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A CELEBRATION OF WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH AT CEDAR CREST COLLEGE

Allentown, PA (February 26, 2004) - In recognition of March as National Women's History Month, Cedar Crest College will host an array of public events honoring women in business, art, history, music, dance and theatre.

Throughout the month, lectures will be given by some of Pennsylvania's leading women in business - including Susan Hunt, publisher and Chief Executive Officer of "The Morning Call," Lynn Evans '73, President of Northeastern Financial Consultants Inc. and Cynthia Fricke Wollman '85, President of Sun Printing House.

A series of events will also salute women in the arts. A new exhibition by Joan Arbeiter entitled "Lives and Works: Talks With Women Artists" delves into the richly layered history of the women's art movement and features a series of portraits of contemporary women artists created after the artist conducted interviews with her subjects. Acclaimed opera diva, Jessye Norman, will be honored for her extraordinary career with the presentation of an honorary degree. A student dance concert will showcase a diverse pool of talent as Cedar Crest students organize every facet of the show and a new theatre production, "Out of Our Father's House," will take a theatrical look at a select group of women in history who greatly impacted society. Cornell University Professor, Mary Beth Norton, Ph.D. will also honor women in history as she delivers a lecture on American women's history.

Cedar Crest will also host a variety of student-centered activities incorporating the theme of National Women's History Month. The student Peace Coalition will present "The Women Have It," a teach-in focusing on women in politics. Students will attend the National College Media Convention celebrating women in communication, take part in an oral interpretation contest of women in prose and poetry and celebrate women in theatre through improv performances and a coffeehouse.

National Women's History Month was founded in 1987, at the request of women's organizations, museums, libraries, youth leaders, and educators throughout the country. The National Women's History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the national celebrations from one week to the entire month of March. A National Women's History Month Resolution was quickly approved with strong bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. Since 1992, a Presidential Proclamation has carried the directive for what is now a major national and international celebration.

A schedule of public events follows on the next page. For more information on any of the events, please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.


NATIONAL WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH AT CEDAR CREST COLLEGE


DATE, TIME, LOCATION, EVENT and DESCRIPTION

Thursday, March 4 at 4:00 p.m.
1867 Room, Tompkins College Center
Connecting With Success
Two of Pennsylvania's top women in business, Cynthia Fricke Wollman '85 and Lynn Evans '73 will give a lecture on their definitions of success

Thursday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Samuels Theatre, Tompkins College Center
Third Annual Women in Business Award
Susan Hunt, Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of "The Morning Call" will reflect on many of her life experiences that were key to her success in a lecture entitled "Beyond The Comfort Zone"

Wednesday, March 17 at 3:00 p.m.
Tompkins College Center Gallery
Women in Art: "Lives and Works: Talks With Women Artists"
Joan Arbeiter will give an artist talk about her exhibit, "Lives and Works: Talks With Women Artists," a series of mixed media portraits of contemporary women artists

Friday and Saturday, March 19 and 20 at 8:00 p.m.
Samuels Theatre, Tompkins College Center
Women in Dance: Student Dance Concert
The concert allows student dancers to show off their artistic and production skills as they organize every facet of the show - from choreography to costumes to lights to music

Friday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m.
Samuels Theatre, Tompkins College Center
Women in Music: Jessye Norman
Opera diva and acclaimed recording artist Jessye Norman will receive an honorary degree

Thursday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m.
Alumnae Hall Auditorium
Women in History: Mary Beth Norton, Ph.D.
Professor of American History at Cornell University, Mary Beth Norton, Ph.D., will deliver a lecture on women in history

Thursday through Sunday, April 1 - 4 at 8:00 p.m.
Samuels Theatre, Tompkins College Center
Women in Theatre and History: "Out of Our Father's House"
Taken entirely from the diaries, journals and letters of the characters portrayed, "Out of Our Father's House" presents the true-life stories of women who sought independence at any cost

For more information on any of the events, please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.

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Abigail Fota
College Relations Associate - Media
610-740-3790
afota@cedarcrest.edu


 


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