Women's Week

Women’s Week 2016: Inform. Empower. Inspire Action.

March 5th - 18th

The events for Women’s Week 2016 will inform audiences about the unique issues women face in today’s society, empower individuals to work towards social change, and inspire action.

Tickets for the Annual Women’s History Month Banquet are on sale through the Student Organization Financial Services office. Contact Jeff at 402-472-5668. Student tickets are $15, non-student $20. Department and organization tables are also available.

Food is provided for the Leadership Luncheons free of charge for all students, staff, and faculty members, but reservations are required. Reserve your spot by March 11th HERE or contact Rae Thomas at wcprogramming@unl.edu

Women of Courage, Character and Commitment:

Nominate a woman (or more than one) who has positively affected your life in a professional, personal, mentor, or peer relationship, Visit the nomination website for more information. Nominations due February 27th. Nominees will be displayed at the Caffina Cafe wall at the Nebraska Union throughout Women’s Week.

Open Shelf Donations:

Bring donations for Open Shelf to any Women’s Week Leadership Luncheons (held March 14th – March 17th at 11:30am, details below). The RSO, Greek chapter, resident hall floor, or other campus organization with the most donations will be recognized at the Women’s History Month Banquet for their contribution to helping students in need.

OWNING IT: Engendering Consciousness:

This exhibition challenges mainstream notions of power and ownership with feminist alternatives for conscious empowerment. With a focus on ordinary acts of self-will, passivity, resistance and what happens in-between, OWNING IT is a reaction to binary systems which require the marginalization of many for the benefit of a few.

OWNING IT is presented in tandem with UNL’s Women’s Week. The multimedia group exhibition will be hosted at UNL’s Love Library gallery March 5 - 31, 2016. An ongoing public screening of artwork will also take place at The Cube - an enormous digital canvas in downtown Lincoln’s rail yard. This exhibition invites discourse from regional and national artists to co-mingle with the greater Lincoln community. OWNING IT is for everyone.

March 5th

  • OWNING IT: Engendering Consciousness Night Viewing:

    • Premier screening of digital artwork challenging mainstream notions of power and ownership with feminist alternatives for conscious empowerment. Artwork will be displayed sporadically throughout March.

      8:00pm at The Cube in the Railyard

March 8th

  • Some Place ... Not Too Far Away: Bruce and Jean Conner at the University of Nebraska:

    • Guest curator Dr. Marissa Vigneault will facilitate a discussion of the work of artists Bruce and Jean Conner and their years at the University of Nebraska during the 1950s. This event is free and open to the public.

      12:00pm Sheldon Art Museum

  • Artist in Conversation with Some Place ... Not Too Far Away: Bruce and Jean Conner at the University of Nebraska:

    • Guest curator Dr. Marissa Vigneault and artist Jean Conner will engage in conversation about Conner’s work in collage at the University of Nebraska and the influence of popular culture on its progression. This event is free and open to the public.

      5:30pm Sheldon Art Museum

March 9th

  • SciPop Talk! The Science (and Art) of Running 100 miles featuring Angie Hodge of UNO:

    • Come join us to find out how (and quite frankly why) a human being runs 100 miles in under 30 hours (or even under 24 hours) without sleep or much rest.

      7:00 – 8:00pm Love Library (Peterson Room)

March 11th

  • Vision Maker Media Film Festival Reception and Premiere of Medicine Woman:

    • The Sixth Biennial Vision Maker Film Festival begins with a reception and world premiere of Medicine Woman, a documentary featuring historic and modern female healers. Followed by a sneak peak of Mankiller, a story about the first woman elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. Visit www.visionmakermedia.org/festival for ticket information and the complete Vision Maker Media Films Festival (March 11-13) schedule.

      Reception 5:30, film 7 pm, Van Brunt Visitors Center/ Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center 313 N. 13th St.

March 12th

  • Wilderness Women:

    • Escape the city and join us for a relaxing hiking trip at Wilderness Park located southwest of Lincoln. We will be biking from Outdoor Adventures to the park, then exploring the trails. Bring your hiking boots and your gal pals to celebrate adventuring outdoors! To register please visit here (Search Wilderness Women)

      1:00 – 3:00pm Outdoor Adventure Center

March 14th

  • Women in STEM Luncheon:

    • Panel including Dr. Kathy Notter, Dr. Libby Jones, and Kristi Wamstad-Evans discussing their journeys as women in the STEM fields.

      11:30am - 1:00pm Nebraska Union (Colonial A)

  • OWNING IT: Engendering Consciousness Exhibition Reception:

    • Exhibition reception of artwork challenging mainstream notions of power and ownership with feminist alternatives for conscious empowerment. Artwork will be displayed from March 5th - March 31st.

      5:00pm Love South Room 221 (Peterson Room)

  • Women in Agriculture:

    • A panel discussion on the various career paths women have taken in the field of agriculture.

      4:30pm Nebraska East Union (room posted)

  • Girl Rising Screening:

    • Screening of Girl Rising, a film depicting the stories of 9 young women facing incredible odds to pursue their education. Discussion lead by Stewart Mills the Regional Peace Corps Recruiter for Nebraska and Kansas. She served in Cambodia as an English Teacher and Teacher Trainer from 2011-2013. Her favorite secondary projects were facilitating Camp GLOWs (Girls Leading Our World). At these camps, the girls would attend sessions on resume building, applying for college, sexual education and even a yoga class! These women empowerment camps are done throughout all Peace Corps countries and now have been increased with the White House initiative of Let Girls Learn.

      7:00pm Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center (Unity Room)

March 15th

  • Let’s Talk About It! Women’s Sexual Health, Wellness, and Empowerment Luncheon:

    • For many women, talking about your sexual health can be intimidating. You might feel embarrassed about your questions or fears. Know you’re not alone. Join us in a safe, non-judgmental environment for a panel discussion featuring University Health Center team members: Heather Eberspacher, M.D.; Terry Thomas, Nurse Practitioner; and Nicole Greenwalt, Coordinator of Sexual Health Programs. During this discussion you will get straight-to-the-point answers to your questions, such as how often to get a pap test, what to consider when choosing a birth control method, and how frequently to get tested for STIs. You will leave this discussion feeling empowered to take charge of your sexual health!

      11:30 - 1:00pm Nebraska Union (Regency Suite)

  • femPOWER:

    • Take part in a FREE Women’s Free Weight class and learn how to incorporate free weights into your workout routine. Join us after for snacks and to learn about gym room etiquette.

      4:00pm at the UNL Recreation Center

  • University Program Council Presents: “The Hunting Ground” with Expert Panel:

    • Hunting Ground screening followed by an expert panel discussion including Holly Kearl, the UNL Victim Advocate, PREVENT Coordinator Jamie Porter, and a representative from the UNL Police Department

      6:00pm at Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center

  • UNL Wiki Warriors Edit-A-Thon:

    • Wikipedia needs your help to reflect the lives of women. Learn how to edit and create articles at this fun late night event.

      9:00pm - 1:00am Library Learning Commons

March 16th

  • Women’s Beauty Panel Luncheon:

    • Discuss women’s beauty ideals as portrayed by the media and how these affect women of color.

      11:30 - 1:00pm Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center (Unity Room)

  • University Program Council Presents: Holly Kearl “Stop Street Harassment”:

    • Catcalling and sexist remarks are a form of gender violence. Holly Kearl talks about how individuals and communities can get involved to end gender violence.

      7:00pm Nebraska Union (room posted)

March 17th

  • Shela Shanks Leadership Luncheon - Taking Courageous Action: Changing Ourselves, Changing Society:

    • Shela Shanks will speak about the relationship between inner change, empowerment and societal change applying principles form Buddhist philosophy.
      Shela Shanks Bio: I returned to Nebraska in 2012 after living in New York for almost 30 years. As an attorney I worked on women's rights issues through my work for Lawyers without Borders and for pro bono clients of the law firm where I was employed. Between 2006 and 2012 I attended the United Nations Commission on Status of Women (CSW) as a presenter, panelist and workshop facilitator. The workshop I developed for the CSW 55th Session, entitled “Empowering Women and Girls Through Dialogue” was used as a prototype for use by civil society organizations in several African countries. For over 30 years I have been a member of the Women’s Division of a lay international Buddhist organization and NGO member of the United Nations dedicated to world peace, where I have engaged in leadership development, interfaith programs and cultural and educational events to advance respect for women, peace-building and an equitable society.

      11:30am - 1:00pm Nebraska Union (Regency Suite)

  • Women’s History Month Banquet:

    • Join us as we celebrate women who inform, empower and inspire us to action. We honor recipients of the Chancellor’s Awards for Outstanding Contributions to the Status of Women, and all of the nominees for Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment. Featured speaker Stacy Asher, Assistant Professor of Art in Graphic Design, will speak about the role of art and design in creating a culture for social change. Student Tickets are $15, non-student $20. Contact Jeff at 402-472-5668

      6:00pm - 8:00pm Champions Club, 707 Stadium Drive

Co-sponsors Include

  • University Program Council

  • Graduate Certification Program in Digital Humanities

  • Digital Humanities Student Association

  • English Department

  • Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management

  • Computing for All

  • University Libraries

  • BuluBox

  • Aspen Lincoln

  • Peace Corps

  • Office of Academmic Success and Intercultural Services

  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

  • Campus Recreation Center

  • Student Health 101

  • LGBTQA+ Resource Center

  • Sheldon Museum of Art

  • University Health Center

  • Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center

  • Vision Maker Media

  • Student Involvement

  • Women's Foundation of Lincoln and Lancaster County

  • University of Nebraska State Museum

  • Social Practice Coalition

  • Sigma Psi Zeta

  • Student Involvement East Campus

  • Sigma Alpha

  • Outdoor Adventure Center