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Lee to Celebrate 10th Annual International Women’s Day


Beginning Monday, March 12, Lee University will celebrate its 10th annual International Women’s Day (IWD). The festivities will run through Thursday and include panels, lectures, and a poster competition.

IWD is hosted by Lee University’s Cultural Diversity Committee and aims to celebrate the economic, political, and social achievements of women.

“This year’s International Women’s Day events are very special,” said Dr. Ana Alves Shippey, assistant professor of political science at Lee. “As part of the Lee University Centennial Celebration, we get to learn about the role of women in the history of Lee University, as well as discuss important and delicate issues regarding women in the Church. I am also looking forward to see the high quality posters being presented in the student poster session.”

A student panel, titled “The Millennial Feminists” and led by the Student Leadership Council, will take place on Monday at 6 p.m. in Jones Lecture Hall, located in Lee’s School of Religion.

Events continue Tuesday with a special liturgical chapel with Dr. Caroline Maher-Boulis and Ladies of Lee in the Lee Chapel at 10:40 a.m. That evening, “Coffee, Cake, and Theology,” a panel to discuss abuses of power and sexual harassment, will take place in the Jones Lecture Hall at 6.

On Wednesday, the fourth annual Student Poster Session will take place from 1-4 p.m. in the Great Room in Lee’s Science and Math Complex. This event includes poster presentations from students of any major who present on topics pertaining to women’s issues. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three student presenters, who will be announced that following Thursday, March 22.

Wednesday afternoon will include “Tea Talk: A Night of Networking” with Worthy Now, at 7 p.m. in the Great Room. This event is RSVP only, through Director of First Year Programs Rochelle Mayberry at rmayberry@leeuniversity.edu.

On Thursday, March 15, the week’s celebration will continue with Lee alumna and 3rd place finisher of The Voice’s 13th season, Brooke Simpson, in the Conn Center chapel service at 10:40 a.m.

The week’s activities conclude with a roundtable discussion, “Women in the History of Lee University,” with Dr. Carolyn Dirksen, Dr. Louis Morgan, and Dr. David Roebuck. It will take place on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Lee’s Humanities Center, Room 104.

All events are free, non-ticketed, and open to the public.

For more information about Lee’s International Women’s Day events, contact Shippey at aalves@leeuniversity.edu.

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