Women’s Resource Center begins film series

Jen Lassen

Director of Public Relations

A semester-long film series on issues of gender and gender norms hosted jointly by the Women’s Resource Center and International Student Services began on Sept. 12.

The film series aims to raise awareness regarding issues that women face around the world, said Tracy Russell, director of the Women’s Resource Center.  

The film screenings are on the second Thursday of each month at 9 p.m. in the IEA Multipurpose Room. Included in the series this semester are films that focus on stories and issues in the United States, Thailand, and Kenya.

“Through the sharing of stories of hardship and triumph, struggle and compassion, we hope to encourage students to think about ways in which progress has been made in their own countries, and where work still needs to be done in big and small ways in the United States and around the world,” Russell said.

The Global Women Film Series also functions as a supplement to classroom discussions.

“This is just what students want and need to fully benefit from their time here. For example, students in my Feminist Philosophy class and in my Gender Bender Foundation Seminar will attend these screenings,” said Sheila Lintott, associate professor of Philosophy and chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department.

“It is our hope that the Global Women Film Series will engage the Bucknell community to watch, consider, discuss, and learn more about many women’s issues worldwide,” said Jennifer Figueroa, director of International Student Services.

Women’s Resource Center Book Club, another program which started last year, will continue hosting discussions this fall. Nearly 30 students, faculty, and staff have signed up for the first book discussion on Sept. 26, “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” written by Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook.

Next month, the Women’s Resource Center will host a series of events focused on issues related to sexual assault and dating violence. Projects and programs include the Clothesline Project, Take Back the Night, the return of the CRY HAVOC Company, and “Realer Than That,” a 25-minute play followed by a talk-back with the cast and crew.

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