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CROW Past Events 2013


Tue., January 22, 2013, 6:00pm

Religion, Law, and Reproductive Rights. Through a generous contribution from the Charl Ormond Williams Foundation, the Center for Research on Women will join almost 50 local organizations in observing the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade with a documentary screening and panel discussion. Reception at 6pm. The University Center Theater at the University of Memphis. Free and open to the public.

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Thur., February 7, 2013, 6:00pm

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration. Isabel Wilkerson, Director of Narrative Nonfiction at Boston University, and the the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize, presents her book The Warmth of Other Suns. In it, Wilkerson describes the "Great Migration" of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North. In what she considers "one of the great under reported stories of twentieth-century American history," she tells the story of those who migrated to "realize the American Dream."

Ms. Wilkerson delivers the Belle McWilliams Lecture in American History, made possible by the Department of History, the Program in African and African-American Studies, the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change, the Department of English, the Center for Research on Women, the Department of Journalism, and Facing History and Ourselves. It will be held at Rose Theater, with a reception at 6:00 p.m. and lecture at 6:30 p.m. For more information visit the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities, or contact them at


Sun., February 24, 2013, 6:00pm

I Sing Beijing. Join the Confucius Institute as they welcome the first-ever Western singers, trained in modern Mandarin lyric diction. I Sing Beijing performers will take the stage at Rose Theatre at the University of Memphis for a special evening of music from the East and West. Reception at 6:00 p.m. followed by a 7:00 p.m. performance. Tickets are on sale at the Rose Theatre Box Office the day of the event beginning at 11:00 a.m. and online at the Confucius Institute's web site at Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 10 and under, and free to U of M students with a university ID. For more information call the Confucius Institute's office at 901-678-2595 or at 901-678-3166.

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I SING BEIJING's performance is produced by Asian Performing Arts Council, USA, and the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban).


Women's History Month March 2013

Please join CROW and the University of Memphis Community as we celebrate "Women Making History Every Day." This year we are celebrating the everyday women in our lives who have contributed to making change right in our own homes and communities.

We invite you to participate in celebrating women this month by attending the events offered for this month.


Tue., March 19, 2013, 5:30pm

Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by the Late Dr. Manning Marable.Join the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change as they welcome Zaheer Ali who will give a lecture based on the book Malcolm X: A Life of Reinventionby the Late Dr. Manning Marable. Ali is the project manager and principal researcher for Marable's Malcolm X and the project director for the Malcolm X Project at Columbia University in NYC.

Featuring: Chosen Generation, an inspirational choir at University of Memphis, and Andrew Golden, a U of M dance theatre major, whose artistic expressions capture the essence of the continuing struggle for civil and human rights.

University Center Theatre, University of Memphis. Reception at 5:30pm. Lecture at 6pm. Free and open to the public. For more information call 678-3974.


Thur., March 21, 2013 6pm

It's Not Your Mother's IUD! With Nikole Gettings, MSN, CNM. Please join CHOICES. (Memphis Center for Reproductive Health) in a casual and safe atmosphere as they discuss IUDs as an effective form of long-term family planning & pregnancy prevention. Learn how you can achieve & enjoy optimal sexual and reproductive health. To register email: All sessions are free & held at CHOICES. 1726 Poplar Ave,. Midtown Memphis. For more information contact Please feel free to print and share this flyer!


Tue., March 26, 2013, 2:30pm

Third Annual Dr. Nancy Hardt Women's Health Lecture. Dr. Nancy Hardt will lecture on the topic of "Sexual Coercion and Birth Control Sabotage within Intimate Partner Violence." She will be joined by local specialists in a response panel for questions and discussion.

Dr. Hardt is a Professor, Pathology and Ob-Gyn, Senior Associate Dean for External Affairs at the University of Florida College of Medicine, and Associate Director of the UF Family Data Center, Director of Health Disparities and Service Learning Programs in the UF College of Medicine

2:30pm hospitality, 3-5pm presentation at The Urban Child Institute, 600 Jefferson Avenue. RSVP to Deborah Clubb, Memphis Area Women's Council,

Sponsored by Memphis Area Women's Council.


Thur., April 11, 2013, 5:00pm

The Importance of Long-Acting Reversible ContraceptionJoin A Step Ahead Foundation as they welcome family planning expert, Jeff Peipert, MD as he lectures on the importance of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC), and the potential impact this has on our community. Dr. Peipert will describe the public health importance of unintended pregnancies, list the barriers to the use of IUDs in the U.S., describe the benefits of LARCs, and list the key findings of the Contraceptive CHOICE project. Lecture will be held at the UofM Holiday Inn, 3700 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38111 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Free and open to the public. Participants can pay $25 to receive Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit or Certificate of Attendance. Please visit to register. For more information contact ASAF at 901-320-STEP.


Thur., April 18, 2013, 6:00pm

Goya and the Guitar. Lily Afshar, Professor of Guitar at the University of Memphis, blends a fascinating analysis of etchings by Francisco Goya with her own inimitable performance on the classical guitar. Her first album, The 24 Caprichos de Goya, OP. 195, was originally inspired by a series of Goya's satirical black and white etchings in the eighteenth century. In order to understand the meaning of each guitar piece, Afshar extensively studied the pictures along with Goya's life, his political, social, personal and philosophical beliefs. The result is a musical masterwork. Dr. Afshar will both explain the artwork and perform selected pieces.

The event will be held at the University Center Theater, with a reception at 6:00 p.m. and the lecture/recital at 6:30 p.m. For more information contact the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities

Co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Women and the Women's Leadership & Philanthropy Council. 


Mon., October 21, 2013, 3:50-5:00pm

The Redevelopment of Underdevelopment of an ‘Internal Periphery’: Persistent Polarization in the Mississippi Delta.This presentation describes the researcher's periodic interviews with local civic and economic leaders of one Delta community since the mid-1980s, and why he continues to be persuaded by explanations for this persistent inequality and underdevelopment that feature consideration of a geographically-based political economy of race, class, and gender.

Michael Timberlake (Ph.D., Brown University) is professor of sociology at the University of Utah and North American Editor for Urban Studies. A member of the sociology faculty at the University of Memphis (1977 - 1991), Dr. Timberlake’s research and teaching experience include the sociology urban and rural communities, urbanization, and the political economy of globalization and development. His efforts have included quantitative cross-national studies of inequality, political violence, and urbanization; theoretical and empirical explorations of a world-city network approach to globalization; and community development-focused research in four Mississippi Delta communities.


Thu., November 21st, 2013, 5:30pm

I Come to Offer My Heart: An Evening With Award-Winning Cuban Author Anna Lidia Vega Serova. Anna Lidia Vega Serova will discuss socialism, multiculturalism, gender & sexuality. A short film based on her story “Misercordia” (“Mercy”) will be shown. The lecture will be in Spanish with English translation.

Anna Lidia Vega Serova was born in Leningrad (1968) to a Russian mother and Cuban father. As a child, she lived in Cuba and various locations in the former Soviet Union and studied at the Soligorsk School of Visual Arts before settling back in Havana in 1989. Serova’s blend of ethnicity and cultural experience has given her a unique perspective, leading her to become one of the 21st century’s foremost feminist writers of contemporary Cuban literature.

Read  more about Anna Lidia and read samples of her translated short stories on Anna Lidia's page.




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CROW Special Events

Roe V Wade

In addition to the various campus events CROW sponsors, we also work to bring special events to our campus such as the 100 Years, 100 Women event where we honored 100 women who made a difference to the UofM, a panel discussion about the 40th anniversary of Roe V. Wade, and various events to celebrate Women's History Month.

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