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Hartwick College Celebrates Women’s History Month

March 1, 2017

Hartwick College will celebrate this year’s Women’s History Month with a series of events ranging from a trivia night to a two-day research trip to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

On Tuesday, March 7, the College will host Mohawk Indian dancer Santee Smith for a performance of “NeoIndigenA” (“New Indigenous Woman”) at Slade Theatre, Yager Hall. Smith is the founder and artistic director of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (KDT) of Six Nations and Toronto, Canada. This will be KDT’s fourth performance at Hartwick since 2005, and the last show on a tour that featured performances in the Canadian provinces of Nunavut, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories, Alberta, and British Columbia, and in Minnesota in the U.S.

Two nights later, two renowned experts on Hopi Indian culture will deliver the 2016-17 Haan Memorial Lecture. Karen K. Charley, a Hopi traditional potter, and Dr. Lea S. McChesney, a cultural anthropologist and museum curator, will present “Pottery Connects Us: The Social Value of Pottery and Hopi Cultural Heritage,” on March 9 at 7 p.m. in Slade Theatre, Yager Hall, on the College campus. A book signing will follow.

Collaborating for more than 20 years in their work on Hopi pottery, Charley and McChesney will discuss the social value of pottery both within Hopi communities and for sale in the marketplace, exploring potters’ aesthetics embodied in this art form.

The month is also filled with panel discussion, research-based field trips (to Washington DC and upstate New York destinations), and the traditional awards ceremony, which will once again be attended by President Margaret L. Drugovich.

“Women’s History Month on campus has really grown,” said Associate Dean and Director of the Office of Intercultural Affairs Harry Bradshaw Matthews. “Our calendar reflects more and more events coordinated by students, faculty, and staff, and I couldn’t be happier.”

The full schedule of events follows. These are open to the public, unless otherwise noted:

  • Thursday, March 1 – Women’s History Month Trivia. Sponsored by Hartwick College Activities Board (HCAB). Laura’s Lounge, Dewar Hall. 7:30 – 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 7 – Native American dancer and choreographer Santee Smith will present a solo performance of “NeoIndigenA.” Slade Theatre, Yager Hall, 8 – 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 8 – “Honoring International Women Through Music.” Sponsored by Sigma Alpha Iota International Women’s Music Fraternity; Women’s Center; and Hartwick Identity Alliance (HIA). Anderson Theatre. 7:30 – 9 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 9 – 2016-17 Haan Memorial Lecture: “Pottery Connects Us – The Social Value of Pottery and Hopi Cultural Artifacts.” Delivered by Charley and McChesney. Sponsored by the Women’s & Gender Studies program. Slade Theatre, Yager Hall. 7 – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 11 – International Women’s Day Event Panel Discussion. Presented by Departments of Biology, History, Music, Nursing, and Spanish; Hartwick Identity Alliance (HIA); Society of Sisters United/Brothers United (SOSU/BU); Alpha Psi Omega dramatic fraternity; and the Office of Intercultural Affairs. Celebration Room, Shineman Chapel House. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 11 – “In Search of Heroines” at Harriet Tubman Home and the Women’s Hall of Fame. Harriet Tubman Mentoring Project and Office of Intercultural Affairs take 12 students on a trip to Auburn and Seneca Falls, NY. Reservations requested at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 12 – Women’s history-themed “Snatch” game. Sponsored by HIA and the Women’s Center. Johnstone Science Center, Room 201. 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 15 – Women’s History Jeopardy. Sponsored by the Women’s Center and HIA. Johnstone Science Center, Room 201. 7 – 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 16 – Panel discussion on Intersectional Feminism. Hosted by SOSU/BU. Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall. 7 – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday March 18 to Monday, March 20 – “Search for Heroines at the Smithsonian Institution.” SOSU/BU hosts this trip for 12 students. Reservations requested at
  • Tuesday, March 21 – “International Day for the Eradication of Racial Discrimination.” Hosted by the Anthropology Club and Black Student Alliance (BSA). Tabling outside Commons Dining Hall. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 23 – Women’s History Month Awards and Reception. Celebrates the contribution made by women at Hartwick College. A dinner discussion follows the reception. 4 – 6 p.m.

Also, throughout the month, Stevens-German Library in Yager Hall will feature a book display of women in literature.

For more on Women’s History Month events, visit the website or contact Matthews at 607-431-4428 or at