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CEW Celebrates 50 Years of Service
Women in Film
January’s Women in Film brought over 900 celebrants to view six short films on topics related to women. Academy award winner Cynthia Wade spoke about her work and screened Mondays at Racine, her documentary about the hair salon that offered services to women cancer patients.
Women and Economic Security Conference
In May, CEW and national organization, Re-Gender, co-sponsored a 3-day conference entitled, Women and Economic Security: Changing Policy and Practice. The conference included a mix of research and policy panels, small group deliberations on policy recommendations for Michigan, and a dance performance reflecting the experiences of low-wage women workers. Sheryl WuDunn of Half the Sky was the keynote speaker. With a unique mix of policy and practice approaches, this Rackham- funded Michigan Meeting expanded the discourse on addressing the needs of low-income women in our state.
Dinner, dancing, recognizing the work of CEW over the past 50 years, and catching up with old and new friends – CEW’s October celebration also marked the official return of many who were CEW Scholarship recipients. Now numbering over 1500, scholars were able to connect through small group discussions and at dinner, building the foundation for an ongoing Community of Scholars Network.
Alice Walker Lecture
In conjunction with the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, CEW brought author, poet, and activist Alice Walker to campus to deliver the DAAS Zora Neale Hurston Lecture. Walker’s activist and womanist perspective energized the Hill Auditorium listeners and turned our focus from past achievements to future needs.