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Upcoming Events

March is Women’s History Month!  UMKC’s Women’s & Gender Studies Program, Women’s Center, and other groups are putting on a host of events to celebrate. Here’s a list of events scheduled March 1-12. For events later in the month, check out the Women’s Center’s event calendar.

  • Book Display: Gender and 19th Century German Literature. March 1-March 31, Miller Nichols Library, 800 E. 51st St.  Check out the display of books on historical fiction for girls and boys in 19th century Germany. Co-sponsored by University Libraries and Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.
  • Brownbag Book Discussion: The Handmaid’s Tale. Friday, March 4, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Women’s Center, 105 Haag Hall, 5120 Rockhill Rd.  Bring your lunch and join the discussion on the Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. For more information, visit Co-sponsored by the Kansas City Public Library
  • Quilting Workshop with Nedra Bonds. Saturday, March 5, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. University Center, Room 106, 5000 Holmes St. Attend one or both of these workshops (see April 9) and receive expert guidance from local quilt artist Nedra Bonds. Fee: $35 for one workshop; $60 for both, includes fabric and supplies.  Registration required.  Contact or 816-253-1638 for more information. Sponsored by the Her Art Project, the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City, and the Arts KC Fund.
  • Everybody is Beautiful Week. Monday – Friday, March 7 – 11. Learn about body image, eating disorders and how the media affects our self-perceptions. Visit for details. Sponsored by the Body Image Committee.
  • What Did Anne Boleyn Really Look Like? Lessons from History on Representation, Beauty, and the Body. Monday, March 7, 6 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. lecture, Truman Forum at the Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. Susan Bordo looks at historical portraits of Anne Boleyn and considers the social meaning and physical realities behind her fabled beauty. Co-Sponsored by the Body Image Committee and the Kansas City Public Library.
  • Rock Who You Are Fashion Show. Tuesday, March 8, 6 – 8 p.m., UMKC Student Union, Multipurpose Room, 5100 Cherry St. This fashion show features UMKC studentspromoting positive body image. Enjoy door prizes and light refreshments. Sponsored by the Body Image Committee.
  • The Thirty Years’ War for Children: Narrating Conflict for German Girls and Boys in the Nineteenth Century. Friday, March 11, 12 – 1 p.m., Miller Nichols Library, Room 303, 800 E. 51st. St. Jennifer Askey, Associate Professor of German at Kansas State University will lecture on the work of Oskar Höcker and Brigitte Augusti, who wrote historical fiction for German children in the last decades of the 19th century. Co-sponsored by Women’s & Gender Studies, German Studies, and University Libraries.
  • Women Doll Artists and Entrepreneurs. Saturday, March 12, 1:30 p.m., Toy and Miniature Museum, 5253 Oak St. Mary Wheeler, collections coordinator at the Toy and Miniature Museum will talk about a sampling of doll artists and entrepreneurs represented in the Museum’s collection. This lecture is free with museum admission: adults, $7; seniors and students over 12 years old, $6; children 5 to 12 years old, $5; children under 5, free. UMKC students, staff and faculty are free with UMKC ID. Sponsored by the Her Art Project and the Toy and Miniature Museum.