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A new film series commemorating the centennial of women’s suffrage in Oregon kicks off tonight at various Oregon State University locations.

The Woman Citizen Film Series is part of “Woman Citizen: Past, Present and Future,” a series of events to commemorate the centennial of suffrage in Oregon (1912-2012) by promoting education about women’s history and women’s issues and by encouraging civic and political involvement.

The screenings, held Tuesdays through March 6, are:

7 tonight, Construction & Engineering Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., “Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai.” This drama tells the story Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Muta Maathai who set out to fight both women’s poverty and environmental degradation. Post-film discussion to be led by: Kathleen Dean Moore, distinguished professor of philosophy at OSU.

6 p.m., Jan. 24, Owen Hall 101: “One Woman, One Vote”: Narrated by actress Susan Sarandon, this documentary chronicles the 70-year battle for woman suffrage in the United States. Kim Jensen, professor of history and gender studies at Western Oregon University, will lead a post-film discussion.

6 p.m., Jan. 31, Owen Hall 101: “Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising’s Image of Women”: Media scholar Jean Kilbourne examines the distorted ideals of femininity found in American print and television advertising and asks critical questions about popular culture’s explicit and implicit messages about sex and gender. Dwaine Plaza, professor of sociology and ethnic studies, will lead a post-film discussion.

6 p.m., Feb. 7, Owen Hall 101: “Medieval Lives: The Damsel”: “Monty Python” star Terry Jones examines the surprising lives and roles of women in medieval Europe, shattering stereotypes about the “damsel in distress.” Tara Williams, associate professor of English, will lead a post-episode discussion.

6 p.m., Feb. 21, Owen Hall 102: “Maya Lin: A Strong, Clear Vision”: This Academy Award-winning documentary tells the story of sculptor and architect Maya Lin, who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., amidst great controversy. Flo Leibowitz, professor of philosophy, and Trischa Goodnow, professor of speech communication, will lead a post-film discussion.

6 p.m., Feb. 28, Owen Hall 102 : “Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears”: An Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film, this dramatic comedy follows three Russian women struggling to make it in the big city in the 1960s and 1970s. Bill Husband, professor of history, will lead a post-film discussion.

6 p.m., March 6, Owen Hall 102: “Autumn Gem: A Documentary on China’s First Feminist”: The remarkable life of Qiu Jin, the “Chinese Joan of Arc,” a champion of women’s rights who defied traditional gender roles and led an armed uprising against the Qing Dynasty, is documented in this film. Shiao-ling Yu, associate professor of foreign languages and literature, will lead a post-film discussion.


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