Women's Herstory Month

Celebrating Women as Bridge Builders

"Rooted in Love: The Life and Death of Sister Dorothy Stang"
A Pre-National Catholic Sister's Week Event

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017
6 p.m.
Chapel Auditorium

This performance by Sr. Nancy Murray, OP, is a one-woman performance based on the life of Dorothy Stang, a sister of Notre Dame de Namur, who was murdered in 2005 for her work on behalf of the Amazon rainforest and the poor farmers who sought only to live there in peace. The 73-year old Sister was a bold advocate of impoverished farmers and rainforest preservation who was highly sought after by wealthy Brazilian landowners. They enlisted two gunmen to shoot Stang, who died shortly thereafter.

About Sr. Nancy Murray
Sister Nancy Murray, OP, is an Adrian Dominican Sister and talented performer who has brought to life the stories of several important religious women. Sr. Nancy wrote the play "Rooted in Love," in 2010 after being asked by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. The play was meant as a tribute to Sr. Dorothy on the fifth anniversary of her death. 

The sister of well-known actor Bill Murray, Sr. Murray is the writer and performer of several other one-woman plays that tell the stories of religious women. She has performed her plays around the world.

This event is sponsored in part by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

Nepantlerx Cosmologies: Revisiting Gloria E. Anzaldúa for 21st Century Activisms
Thursday, March 2, 2017
6:30 p.m.
Providence Hall, West Social Room

Dra. Susana N. Ramírez will discuss how Chicana philosopher Gloria E. Anzaldua's theories such as nepantla, nepantlera, and spiritual activism, are helpful for confronting 21st century social justice issues. Her session will combine her experiences as a scholar, educator and community sanadora to uncover how Anzaldúa's theories endure over time and are especially relevant in contemporary times of increased xenophobia, anti-women legislature and violations of Mother Earth.

About Susana Ramírez
Dra. Susana N. Ramírez is a queer  nepantlera visionary, scholar, educator, and community sanadora living in San Antonio, Texas. She is a first-generation college student who recently earned her PhD in English (2016) while teaching Women’s Studies and English courses at the University of Texas at San Antonio. As her life calling, she is a practitioner of Mexican traditional medicine (MTM) and indigenous ceremony. Her interconnected spiritual caminos led her to dream of LariMar Sirena, a blossoming space for community wellness where she brings together the tapestry of teachings from her ancestors and teachers. To learn more about Susana’s work, visit www.susanaramirez.org.

Conjurewoman. Blueswoman. Beyoncé.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
6 p.m.
Chapel Auditorium

The iconic songstress Beyoncé Knowles challenged her audience to think outside the artistic lines in her 2016 audiovisual album, "Lemonade." Employing a powerful display of black cultural ways of knowing, the album turns away from the artist’s popular music roots to gather a score of other black female creatives in a communal bond of artistic hoodoo.  Invoking an undeniable black feminist language, Beyoncé’s most recent work delves into the machinations of existing at the crossroads of race and gender. We argue that the thematic and narrative structure of the film heavily relies upon African American archetypes and vernacular forms. Our scholarship, more specifically, articulates how and where "Lemonade" converges with blues ideologies and the conjure culture of the American south.

About Dr. Kinitra Brooks

Kinitra D. Brooks is an associate professor of English at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her research interests include contemporary African American and Afro-Caribbean literature, black feminism, and horror studies. Her monograph, "Searching for Sycorax: Black Women Haunting Contemporary Horror," is forthcoming from Rutgers University Press in Fall 2017. Her short horror fiction collection. "Sycorax's Daughters," co-edited with Susana M. Morris and Linda D. Addison is forthcoming in February 2017 from Cedar Grove Publishing. Currently, she is working on a book-length exploration of black women writers and genre fluidity tentatively titled, "Nalo, Nnedi, & Nora: Contemporary Black Women Writers Challenging Genre Normativity." She is also coediting a volume on black women and horror titled, "Towards a Black Women’s Horror Aesthetic: Critical Frameworks," with Susana M. Morris and Linda Addison. She has published articles in "African American Review," "Obsidian," and "FEMSPEC."

Women's History Month Keynote Speaker: Edyka Chilomé
This Bridge Called Our Hearts: Honoring the Power of Our Inheritance

Thursday, March 30, 2017
6 p.m.
Providence Hall, West Social Room

Highly praised artist, intellectual and spiritual activist, Edyka Chilomé, invites us to honor the creative inheritance of women as intergenerational builders and survivors. From street protests to professional theater and literary publications,Chilomé creates from her intersectional experience as an indigenous Xicana and Central American queer woman who believes a new world is possible.

About Edyka Chilomé

Edyka Chilomé, born Erica Granados - De La Rosa, is a queer woman of color and cultural worker based in North Texas. She is a child of Salvadorian and Mexican immigrant activists with roots in the United Methodist Church and third world liberation movements. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in social and political philosophy from Loyola University Chicago and an Master of Arts in multicultural women's studies from Texas Women's University where her researched focused on the decolonial power of spiritual [Art]ivism.

Chilomé has been asked to share her poetry and speak on social justice issues on multiple media platforms and in spaces around the country including The Dallas Museum of Art, The Prindle Institute for Ethics, Boston University, The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, The Texas Democratic Convention, Tedx, National Public Radio, GLAAD, and The Huffington Post. She has also published numerous articles, essays and poems including a collection of poetry that explores queer mestizaje in the diaspora titled "She Speaks | Poetry," praised by the founder of Democracy Now en Español as "...a must read for those yearning to discover new ways to open up to deep personal and global transformation." She currently serves as a faculty member of the presidential award winning initiative, The Clemente Course for the Humanities at El Centro College.

Additional Events

27th Annual International Women's Day March and Rally
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Milam Park

OLLU students, staff and faculty are invited to caravan to this city-wide march to united communities and uplift the voices of all women and girls across the world. Those wishing to join the caravan should meet in the Library Circle at 10 a.m.


AAUW's Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop
Monday, March 6, 2017
5-7:30 p.m.
Providence Hall, West Social Room 

AAUW's Start Smart and Work Smart programs are designed to empower women with the skills and confidence to successfully negotiate their salary and benefits packages upon graduation. Spaces limited, RSVP to cwcs@ollusa.edu.


Women's Herstory Month is hosted by the Center for Women in Church and Society in association with the OLLU Office of Global and Strategic Initiatives, Student Leadership and Development, Center for Mexican American Studies and Research, University Ministry and the Provost's Council for Diversity and Inclusion.