Bergen welcomes Women’s History Month by offering many virtual activities to attend as a way to celebrate.
The celebrations opened with a panel that introduced this year’s theme, “Women (re) Writing History,” in conversation with Christine Eubank, Leigh Jonaitis, Jessica Datema, and Caroline Kelley. The discussion focused on gender, artistic creating, and the muse in Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl, which was performed virtually by Bergenstages on March 3.
On March 5 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., BCC Dance Professor Lynn Needle presents a discussion and video performance of “Orphic Descent,” a pas de deux that fuses principles of contemporary dance, yoga, and theatrics in telling the story of Orpheus and Eurydice. Choreographed by Kent Lindemer and Lynn Needle, the duet explores the myth, experimenting with deep connection challenged by space, Drishti, absence, and the physics of partnering. The original sound score is by the late Dr. Dinu Ghezzo.
On March 8 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., a panel called Intersectional Feminism and International Women’s Day will discuss feminism from the points of view of women of color in the College community, featuring Lou Ethel Roliston, Gloria Cevallos, Gemma Figaro, Linda Lamadrid, and Yursa Subhani. Moderated by Caroline Kelley.
On March 11 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. another panel will be held, From Being Property to Owning Property: Women’s Economic Transformations. Join Professors Lisa Mayer, Esq., and Christine Eubank, Ph.D., for a discussion that traces women’s centuries-long fight for economic equality. The panel includes a conversation that explores COVID-19’s disproportionate economic impact on women both in the United States and Abroad. Moderated by Annemarie Roscello.
On March 23 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. there will be a student-moderated panel called Women in Outdoor Careers. It will feature an interview with female experts in wildlife biology, professional guiding, environmental education, and public lands stewardship, focusing on the challenges they have faced as women in a field historically dominated by men. Event participants include Dr. Nellie Tsipoura, Senior Research Scientist for New Jersey Audubon; Alexa Fantacone, Executive Director of Teaneck Creek Conservancy; Heather Darley, Community Outreach Coordinator for the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference; Jana Paremoud, Founder of Adventure Untamed, and Jade Tollis, moderator.
On March 26 from 2:00 to 3:30 join the discussion called Unbought and Unbossed: Women Who Lead. What is it like to put yourself out there? How can women overcome self-doubt and get involved in the action? What makes a good leader? These and other questions will be the topics of a conversation between BCC SGA President, Laila Metwaly, and Vice President, Paige Kim, with Democratic Council Member from Glen Rock and former candidate for Congress from New Jersey Dist. 5, Dr. Arati Kriebich. Moderated by Pamela Haji.
Lastly, on March 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., there is will a showing titled Emily Lombardo & The Caprichos. The Caprichos by Emily Lombardo is a series of 80 etchings made in conversation with — and in homage to — the famous print series by Francisco Goya of 1799 called Los Caprichos. Goya’s work addressed societal ills in late 18th-century Spain; Lombardo updates his imagery to consider the cultural issues of our own times, engaging her audience to ponder the congruences of past and present, resulting in an intimate recognition of the historical patterns of human behavior. Moderated by Denise Budd.