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What does it mean to be a woman? What does it mean to be a man? Are boundaries between female and male natural or constructed? Presentations addressing these issues will place March 1-4 here at SAC during Women's History Week.

Welcome everyone!

This guide lists and links to resources such as books, web sites, and films which highlight and compliment Women's History Week 2010 events.

A listing of all events, including dates, times, and descriptions, is available at the Women's History Week web site.



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Schedule of Events

Women’s History Week 2010

March 1 – March 4, 2010

What does it mean to be a woman? What does it mean to be a man? Are boundaries between female and male natural or constructed? To explore these and related questions, the Women’s History Week Committee has chosen this theme for Women’s History Week 2010:

“Different Spheres: Reality or Illusion?”




Tuesday, March 2, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. – McAllister Auditorium

Dr. Robert S. McElvaine, Elizabeth Chisholm Professor of Arts & Letters, Millsaps College

“The Distant Origins of our (Mis)Understanding of the Sexes”

Opening remarks by Dr. Robert Zeigler, President, San Antonio College


Dr. Robert S. McElvaine, keynote speaker for San Antonio College Women’s History Week 2010, is the author of Eve’s Seed: Biology, the Sexes, and the Course of History, a work which combines the fields of biology, history, language, psychology, anthropology, and religion to present a cogent and challenging alternative interpretation to what is too commonly assumed to be the “natural order of things.”                 

Dr. McElvaine’s lecture, based in part on this work, will present an innovative and multidisciplinary challenge to traditional interpretations about the relative status of women and men in society and the ways in which perceptions and misperceptions of differences between the sexes have shaped human history, beginning in prehistory.  ­ 


*All Women’s History Week presentations are open to SAC students, staff, and faculty as well as the general public. Movies are open to SAC students, staff, and faulty.


Look for When I Was Girl posters placed throughout the campus throughout the entire week.


Monday, March 1

10:00 a.m.-10:50 a.m. -- Loftin Student Center, Fiesta Room

Presentation by State Senator Leticia Van de Putte: Women in Leadership with an introduction by Sharon Navarro.

Tuesday, March 2

9:25 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. -- VATC, 120

Presentation by Elizabeth de la Portilla: Night to His Day: The Construction of the Feminine in the Work of 20th Century Feminists

10:50 a.m. -- VATC, 120

Film: Voices Heard, Sisters Unseen (75 minutes)

12:15 p.m. – VATC, 120

Film: In My Father’s House (67 minutes)

Wednesday, March 3

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - San Antonio College Empowerment Center

Presentation by Sue Gallego: Latinas and HIV/AIDS: Cultural Implications - a workshop for counselors & other helping professionals

11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. – VATC, 120

Presentation by Richard Reed: From Alpha Male to Nurturing Father: How Childbirth Affects Dads


12:00 p.m. VATC, 120

Film: Visitors of the Night (34 minutes)


Thursday, March 4


9:25 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. – VATC, 120

Presentation by Dr. Antonia Castañeda: On Whose Shoulders We Stand: Chicana/Latina Women's Vision, Power, and Action in San Antonio followed by the presentation of the Women of Vision Award.


10:50 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

Presentation by Gayl Newton: Recovering the Stories of Female Pioneers: How Their Lives Can Inspire Us Today


 12:15 p.m. Film: Uphill All the Way (80 minutes) with an introduction by Michelle and Nathan Hunt

WHW 2010 logo

Logo by Brook Rosser, Vistual Arts & Technology Department

78 Genes

Promotional poster for Dr. Robert McElvaine's Keynote Address, “The Distant Origins of our (Mis)Understanding of the Sexes” on Tuesday, March 2.

Only 78 genes separate men from women. Are we really that different?



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