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Women's History Month celebrated by NMSU Women's Studies Program

In celebration of National Women's History Month, the New Mexico State University Women's Studies Program will honor "Women Challenging Borders: Empowerment through Solidarity." The university program will highlight many guest speakers during the March celebration.


vo, assistant professor at Ohio State University, will give a public lecture on "The Chicana Feminist Body" at 7 p.m. Monday, March 29, at the Nason House on the university campus. Calvo's research interests include Latino cultural studies, critical race theory, visual culture, sexuality studies, the U.S.-Mexico border and the history of race in the United States.

Henrietta Stockel and Kathleen Kanseah will discuss "Invisible Borders: Experiences of the Chiricahua Apache Women" at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, in the Otero Room of the university's Corbett Center Student Union. Stockel is the author of "Women of the Apache Nation: Voices of Truth," "Medicine Women, Curanderas, and Women Doctors" and "Chiricahua Apache Women and Children." Kanseah is a Chiricahua Apache elder and will join Stockel in a discussion about the life of Apache women.

Women's History Month began as International Women's Day on March 19, 1911. It was organized by Klara Zetkin, a German socialist inspired by an American commemoration of working women. On that day, socialists for Germany, Austria, Denmark and other European countries held strikes and marches.

On Aug. 4, 1981, Congress designated the week beginning March 7, 1982, as an official Women's History Week and in 1987 March was set aside as Women's History Month.

The Women's Studies Program also will participate in other events during the spring. They will join the Mesilla Valley Film Society to co-sponsor a documentary about border crossings from Mexico into Arizona. "From the Other Side" will be shown at 7:30 p.m. April 2-8 at the Fountain Theatre. Sunday matinees will be at 2:30 and 5 p.m.

In May, the program will celebrate the establishment of "The Women's Studies Celebration Collection" at the university library. The Women's Studies Program donated more than $41,000 worth of books, magazines, journals, CDs and videos to the library. The location of this event will be announced at a later date.

For more information contact the Women's Studies Program at (505) 646-3448.