Mount Union to Celebrate Women’s History Month

March 02, 2015

ALLIANCE, Ohio- The University of Mount Union will honor Women’s History Month through a number of activities held on campus in March.

Throughout the month, the University will feature a number of speakers and performances to highlight influential women throughout society.

The celebration will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10 in the East Room of the Hoover Price Campus Center with the screening of the film “The Honor Diaries.” “Honor Diaries” is “the first film to break the silence on ‘honor violence’ against women and girls. This film is a movement to save women and girls from continued human rights abuses – around the world and in the United States. A panel of faculty, staff and community members will answer questions after the screening of the film, as well as share their expertise on the topics discussed in the film. For more information on the film, visit

On Thursday, March 12, the musical and theatrical celebration “Ain’t I a Woman!” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Brush Performance Hall in the Giese Center for Performing Arts. This performance, presented by Core Ensemble, celebrates the life and times of four powerful African American women: renowned novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, ex-slave and fiery abolitionist Sojourner Truth, exuberant folk artist Clementine Hunter and fervent civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer. The musical score is drawn from the heartfelt spirituals and blues of the Deep South, the urban vitality of the Jazz Age and contemporary concert music by African Americans. “Ain’t I a Woman!” is a joyful exploration of the trials and triumphs of  four passionate and accomplished women.

A Women’s History Month panel discussion, “The F Word,” will be presented at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24 in the East Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center. Panelists will include Mount Union faculty members Dr. Jennifer Martin, assistant professor of education; Dr. Jamie Capuzza, professor of communication and coordinator of the Gender Studies Program; Dr. Michelle Collins-Sibley, professor of English, chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary and Liberal Studies, director of Integrative Core and director of Africana Studies and American Studies; Dr. Lori Kumler, assistant professor of political science and Stark State faculty member Martina Sharp-Grier, department coordinator and assistant professor of sociology.

In addition to the panel discussion, the Jane Weston Chapman Award will be presented to a student and a member of the faculty, staff and/or administration recognizing their efforts in bringing awareness to women’s issues on campus. The award is given in honor of Jane Weston Chapman, the first woman to graduate from Mount Union who made Orville Hartshorn’s dream of coeducation a reality.

Women’s History Month activities will wrap up as Dr. Maira Liliestedt, associate professor of music, performs the solo piano recital “Passionate Rose” at 7:30 pm on March 30 in the Giese Center for the Performing Arts. This will be part one of a three-part sabbatical presentation by Liliestedt, who will also perform a solo recital entitled “Passionate crimson” at 7:30 p.m. April 6 and with the Alliance Symphony Orchestra at 3 p.m. April 12.

Liliestedt earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Bowling Green State University and Master and Doctor of Music degrees in piano from the University of Cincinnati. She enjoys exploring the piano music of Romantic composers (meaning those of the 19th century), focusing especially on the music of Sergei Rachmaninoff, Franz Liszt and Frederic Chopin. Liliestedt is also the director of “Piano Keys,” a piano recital that showcases the performances of advanced piano students and features some of the masterpieces of the piano repertoire. Held every semester on campus, Piano Keys offers an ever-changing variety of piano music.

For a complete schedule including student events, click here.

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