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Women's Week Will Host a Variety of Events

Posted February 12, 2001

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HOLLAND -- The 17th annual Women's Week at Hope College will begin on Monday, Feb. 19, and will feature a variety of public presentations.

Women's Week is a celebration scheduled in recognition of women, and this year's focus will be "Courage and Vision." The event, which actually runs two weeks, will continue through Saturday, March 3, and is scheduled to coincide with national Women's History Month, which is March.

The public is invited to several of the events. Admission is free.

The week's keynote lecture, "Courage and Conviction to STAND," will be presented by Dr. Betty Lovelace on Monday, Feb. 19, at 8 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music.

Lovelace is director of multicultural affairs at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. She previously served as executive administrator in a variety of educational, community and business settings, responsible for developing and implementing innovative training programs on managing cultural diversity.

She has been a consultant for more than 20 years, and has done extensive work within the areas of racial identity, multiculturalism, leadership development, conflict management, team building, coaching and counseling, and career planning. She has also spoken at numerous conferences and professional organizations on the topic of diversity.

In addition to her work at Denison, she is a consultant with Chambers Consulting Services, a Columbus- based firm, where during 1992-94 she was instrumental in co- developing a training program for Honda of America, Manufacturing.

The Hope College Visiting Writers Series will host poets Allison Joseph and Van Jordan on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Knickerbocker Theatre in conjunction with both Women's Week and Black History Month. The reading will be preceded by the Hope College Jazz Ensemble beginning at 6:30 p.m.

There will be an opening reception for the exhibition "Patterns," featuring work by visual artist Katherine Kadish and poet Jackie Bartley, on Friday, Feb. 23, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the gallery of the De Pree Art Center. In addition, Bartley will give a reading in conjunction with the exhibition on Thursday, March 1, at 7 p.m. in the gallery.

The exhibition will continue through Friday, March 23. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 27, will feature the panel discussion "Women and God" at 11:30 a.m. in the Phelps Hall Otte Room. A service of celebration and worship, featuring the Rev. Kama Jongerius-Zuidema and the Rev. Kathy Davelaar, will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. in Mulder Chapel at Western Theological Seminary.

There will be a "Women's Health Fair" on Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium. The health fair will feature health care professionals, services and displays that provide informational and educational materials from area organizations. They will focus on women's health, including mental, physical, spiritual and emotional health.

In addition to the events open to the general public, Women's Week will feature a number of activities designed for the Hope campus community.

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