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Bunker Hill Community Colege Celebrates Women's History Month 2020 - Our Story is Our Strength

March 1-31, 2020

“Our Story is Our Strength”

Things Left Unsaid—Women Artists Share Work about the Body, Memory and Pain

Engage with this multi-dimensional and thought provoking exhibition from local artists that explores both historical and contemporary issues—including human rights, surviving trauma, immigration and access to health and wellness.

Library and Learning Commons
Charlestown Campus

Thursday, March 5, 2020

BHCC Celebrates International Women’s Day (Observed March 8)

Learn about the histories and important contributions of international women activists, artists, scientists, policy makers and thought leaders from South Africa, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Turkey and Egypt. Join BHCC’s Community College Initiative Program (CCIP) students as they explore the lives and experiences of women who have shaped history and influenced culture locally and globally.

Remarks by Ela Kijowska, Director

This event was organized in collaboration with BHCC’s International Center

1 p.m., The Mary L. Fifield Art Gallery
Charlestown Campus

Women’s World in Qajar Era Iran

Connect with visiting artist and scholars Roya Amigh and Azadeh Tajpour as they present their distinguished research on the documented social and cultural history of Iranian women, 1781 to 1925. Discover the complex interconnections women have across family generations and between various ethnic and religious communities.  This special presentation will cover topics including art history, religion, literature and language, to name only a few.

This event is presented as part of a digital archive project, under the direction of Dr. Afsaneh Najmabadi,  Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University. The main goal of the project is to create a unique online resource for social and cultural research in the lives of women during the Qajar era (1786 - 1925) in Iran.

With remarks by Associate Professor Proshot Kalami, English Department

6 p.m., The Mary L. Fifield Art Gallery
Charlestown Campus

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

She is Beloved —A Special BHCC Tribute to Toni Morrison

Experience the power and beauty of Morrison’s writings in this day long exhibition on campus, culminating in a group reading of some of her most lyrical and thought-provoking works. Join members of the BHCC community as they share in celebration and discussion of this endearing and enduring artist.

Moderated by Professor Emmanuela Maurice, English Department

Sponsored by BHCC’s Center for Equity and Cultural Wealth. Featuring readings by BHCC Faculty, Staff and Students

6 p.m., Mary L. Fifield Art Gallery
Charlestown Campus

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Building an Inclusive Table--The Women’s Movement Then and Now, with Yvette Modestin, Cristina Cortez and Deborah Schwartz

Women do not have just one history! Join Activist, Poet and Educator Yvette Modestin, Advocate and Poet Cristina Cortez, Professor and Poet Deborah Schwartz as they continue a discussion on intersectional identities, including: the Afro descendent experience in Latin America; Black women; women with disabilities; lesbian, bi and queer women; indigenous and colonized women; gender nonconforming, nonbinary and trans women; and others.

With remarks by Jenne Powers, Director

This event was planned in collaboration with BHCC’s Office of Learning Communities.

6 p.m., Mary L. Fifield Gallery
Charlestown Campus

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

A Conversation with Frida Kahlo—Presented by Artist and Translator Maddu Huacuja

Be inspired by the real life reflections and experiences of one of the world’s most celebrated artists--Frida Kahlo, as told in her personal letters and art. Maddu Huacuja returns to BHCC for an exciting day of discovery, art-making and sharing personal stories of growing up in Mexico and visiting the famous artist’s home in Mexico City.

Also featuring a special exhibition of Frida Kahlo portraits painted by Huacuja.

With remarks by Alice Murillo, Associate Provost, Chelsea Campus

1 p.m. and 6 p.m., The Mary L. Fifield Art Gallery
Charlestown Campus

The later event will be followed by a “paint night“ style evening of Frida Kahlo inspired art making. Space is limited. To reserve your seat, please contact Denise Turner, Office of College Events and Cultural Planning, at dwturner@bhcc.edu or (617) 936-1902.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

“Wise, Wonderful, Willful Women”

Learn more about accomplished women in the fields of science, math, the arts and government whose discoveries and inventions were often stolen, unrecognized, or forgotten. This event was written by and will be performed by local writers who explored the lives and work of individual women, from ancient times to the present, and then entered into an imaginary “correspondence” with them, composing both the letters “sent” and those “received.”

Moderated by Rhina P. Espaillat, BHCC’s 2109-2020 Distinguished Artist Scholar in Residence

With remarks by Riikka Pietilainen-Caffrey, Performing Arts Department

6 p.m., The Mary L. Field Art Gallery
Charlestown Campus

Friday, March 27, 2020

The Night is Bright of the Dream of You—A Suite with Poetry and Song

Featuring Associate Professors Proshot Kalami, English Department and Riikka Pietilainen-Caffrey, Performing Arts Department

Women tap into their pains, their passion, and their pride to create. How often do we pause to see, to hear, to pay attention, and to understand each other? Sounds travel through our lips, but how often do we hear the words? How open we are to let the meaning sit with us? How do we listen? Do we listen?

In this timed multimedia installation, the artists celebrate women composers, singers and poets who shared their life experiences through music.  The audience is invited to pause but a little, and lend their ears to the voice of these women. Hear their pains and sorrows; listen to their stories and let music carry their words.

Come and share the journey of transformation, and experience the sanctity art can provide.

6 p.m., The Pao Arts Center (Chinatown)
99 Albany Street, Boston

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Nettukkusqk Singers present The Lost Lives of Native American Women and Two Spirit People—Honoring Our Music, Our Culture and Our Heritage

Experience the power and the music by the intertribal group of southern New England women performing traditional and contemporary songs accompanied by hand drums, rattles and water drum. In the Natick dialect of Algonquin, “nettukkusqk” means “my sister.” Formed by Wampanoag and Nipmuc women from Rhode Island and Massachusetts in 1994 at the Deer Island Memorial, Boston, the Nettukkusqk Singers seek to reclaim women’s drumming and singing traditions from their tribal communities.

This live performance will be in English and several dialects of southern New England Algonquin.

This event is dedicated to all missing and murdered indigenous women and Two Spirit People.

With remarks by Kimberly M. Frashure, Professor, Engineering and Physical Sciences Department

1 p.m., A300 Auditorium
Charlestown Campus