The 16th annual Women's Week at Hope College will begin on Monday, Feb. 28, and will feature a variety of public presentations.
Women's Week is a celebration scheduled in
recognition of women, and this year's focus will be on
"Women's Health: Body, Mind, and Spirit." The event, which
actually runs two weeks, will continue through Thursday,
March 9, and is scheduled to coincide with national Women's
History Month, which is March.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
The week will open with a discussion by Graeme
Reid of body image as portrayed in the arts through history,
on Monday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m., in Wichers Auditorium of
Nykerk Hall of Music. Reid is curator of the Greater
Lafayette Museum of Art in Indiana and previously held
positions with the Sheldon Swope Art Museum and the Eugene
V. Debs Historic Home, both in Terre Haute, Ind.
The week's keynote lecture, "Real Women--
Redefining Beauty for the 21st Century," will be presented
by Jan Phillips on Tuesday, Feb. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the
Haworth Center Ballroom.
Phillips is co-author of "A Waist Is a Terrible
Thing to Mind--Redefining Beauty for the 21st Century,"
forthcoming in April, and has presented workshops on a
variety of topics to more than 10,000 people in 23
countries. Her publications also include "God Is At Eye
Level--Photography as a Healing Art," "Marry Your Muse--
Making a Lasting Commitment to Your Creativity" and "Making
Peace: One Woman's Journey Around the World." She has
appeared on radio and television, and has published work in
the "New York Times," "Ms. Magazine," "National Catholic
Reporter," "Christian Science Monitor," "Utne Reader" and
several international publications.
Tuesday, Feb. 29, will also feature a "Women's
Health Fair" in the Dow Center gymnasium from 8 a.m. to
noon. The health fair will feature displays from campus and
area organizations that focus on women's health, including
mental, physical, spiritual and emotional health.
A video on women's health and panel discussion
will be featured on Thursday, March 2, at noon in the Maas
Center conference room. The event is a "brown bag"
discussion; audience members may eat their noon-time meal
during the presentation if they bring their own lunch.
A video on depression will be featured during a
"brown bag" discussion on Monday, March 6, at noon, also in
the Maas Center conference room.
Kim Douglas, who is a part-time member of the
English faculty, and Anisa Kausal-Hayes will present
"Breaking the Cycle of Violence" on Wednesday, March 8, at 3
p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music. Douglas
will read from her manuscript of poems, "Saguaro in the
House of War," and Kausal-Hayes will perform original and
contemporary music. Their performance will explore how
individuals, especially those who have survived abuse, can
create violence-free, safe home environments that nurture
the development of their members and thereby contribute to
creating a healthier and more peaceful world.
A video on eating disorders will be featured
during a "brown bag" discussion on Thursday, March 9, at
noon in the Maas Center conference room.
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.