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    Women in the Arts Featured During Women’s History Month Events

    This year's Duquesne University celebration of Women's History Month will feature two events that showcase women making waves in poetry and the visual arts.

    "We are really excited about doing a Women's History Month focused on the arts because the arts are so essential to Pittsburgh as a city," said Dr. Laura Engel, associate professor of English and event organizer.

    The keynote event will feature award-winning poet Jan Beatty, who will present Undressing in Public: Gender and Poetry on Thursday, March 14, at 7 p.m. in the Duquesne Union's Africa Room. Author of The Switching Yard and host of NPR's Prosody, Beatty will read selections of her poetry and talk about her experience being a female poet in Pittsburgh and running the Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops at Carlow University.

    "Jan is a big name in poetry-not just here in Pittsburgh, but nationally," Engel said. "She's created an amazing sense of community among women in poetry and the arts."

    A second event will feature an artist's talk by video artist Emily Newman on Tuesday, March 19, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 104 of College Hall. Newman will share clips from her recent work, including Kruzhok Pittsburgh, which explores the relationships between Russian grandparents and their American-Russian grandchildren, especially as it concerns the transmission of information from one generation to another.

    "We thought it was important to showcase a visual artist because of Pittsburgh's thriving visual art scene," Engel explained. "Emily is a really interesting video artist and her work explores a lot of feminist themes: questions of motherhood, the body, beauty, questions of identity."

    Both events are free and open to the public with receptions afterward. In addition, Beatty will be signing her books, which will be available for purchase.

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    The events are sponsored by the Center for Women's and Gender Studies, the McAnulty College NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) Endowment and the English and history departments.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.