Sunday, March 26, 2023

ODU Department of Women’s Studies to Celebrate 40th Anniversary Oct. 6

On October 6th from 6-8pm at Slover Library in Downtown Norfolk, the Department of Women’s Studies at Old Dominion University (ODU) will celebrate its 40th anniversary, the first program of its type in Virginia at the time.  In 1995, the program became the first state-assisted school in Virginia to offer a major as well as a Minor in Women’s Studies.

ODU Women’s Studies students connect with Congolese refugess in South Africa. Source: ODU Department of Women’s Studies

The ODU Women’s Studies program draws from a diverse community support organization with ties to professional networks across many areas of focus. Faculty mentors help students pursue their passions.  And with their distinct 10-year service-learning focus, students have traveled to South Africa, Haiti, Rwanda, Senegal, and Nepal to study distinct social, political, environmental and economic landscapes, and their relationship to women’s and girls’ lives.  Closer to home, the program offers internships and service-learning opportunities that build a portfolio of experiences to complement the classroom at places throughout Hampton Roads.

This event will celebrate women’s voices, collective action, and community connections with the support of the Friends of Women’s Studies. Guests will e able to enjoy a poetry reading Luisa Igloria, and the prose of Sheri Reynolds, along cocktails,hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction to benefit further Women’s Studies at ODU.

Tickets are on sale NOW for $40 per person. All tickets include live entertainment, a free drink ticket, and a range of edible delights! Ticket sales end October 1st at 11:59pm.  You may purchase tickets online here

The Silent Auction items for the 40th Anniversary Celebration include:  

  • Private Poetry reading in your home with Tim Seibles;
  • Dinner for four prepared in your home by a professional chef;
  • Boat cruise on the Elizabeth River;
  • $500 package from The Forrest Gallery Studio of Fine Art Photography;
  • Gift basket from TASTE Unlimited and MORE!

Cash bar and hors d’oeuvres catered by Cuisine and Company.

Parking available at the Main Street garage or MacArthur Mall South Garage (Dillard’s side) as well as limited on-street parking and there is also convenient access from The Tide light rail.


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