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Women's Center has great events planned in February

Students and community members will have numerous chances this spring semester to learn about women, gender and diversity issues through the many events to be held by the Ohio University Women's Center.

Upcoming events include an evening with guest performer Andrea Gibson, Brown Bag Lunch and Learn sessions and a masculinity film series.

Queer poet and activist Andrea Gibson will perform a variety of her spoken word poetry on Tuesday, Feb. 5 in Baker University Center Theatre at 8 p.m. as part of Empowered Women's Week. The first winner of the Women's World Poetry Slam, Gibson's poetry often focuses on LGBT and gender issues. She will also host a workshop the next day from noon to 2 p.m. at the Women's Center, located in Baker University Center 403.

"Her work is extremely powerful … and addresses a number of important social justice issues in the world, nationally as well as locally," said Lacey Rogers, president of Empowering Women of Ohio, an organization that works with both the Women's Center and the LGBT Center. 

The Women's Center will also be hosting a number of Brown Bag Lunch and Learn sessions throughout the spring semester. The sessions are hour-long presentations and discussions with a total of nine sessions in the upcoming months. Topics to be discussed this semester include feminism and masculinity and women in science. The next session is titled "Old Lesbians Organizing for Change" to be held at noon, Thursday, Feb. 7 at the Women's Center.

Presented by Violence Prevention Educator Bill Arnold, the masculinity film series is meant to provoke conversation on the portrayal of men in movies. The next movie in the film series is
"Once Were Warriors" at 5 p.m., Feb. 27 in the Women's Center.

"I think that the masculinity film series is a great idea because we are always trying to get more men to come into the Women's Center," said Sara Lowenstein, student outreach coordinator at the Women's Center.

The fifth annual International Women's Day Festival is on March 17 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Baker University Center Ballroom and is a day that focuses and showcases talented women in the community.

Susanne B. Dietzel, director of the Women's Center, said the festival is the biggest event for the Women's Center. Past performances included singing, dancing, poetry readings and belly dancers.

"It's a big day celebrating women," Lowenstein said.

More information about upcoming events can be found here.