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NMSU celebrates Women's History Month

The New Mexico State University Women's Studies Program has teamed up with other co-sponsors to present numerous events throughout March to celebrate Women's History Month.

The month's events include a series of films, art exhibits and presentations with a theme of "Women Crossing Borders," as well as several productions to recognize V-Day, a student-led annual event focusing on women's control of their bodies, sexuality and reproduction.

"This month's activities are an opportunity for us to explore together the various border crossings in our lives and the ways we transcend borders as we express ourselves, create meanings and work for social change," said Lisa Bond-Maupin, director of NMSU's Women's Studies Program.

A reception will open the celebration on March 5 with photography by community youth artists and Women's History Month posters submitted by NMSU art students, which will be exhibited for the "Women Crossing Borders" theme.

"Crossing Sexual, Gender, and Cultural Borders," a series of films, will play March 6-20. All but one of the films will be free and shown in NMSU's Creative Media Institute Theater. "Salata Baladi" will show at the Rio Grande Theatre March 19 in the Downtown Mall with a $5 admission fee and will include a reception and talk by the filmmaker Nadia Kamel.

A reception and talk on "Midwifery and Childbirth Across Borders" is open to the public on March 11 at the Art of Birth and Wellness Center, 1210 North Main in Las Cruces.

An art exhibit opening and reception on March 30 devoted to the theme "Women Without Borders" will include all forms of visual art from women artists on both sides of the U.S. and Mexico border.

Two productions and a film will recognize V-Day. "Until the Violence Stops," a documentary film, will show March 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. in the Corbett Center Auditorium. "A Memory, A Moment, A Rant and A Prayer" will run March 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. in the Corbett Center Auditorium. "The Vagina Monologues" will run March 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. in the Corbett Center Ballrooms.

For information and tickets sales to NMSU's V-Day effort, contact nmsu_vday@yahoo.com or visit http://www.myspace.com/nmsuvaginas.

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 History Month events are co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education, the Center for International and Border Programs and the Office of the Executive Vice President and the Provost.

A full list of Women's History Month events can be found at the women's studies program's Web site, http://www.nmsu.edu/~wstudies. For more information contact the NMSU Women's Studies Program at (575) 646-3448.