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For the most updated calendar and the Zoom links, visit our website: https://events.santarosa.edu/womens-history-month-2024 or visit our Facebook Page @SRJCWomensHistoryMonth. All events will take place at Pacific Standard Time (PST). Contact ssanlivasquez@santarosa.edu or pozbirinci@santarosa.edu for more info. All events are FREE and open to the public, except for Orlando, which requires tickets (see below). All events are flex-approved (FF10: Women's History Month). To request ASL interpreting services to access these events, please contact the Interpreting Services Office at least one week prior to the event to make arrangements: InterpretingServices@santarosa.edu or send a text to (707) 230-3895. All events are sponsored by the SRJC Women’s History Month Committee. 

All events are sponsored by the SRJC Women’s History Month Committee. 

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WHM Santa Rosa & Petaluma Campus Events

Orlando, adapted to the stage by Sarah Ruhl 

March 1-10 

SRJC Theater Arts, Frank Chong Studio Theater 

Skillfully crafted by U.S. playwright Sarah Ruhl, Orlando is a delightful, lyrical, and highly theatrical adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s 1928 novel. Blessed with shapely legs and a romantic soul, Orlando is a young British nobleman and aspiring poet who catches the eye of the aging Queen Elizabeth I. For a time, life at court is interesting enough, but Orlando soon yearns for something more. In an epic journey that spans five centuries, their adventures become a dazzling tale where gender and gender preferences shift regularly, usually with hilarious results. Based on the book once described as the “most charming love letter in literature,” this feminist fantasy is a timely exploration of love, art, gender, and identity. Directed by Laura Downing-Lee. For details and tickets, please see: https://theatrearts.santarosa.edu/2023-2024-season-Orlando 


Celebrating Latinas at SRJC – Her Story 

Tuesday, March 5, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. (PST) 

Petaluma Campus, Student Engagement & Success Center, Mike Smith Hall Building 500 

In this event, we will discuss the women who influenced us to be where we are today.  


Women's Voices in (Indie) Arabic Music & Culture 

Thursday, March 7, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. (PST) 

Bertolini 4608, Girvin Student Activities Center (SAC) 

Stanford Lecturer and radio host Dr. Ramzi Salti will highlight the wide array of musical productions by female singers who have emerged from the Arab world since the advent of the Arab Spring. By utilizing a wide variety of audio-visual tools, this presentation will showcase several groundbreaking female vocalists - from Yasmine Hamdan (Lebanon) to Emel Mathlouthi (Tunisia) and Dina El Wedidi (Egypt) -whose oeuvre has managed to redefine modern Arabic music while simultaneously paying homage to such legendary singers as Fairuz and Umm Kulthum. 


Film Screening of Alla/Over There and Q&A with Monserrat Larqué 

Tuesday, March 12, film screening from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. (PST), Emeritus, Newman Auditorium  

Reception following the film, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. (PST), Doyle Library: 4th floor Reading Room  

Please RSVP for the reception HERE 

Monserrat Larqué passionately tells the untold stories of silenced Latinas in her film Alla/Over There, focusing on immigration, abandonment, and male depopulation in a Mexican town. With a background in Communication and a Master's in Feature Film Screenwriting, Larqué focuses on women’s unity, collective organizing, and women’s liberation and has directed for prestigious channels and received international awards. The film, recognized in seven International Film Festivals, intricately explores Oscar's return to Mexico, his unique position among women, and the emotional connections formed through letter writing. Come join us for the film screening of Alla/Over There to experience this compelling narrative and engage in discussions about the issues it addresses. 


Art as Resistance 

Wednesday, March 13, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (PST) 

Santa Rosa Intercultural Center, Pioneer 380 

Together, communities and artists have asked, how can art be a tool for social change? Art, and more specifically, public art has been vital in resistance movements throughout the world, sharing messages of struggle and triumph with a broader audience. Here in Sonoma County many women of color are creating public and accessible art that is challenging hegemonic narratives of this region and its peoples. In this panel, local artists will share with us the ways in which they use art to illustrate narratives of resistance, joy, culture, and community, situated within the context of social justice and social change.  


Art as Resistance: Celebrate Women Artists @ SRJC Libraries 

March 2024, SRJC Doyle Library 2nd Floor Lobby  

Come to the SRJC Libraries to learn more about women artists who focus on Art as Resistance using books on display from our collections. For more information, please see: https://libraries.santarosa.edu 


Telling Her (California) Story: Neith Boyce Life & Legacy  

Thursday, March 14, 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. (PST) & 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (EST) 

Zoom Link: https://santarosa-edu.zoom.us/j/84163498726 

In this lecture, retired senior lecturer in English at Brown University, Carol DeBoer-Langworthy will talk about the life and legacy of the American novelist, journalist, and theatre artist, Neith Boyce. In the years 1880-1890, California had a formative and profound effect on the American woman writer Neith Boyce (1872-1951). The future playwright and novelist rode horses—whichever one she chose—, read adult books in her parents’ library, and did not go to school: ingredients she transformed into fiction published in “little magazines” as a teenager and in later novels. This presentation discusses these key years for a writer who had profound effects on American and world theatre. 


SRJC Making Herstory: A Conversation with Dr. Angélica Garcia, SRJC’s First Female President  

Monday, March 25, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. (PST) 

Chong Studio Theatre, Burbank Auditorium 

Please join us to celebrate Dr. Angélica Garcia making herstory as SRJC’s first female president and superintendent. Dr. Garcia will be conversing with Press Democrat and Argus-Courier staff writer and SRJC alumna Jennifer Sawhney about her intersectional identities and how they impact her leadership at SRJC.   


Sonoma County’s "Petaluma Fancy Women Bike Ride:" Empowering Women, Promoting Sustainable Lifestyles, and Building a Diverse Community 

Tuesday, March 26, 12:30- 2:00 p.m. (PST) 

Petaluma Campus, Welcome & Connect Center (WCC), Rooms 102 & 103 and  

Zoom:  https://santarosa-edu.zoom.us/j/3587336508 

Join us for an interactive session about women's activism, environmental activism, and the joyful freedom bikes bring to us! Dr. Aylin Atilgan Relyea will talk about Sonoma County's own incarnation of the global Fancy Women Bike Ride (FWBR), a worldwide grassroots women-led bike movement that started in Izmir, Türkiye in 2013. Atilgan Relyea, the first organizer of this event in California, will discuss how Fancy Women Bike Ride came into being with its own sustainability goals, how a new bike community was created to support social and environmental causes, and how the women-led empowering event had a joyful impact on people of all ages and genders in Sonoma. Eris Weaver, Sonoma County Bike Coalition Executive Director and Dr. Alexa Forrester, Bikeable Santa Rosa Founder will talk about our shared vision for the bike community in Sonoma, women's role in society, and environmental awareness. Original founders of FWBR, Sema Gur and Pinar Pinzuti, will join the talk from Turkiye and Italy. 


Telling Her Story – WHM Poster Walk & a Lecture by Professor Laura Larqué

Thursday, March 28, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. (PST)  

Bertolini 4608, Girvin Student Activities Center (SAC)  

Join us as SRJC Learning Communities, including PUENTE, APASS, and UMOJA, unite to illuminate the profound influence of women who have shaped our world. SRJC History Professor Laura Larqué will explore how countless women have drawn from ancient traditions to empower their writing and activism. We invite you to celebrate women alongside us, experiencing the captivating posters crafted by our students and the inspiring words of Laura Larqué herself.



Women of the Resistance Mural in Balmy Alley, San Francisco's Mission District 

Photo: Solen Sanli Vasquez 

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