The Women’s & Gender Studies Department Proudly Presents
Women’s History Month
CELEBRATING CANADIAN HEROINES
with author and historian Merna Forster
Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:30-8:00 p.m. BOSA Theatre
Talk and Q+A: 45-60 minutes, followed by book signing and
October is Women’s History Month
in Canada. Join us for a special event with author and historian Merna Forster,
who will be giving a presentation about fascinating women in Canadian history,
from the Inuit guide who helped search for the Franklin Expedition to the first
woman in the world to design an airplane. She’ll be sharing remarkable true
stories of some of the trailblazers featured in her books, along with great
historical images, fun facts and trivia.
A part of the Hon. Thomas A. Dohm Q.C. Lecture Series
A part of the Hon. Thomas A. Dohm Q.C. Lecture Series FREE ADMISSION
Date: March 20, 2014 Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm Location: Library Building, Room 322
Author Carol M. Cram will talk about the genesis of her novel The Towers of Tuscany that tells the story of a woman painter in fourteenth century Italy. Sofia Carelli is trained by her father in the painter's craft and risks everything to follow her passions-in painting and in love. Carol will talk about the art of the period, the roles of women, and the themes of the novel, and read some excerpts from the novel.
Set amid the twisting streets and sunlit piazzas of medieval Italy, the Towers of Tuscany tells the story of a woman who dares to follow her own path in the all-male domain of the painter's workshop. Sofia Barducci is born into a world where a woman is only as good as the man who cares for her, but she still claims the right to make her own mistakes. Her first mistake is convincing her father to let her marry Giorgio Carelli, a wealthy saffron merchant in San Gimignano, the Tuscan city of towers. Trained in secret by her father to create the beautifully-crafted panels and altarpieces acclaimed today as masterpieces of late medieval art, Sofia's desire for freedom from her father's workshop leads her to betray her passion and sink into a life of loveless drudgery with a husband who comes to despise her when she does not produce a son.In an attack motivated by vendetta, Sofia's father is crushed by his own fresco, compelling Sofia to act or risk the death of her soul. The choice she makes takes her on a journey from misery to the heights of passion-both as a painter and as a woman. Sofia escapes to Siena where, disguised as a boy, she paints again. When her work attracts the notice of a nobleman who discovers the woman under the dirty smock, Sofia is faced with a choice that nearly destroys her.The Towers of Tuscany unites a strong heroine with meticulously researched settings and compelling characters drawn from the rich tapestry of medieval Italy during one of Europe's most turbulent centuries. The stylishly written plot is packed with enough twists and turns to keep readers up long past their bedtimes
The Women's and Gender Studies Department presents the following events in honour of International Women's Day:
Monday, March 3, 20145:30pmBosa Building Theatre
Synopsis:WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, WONDER WOMEN!looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society's anxieties about women's liberation.
WONDER WOMEN! goes behind the scenes with Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner, comic writers and artists, and real-life superheroines such as Gloria Steinem, Kathleen Hanna and others, who offer an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre.
Wednesday, March 5, 20144:00pm - 6:00pmCedar Building, Room 148
An expert panel will discuss their experiences in navigating the world of media and how they have challenged the status quo of women in their respective fields.
Panelists: Daphne Bramham - Columnist for the Vancouver Sun Linda Solomon Wood - Founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of the Vancouver Observer Maggie Langrick - President and Publisher at LifeTree Media
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