Women’s History Month – 4 days of great programs! March 27-30

All events are in either the Library Events Area or Room 028 (Lower Level). All are free and open to the public.  In addition to programming, the Library Events area has an art show, display of library materials, display of American Association of University Women materials including membership info for ISU undergrads [free] and others, information on Gender Studies and lots more!

Feb. 29 & Mar. 2: Film: Hester Street

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Plot summary from IMDB: It’s 1896. Yankel Bogovnik, a Russian Jew, emigrated to the United States three years earlier and has settled where many of his background have, namely on Hester Street on the Lower East Side of New York City. He has assimilated to American life, having learned English, anglicized his name to Jake, and shaved off his beard. He is working at a $12/week job as a seamster, the money earned to be able to bring his wife Gitl and his son Yossele to America from Russia. Regardless, he has fallen in love with another woman, a dancer named Mamie Fein. Nonetheless, he is excited when he learns that Gitl and Yossele are indeed coming to America. His happiness at their arrival is dampened when he sees that Gitl is not “American” looking like Mamie and has troubles assimilating as quickly as he would like. Except to Mamie, he tries to show a public façade that everything is fine at home with Gitl. But can their marriage survive these differences, and if not, will Gitl be able to manage in this new land where she has few supports?

March 2: Film: Passionate Politics: The Life and works of Charlotte Bunch

March 2, 2:00-2:50 in Library Events

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Trailer [3:08]

Discussion Guide [48 pages]

CINEFFABLE – The 25th Annual Paris International Lesbian & Feminist Film Festival
Reel It Up! Film Festival – Urbana, IL
The Athena Film Festival
The Portland Documentary Film Festival
Cinemarosa – Queens, New York – Museum
The Global Peace Film Festival
Women’s Environmental & Development Organization
The Lesbian Lives 2012 Conference/Dublin
America Reframed Series – PBS
Association for Women’s Rights in Development Conference
International Hamburg LGBT Film Festival
The National Women’s Studies Association Conference
The New York MIX Queer Experimental Film Festival
OUT @fter Carleton Reunion
Frameline Film Festival 36, San Francisco
Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute

 

 

2015’s movie: Suffragette – two showings!

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While in the US, the women’s suffrage movement was percolating along to its 1920 conclusion, the movement in Great Britain was also making strides. Several early 20th century Americans, including Alice Paul, journeyed to England to watch, learn, and participate. The film takes place in pre-first world war London.

Excerpt from one UK reviewer:

Reuniting with Brick Lane director Sarah Gavron, [scriptwriter] Abi Morgan intertwines socioeconomic detail with domestic melodrama as Maud leads us from the fringes of the fight to the firing line, her composite character providing a thumbnail sketch of collective oppression into which Mulligan breathes admirable individuality. Meryl Streep provides a fleetingly aloof cameo as Emmeline Pankhurst, rallying the troops from the balcony before disappearing into the night, but the real firebrand is Helena Bonham Carter as chemist Edith Ellyn, who provides the movement’s combustible spark.

Steamy sweatshops and grey-tinged London vistas add production design grit, evoking a world in which backbreaking work and strength-sapping silence are equally stifling. This is an important story and Suffragette tells it without stylistic fuss or frills in solidly down-the-line fashion.

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March 1: Film: Standing on My Sister’s Shoulders

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The award-winning documentary “Standing On My Sisters’ Shoulders” takes on the Civil Rights movement in Mississippi in the 1950’s and 60’s from the point of view of the courageous women who lived it – and emerged as its grassroots leaders. These women stood up and fought for the right to vote and the right to an equal education. They not only brought about change in Mississippi, but they altered the course of American history.

This documentary presents original interviews with many of the Civil Rights movement’s most remarkable women: Unita Blackwell, a sharecropper turned activist, who became Mississippi’s first female black mayor; Mae Bertha Carter, a mother of 13, whose children became the first to integrate the Drew County schools against dangerous opposition; white student activist Joan Trumpauer Mulholland who not only participated in sit-ins but took a stand on integration by attending an all black university; Annie Devine and Victoria Gray Adams, who, along with Fannie Lou Hamer, stepped up and challenged the Democratic Party and President Johnson at the 1964 Convention.

In the name of freedom and equal rights, these women bravely faced great adversity and risked their physical safety, their jobs, and even their lives. When asked how they did it, one activist said, “I was standing on my sisters’ shoulders.” [source]