Main South: Black History Month and International Women’s Day events at Clark U

Here’s a list of events planned at Clark University (950 Main St.) to celebrate Black History Month and International Women’s Day.

These events are free and open to the public.

Film screening and panel discussion
“Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights”

6:30 pm

Monday, February 16

Sackler 120, Sackler Science Center, 950 Main St.

This feature-length film unearths the lesser-known story of black women’s political marginalization between the male-dominated Black Power movement, and the predominantly white and middle class Feminist movement during the 1960s and 70s. Following the screening is a panel discussion with Professors Ousmane Power-Greene (History), Esther Jones (English), and Stephanie Larrieux (Screen Studies). The trailer is available at


Disagreeing with Sexism: Norms, Sexual Violence, and Violence Prevention”

12-1:15 pm

Tuesday, February 17

Lurie Conference Room, Higgins University Center, 950 Main St.

Andrew L. Stewart is a social psychologist studying intergroup relations in the contexts of gender, race, nationality, sexual orientation, and class. His research examines how widespread beliefs about social groups contribute to intergroup violence and discrimination, and how to change those beliefs to reduce violence and discrimination. For example, Andrew’s research has examined how sexist and traditional masculinity norms contribute to violence and discrimination against women, and he has administered and evaluated sexual assault prevention programs for college men to reduce sexual violence.


Pre-screening and community conversation
“American Dilemma” (1944)

7 pm

Tuesday, February 17

Jefferson 218, Jefferson Academic Center, 950 Main St.

Pre-screening and community conversation of the film “American Dilemma” as a part of Community Cinema Worcester, organized by N-CITE Community Media and co-sponsored by the Hiatt Center for Urban Education and Difficult Dialogues.

This event includes a panel discussion to deepen our engagement in the current national dialogue on race in America.  Panelists include Ousmane Power-Greene, from Clark’s History Department; Raphael Rogers from Clark’s Education Department; and Julius Jones, a Clark alum and community organizer engaged with Black Lives Matters protests locally.


Talk and meet & greet
“A talk and meet & greet with Franchesca Ramsey”

6-8 pm
Wednesday, February 25

Jefferson 320, Jefferson Academic Center, 950 Main St.

Franchesca Ramsey, better known as the Internet sensation Chescaleigh, is a Youtube blogger, an actress, a comedian, a graphic designer and a vlogger. Ramsey has been featured on MSNBC, ABC, The Daily Mail, the Anderson Cooper talk show, and many more, for her successful Youtube channel that covers all sorts of social issues like health care, safer sex, body image, race, homophobia, and rape culture.  For more about Ramsey, visit and Upworthy.  This event is sponsored by the Black Student Union.


The following event will be held in honor of Women’s History Month 2015.

It is free and open to the public.

“The Continuum of Displacement:  Iraqi Women Refugees in Jordan and the USA Post 2003”

1:30 pm

Friday, February 27

Lurie Conference Room, Higgins University Center

This talk will focus on the continuum of displacement among Iraqi women refugees in Jordan and the USA since 2003, and the challenges they face as they transition from one country to the other to rebuild their lives. Isis Nusair, associate professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and International Studies at Denison University, will analyze the themes that emerge in the women’s narratives and the modes of support Iraqi women refugees employ to sustain their agency in this prolonged state of instability and displacement.