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CROW Past Events 2009


January 22, 2009    6:30 p.m.

Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region hosts screening of documentary film "I Had an Abortion." Ten American women, including one from Memphis, candidly tell about their experiences and emotions before and after having an abortion. Short panel discussion will follow at 7:30 p.m. First Congregational Church, Pilgrim House Conference Center, 1000 S. Cooper. For info on the event call 725-3008 or click here.

January 23, 2009    12:30 - 2 p.m.

Open Reading Group Discussion and LuncheonWho Sings the Nation-State? Language, Politics, Belonging by Judith Butler and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Junior League of Memphis Community Resource Center, 3475 Central Avenue.  RSVP required by January 20 to or to 901.678.3732.  Sponsored by the Marcus Orr Center, the Center for Research on Women, Women's & Gender Studies, and Rhodes College Women's Studies Program.

January 29, 2009   6:30 p.m.

Judith Butler
 lecture on Vulnerability, Survivability: The Political Affects of War. Spring Marcus Orr Faculty Senate Lecture, part of the Marcus Orr Center's Richard Wright Centennial Celebration. Co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Women. University of Memphis, Fogelman Executive Center. For more info.

February 12, 2009    7 p.m.

Vagina Monologues - final dress rehearsal.  Pay what you can.  First Congregational Church, 1000 S. Cooper, Midtown Memphis.  For information 901.619.1724 or

February 13, 2009    8 p.m.

Vagina Monologues, performance, silent auction, and donation bar.  Proceeds to benefit YWCA and Exchange Club Family Center for programs to prevent family violence.   Location: Minglewood Hall, 1555 Madison Ave. For information 901.619.1724 or visit

February 24, 2009   7 p.m.

America the Beautiful, award winning documentary by Daryl Roberts which examines America's obsession with cosmetic beauty. Rose Theater, University of Memphis. Free and open to the public. Presented by the Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee.

March 2, 2009   2:30 p.m.

Fast Food Women, a film that takes an inside look at the lives of the women who fry chicken, make pizzas, and flip burgers and four different fast food restaurants in eastern Kentucky. A "Memphis Reads" event sponsored by the Center for Research on Women. Memphis Reads is reading "Fast Food Nation" by Eric Schlosser. Mitchell Hall Auditorium, University of Memphis. For more info call 678-2770.

March 6-7, 2009

Angela Davis speaks at the ACS Women's & Gender Studies Conference, Rhodes College. For info visit

March 18, 2009   11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

In Her Own Words: Inspirational Speeches from the Women’s Rights Movement,McWherter Library Rotunda.  Students from the Department of Theatre and Dance perform excerpts from some of the most inspirational speeches by women in U.S. history. Sponsored by the Center for Research on Women, UofM Friends of the Libraries, Department of Theater and Dance, and Department of Communication. For info call 678-2770.

March 18, 2009   7:30 p.m.

The Vagina Monologues.  Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region presents Eve Ensler's award-winning show, Circuit Playhouse, 1705 Poplar Avenue.  Tickets $40 and include complimentary wine bar before the show. For info visit or call 901.725.3051.

March 6 - April 9, 2009

SnapShots: Memphis Women at Work. Original exhibit of photographs by 25 prominent Memphis women will be on display at the Germantown Performing Arts Center. Exhibit celebrates 25 years of research on issues of gender, race, class, sexual orientation and social inequality by the University of Memphis Center for Research on Women. Call 678-2770 for info.

March 27, 2009   9 a.m.  - 3:45  p.m.

Wednesdays Women and the Legacy of Women's Activism, symposium by the Center for Research on Women's Research Interest Group on Globalization and the U.S. South, Dr. Wanda Rushing, Chair, National Civil Rights Museum.  For more info

March 28, 2009   5:30 - 7 p.m.

Women's History Month Reception honoring SnapShots photographers and subjects, and Germantown Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy.  Germantown Performing Arts Center. Free and open to the public. Call 678-2770 for info. 

March 30 - April 3, 2009

Why Do You Hate Me? Week featuring the Tunnel of Oppression, an interactive discrimination simulation, and The Writing on the Wall project.
Sponsored by the UofM Student Activities Council.

April 1-4, 2009

10th Annual White Privilege Conference. "Taking Responsibility: Awareness, Healing, and Social Change." Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. For more info.

April 2, 2009   7 p.m.

Hope and Courage:  Women's Stories of Resistance in Pinochet's Chile, featuring Marjorie Agosin, Award-winning poet and human rights activist.  White Station Middle School, 5465 Mason, Memphis.  Free and open to the public.  Sponsored by Facing History and Ourselves, and The AllState Foundation.

April 3-4, 2009    

The Obama Phenomenon:  Race and Political Discourse in the United States Today.
  Presented by the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change, University of Memphis.  Free and open to the public. Click here for more information.

April 22, 2009     3-5 p.m

Nowhere to Hide:  A Look at the Pervasive Atmosphere of Sexual Harassment in Memphis Middle and High Schools.  CROW's 2009 Community Issues Forum. Researchers from the Center for Research on Women present original data on sexual harassment in Memphis middle and high schools, followed by a panel discussion of the issue. The Urban Child Institute, 600 Jefferson Ave., Memphis.  Reception immediately following.  For more info call 678-2770. (Download full report.)

April 29, 2009     11:30 - 12:30

Lunch, Laughs, and Liberty.  Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region presents comedian, writer and pro-choice activist Carol Leifer.  University Holiday Inn, 3700 Central Ave.  Tickets $25.  Purchase online or call 901.725.3051.

May 9, 2009

All About Women, Cook Convention Center. Connecting women with free resources to balance and renew their lives and improve their health. For info

May 9, 2009

Girls for Change Policy Party. After months of training, teen girls practice their change-making skills on local policy makers regarding sexual harassment in school. Location TBA. For info call 678-2642.

August 13, 2009        6:30 p.m.

The Souls of Black Girls, by Daphne S. Valerius.  Documentary about media images of women of color and their impact.  Safari World Tapas Restaurant, 414 S. Main Street, Memphis.  6:30 networking, 7 p.m. film.  $5 donations requested, hosted by The Privy Syndicate.

August 20, 2009       11:30 a.m.

Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region presents the Tennessee State Legislature v. Roe v. Wade, Lunch and program, University of Memphis Holiday Inn. For information contact Shoshanna Creech 901.725.3051.

August 22, 2009      10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Between Teens, free educational and social group for girls ages 13-17 to learn how to take care of their reproductive health. Free snacks and lunch served. Frayser Public Library, 37112 Argonne Street. Sponsored by the Memphis Center for Reproductive Health.  For info contact Nikole Gettings or Jennifer Marshall at 901-274-3550.

August 22, 2009      9 a.m. - 12 Noon

Town Hall Meeting on health care reform, hosted by Shelby County Legislative Delegation.  Discussion by state and local elected officials on impact of current federal health care reform proposals on Memphis and Shelby County residents.  University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Student Alumni Center, 800 Madison Avenue at Manassas St.  Parking available.

August 25, 2009       7 p.m.

Women and Work:  Bridging Women's Struggles Across Borders, organized by Workers Interfaith Network (WIN) and STICH, an organization that links the struggles for economic justice of Central American and U.S. women workers.  Program features Carmen Molina, banana worker and Guatemalan labor activist, Brenda Shields, Chief Steward, MCS for Service Empoyees International Union Local 205, Cristina Condori, domestic worker and activist with the Memphis Workers' Center, and Keri Brondo, Asst. Professor of Anthropology, University of Memphis. Balmoral Presbyterian Church, 6413 Quince Rd. (between Kirby Pkwy and Ridgeway Rd.) For more info call Rev. Rebekah Jordan Gienapp 901.332.3570 or email WIN.

August 26, 2009         Women's Equality Day

Commemorating the passage of the 19th Amendment, the Woman Suffrage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave U.S. women full voting rights in 1920.

August 27, 2009     4 p.m.

Former House Majority Leader and current candidate for Governor Kim McMillantour of CROW offices and research projects.  University of Memphis, 339 Clement Hall.


September 5, 2009       10 a.m.

Local chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) meets the first Saturday of each month, White Station Library.  For more info contact Lynda Sagrestano, Membership Coordinator, at 901.678.2770.

September 13, 2009      4:00 - 5:45 p.m.

Pray the Devil Back to Hell, free screening of Oscar-short listed documentary of Liberian women's efforts to end their country's recent bloody civil war.  Discussion and refreshments following the film.  Idlewild Presbyterian Church, TK Young room. Tickets available from church office, or by email.  More about the film

September 16, 2009    11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Memphis Collaborative on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention and Parenting (MCAPPP).  The Urban Child Institute, 600 Jefferson Ave., Downtown Memphis.  For more info contact Kenya Bradshaw

September 17, 2009     6 - 8 p.m.

2009 James Award Celebration, Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region honors Betsy Mandel Carley for her years of support and community service..  Just for Lunch, 2092 Poplar Ave. in Chickasaw Oaks Plaza. Tickets are $75 and may be purchased by phone (901-725-3051) or online.

September 22, 2009     11:30 p.m.

CROW Welcome Back Faculty Affiliate Luncheon, Community Resource Room, Junior League of Memphis, 3475 Central Avenue. Call 901.678.2770.

September 23, 2009   2 - 3 p.m.

Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change Open House, Rose Theatre Lobby, University of Memphis.  Reception following presentations.  Free and open to the public.  For more information.

September 26, 2009       8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Expanding Your Horizons, a one-day workshop in Math and the Sciences for girls in grades 6 through 8.  Registration fee $12, lunch included.  Sponsored by The University of Memphis, Herff College of Engineering with support from the Center for Research on Women, the College of Communication and Fine Arts, and AAUW.  More info.

September 30, 2009    8 p.m.

Stonewall Tigers General meeting (Coming Out Stories Part 1).  Professionals will be available to discuss with attendees their experiences with the "coming out" process.  Brister Hall, Rm 200, University of Memphis.

October 1, 2009      5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Raising Families, Erasing Violence. National DV survivor and heroine Susan Still tells her story of abuse and escape. 2009 Clothesline Project commemorating victims of domestic violence will also be on display.  Lindenwood Christian Church, 2400 Union Ave. For information go to

October 2, 2009      12:00-12:30pm

Banned Books Week 2009.  Please join  Lisa M. Hume, with the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis, in the rotunda of the Ned R. McWherter Library. Ms. Hume will be reading from Ms. Magazine, which was banned in 1979 from high schools.  The purpose of this selection is to "share the importance of empowering women and ensuring that women's issues have a voice in our society."  The University Libraries of the University of Memphis will observe Banned Books Week Sept. 28-Oct.

October 3, 2009       10 a.m.

Local chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) meets the first Saturday of each month, White Station Library. Today's program is on Sexual Harassment. For more info contact Lynda Sagrestano, Membership Coordinator, at 901.678.2770.

October 3, 2009       7 p.m.

National Civil Rights' Museum presents U People. U People is a rockumentary that presents an entire cast and crew of 30 gay and straight women and trans folks of color who were caught on camera behind the scenes of a not-so-typical music video shoot.  What the camera caught will introduce a hilarious, candid and very human voice into the discussion of gay and straight within the black community. The screening is free but by RSVP only.  Please RSVP here.  Read more about U People.

October 5, 2009    7 p.m.

Stonewall Tigers present "Coming Out Stories Part 2," a sharing of personal "coming out" stories and discussion of the problems and solutions that people have encountered.  University of Memphis, Panhellenic Ballroom.

October 6, 2009    7 p.m.

LGBT in the Media.  Stonewall Tigers present a discussion of the depiction of the LGBT community in modern Pop culture (movies, television, music, literature).  Panhellenic Ballroom, University of Memphis.

October 7, 2009

Stonewall Tigers Float Party. Come help decorate an LGBT float for the homecoming parade. (location TBA)

October 9-10, 2009      

Feminist Majority Foundation presents 3rd Annual Women of Color Conference, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA.  More info.

October 17, 2009      1 p.m.

CROW affiliate faculty member, Dr. Beverly Bond, will be signing her new book,Tennessee Women: Their Lives and Times, on Saturday, October 17th at Davis-Kidd Booksellers, Inc. located at 387 Perkins Ext., Memphis, TN 38117.

October 19, 2009       10 a.m.

Gloria Steinem is keynote speaker at the 2009 Economic Summit presented by the Tennessee Economic Council on Women. Franklin Marriott at Cool Springs. More information.

October 23 - 25, 2009

Gandhi-King Conference on Peacemaking, an opportunity to engage with experts on issues of justice, nonviolence, sustainability, education, community building and more.  Workshops and panels.  To register or for more information


October 28, 2009    11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.M

 Memphis Collaborative on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention and Parenting (MCAPPP).  The Urban Child Institute, 600 Jefferson Ave., Downtown Memphis.  For more info contact Kenya Bradshaw

October 26-30 Domestic Violence Awareness Week Sponsored by U of M Student Activities Council

Clothes Line Project. Monday, October 26 - Friday, October 30. T-Shirts of various colors, representing various forms of domestic abuse and decorated by survivors of domestic violence, hang on a clothes line outside the Ned R. McWherter Library.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.  Monday, October 26 - 4pm--Student Plaza.  Men will walk in women's high-heeled shoes as part of an international men's march to stop rape, gender violence and sexual assault. A discussion will follow.

Screening of Enough. Tuesday, October 27 - 6pm. Psychology Auditorium.  Discussion to follow.

Survivors' Panel Discussion. Wednesday, October 28 - 1pm. Survivors of Domestic Violence will gather for a discussion in the Rose Theatre Lobby.

Warning Signs of Abuse Workshop. Thursday, October 29 - 7pm. Richardson Towers Game Room.

For more information, call 901-678-8679, email, or visit Web site


November 3, 2009    6:45pm

Lifting the veil on Iran: Presentation, performance and discussion themed on Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis. Featuring Lilly Afshar, Professor of Guitar Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music University of Memphis and Danny Postel, author of Reading Legitimation Crisis in Tehran: Iran and the Future of Liberalism. Pre-event reception at 6:00pm in the lobby of the U of M Rose Theatre. Presentation at 6:45pm.  Free and open to the public.  For more information visit the Marcus Orr Center for the Humanitieswebsite.


November 5, 2009     8:30am-5:00pm

Please join the Federal Reserve Community Affairs division and the Center for Community Building and Neighborhood Action for an all day event aimed at confronting poverty through an "asset building strategy." Asset Building:  Pathways to Family Economic Security will be held at The Urban Child Institute, 600 Jefferson Ave., Downtown Memphis.  For more info contact  Phyllis Betts

November 5, 2009       6 p.m.

Facing History and Ourselves, 13th Annual Memphis Benefit dinner and program, Peabody Hotel.  For more information contact Lauren Grossman,

November 7, 2009       10 a.m.

Local chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) meets the first Saturday of each month, White Station Library.  For more info contact Lynda Sagrestano, Membership Coordinator, at 901.678.2770.

November 10, 2009   7p.m.

Sex Signals. The Student Activities Council will be presenting an improvisational performance/discussion about dating and sexual assault in the Michael D. Rose Theatre.  For more information contact SAC at 901-678-8679. 

December 1, 2009      3 p.m.

Maternal Death from Trauma, talk by Dr. Nancy Hardt, Professor of Pathology and Ob-Gyn, Senior Associate Dean for External Affairs, University of Florida College of Medicine.  Free event. University of Memphis, 337 Clement Hall. Co-sponsored by the UofM Center for Research on Women and the School of Public Health.  For more info call 901.678.2770.

December 5, 2009       10 a.m.

Local chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW)meets the first Saturday of each month, White Station Library.  For more info contact Lynda Sagrestano, Membership Coordinator, at 901.678.2770.

December 19, 2009       10 a.m.

HIV/AIDS Education and Testing Exhibit.Please join St. Jude Hospital, State Representatives GA Hardaway and Barbara Cooper and Friends for Life at First Baptist Church, 2835 Broad Ave, Memphis, TN 38122 for information on HIV and AIDS.

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