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Women's History Month

DATE: Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Women's History Month events at HCC run from March 4 to April 1

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Holyoke Community College will kick off Women's History Month on Wed., March 4, with a presentation on equity in education by Keisha Green, an assistant professor of teacher education and curriculum studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.Green is an educational consultant focusing on diversity, equity and inclusion.

Her talk, which will cover women and gende, as well as race and ethnicity in education, will run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Peoples Bank Conference Room in the HCC Kittredge Center on the main campus, 303 Homestead Ave.

All Women's History Month events at HCC are free and open to the public.

HCC's celebration of Women's History Month will continue on Monday, March 9, WCCH, 103.5 FM, the college radio station, will dedicate the day to music written and performed by women. The station will  be taking requests all month long for music written or performed by women. To make a request, send an email to

On Tuesday, March 10, from 11 a.m. to noon, HCC will host "Alumni Champions: Women in Business," a discussion with successful HCC alumni in the student lounge on the second floor of the HCC Campus Center.

On Wed., March 11, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., feminist, activist and educator Loretta Ross will present "Calling in the Calling Out Culture: Building the Human Rights Movement," a discussion about oppression, consciousness and rejecting the politics of fear. This academic year Ross is a visiting associate professor in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College and a former activist-in-residence there.

On Thursday, March 12, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in HCC's Center for Excellence (Frost 265), Aimee Loiselle, a postdoctoral fellow with the Reproductive Justice History Project at Smith College, will present "Puerto Rican Needleworkers Are American Workers," exploring the history of Puerto Rican women working in the textile and garment industry.

On Monday, March 23, at 2 p.m. in HCC's Black Box Theater (FPA 111), HCC students enrolled in a Learning Community course called "She Persisted," combining women's history and acting, will give a staged reading of playwright Rosemary H. Knower's "Failure is Impossible," which includes excerpts from the writings and speeches of Abigail Adams, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frederick Douglas, Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth and others.

On Tuesday, March 24, at 1 p.m., HCC will show "The Untapped Genius That Could Change Science for the Better," a 15-minute TEDTalk by Jedidah Isler, the first black woman to earn a PhD in astrophysics from Yale University. A discussion led by Adrienne Smith, HCC interim dean of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math, will follow the screening in HCC's Center for Excellence, Frost Building, room 265.  

Finally, on Wed., April 1, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., HCC will screen "Fannie Lou Hamer: Remembering a Voting, Women's and Civil Rights Activist," a 25-minute documentary followed by a discussion in the PeoplesBank Conference Room in HCC's Kittredge Center.

There will also be exhibits around campus all month celebrating inspirational women. 

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