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March 15, 2013
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Women's History Month
Kitchen Table Series
National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Women's Center Awards Announced
Cuninggim Lecture
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Women's History Month
WHM 2013 
   Vanderbilt is celebrating Women's History Month throughout the month of March. Please visit a full calendar of events on our website to see events happening across campus.
The Kitchen Table Series presents
Heroine Addiction: 
Power in Pop Culture
Wednesday, March 27, 5-6pm,
Sarratt 325/327

KTS Spring 2013   

In our third and final Kitchen Table Series event of the semester, we are going to delve into the world of female power and popular culture by taking a look at contemporary heroines. Asked to fight crime and evil villains, bend steel, travel across space and time, all while wearing a skin-tight suit and heels; the life and time of a modern heroine are still wrought with antiquated notions of femininity and female sexuality. As always we hope to provide students with the chance to deconstruct, critique, challenge (and even celebrate) contemporary heroines in a relaxed and fun environment. 

  For more information, please contact Katie Garcia, program coordinator.

National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Saturday, March 23


Various service sites


Every 35 minutes a woman is diagnosed with HIV. Here at Vanderbilt we are doing our part to raise awareness about the affect of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. Please join the Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center, the HIV Vaccine Clinical Trials Unit, Nashville Cares, and Street Works on March 23rd, from 10am-3:30pm for a Community Day of Service. We are joining together to make a small impact on a much larger issue.  If you are interested in signing up, please take a moment to fill out an interest form or contact Katie Garcia. 

ABG Workshop:

Using New Media to Shape your Voice and Identity

Friday, March 22nd


Black Cultural Center, Auditorium


Issa Rae will lead a skills-based workshop on using media to shape your voice & identity. This event will have limited capacity, so please sign up early. Please email Kayce Matthews to RSVP. Lunch will be provided.

Joni Hersch, Pat Tellinghuisen, and Francille Bergquist Win Women's Center Awards 

As part of the annual Cuninggim Lecture, the Women's Center presents the annual Mentoring Award and Mary Jane Werthan Award to honor individuals making a difference for women on campus.


The Mentoring Award is given annually to recognize achievements by and in support of women on campus. This award honors a member of the Vanderbilt University community who fosters the professional and intellectual development of Vanderbilt women. This year the Women's Center will honor two winners of the Mentoring Award.


Joni Hersch

 Joni Hersch is Professor of Law and Economics at Vanderbilt Law School. One colleague reports,"I have observed Joni for the almost seven years that she has worked at Vanderbilt. In this time, she has given countless hours to assisting Vanderbilt students, junior faculty, and colleagues. Other women on the law faculty seek Joni out for assistance with their empirical work and data acquisition efforts. Joni has been the faculty advisor to the Women Law Students Association for three years and is available for advice not only to the students in the Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics, but to all women law students at Vanderbilt. Her mentoring of the students in the joint-degree law and economics program is unparalleled in sincerity, effort, and time committed to each student."

  Pat Tellinghuisen

Pat Tellinghuisen is the Vanderbilt Students Volunteering for Science Coordinator. One student says, "Through the grants that help fund Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science, Pat has been able to give numerous opportunities for professional development to women, including plenty of experience in leadership and outreach experience." Another student adds, "The general level of enthusiasm she has provides a haven for many women to explore possible interests and to mold the minds of aspiring young female scientists."


The Mary Jane Werthan Award is given annually to honor an individual who has contributed to the advancement of women at Vanderbilt on a systemic level. It is named in honor of Mary Jane Werthan, the first woman member of the Vanderbilt Board of Trust.


Francille BergquistFrancille Bergquist is an Associate Professor of Spanish and the Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Science. Dean Bergquist will enter into retirement this June after 35 years in the College of Arts and Science. In honor of her accomplishments, visit this website to read multiple accounts of her gifts as a teacher and mentor from students, faculty, and staff. One student commented, "I walked out of her office and thought that if even one other member of the faculty took as much time with me and cared as much about my situation as she just had, then Vanderbilt was where I wanted to be." We believe this is indicative of the spirit with which Dean Bergquist has served the Vanderbilt community and the Women's Center is honored to name her as the Werthan Award Winner for 2013.




The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl Creator Issa Rae on "The New New Girl"
2013 Cuninggim Lecture on Women in Culture and Society
Thursday, March 21, 6pm, SLC Board of Trust Room



Issa Rae will give a talk, "The NEW New Girl: Challenging Mainstream Media's Portrayal of Women," as the 2013 Cuninggim Lecture on Women in Culture and Society. As a producer/director/writer whose work has appeared on CNN, NBC,, Vibe, Huffington Post, Essence Magazine and more, Issa Rae will discuss how mainstream media has informed and shaped her identity and encourage the audience to challenge their own views on what's real and authentic.


For more information, visit our website. This event is free and open to the public. For more information on this event or the Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center, please contact Kayce Matthews, associate director, at or (615) 322-4843.