Lee to Celebrate International Women’s Week
Lee University’s Cultural Diversity Committee will host a series of events during the week of March 11-14 to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD). Activities will include lectures, a panel discussion, chapel services, and a poster competition.
Lee began honoring International Women’s Day in 2008, recognizing this day as an opportunity to mark the economic, political, and social achievements of women.
“I love the fact that Lee University takes a whole week to celebrate International Women’s Day with a series of events designed to remember, affirm, and honor what God Himself says about women,” said Dr. Ana Alves Shippey, assistant professor of political science at Lee. “Women, along with men, are created in God’s own image, and together and simultaneously both man and woman are blessed (Genesis 1: 27-28).”
Activities begin Tuesday at 10:40 a.m. with a special liturgical service held in Lee’s Chapel. Catherine Mantooth, senior lecturer in theatre and theatre technical director, will speak about the way she experienced God’s provision after going through a series of difficult years. The service will be officiated by Associate Professor of Christian Formation Dr. Lisa Long, and music will be provided by Dr. Lenena Brezna, assistant professor of voice, and Ladies of Lee.
Events continue Wednesday with the fifth annual student poster session from 1-3:45 p.m. in the Great Room of the Science and Math Complex. This event includes poster presentations from students of any major who present on various topics pertaining to women’s issues. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three student presenters.
Katelyn Beaty will speak in chapel Thursday, March 14, at 10:40 a.m. in the Conn Center. She is the author of “A Woman’s Place” and contributor to Christianity Today, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and The New York Times. Beaty will address questions regarding females in church leadership.
IWD will conclude Thursday at 6 p.m. with a School of Religion panel titled, “Women and Social Change.” The roundtable will feature panelists Dr. Lisa Stephenson, Dr. Mary McCampbell, and Sara Keel, and will take place in the SOR Jones Lecture Hall.
Other events will take place during the week for students and staff. “Latte in the Library,” with Dr. Suzanne Holt, will provide an opportunity for students to hear her story and meet with faculty members for advice on navigating college, life experiences, or life’s plans. A faculty and staff reception will also be held during the week to honor women on staff.
All events are free, non-ticketed, and open to the public.