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MARCH 2014

Women's History Month



Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week."  Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as "Women’s History Week."  In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month."  Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month.  Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” 

-From the Law Library of Congress' guide to the legislative history of Women's History Month


Enjoy our "A Woman-A-Day-Keeps-Ignorance-At-Bay" Women's History Month Calendar
  a Flora Stone Mather Center original creation




Tuesday, March 25

12-1:30 pm

Spartan Room, Thwing Center, 3rd floor

Women in Doctoral Studies: Respect, Gender and Age in the Academic Experience


All women doctoral students are invited to join this brown bag discussion facilitated by Dr. Corinne Coen (Organizational Behavior, WSOM) and Dr. Kathleen Kash (Physics, CAS). The conversation will address questions such as: What are some of the challenges faced by women in higher education? How does one establish an environment of respect as a TA? What’s the best way to respond to gender stereotypes disguised as jokes?


Please RSVP to to attend this event.


March 26


Home of
Lin Emmons
Shaker Heights

Salon 3: Solving the Puzzle of Autism:
An Innovative Cleveland Academic and Medical Collaboration - Panel Discussion

This is the third salon in the Spring 2014 Mather Salon Series:
Dialogue and Discourse for 20th Century Women


Moderator: Lynn T. Singer

Deputy Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs and Professor, Department of Environmental Health Services, Pediatrics and Psychiatry


Anastasia Dimitropoulos, PhD

Associate Professor,
Department of Psychological Sciences


David Katz, PhD


Department of Neurosciences

Nancy Roizen

Nancy Roizen, MD

Professor & Division Chief of
Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics,
Department of Pediatrics.


Please click here to register for this Salon session


Wednesday, March 26

12:00 - 3:00 pm

Thwing Atrium


Wednesday, March 26

12:00 - 1:00 pm

OMA office, Sears 450

Who's Who Wednesdays: Intercultural Communication: Learn. Explore. Apply.

Cami Thompson, International Student Services


Have you been hearing the word "global" used around campus? Are you noticing more people from different cultures other than your own? Have you considered or even had questions about intercultural communication and understanding? You are not alone. This fun and exciting workshop will help you learn to better connect and engage with people of various cultural backgrounds.


Thursday, March 27

9:00 - 10:30 am

Spartan Room, 3rd floor Thwing Center

Dr. Mollie Monahan


Breakfast presentation on bystander intervention and sexual assault is open to staff, faculty, SMPEC and SAVE members.




Thursday, March 27 4:30 pm

Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Research Building Auditorium

Mary Frances Berry

Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought
Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania


"Achieving Diversity and Opportunity in the 21st Century: Now is the Time"

Power of Diversity Speaker Series

Sponsored by the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity


Mary Frances Berry is a former chair of the US Commission on Civil Rights, an educator, author and historian. She was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the US Civil Rights Commission. She has served as Assistant Secretary for Education in the US Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Berry is a professor of American Social Thought and of History at the University of Pennsylvania. Her latest book is entitled Power in Words: The Stories behind Barack Obama's Speeches, from the State House to the White House.


This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to:




Thursday, March 27

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Dittrick Museum of Medical History

Euclid Ave. Cleveland, OH

"The Bitter Fruits of Progress:
Contraceptive Innovation in the Age of the Pill"

Percy Skuy Lecture & Reception



Lecture by: Andrea Tone, PhD (McGill University)



Dr. Tone's presentation explores innovation in the post - Pill era. The success of oral contraceptives in the 1960s revolutionized birth control in America. The Pill's popularity changed the path of innovation, encouraging an outpouring of new birth control technologies - pills, patches, implants, rings and more. But how truly revolutionary are these latest innovations? Who wins, who loses and what is at stake in this recent birth control bonanza?


RSVP required by Monday, March 24th to or call 216-368-3648.


Thursday, March 27

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Rockefeller 301

Dr. Mollie Monahan Presentation on Bystander Intervention and Sexual Assault

Sponsored by SAVE & Greek Life


Friday, March 28

10:00 - 11:30 am

Adelbert Hall, Toepfer Room



Sexual Misconduct in Higher Education: A National Conversation

Saunie Schuster, JD, The National Center for Higher Education Risk Management


Open forum with for the CWRU campus community featuring a panel presentation with Saunie Schuster, JD, from The National Center for Higher Education Risk Management.


Please note: there is a special session from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. exclusively for SMPEC members as well as the Community Standards, Academic Integrity and University Conduct Boards.


This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity and the Office of Student Affairs.



March 28

12:00-1:30 pm

Center for Women Conference Room, Thwing Center 3rd Floor

“Brain Differences:

A Missing Lens for Understanding Persistent Gendered Discourse in Organizations”
A Women's & Gender Studies Program & Center for Women
Research in Progress Seminar


Talk by: Dr. Susan Case, Associate Professor, Organizational Behavior, Weatherhead School of Management


Please join us for a Women & Gender Studies and Center for Women works - in - progress seminar. To reserve a lunch please RSVP here. RSVPs must be received at least 3 days prior to the seminar to reserve a lunch.


Generously co-sponsored by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.




Saturday, March 29

1:00 -4:00 pm

Adelbert Gym

Girls Take Flight (in partnership with Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio and NASA)


NASA and Case Western Reserve University along with Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio have teamed up to offer this day of fun, geared at aerospace science. Hands-on activities, demonstrations and exhibits will get you up, up and away! Imagine what you can learn about airplanes, astronauts, rockets, comets balloons, buoyancy and microgravity. WISER students interested in volunteering must contact Ann Koehler





Monday, March 31

4:30 pm

Wolstein Building (2103 Cornell Road)

APRIL 2014


Sexual Assault, STD, Child Abuse Prevention, and Minority Health Awareness Month


Tuesday, April 1st

3:00-4:00 pm

1-2-1 Fitness Center, CWRU campus




Women in Doctoral Studies and the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women invite graduate and professional students to a Zumba Party in honor of Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week.


Come meet your fellow women doctoral students from across campus on Tuesday, April 1st from 3-4 pm at 1-2-1 Fitness Center. Bring a photo ID and you will receive a complimentary locker key and towel.


1-2-1 Fitness is offering free guest visits to all graduate and professional students the week of March 31 - April 1! RSVP to


April 2
6:30PM to 8:00PM
Hovorka Atrium

SEVA Dinner


This dinner will serve as an annual WISER fundraiser for WISER's adopted and underprivileged public school in Bangalore, India through a non-profit organization called Soujanya Sevashrama (SEVA).


SEVA is an international outreach program called 'Nurture a School Annually' (NASA). WISER's goal is to generate a fund for scholarships for two girls pursuing an engineering/science/medicine degree.


Admission for Students: $5.00

Admission for Staff and Faculty: $7.50


To RSVP for the event, contact Lyndlea Blum


Picture: A BIG THANK YOU to CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY for all the help received by the students of Rural School at Kadu Jakanahalli Lower Primary Govt School, Jigini Hobli, Anekal Taluq, Bangalore. See more pictures here


Thursday, April 3


Kelvin Smith Library

Barbara Stanczak: Opening Exhibit Talk and Reception

“The Given and the Imagined in the Art of Barbara Stanczak”

The artwork of Barbara Stanczak will be featured in an exhibition titled at Kelvin Smith Library. The opening will feature an interview and discussion with Stanczak in the O’Neill Reading Room and a reception in the Dampeer Room. The exhibit will be housed in the Hatch Reading room until the end of May.

This event is cosponsored by the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, Kelvin Smith Library and the Siegal Lifelong Learning Program.

Please RSVP here by Monday, March 31st for the exhibit opening and reception.


Friday, April 4

12:00 - 1:30 pm

CFW conference room, 303 Thwing Center


“Marjorie Agosín: The Poetics of Memory and Identity”
A Women's & Gender Studies Program & Center for Women
Research in Progress Seminar



Talk by: Jacqueline C. Nanfito, Associate Professor of Spanish, Modern Languages and Literatures Dept.

To reserve a lunch, please RSVP here three days prior to the event.


Generously co-sponsored by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.


April 8-10

Check calendar for locations

CWRU features acclaimed Filipino-Australian writer Merlinda Bobis

April 8-10


Merlinda Bobis , a Filipino-Australian, is the author of three novels, five poetry books, seven dramatic works, a collection of short stories, a monograph on writing and researching fiction and more than eighty poems, stories and scholarly articles in literary anthologies, jounrals and magazines.


Events include:

Tuesday, April 8: Clark 309, 4-6 pm

Lorca lecture: "In Search of 'Corazon De Lorca': What is Lost/What is Found"


Wednesday, April 9, Clark 309, 4-6 pm

Lecture contextualizing the play "River, River": "Passion to Passyon: Playing Militarism".


Thursday, April 10, Ford Auditorium, 6-8 pm

Performance of "River, River".


ACES McBride Lectureship; Department of Modern Literatures adn Language Speakers Series; Department of English, Ethic Studies Program and Women's & Gender Studies Program





April 9
12:00PM to 1:00PM
Spartan Room

wildWHAT? Wednesdays

Economic Progress and Changing Societal Norms for Women


WHAT? Wednesdays are brown bag lunch time sessions.
The sessions are informal conversations for people to connect and network with each other. Wednesdays, 12-1:00 p.m. Spartan Room in the Thwing Student Center (unless otherwise noted.)


April 9
12:00PM to 1:30PM
Thwing Center
Cleveland Room

ACTIIIWomen Faculty Connect


Join your women faculty colleagues from across campus for an informal lunch where you can network, chat, find new resources, and be part of a campus community of women.


Contact: Susan Freimark,

Associate Director of Faculty Leadership Programs

Sponsored by the Women Faculty Leadership Development Institute.


April 9
7:30pm – 8:30pm

WISER LOGOWISER General Body Meeting


Join us for end of the year plans and elections for the 2014-2015 school year!


For more information, email



Thursday, April 10


Spartan Room, Thwing Center 3rd floor


Introducing a new programming group made possible by the generous support of Dr. Mim Rosenthal: MOMS (moms offering moms support). Lunch will be provided, please RSVP by April 7th.


The meeting is open to all pregnant women and mothers who are faculty, staff, students, retired former CWRU employees, and CWRU alumnae. Please check back soon to see our upcoming topics!


Click here to RSVP for the meeting.


Click here to be added to the MOMS mailing list.


April 15
11:30am – 1:30pm
Spartan Room

Why Women Still Can't Have It All - Panel


Women Faculty Leadership Institute



April 17

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The Center for Women 309 Thwing Center



ACT III - a drop-in group for women of retirement age.

Refreshments will be provided, courtesy of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women.


Please join the discussion.

To join the mailing list email:



April 17
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Hovorka Atrium

WISER LOGOThe Lubrizol Foundation and the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women present: The WISER Awards Banquet.


This event is designed to acknowledge and celebrate WISER and students and collaborators who have provided outstanding service in peer mentorship, professional mentorship, outreach activities as well as announce our overall WISER superstar and faculty advisor superstar for the 2013-2014 school year! In addition, students will receive SOURCE scholarships and other honors for the year


Keynote speaker: Ka-Pi Ho, head of Research and Development and Testing for LZA China

Keynote topic: "Aim High, Cast Wide"


This event has been generously sponsored by the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, the Lubrizol Foundation and the NIH Clinical & Transitional Science Collaborative


For more information, contact Katie Schaub at



April 23


Home of
Sue Berlin


Salon 4: Grandmothers, Caregiving, Families, and Transitions

This is the fourth salon in the Spring 2014 Mather Salon Series:
Dialogue and Discourse for 20th Century Women

Arranged by Dianne Hunt


Session facilitated by Carol M. Musil Carol Musi

Professor, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing


Dr. Musil's research focuses on stress, health, and caregiving. For the past 17 years, Dr. Musil has studied, longitudinally, the physical and psychological health of grandmothers, especially those raising grandchildren, and how factors such as resourcefulness and support affect the grandmother's health and family well-being especially during times of strain and transitions. She takes a multi-generational view of families, and has included grandmothers and their grandchildren in her research.


Her research has been funded by the American Nurses' Foundation, and by the National Institute of Nursing Research and the National Institute of Aging at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Musil has received the Hartford/Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) Award for Leadership in Geriatric Nursing and the Senior Scientist Award from MNRS. She is recognized as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and in the Gerontological Society of America. On campus,


Dr. Musil has been very involved in faculty governance, and has chaired the Faculty Senate Committee on Research, and she chaired the CWRU Faculty Senate in 2009-2010.


Please click here to register for this Salon session


Thursday, April 24

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Preterm Access Fund Bowl - a - Thon!!


Join supporters of reproductive justice at the 5th Annual Preterm Access Fund Bowl - a - Thon!!


Ways you can participate:

Start a bowling team

Join a team or we'll gladly match you with one

Donate to support Preterm Access Fund


Visit our official page at for details! Email questions to


Preterm is Ohio's largest abortion clinic and committed to making healthcare accessible to all women, regardless of income. Money raised by Preterm Access Fund goes directly to women to help them cover the cost of their abortion - because a women's ability to access reproductive health care should not be determined by her financial status.


Preterm Access Fund Bowl - a - Thon is part of a national series of bowling fundraisers held in April by abortion funds all over the country.