Tuesday, February 20, 2007

International Women's Day

The annual celebration of International Women's Day starts at 6:30 p.m. 1 March in the Lilly Auditorium of the University Library of Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis.

Co-sponsored by the IUPUI Women's Studies Program, School of Liberal Arts, Office of Campus and Community Life, and University Library, the event is free and open to all.

According to Karen Kovacik, the opening reception, catered by Caribbean Flavor restaurant, will begin at 6:30 p.m. The following community groups and institutions will be represented at the reception: the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Julian Center, the Etheridge Knight Poetry Festival, Planned Parenthood, and Out Word Bound Books.

The program begins at 7 p.m. with classical Indian dance by Priyanka Dube, poetry by Tasha Jones, fiction by Joanna Wos and Claudia Labin, and a dramatic performance by Donna Edmond. Debra White-Stanley will host this part of the program.

After the featured performers, there will be another 20-minute break, and the multicultural, multilingual open mic will begin at 8:20 p.m.

Dr. Kovacik says there are only about fourteen slots left for the open mic, so please email Tiffany Kyser. if you want to be put on the list. Tiffany, a former women's basketball star at IUPUI and a wonderful poet, will be emcee. To keep the open mic portion of our program to an hour, readers are asked to restrict themselves to one page of poetry or a half page of prose. The work must have been written by a woman. Those reading in languages other than English are asked to bring a translation as well.

For information, contact Karen Kovacik, 317:274-9831.

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