An exhibition of Gottlieb's architectural and photographic work. The program pays tribute to an important architect whose work is housed in the Special Collections of Newman Library as part of the International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA). Ms. Gottlieb served for several years as a member of the Board of Directors of the IAWA. For more information, contact Bert Rodriguez at Sponsored by: School of Architecture + Design and Special Collections, Newman Library.

2019 International Archive of Women in Architecture Symposium

March 20 @ 7PM

March 21 & 22 @ 9AM - 5PM

All events @ School of Architecture + Design, Cowgill Hall

Expanding the ‘Archive’: Latent Connections: Evidence and Speculation. This symposium will discuss architectural research and practice that reimagines, re-thinks and re-frames the architectural world as we know it, by focusing upon the diverse practices of women in architecture. For more information, contact Donna Dunay at Sponsored by: College of Architecture and Urban Studies, School of Architecture + Design.

Thursday, March 21  

"Battle of the Sexes" Film Screening and Discussion

2-5PM, North End Center Room 2410

View the movie "Battle of the Sexes" followed by a conversation on the topics addressed in the film, including equality and equitable pay, sexism, LGBTQ rights, and diversity, inclusion and the prevalence of privilege. Contact Alicia Cohen at for more information. Sponsored by the Office of Inclusion and Diversity.

Friday, March 22

Workplace Massage for VT Faculty and Staff

1-5PM, Hahn Garden Pavilion

Tod Whitehurst, LMT of Massage Therapy Associates of New River Valley will perform workplace massage on campus for Women’s Month. Therapeutic massage promotes health and well-being through reduced stress, increased circulation, relaxing tense muscles, increased body awareness and reduced anxiety.

Fee: $1/minute with a 25-minute minimum. Contact Tod Whitehurst LMT at for more information. Sponsored by: Massage Therapy Associates of the New River Valley.

HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr

2PM and 7PM, The Cube, Moss Arts Center

Enjoy a technical talk in the Grand Lobby 30-minute prior to each performance

This theatre production explores the life, inventions, and person of Hedy Lamarr, Viennese-born Hollywood film star of the 1930s-1950s. Hedy Lamarr was more than the most beautiful woman in the world. She invented frequency hopping and spread spectrum technology that make the world of wireless communication tick. From Austria to Hollywood, WWII, torpedoes, ecstasy, and intrigue to the very cell phone in your pocket, she was there! The true story of Hollywood glamour and scientific genius is written and performed by Heather Massie. Cost is free and tickets are required. As part of this unique engagement, prior to each performance Dr. R. Michael Buehrer, professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will share a brief history of wireless communications along with some stories about Hedy.  Contact Phyllis Newbill at for more information. Sponsored by the Virginia Tech Science Festival, Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, Women's Center, Moss Arts Center, Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology.

Saturday, March 23

"I Am Maris": Film Screening and Panel Discussion

2PM, The Lyric Theatre, Downtown Blacksburg

This film will resonate with anyone who has contended with anxiety, depression and/or an eating disorder.  "I Am Maris" tells not only the story of the impact of mental illness and recovery on the survivor, but also on family, friends, and community.  On a larger scale, it will speak to all of us who try to improve our self-image and self-worth. Those interested in the power of yoga and the practice of mindfulness will find it inspirational.  The film screening is followed by a panel discussion to address mental health issues in the New River Valley. Sponsored by the Mental Health Justice Ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, the National Bank of Blacksburg, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), New River Valley, VA.

Sunday, March 24

Stories of Survivors, a docu-recital

Kristen Fowler Friend, horn and Taylor Baldwin, piano

3PM, Recital Salon, Squires

This program features interviews with survivors of sexual assault paired with works for horn by female composers. This recital aims to highlight the long-lasting effects of sexual violence on survivors, using their own voices to highlight each individual’s unique journey from their initial trauma, through periods of struggle, and into the present-day, where many of us still experience echoes of our past.  By the end of the recital, the audience will be left with a call to action to support and believe survivors of sexual violence, posting the question: “How many will it take?” Sponsored by the School of Performing Arts and the Women’s Center.

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