Women's History Month 2018

February 1, 2018  — The Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Women’s History Month (WHM) Committee presents a series of thought-provoking speakers and cultural presentations from February 20th to March 29th.  

This year’s program includes an art exhibit featuring six international female artists, two theater performances, a film screening, a spoken word and open mic performance, as well as insightful lectures and discussions. Three special lectures celebrate women’s role in SRJC’s 100-year history. Events include:

  • A talk by Molly Murphy MacGregor, Founder of Women’s History Month and former SRJC Instructor
  • A lecture by acclaimed local historian and journalist Gaye LeBaron
  • A talk by SRJC Director of Institutional Research KC Greaney, highlighting the history of women at SRJC (NEW DATE: April 16, please see below)
  • SRJC Theater Department’s production of Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter.
  • Talking With…, a theater performance benefitting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
  • The Farthest Shore, an art exhibit that brings together six women artists from USA, Canada, and Ukraine

Most of the activities during the month-long event series are free. All are open to the public, and will take place throughout SRJC’s Santa Rosa and Petaluma campuses. Parking permits are required, cost $4 and are available on campus lots.

Highlighted Events:

Molly Murphy MacGregor, Co-founder of National Women’s History Month  
Monday, March 5, 10:00 a.m.-Noon, Richard W. Call Building, Room 656, Petaluma Campus

Molly Murphy MacGregor, former SRJC instructor and co-founder of National Women’s History Month, will speak about the challenges of creating the National Women's History Project and how a brave group of women fought for Women's History Day, then Week, and finally Women's History Month. This session is held in conjunction with the celebration of SRJC’s 100th Anniversary.

“What if Women Built a Community College - and EVERYbody Came?”
Thursday, March 29, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Lawrence A. Bertolini Student Center

As the Santa Rosa Junior College campus and local communities reflect upon the College’s 100th anniversary, various historical events and demographic trends serve as a meaningful backdrop. Acclaimed local historian and journalist Gaye Le Baron will provide an insightful historical overview of Sonoma County shedding light on the role and legacy of Santa Rosa Junior College. In partnership with Arts and Lectures, and SRJC’s 100th Anniversary Committee.

A Performance of Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter, by Julie Marie Myatt
March 9 – 18, 2018, Newman Auditorium

When U.S. Marine Jenny Sutter returns from Iraq, she lays down her rifle but isn't ready to pick up her children. Buying some time, Jenny takes a one-way trip to a misfit desert community called Slab City, where its kind residents gently nurture her wounded spirit, and nudge her back to her own humanity. Presented by SRJC Theater Arts Department. Tickets required: theatrearts.santarosa.edu.

Talking With…Theater Performance Benefitting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3, 7:30 -9:30 p.m., Carole L. Ellis Auditorium (Petaluma campus)

Much like Eve Ensler’s The Vagina MonologuesTalking With… is an award-winning play by Jane Martin highlighting the experiences of women through ten-minute monologues. Benefitting the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation, this special theater event is produced by Don Gibble and Carole L. Ellis, the beloved local educator for whom SRJC Petaluma’s auditorium is named.  Tickets required: $5 for students, $20 for general admission.

The Farthest Shore
February 20 - March 15, Robert Agrella Gallery (reception on February 22nd, 4:00-6:00 p.m.)  

The Farthest Shore brings together six women artists from USA, Canada, and Ukraine, whose work touches on ideas of landscape, water, and the unknown. These artists have never been shown together and have been selected because of a shared thread running through their work. The exhibition will fill the gallery with large installations on paper so that the space of the work may immerse the space of the viewer. One of the artists, Kelsey Stephenson, will be joining us for the reception on February 22 and giving a demo to the printmaking class. In collaboration with the Art Department. 

History of Women at SRJC: By the Numbers NEW DATE
Monday, April 16, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Lawrence A. Bertolini Student Center

SRJC Director of Institutional Research KC Greaney will present the 100-year history of women as students, instructors, administrators, trustees, and more at SRJC. This session is held in conjunction with the celebration of SRJC’s 100th Anniversary.