Women’s Week is an annual, weeklong event focused on issues and challenges women face in America. Topics are relevant to today’s socio-economic and political climate, intersectionality and cultural movements.
This year’s Women’s Week theme “Redefine” explores what it means to be powerful or to be radically creative. Join us as we hear how folks like Gabby Rivera define these traits and incorporate them into their work, their communities and their daily lives.
Events are listed below.
Empower U Symposium
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB)
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Women’s Leadership Summit
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 | 1-6 p.m.
Hinckley Institute Panel
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | 12-1 p.m.
Hinckley Caucus Room (Gardner Commons 2018)
Redefine Dialogue on the International Tolerance Project
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | 3-4:30 p.m.
UMFA’s ACME Lab
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: GABBY RIVERA
Thursday, March 7, 2019 | 12-1:30 p.m.
Union Center Ballroom
Writing Workshop with Gabby
Thursday, March 7, 2019 | 1:30-3 p.m.
Union East Ballroom
The U Department of Theatre presents women on stage with “Men on Boats”
Thursday, March 7-Saturday, March 9
Studio115, Performing Arts Building
“Men on Boats” is the true(ish) history of an 1869 expedition, when a one-armed captain and a crew of insane but loyal volunteers, set out to chart the course of the Colorado River. Through clever satire and contemporary style Backhaus recounts and retells history from a modern perspective. This is best illustrated by a note from the playwright on casting the play: “The characters in ‘Men on Boats’ were historically cisgender white males. The cast should be made up entirely of people who are not.”
The cast is made up of 10 women from the Musical Theatre and Actor Training programs, directed by the well-known dialect coach and theatre professor Shippobotham. The purposefully inclusive writing and casting empowers and normalizes women to shine in roles they’re not normally able to inhabit. “It provides a cutting insight into whose stories are normally told, and the glaring omission of stories we have not heard,” Backhaus explains. The dynamic production spins historical, theatrical and gender conventions on their heads, this subversive tale of 10 men, four boats, and two rivers contains none of the above.
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