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Antigone Rising and Assemblywoman Glick - Highlights of Women's History Month at Hudson Valley

CONTACT: Lisa Roche (518) 629-8063 or Siobhan Quinn at 629-7170
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001

A modern African-American feminist, an openly lesbian assemblywoman, and a doula will share their important experiences, and one of the country's hottest all-female bands will perform at Hudson Valley Community College in March in honor of Women's History Month. All events take place on the Hudson Valley campus at 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy. For more information, call 629-7336 or access the Voices calendar at

These events are part of the Voices Library Lecture Series. The 2001 Voices series, entitled "Seeking a Balance," is free of charge and open to students and the public except when otherwise indicated. February featured six events celebrating African-American history and heritage. In March, the series will present four events in celebration of Women's History Month. April will feature two events in celebration of Poetry Month.

Featured Women's History Month Voices events include:

"An Update on the Status of Women in New York State"
Assemblywoman Deborah J. Glick
New York State Assembly
Thursday, March 8th, Noon
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

This five-term Assemblywoman has devoted 20 years to political activism and to championing reproductive freedom, stricter rape penalties, women's health concerns, and funding for the arts. As the first openly gay or lesbian member of the State Legislature, Glick has worked tirelessly on a sexual orientation non-discrimination bill, civil rights for domestic partners, and is currently promoting a civil union bill. She will discuss these topics and invite questions from the audience.

"Exploring the Politics of Women of Color"
Barbara Smith, Author and Activist
Wednesday, March 14th, Noon
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Ms. Smith will discuss the history of the women's movement from her own perspective as a woman of color and her instrumental role in building the modern black feminist movement.  She will address how the current status of women has been influenced by earlier feminist activism.  She will quote from her books:  The Truth Never Hurts; Writings on Race, Gender, and Freedom; Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology; and A Reader's Companion to U. S. Women's History. (Photo Available)

"Changing Childbirth:  The Role of the Doula"
Leslie Grout, Ph.D.
Heidi Ricks, Doula
Monday, March 26th, Noon
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Mothering the mother: the doula is a woman who assists other women in childbirth, taking on the roles of advocate, emotional supporter, and caregiver.  This presentation will explore the growing movement of doula-assisted birth, the work of the doula, her place in modern childbirth practice, and the implications of her work. A doula will describe her experiences and how she sees the face of American childbirth changing.

Antigone Rising Concert
Friday, March 30th, 8 p.m.
Maureen Stapleton Theatre in the Siek Campus Center
Sponsored by the Cultural Affairs Program
$5 with student ID, $8 for general public.

Antigone Rising is one of the ten best indie bands in the country, and one of the most sought-after bands on the college circuit this year. Take advantage of a rare opportunity to check out this dynamic all-female, five-member group in a local appearance. (PHOTOS & INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE)

For more information about any of the above programs, call 629-7336.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning and workforce training.