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Wittenberg Celebrates Women’s History Month

March 16, 2011  
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Springfield, Ohio – Multiple academic departments at Wittenberg University have joined together to present the Women’s History Month Arts Celebration at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in historic Weaver Chapel. Faculty members from the Departments of English, Theatre and Dance, Music, and History, and the African and Diaspora Studies Program, invite the public to join them as they recognize and celebrate contributions of women in society.

The Wittenberg Singers, directed by Associate Professor of Music Adam Jonathan Con, director of choral activities and vocal music education, performs “March of the Women” by Ethel Smyth, one of the famous leaders of the women’s suffrage movement, and “Honour the Earth” by Sarah Hopkins, an Australian composer who wrote the piece as a celebration of honoring mother earth.

Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance Shih-Ming Li Chang has choreographed dance movements for Wittenberg dance student for both selections.

Professor Emeritus of Music Trudy Faber presents “Suite No. 1 for Organ” by Florence Smith Price, possibly the only published African-American female composer of classical style organ pieces. Assistant Professor of Music Jessica McCormack, soprano, Professor of Music Dan Kazez, cello, Adjunct Instructor of Music Lori Akins, flute, and Adjunct Instructor of Music Diane Slagle, piano, present “Caesaria” by Meira Warshauer.

H. Orth Hirt Professor and Chair of the History Department Tammy Proctor will speak briefly about the fight for women’s suffrage in the early 20th century, and Rachel Denny, class of 2014 from Green Bay, Wisc., a registered member of the Oneida Tribe of Indians and part Brothertown Indian, will read an Oneida Tale.

The event will also include a reading by Associate Professor of English Carmiele Wilkerson from the works of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, an internationally recognized author from the African nation of Nigeria.

Written By: Phyllis Eberts


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