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NMSU Women's Studies Program hosts events for Women's History Month

In celebration of Women's History Month and the contributions of women around the world, the New Mexico State University Women's Studies Program will host events throughout March on "Exploring the Feminine: Gender, Identity and Sexuality."

For the second year, the NMSU Women's Studies Program received a grant from the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities to fund events for Women's History Month.

"The recognition of women's contributions to history and human development helps to open the door for all marginalized groups to enter into the mainstream and add their voices to the wonderful chorus that is history," Leslie Morrell, coordinator for the Women's Studies Program, said. "It is history that binds us and allows us to move together into what can hopefully become a better future."

The Women's History Month opening reception will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in the Isabella M. Crouch Reading Theatre. Kate Briggs, instructor for the Women's Studies Program, will give a welcome address.

"Kate's Pants," a presentation celebrating the lives of 11 American women in politics, culture and society, will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 8 in Hardman Hall Room 106. This presentation is co-sponsored by Rho Lambda National Panhellenic Honor society.

"Crossing: Notes of a Novice Woman" is a discussion based on the transformation of Deidre McCloskey from male to female. She will speak about gender identity, her transformation from Donald to Deidre and her experiences as a transgendered individual in society. This event is scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in the Corbett Center Otero Room and is co-sponsored by the NMSU Teaching Academy.

In honor of Latin American women, "Tres Vidas" will be presented by the CORE Ensemble and Georgina Corbo at 8 p.m. Monday, March 14, in NMSU's Music Center Recital Hall. The performance is chamber music theater for a singing actress and a trio that profiles the lives of Frida Kahlo, Alfonsina Storni and Rufina Amaya, and how they challenged traditional roles of gender, identity and sexuality. It was first performed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and it is now touring the United States. This event is a collaborative effort of the Center for Latin American and Border Studies, Women's Studies and the departments of Art, Languages and Linguistics, Government, Theater Arts, Music and English. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com.

A discussion on "The Female Orgasm: A Cultural Exploration of Women's Sexuality and Body Image" will focus on exploring contemporary attitudes and traditional beliefs about the female body and women's sexuality. The interactive presentation will be led by two human sexuality educators who will discuss sex in pop culture and developing healthy relationships. This event will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in the Corbett Center Auditorium. It is co-sponsored by NMSU student organizations Feminists Reinventing Equality Everywhere and the Panhellenic Council.

Additional co-sponsors of Women's History Month events include the NMSU Honors College and departments of Philosophy, Psychology, History and Health Science.

All events except "Tres Vidas" are free. For more information about Women's History Month events call (505) 646-3448 or visit http://www.nmsu.edu/~wstudies/.