Women’s History Month 2007
Generations of Women Moving History Forward

Free Admission to All Events

Highlights at Foothill College

Thursday, March 1
Mills College Information Fair
The event includes opening remarks from Foothill College Writing Center Director/Instructional Associate Nancy Ginsburg Gill, author of The Subject Is You: Writing the Transfer Essay. A representative from Mills College, an independent liberal arts college of 1,500 diverse students, will also be available to answer your questions. A hidden gem in Oakland’s rolling foothills, Mills College awards bachelor’s and graduate degrees to women, and certificates to women and men. Mills offers extensive scholarship programs in the arts and teaching with annual scholarships up to $15,000. Mills recently opened a business school and offers cross enrollment at UC Berkeley. Complimentary refreshments provided.
Time: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Location: Library Quad Event Tent
Free Admission

Monday, March 5
Concrete Jungle Self-Defense Clinic
Cordelia Clancy, training director for the Concrete Jungle Self-Defense Training Organization, is the first woman hand-to-hand combat instructor to train bodyguards for the Pentagon’s Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Richard Myers. Participate in the clinic and you’ll develop confidence and peace of mind, and empower yourself with the same street-effective skills used by bodyguards, police officers and special-forces teams. All fitness levels are invited to attend this co-ed training. Co-sponsored by Foothill College Health Services Office.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Library Quad Event Tent
Free Admission

Tuesday, March 6
Women’s History Month Lecture Series I: Generations of Women Moving History Forward Forum
The forum features Assemblywoman Sally Lieber (D-San Jose) from the 22nd Assembly District, who is also a Foothill College alumna and California Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore; Foothill-De Anza (FHDA) Chancellor Martha Kanter, Ed.D.; FHDA Board Trustee Betsy Bechtel and former mayor of Palo Alto; and philanthropist and Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College Executive Director Gay Krause. Panelists will discuss the triumphs, victories and issues that challenge women leaders in politics and education. At the conclusion of the presentation, panelists will answer audience questions. The forum moderator is Foothill alumna Sarah Wiehe, a former FHDA student trustee, and current graduate student at Stanford University. Complimentary refreshments provided.
Time: 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Location: Library Quad Event Tent
Free Admission

Wednesday, March 7
Opening Ceremony Featuring Maze Taiko
Celebrate the movement of generations of women moving history forward by seeing the rhythm and feeling the beat of ancient taiko instruments. Live music from Maze Taiko, an all-female band, creates a fusion of intricate rhythms and melodies that fill the stage with vibrant movement and sound. Complimentary refreshments provided.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Library Quad Event Tent
Free Admission

Wednesday, March 7
Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture—Searching for Earth-like Planets: NASA's Kepler Mission Featuring Astronaut & Scientist Janice Voss
Astronaut/Scientist Janice Voss of the NASA Ames Research Center will present Searching for Earth-like Planets: NASA’s Kepler Mission. In November 2008, NASA is scheduled to launch the Kepler Mission. Dr. Voss, who is the science office director for the project, will describe the design and expected results from the four-year mission. She will also discuss her experiences as a scientist in space. She has logged more than 49 days in space, traveling 18.8 million miles in 779 Earth orbits. Co-sponsored by the Foothill College Astronomy Program, NASA Ames Research Center, SETI Institute and Astronomical Society of the Pacific.
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Smithwick Theater
Free Admission

Thursday, March 8
Film Festival I: Busting Out Screening & Discussion with Director Francine Strickwerda
This event commemorates International Women’s Day, the global effort to connect all women who are affected by the pressures of body image. The film will inspire you to achieve your full potential while celebrating the collective power of women. Audiences will also have the unique opportunity to view and discuss the film with director Francine Strickwerda. The Busting Out documentary chronicles America’s current obsession with breasts and how it relates and connects with breast cancer and body image issues. Complimentary refreshments provided.
Time: Noon–1:30 p.m.
Location: Room 6505
Free Admission

Friday, March 9
Film Festival II: Circle of Women
The provocative Circle of Women video features a variety of women discussing their relationships with their bodies. You’ll learn about the societal influences, internalized standards of beauty, self-esteem, racial identity and other topics that shape our perceptions of body image. You’ll also have the opportunity to discuss similar issues in your own life. The presentation is facilitated by Foothill College Student Health Services Coordinator Naomi Kitajima, M.S. The film was produced by Eddie Moore Jr., Ph.D., director of diversity of The Bush School in Seattle. Co-sponsored by Foothill College Health Services Office. Complimentary refreshments provided.
Time: Noon–1:30 p.m.
Location: Room 6505
Free Admission

Saturday, March 10
Second Annual National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Day—Educate Yourself
Raise your awareness of the increasing global impact of HIV/AIDS in the lives of women and girls. With the theme of taking action to save our lives, Women and girls will learn which actions they can take to fight against HIV/AIDS, including getting tested for HIV; practicing safe methods to prevent HIV; choosing not to engage in high-risk behaviors; talking about HIV prevention with family, friends and colleagues; empowering yourself; and providing support to those living with HIV/AIDS. Learn how you can also participate in the national campaign at www.omhrc.gov.

Monday, March 12
Film Festival III: War Zone & Presenter Shawn Townes, Ph.D.
Foothill College Speech Communication Instructor Shawn Townes, Ph.D., will screen the provocative film, War Zone, and facilitate a discussion detailing how the women featured in the film experienced the street and passersby as kind of war zone in which the women assaulted, victimized and treated as sex objects. You’ll discuss what it feels like to be a woman walking on the street in a cultural environment that does nothing to discourage men from heckling, following, touching or disparaging you in public spaces. Armed with only a video camera, filmmaker Maggie Hadleigh-West demonstrates that streets are a war zone for women, and by confronting her abusers she reclaims space that was stolen from her.
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Location: Room 5891
Free Admission

Monday, March 12
Women’s History Month Lecture Series Part II: Progressive Changes in Pakistani Parliament
Foothill College History & Women’s Studies Instructor Dolores Davison, M.A., will discuss the changes recently enacted by the Pakistani parliament, which have moved rape out of the religious sector of law and into the secular. Co-sponsored by Foothill Business & Social Sciences Division.
Time: 11 a.m.–Noon
Location: Room 3303
Free Admission

Monday, March 12
Film Festival IV: The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water documentary by Kum-Kum Bhavnani details the stories of strong, powerful women who are “confronting the destructive development of the Third World with new cultures and a passion for change.” Watch Senegalese, Israeli, Palestinian, Brazilian and Indian women as they become forces of profound change in their homelands. Complimentary refreshments provided.
Time: Noon–1:30 p.m.
Location: Room 6505
Free Admission

Tuesday, March 13
Meet Artist Liz Harvey Reception
Experience new works by featured artist Liz Harvey, a sculptor who works primarily with craft processes especially those culturally associated with women. Harvey acknowledges the influential role that American feminist artists of the 1970s have had on her work and often uses her work to highlight the pleasure that is found in the everyday. Her exhibition has been made possible by a generous grant from the Peninsula Community Foundation Peninsula Artists Fund. Complimentary refreshments provided.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Semans Library Gallery
Free Admission

Wednesday, March 14
Comedy Theatre Featuring Sex Signals
This event blends a combination of comedy and audience interaction to discuss just that—sex signals! Watch professional comedians speak about the misunderstandings that are evident between the sexes, while also being able to view what your peers have to say about dating, sex, acquaintance rape, and the frustrations of understanding the complexities of males and females. Co-sponsored by Foothill College Health Services Office. Complimentary refreshments provided.
Time: Noon–1:30 p.m.
Location: Smithwick Theater
Free Admission

Thursday, March 15
The Madwoman of Chaillot—A Photo Journal
Actress, vocalist and photographer Annette Stenger, who also serves as executive assistant to the college president at Foothill College, will present her photo journal based on author Jean Giraudoux’s play, The Madwoman of Chaillot. A famous verse from the play reads, “Nothing is ever so wrong in this world that a sensible woman can’t set it right in the course of an afternoon.” A sabbatical project completed in Paris, Stenger’s original photo journal is a detailed beautiful study of the “madwoman’s” journey through the magical streets of Paris, and the villages of Saignon and Mont St. Michel.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Chinese Heritage Room (Room 3523)
Free Admission


Additional Events & Activities
  • Art Exhibitions & Displays—Admission is free. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.–9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. For more information, call (650) 949-7282.
  • For additional event, driving and parking information, access www.foothill.edu or call (650) 949-7282.

Earn College Credit
  • Enroll in Foothill's SOSC 36 course and earn one unit of transferable credit. For requirements and registration information, call (650) 949-7218.
  • PAA and PGA available for faculty and staff participation.


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