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Women's History Month

“She was warned. She was given an explanation.
Nevertheless, she persisted.”

-Sen. Mitch McConnell

When Mitch McConnell censured his colleague Elizabeth Warren last year for attempting to read aloud the words of Coretta Scott King on the Senate floor, he was participating in a long and rich tradition: the silencing of women by patriarchal forces. Nevertheless, Elizabeth Warren, Coretta Scott King, and women throughout history--whether famous or unknown, ancient or modern--have persisted in doing their work and advocating for change. During Women's History Month 2018, we celebrate that persistence even as we recognize the intersecting forms of discrimination women have faced in the past and continue to face in the present.  Join us as we honor the diverse women who have fought, and continue to fight, discrimination at all level and in all forms. 

    Thursday, March 1

  • The Personal is Rhetorical: Women Persisting Throughout History
    03-01-2018 | 4:00 - 5:00pm | JAAC 5001

    Society and the Arts and Sciences convocation credit

    Please join Dr. Sarah Blomeley and a group of undergraduate researchers from the Fall 2017 section of Women's Rhetoric as they present original research on previously unknown women rhetoricians. Drawing from a variety of archives--including Belmont's own Special Collections--this group will highlight women who have persisted in making their voices heard.

    Monday, March 12

  • Women on the Margins Locally and Globally: A Path Toward Healing
    03-12-2018 | 10:00 - 10:50am | JAAC Chapel

    Christian Faith and Tradition convocation credit

    In the Women’s History Month keynote chapel event for 2018, Allison Hodges Hale, missionary and founder of Mercy Jewelry in the Dominican Republic and Rondy Smith, director of Rest Stop Ministries in Tennessee, will share the ways they work to empower women on the margins in two very different social and locational contexts through faith, hope, and healing.

    Co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and University Ministries

    Monday, March 19

  • "Nevertheless They Persisted: Belmont Students Working Toward Change"
    03-19-2018 | 10:00 - 10:50am | JAAC 5001

    Global Citizenship, Leadership, Diversity, the Professions convocation credit

    Please join Dr. Shelby Longard and student leaders for an interactive, social-action based convocation where we will learn from students participating in local and global community-based movements to help encourage equality and act as agents (both locally and globally) to build a powerful movement for all women's freedom.  

    Friday, March 23

  • “Writing and Healing: A Path Toward Persistence”
    03-23-2018 | 10:00 - 10:50am | LCVA 112

    Wellness, Safety, and College Life convocation credit


    As Cynthia Gannett reminds us, we can help end oppression through writing:

    Child abuse, and incest, and other forms of violence against women will not disappear just because they can’t be written about, nor will these experiences stop having profound effects on students and learners.  Indeed, writing about the events that silence and fragment (female or male, minority or white) can help them heal sufficiently to see themselves as knowers once again.  (Gannett 1995, 126) 

    Violence against women is a central, material fact of our culture—and our college community.  And writing has been found to be one of the most effective tools by which to heal from personal trauma.  Join the Office of Counseling Services and Dr. Amy Hodges Hamilton for a writing workshop where we will explore the theory and practice of writing and trauma.  As one of Dr. HH’s students explained, “I chose to write about being raped by my stepfather because I want to survive.” 

    Co-Sponsored by College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and Counseling Services

    Monday, March 26

  • “What Was Her Name?”: Remembering Women Lost to History
    03-26-2018 | 10:00 - 10:50am | JAAC 5001

    Society and the Arts and Sciences convocation credit

    Recovering enslaved women's narratives highlights how their narratives became marginalized and teach us about the ways we marginalize women's narratives today. Please join us as Dr. Heather Finch, Faculty Fellow in English, remembers Phillis Wheatley, an eighteenth century enslaved woman and writer, along with the fragments of other enslaved women found in narratives, ship logs, and propaganda. Wheatley’s experience along with other pre-nineteenth century enslaved women’s narratives highlight how, as scholars Joanna Brooks and Lisa Moore write, “we can learn to listen for under acknowledged women’s voices in our world today.” 

    Tuesday, March 27

  • The Passion: A Choreographed Reading
    03-27-2018 | 7:00 - 8:00pm | JAAC Chapel

    Creative and Performing Arts convocation credit


    American Modern Dance began at the turn of the 20th century with determined women seeking personal and artistic freedom in a world dominated by men. With fearlessness, intelligence, and creative passion, these founding mothers of modern dance rebelled against the unnatural strictures of ballet and the constraints of the corseted clothing of the day. Their dances paved the way for contemporary women to use dance as an expression of physical strength, empowerment, and spiritual discovery.

    Join the women of the Belmont University Dance Company as they illuminate the powerful text from Scripture, crossing the boundaries of society and time, and leading you on a journey into the shadows--the perfect counterpoint to Easter morning.

    Co-sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Dance and University Ministries

    Thursday, April 5

  • #metoo: Take Back the Night
    04-05-2018 | 6:30pm | JAAC Chapel

    Wellness, Safety, and College Life convocation credit


    We seek to raise awareness about violence against students, to give students a voice in their own safety on campus, and to provide easily accessible resources for violence prevention and student safety through a Take Back the Night march and keynote address by Reverend Becca Stevens, Founder of Magdalene House & Thistle Farms. Together we can break the silence and give each other a voice, take safety into our own hands, and make campus a safer place for all students. This is for us to reclaim the night. 

    Co-sponsored by University Ministries, the Office of Campus Security, and the Office of the University Counsel