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Upcoming Spring 2015 Events



Film Screening: “Persepolis” has been RESCHEDULED for Wednesday, March 11th (original date 03/04)

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM, CFO 202. Persepolis is an autobiographical film by Marjane Satrapi, author and co-director.  This heart-rending animated film depicts Marjane as a young girl coming-of-age in Iran during the Islamic Revolution, which marks the beginning of years of political and religious turmoil.  During that time, women and girls had few-to-no rights, and thousands were imprisoned as the fundamentalists took power.  Nine-year-old Marjane, clever and bold, outsmarted the "social guardians" and discovered punk music, ABBA and Iron Maiden.  Her beloved uncle taught her a lot about the world, participated in political protests, and was senselessly executed.  Fear permeated the country as bombs fell around Tehran in the Iran/Iraq war.  Marjane’s parents, concerned for her safety, sent her to school in Austria.  Her ordeals and experiences are revealed with sensitivity in the film, which concludes after Marjane’s heartbreaking decision to relocate to France at age 24, where she finds strength and becomes optimistic about her future.  The film explores themes such as gender, religion, and spirituality.

This event is free of charge and hosted by the Women’s Studies Graduate Student Association (WSGSA).  Pizza compliments of TWU Student Life and TWU Commuter Services.

6:00 PM Pizza available, first-come-first-served

6:30 PM Film begins

8:00 PM Discussion and Contest Award Announcement

Please follow the links to the trailer and film description:


World Book Day (WBD): World Book Day was established by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) with the aim of enhancing literacy among children and to promote publishing and copyright.  Over 100 countries celebrate World Book Day.  For more information visit the website

For interesting reads, “50 books that will change your life,” visit,

To learn more about UNESCO, visit

Look for future announcements of TWU events celebrating World Book Day.


International Women’s Day (IWD): Global Connections recognizes International Women’s Day, a day acknowledging women’s accomplishments all over the world. International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900’s, with the purpose of promoting greater equality, and the economic, political, and social achievements of women.  The 2015 IWD theme, Make It Happen, is geared at promoting effective action to advance and recognize women. Various organizations are encouraged to identify their personalized theme, and partake in powerful campaigns that could raise awareness and encourage donations for good causes.

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Event: TWU International Festival: 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM, Jones Hall Suite 200.  Enjoy the opportunity to indulge in international cuisine, entertainment, and display of international artwork at the annual TWU International Festival.  Live performance begins at 11:00 AM and lunch will be served at 12:00 PM.  The event is sponsored by the Office of International Education and the International Student Association.  The event is free of charge; entry voucher and lunch ticket are required, which can be picked up at OIE. 

Contact the Office of International Education for more information:


Lecture: Guest Speaker, Dr. Min Zhou, Fulbright Research Scholar, “Aesthetical and A-aesthetical Representation of Women in the Age of Media Transformation.”  Lecture is at 3:00 p.m. in ACT 301, a reception will follow at 4:30 p.m. in ACT 2.  Embrace the opportunity to meet Dr. Min Zhou as she shares with us substantial and enthralling information regarding women in the media; a special contribution to TWU’s Women’s Global Awareness Month, and in keeping the Lasso 100th “Women in the Media” theme.

Dr. Zhou is Professor and Associate Dean of the Institute of Literary Studies of Shanghai International Studies University, and deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of British and American Literary Studies.   She is currently a prestigious Fulbright Research Scholar at Columbia University in New York, working on a project entitled “Toward a Global Ecology of Media: A Trans-Cultural Analysis of American and China’s Approaches to Media ‘Ecology’ in the Twenty-First Century.”  Research areas of interest to Dr. Zhou include contemporary literature, cultural studies, and media ecology.  She is the author of three books and translator of two books.  Her most recent book will be published with Transcript and Columbia Press.  With her experience and qualifications, anticipate an in-depth presentation on the subjects of women, the media, justice, and more. 

This event is sponsored by the U.S. Fulbright Fellowship (Fulbright Outreach Lecturing Fund), TWU Department of English, Speech and Foreign Languages, TWU Office of Student Life, TWU Commuter Services, and the TWU Global Connections Initiative.

For information about media ecology:


Presentation: Panel Discussion: “The Global Realities of Women’s Rights." 11:00 AM-12:20 PM in ACT 301, Denton Campus. ACT is the tall building in the center of campus labeled "TWU," and can be reached from Administration Drive. Physical address of the TWU Campus is 304 Administration Dr., Denton, TX, 76204.

The Global Connections hosts a panel discussion regarding women’s rights, followed by a Q&A session.  A diverse group of panelists will highlight the injustices that women around the world encounter throughout their lives and will discuss how much progress is being made to bring about equality and dignity for women in various cultures.

Moderator: Dr. Abigail Tilton

Panelists (in order of presentation):

  • Dr. Barbara Presnall, Professor, Dept. of History & Government (focus: United States)
  • Dr. Manal Omary, Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry (focus: Jordan)
  • Dr. Pushkala Raman, Associate Professor, School of Management (focus: India)
  • Dr. Brigitte Vittrup, Associate Professor, Family Sciences (focus: Denmark and Scandinavian countries)

Reading references can be found here.

Event flyer can be found here.

Thanks are extended to Ms. Carla Wilson, Graduate Teaching Assistant, in the Department of Women’s Studies, for including this panel discussion in her “Gender and Cultural Change” class.  This event is free of charge.


Film Screening: Miss Representation w/Director Ms. Jennifer Siebel Newsom. 6:00 PM, CFO-203.  Miss Representation reveals the betrayal of women in the media. The film demonstrates how society is misguided by media content, which generally highlights the mere physical attributes and nurturing abilities of women, but limits recognition of their intellectual capabilities. The film also uncovers how successful women in various careers are still deprived of respect and recognition for their achievements in comparison to the male gender.  Miss Representation will leave the audience thinking of the many opportunities our world could be deprived of if women’s endeavors continue to go unsupported or underrepresented.

Join our guest speaker, film Director, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, as she discusses Miss Representation and its efforts to raise awareness about stamping out inequality and discrimination. The event is sponsored by Commuter Services and Lasso 100th in celebration of Women in the Media and International Women’s Day.

Follow the link to Miss Representation trailer:


For additional information on Global Connections events, contact:

Global Connections
P.O. Box 425437
Denton, TX 76204-5437
940.898.2002 (Phone)
940.898.3366 (Fax)

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