Rutgers–Camden Celebrates Women’s History Month with Groundbreaking Opera and Ample Discussion

Rutgers–Camden Celebrates Women’s History Month with Groundbreaking Opera and Ample Discussion

CAMDEN – During the month of March, Rutgers University’s Camden Campus will offer several free events to honor Women’s History Month, including a lecture by Fidel Castro’s daughter and a performance of Francesca Caccini, the world’s first female opera composer.

Wednesday, March 2:

At 12:15 p.m., Judith Giesberg, an associate professor of history at Villanova University, will discuss “A New Look at Women in the U.S. Civil War.” Giesberg is the author of Civil War Sisterhood: The United States Sanitary Commission and Women’s Politics in Transition. Lunch will be provided.

This free lecture series will take place in the third floor Faculty Lounge of Armitage Hall, which is located on Fifth Street, between Cooper Street and the Ben Franklin Bridge on the Rutgers–Camden campus.

Wednesday, March 2:

At 7 p.m., Alina Fernandez, author of Castro’s Daughter: An Exile’s Memoir of Cuba and an outspoken critic of the Cuban communist regime, will offer a glimpse into her life and the political climate of Cuba.

The lecture will take place in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Campus Center, located on Third Street, between Cooper Street and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge on the Rutgers–Camden campus. Complimentary refreshments will be offered.

Monday, March 7:

At 12:15 p.m., Charlotte Markey, an associate professor of psychology at Rutgers–Camden, will discuss “Gender, Sexuality, Romantic Relationships and Health: A Focus on Body Image.” Lunch will be provided.

This lecture will take place in room 121 of Armitage Hall, located on Fifth Street, between Cooper Street and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge on the Rutgers–Camden campus.

Wednesday, March 9:
At 5 p.m., Margaret Marsh, university professor of history and executive dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers–Camden, will discuss “My Life in Women’s History.” Marsh is co-author of the books The Fertility Doctor: John Rock and the Reproductive Revolution and The Empty Cradle: Infertility in America from Colonial Times to the Present and author of the books Suburban Lives and Anarchist Women, 1870-1920.

This lecture will take place in the fourth floor Faculty Lounge of the Law School, located on Fifth Street, between Cooper Street and the Ben Franklin Bridge on the Rutgers–Camden campus.

Tuesday, March 22:
At 12:25 p.m., Sabrina Lastman will present a musical theater piece on the poetry and perception of Uruguayan poet Idea Vilariño.

The event will take place in the Mallery Room, located on the second floor of the Fine Arts Complex on Third Street, between Cooper Street and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge on the Rutgers–Camden campus.

Wednesday, March 23:
At 12:15 p.m., internationally acclaimed soprano Julianne Baird, a distinguished professor of music at Rutgers–Camden, with Mark Rimple, will direct the single surviving opera by Francesa Caccini, the first known female opera composer. La liberazione di Ruggiero (Freeing Ruggiero from the sorceress) first premiered in 1625 and tells the story of the young knight Ruggiero’s capture by an evil sorceress and release by a good sorceress to return to his true love.

The opera will take place in the Mallery Room, located on the second floor of the Fine Arts Complex on Third Street, between Cooper Street and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge on the Rutgers–Camden campus.

Monday, March 28:

At 12:20 p.m., Kira Sanbonmatsu, professor of political science at Rutgers–New Brunswick, will discuss “The Decline of Women in Politics.” Sanbonmatsu is the author of the books Where Women Run: Gender and Party in the American States and Democrats, Republicans, and the Politics of Women’s Place.

The lecture will take place in room 121 of Armitage Hall, located on Fifth Street, between Cooper Street and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge on the Rutgers–Camden campus.

For directions to Rutgers–Camden, visit camden.rutgers.edu.

 

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