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Sack Lunch Seminars

Fall 2009

Wednesdays Noon - 1:00 pm

Sponsored by the MSU Women's Center.

Sack Lunch Seminars are Free, Informal, and Open to Everyone!

Bring your lunch and join us!

"For what is done or learned by one class of women becomes, by virtue of their common womanhood, the property of all women."

-Elizabeth Blackwell (first U.S. female physician)

September 16  Women of the Iris Garden: Danforth Park Revisited

SUB 168 (formerly 106E) Noon-1pm

"Students for Danforth Park" will share the history of the movement by MSU women in 1929 to create the Iris Garden (renamed Danforth Park in 1972) during the Depression Era.  This panel discussion by Alta Howells, Alexey Kalinin, Kristin Orelup and Raquel Peterson will also focus on the present student movement to restore and revitalize a forgotten place on MSU's campus.

September 23  Super Hormones for Super Health

SUB 168 (formerly 106E) Noon-1pm

Join Robin Thompson, a naturopathic physician at Gallatin Valley Natural Medicine in Bozeman, to learn how natural, or "bio-identical" hormones can help you feel better, look better and perform better.  For those with a hormonal imbalance, natural hormones can help increase weight loss, heal metabolism, improve sleep, decrease menopausal and PMS symptoms, and increase cognitive ability.

October 7  Promoting Peace Through Educating Girls in Pakistan

SUB 168 (formerly 106E) Noon-1pm

Learn how Greg Mortenson of Central Asia Institute has developed a model of promoting peace through education in one of the most focused-on conflict regions of the world.  Come hear Genevieve Chabot's stories about her two years of work with the CAI in some of the most remote and religiously conservative regions of Northern Pakistan and how working within a model of empowering communities has changed women's lives.  Hear a woman's perspective of navigating the male-dominant society to provide opportunities for girls and women.  Also participate in a discussion on how and why the CAI model of community development is so successful and how this model could be used to promote peace and equality anywhere in the world.

October 21  Gender and Hindu Politics in 21st Century India

SUB 168 (formerly 106E)  Noon-1pm

This presentation, alternately titled: "Not Gandhi's Hinduism: Women and Violence in Politicized Hindu Politics in 21st Century India," will focus on post-Independence political issues Hindu Indian women face, especially in light of the results of India's Spring 2009 elections.  MSU History professor, Michelle Maskiell, will provide an historical context for the gender issues enmeshed in current politics within the largest democracy in the world.

October 28  Forgotten Victims

SUB 168, Noon-1 p.m.

In honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Erin Diehl, Victim Advocate for the Gallatin County Victim/Witness assistance Program, and Krystal Redmond, Legal Advocate for HAVEN (formerly the Network Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse,) will present this talk on the ways their organizations can give victims a voice and help them navigate our complex criminal justice system.  Erin will discuss how victim services advocates for victims of domestic violence, and Krystal will discuss services offered by HAVEN and the details of obtaining orders of protection and the purpose they serve.

November 4  Don't Just Sit There...Take a Stretch!

SUB 168 (formerly 106E)  Noon-1pm

Sitting in front of a computer working all day may be productive and great for your job, however, prolonged static postures are not good for your spine.  Join Patty Inskeep, Certified Yoga Instructor, to learn chair yoga.  You can use these easy postures to stretch throughout your day to help keep ligaments, joints, muscles and tendons loose to help increase comfort, relaxation, and productivity!

November 18  "Gratitude is the Mother of Virtues" (Marcus Tullius)

SUB 168

Gratitude is a powerful magnetic force that attracts to us the good we desire.  Having a spirit of gratitude helps in healing, in bringing about our intended hopes and dreams, and is a pre-requisite for living a rich and fulfilling life.  Jill davis, creator of Imagine That! Coaching and instructor of English at MSU, will share radical gratitude exercises from her workshops and forthcoming book: Joyful Manifesting: Make it Happen!  Join us for some fun and leave with your personal cultivating gratitude plan in order to live more joyously.


"What I am proud of, what seems so simply clear, is that feminism is a way to fight for justice, always in short supply."

-Barbara Strickland

Sack Lunch Seminars are free, fun, informal, and open to everyone!
Sponsored by the Women’s Center, a department in the division of

Student Affairs and Services
SUB 372, 406-994-3836

Bring your lunch and join us!