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March is Women's Global Awareness Month

Women’s Global Awareness Month is a month of events, guest speakers, and student activities that are dedicated to the theme of the United Nation’s International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. The Global Connections Initiative, here at the nation’s largest university primarily for women, seeks to further our mission of a global understanding through opportunities, experiences and connections for TWU students, faculty, staff, and community.

Upcoming Spring 2016 Events:

March 2 - March 31

Five Faculty Favorites

Five faculty members celebrate Women's History Month by sharing their favorite lecture, presentation, or workshop throughout the month of March. This series is co-sponsored by the Multicultural Women's Studies and Gender Studies Department and WSGSA. For more information, contact co-president of WSGSA Kristin Alder at

March 2

Five Faculty Favorites: Dr. Johnny Stein, Women's Studies
"Objects in the Mirror: Body, Space, and Expression from the Greeks, the European Middle Ages, and Far Beyond"
3:00 p.m. in MCL 502

March 3

Rethinking Gender in the Middle East: Teaching, Research, and Activism with Dr. Rima Abunasser

Rima Abunasser holds a Ph.D. in English Literature and Theory, specializing in 18th-century British Literature, Transnational Literature, and Women and Gender Studies. She teaches courses on contemporary Arabic literature, British literature, and transnational women’s writing at Texas Christian University. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in XVIII: New Perspectives on the Eighteenth Century, The Journal of North African Studies, and the European Institute of the Mediterraneans 2015 Mediterranean Yearbook. She was also co-editor of Bahamut, an anthology of transgressive work from around the globe.

Event Schedule (all events will take place on Thursday, March 3):

  • 9:30-10:50 AM: Graduate Student Seminar, "Studying the Middle East and North Africa: Access, Funding, and Research," in CFO 104 (Graduate students should RSVP here)
  • 12:30-1:30 PM: Reading Discussion of "Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving? Anthropological Reflections on Cultural Relativism and Its Others," by Lila Abu-Lughod, in CFO 203
  • 3:00-5:00 PM: Public Lecture followed by a reception, in CFO 204

Sponsored by: 

English, Speech, and Foreign Languages | Sociology and Social Work | History and Government | Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies | Global Connections | College of Arts and Sciences

March 8

International Women’s Day, Student Organization Fair, Student Union Lobby, 11:00-1:00

Kaleidoscope: Celebrating International Women's Day & International Students

In recognition of the International Women’s Day and International Festival, the Campus Alliance for Resource Education (C.A.R.E), in conjunction with the Office of International Education cordially invites you to KALEIDOSCOPE on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. Learn about student organizations, play international trivia, buy goodies at the bake sale, and other fun things.

Then you are invited to come to lunch in the Union Rm. 207 at noon. This event is free of charge but requires a ticket. You can get your tickets early in the Jones Hall, 200 (where International Education is located).

  • 11 a.m. - Noon: Student Organization Fair, SU 2nd Floor
  • 11 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Silent Auction, SU 2nd Floor
  • Noon - 1:00 p.m.: Annual International Lunch, SU Room 207
  • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.: Multicultural Student Talent Showcase, Redbud Theater 

March 9

Five Faculty Favorites: Dr. Debra Mollen, Psychology
"Reclaiming the Power of Women's Sexuality from Adolescence to Adulthood"
2:00 p.m. in ASB 207

March 23

Five Faculty Favorites: Dr. Kimberly Parker, Health Studies
"Stories in Sisterhood: Using digital storytelling to address intersectionality among cis and transgender women of color to inform HIV prevention efforts"
3:00 p.m. in MCL 502

March 28

Five Faculty Favorites: Dr. Katherine Landdeck, History
"Heroic Patriots, Selfish Vixens, Spunky Grandmas and National Treasures: Changing Views of the WASPS of WWII"
3:00 p.m. in MCL 502

March 29

Inaugural Jamison Lecture with Sarah Weddington

"Laugh, Learn, and Lead: Woman’s Leadership and the Future"
7:00 p.m. in the Hubbard Hall Ballroom. Short reception and refreshments to follow the lecture. Download the event flyer here (.pdf). For additional details, please visit


March 31

“Immigration is a Feminist Issue”; 4:00-5:30 p.m. in CFO 204 | Film, panel discussion, and free pizza.

The film "Don't Tell Anyone" explores how immigration policies impact the lives of immigrant girls. There will be a brief discussion about the film afterwards featuring Becky Rodriguez, director of the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Outreach and Noura Elwazani. (Sponsored by the Triota Women’s Studies Honor Society, Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, TWU CARE, TWU Housing, and Global Connections.)

March 31

Five Faculty Favorites: Dr. Gretchen Busl, English
"Trying Her Tongue: Inadequate Language and the Poetics of Female Embodiment"
3:00 p.m. in MCL 502

October is Global Awareness Month

Global Awareness Month is a month of events, guest speakers and student activities that are dedicated to the overall Global Connections Mission. Launched in 2009, the goal of the TWU Global Connections Initiative is to provide global opportunities, experiences and connections for TWU students, faculty, staff, and the community. The initiative also is charged with helping all TWU students become global citizens with the knowledge, skills and abilities to excel in learning, living and working in a global, diverse and complex society.

Current World News

From bombings, unemployment and immigration in Europe to revolutions in the Middle East and Africa, find out how these instances are all related and resemble similar situations in the United States. 

How and why does global news affect the US?  Check our Facebook page for news articles with updates on the internal conflicts in the Middle East and Africa, the bombings in Norway, economic struggles in Greece, Italy, and Spain, and US involvement in these global events.