The 18th annual Women's Week at Hope College is featuring a variety of public presentations during its run.

The 18th annual Women's Week at Hope College is featuring a variety of public presentations during its run.

Women's Week is a celebration scheduled in recognition of women, and this year's focus is "Global Herizons." The event will continue through Friday, March 8, 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 address, "Politics, Motherhood, and Organizing," will be presented by Winona LaDuke on Friday, March 1, at 3:30 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium.

LaDuke was Ralph Nader's vice presidential running mate in the 2000 election, and was also the Green Party's vice-presidential candidate in 1996.

She is an Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe), and has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues. Her books include "Last Standing Woman," "All Our Relations," "In the Sugarbush" and "The Winona LaDuke Reader."

In 1989, she received the Reebok Human Rights Award. In 1994, she was nominated by "Time" magazine as one of America's 50 most promising leaders under 40 years of age. Other honors include the Thomas Merton Award in 1996, the MS Woman of the Year Award (with Indigo Girls in 1997) the Global Green Award and numerous other honors.

She is a graduate of Harvard and Antioch universities.

The Hope College Visiting Writers Series will host Nahid Rachlin and Samuel Hazo on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Knickerbocker Theatre. The reading will be preceded by music by the Hope College Jazz Ensemble beginning at 6:30 p.m.

There will be a "Women's Health Fair" on Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 1 p.m. to 5 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.

On Thursday, Feb. 28, the college's Counseling Center will present "The Face of An Eating Disorder: A Survivor's Story" at 6 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium.

A "Women's Art Show" will be featured on Tuesday, March 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the DeWitt Center Herrick Room. The show will feature a variety of types of work by Hope College women.

The film "Kathryn and Her Daughters" will be shown on Wednesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall. The event will feature discussion led by Sandra Pfeifer, the film's producer.

Journalist Ellen Ratner will present "Women and Careers" on Thursday, March 7, at 3 p.m. in the Van Wylen Library's Granberg Room. Ratner is the White House correspondent and bureau chief for The Talk Radio News Service, and will be at Hope as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow.

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.