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February 14, 2001

Visiting performance artist comes to Monroe to celebrate Women's History

"The Forgotten Suffragist," a one-woman show is being presented Friday, March 9, 2001, and Saturday, March 10, 2001, at Spyker Theatre at 7:30 p.m. both evenings on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Monroe. The performance is free and open to the public.

March is Women's History Month--to honor the lives of women in celebration, the guest artist Dacia Charlesworth, an Assistant Professor in Speech and Dramatic Arts at the Southeast Missouri State University, is sharing her one-woman show, entitled 'The Forgotten Suffragist: The Life of Anna Howard Shaw." Anna Howard Shaw was instrumental in securing the right to vote for American women. Shaw earned degrees in theology and medicine from Boston University but soon gave up the pulpit and medicine for the podium. As the "voice of the suffrage movement," Shaw spoke on voting rights as well as temperance. She served as President of the National American Woman Suffrage Association from 1904-1915 and was later awarded the Distinguished Service Cross from Congress for her service with the Council of National Defense during World War II. This performance explores Shaw's life by combining Shaw's own words with those of historians, critics, and supporters.

In addition to the performances on March 9 and 10, 2001, at 7:30 p.m. in Spyker Theatre on the campus of ULM, a discussion, and meet-the-artist opportunity will follow each evening's show. Dr. Dacia Charlesworth is part of the 2001 Chatauqua Series presented and supported by the Missouri Humanities Council, and we hope that you will join us in an evening that will be entertaining, educational, creatively inspired and inspiring.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Mara Loeb at 318-342-1399 or Dr. Turner Steckline at 318-342-1135.

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