February 24, 2011
Written by Kate Lepard
The Feminist Forum is focused on the history, experience and contributions of women to society.
The Texas Tech Women's Studies Program and Office of International Affairs will host a film viewing of, "A Powerful Noise: The Impact of One Voice, The Power of Many" at 5 p.m. March 8 in the International Cultural Center's Hall of Nations (601 Indiana Ave.).
This film viewing and discussion is part of the Women's Studies Program's spring Feminist Forum.
During these forums, the program strives to create an environment where the cultural and social construction of gender can be freely examined by studying the history, experience and contributions of women to society.
This film, shown in celebration of International Women's Day, tells the story of three different women from three different worlds: Hanh, an HIV-positive widow in Vietnam; Nada, a survivor of the Bosnian war; and Madame Urbain, a worker in the slums of Bamako, Mali.
"A Powerful Noise" highlights the gender barriers these women must overcome in order to have a voice in their societies. Through their empowerment and ability to empower others, these women spark change as they fight AIDS, rebuild communities and educate other young women.
Many films emphasize the glaring differences between developing and developed nations; however, this documentary speaks to the aspirations and abilities that all women share. "A Powerful Noise" is a reflection on the potential of women to change the world.
This event is free and open to the public. Visitor parking is available at the International Cultural Center.
The Women's Studies Program is a part of the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement.
Started in 1981, the Women's Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program that examines the cultural and social construction of gender, explores the history, experiences and contributions of women to society, and studies the influences of gender on the lives of women and men. The program emphasizes critical thinking across disciplines vital to success during and following formal education.
Texas Tech offers a minor in Women's Studies. Goals of the minor include helping students interpret concepts of gender and gendered identities in different social, cultural and political contexts.
The program is administered by the Director of Women's Studies. A minor in Women's Studies consists of 18 hours of courses as approved by the director.
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