The 19th annual Women's Week at Hope College will feature a variety of public presentations during its two-week run.
Women's Week is a celebration scheduled in recognition of women, and this year's focus is "Seeking Solidarity: Revisioning Our Roots." The event runs Monday, Feb. 24, through Friday, March 7, and is scheduled to coincide with national Women's History Month, which is March.
The public is invited to several of the events. Admission is free.
Authors Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards will speak on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 5 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium. Their book, "Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future" examines the achievements of and remaining needs for feminism with a mix of history, politics and popular culture.
Baumgardner is a former editor at "Ms." and writes for "The Nation," "Jane," "Nerve" and "Out." Richards is a contributing editor at "Ms." and co-founder of the Third Wave Foundation, an activist group for young feminists. A book-signing will follow their talk.
Jeanne Lindell and Gayle Shumaker of the college's counseling staff will present "Body Image: It's All in Your Head" on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 5:30 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium.
The Hope College Visiting Writing Series will feature poet and performer Glenis Redmond on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre. The performance will be preceded by music by the Hope College Jazz Ensemble beginning at 6:30 p.m.
There will be a "Women's Health Fair" on Monday, March 3, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Maas Center conference room. The health fair will feature health care professionals, services and displays that provide informational and educational materials from area organizations. They will focus on women's health, including mental, physical, spiritual and emotional health.
Author and artist SARK will speak on Monday, March 3, at 7 p.m. in the Etheridge Room of the Haworth Inn and Conference Center. A book signing will follow.
SARK (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy) is the author of 12 books, including the bestseller "Succulent Wild Woman," and has more than two million books in print. She was featured in the PBS series "Women of Wisdom and Power" and in the documentary film "The World According to SARK." Her company, "Camp SARK," has produced more than 200 products to inspire creative living, such as cards, posters and calendars, and has distributed "Creative Tool Kits" to teachers across the country.
A "Juried Women's Art Show" will be featured on Monday-Friday, March 3-7, in the De Pree Art Center, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show will feature a variety of types of work by Hope College women.
Visiting artist Deborah Zlotsky will speak on Thursday, March 6, at 4:30 p.m. in Cook Auditorium in the De Pree Art Center. Zlotsky is one of four artists with work in the exhibition "Going Dutch: Contemporary Artists and the Dutch Tradition," which is continuing in the gallery of the De Pree Art Center through Friday, March 14.
The Women's Issues Organization will present its annual "Taste the Irony" bake sale on Friday, March 7, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the lobby of the DeWitt Center.
In addition to the events open to the general public, Women's Week will feature a number of activities designed for the Hope campus community. The activities will include a "Professional Women's Networking" gathering for Hope junior and senior women on Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Haworth Inn and Conference Center.