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Women's Voices program at DSU to emphasize the journey of women Feb. 26-Mar. 26

Posted on 2/15/2013

The 10th annual "Women's Voices" program at Dickinson State University will begin Tuesday, Feb. 26, and will conclude Tuesday, March 26. This year, the program is themed toward the various life journeys of women in the areas of education, new beginnings and cross cultural leadership.

Speakers include Dr. Brenda K. Marshall, Dr. Cynthia Pemberton, Brenda Charles, patrolman Megan Christopher, Darianne Johnson and the Theodore Roosevelt Honors Leadership Program students. A film entitled "Pink Saris" will also be shown to reflect the journeys of Indian women fighting against domestic violence in their native land.

Marshall, this year's keynote speaker, is a native of North Dakota and the author of two novels, "Mavis"(1996) and "Dakota, Or What's a Heaven For"(2010). Marshall lives in Ann Arbor, Mich., where she teaches at the University of Michigan. However, she claims on her website, "No matter where I am living or what I am doing, I think of myself as a North Dakotan."

All events are free and open to the public and will take place at 7 p.m. in Beck Auditorium, Klinefelter Hall, with the exception of the luncheon scheduled for Wednesday, March 20. During the luncheon, which will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom, Marshall will discuss the narrative of opportunity which drove the reaching and grasping of the pioneer days of Dakota Territory. Her presentation, "When a Woman's Reach Exceeds Her Grasp," will focus specifically on what was and was not possible for women pioneers, as depicted in her second novel.

Women's Voices at DSU is part of Women's History Month, which highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.The DSU Women's Voices project is supported in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For a complete schedule of events and luncheon registration, visit To register for the luncheon, visit For more information regarding Women's Voices, call Joanne Fields at 701-483-2728.

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