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Labor activist to speak at International Women’s Day event

by UofL Today last modified Mar 07, 2012 02:57 PM

Labor activist Luz Rivera Martinez will take part in a panel discussion with other women as part of International Womens’ Day events Thursday, March 8, at the University of Louisville’s Red Barn.

Rivera Martinez is the founder and director of Consejo Nacional Urbano Campesino (CNUC). Through CNUC, she has worked to protect peasantsʼ rights and build community-based autonomous projects in Mexico. 

Rivera Martinez will join a panel of women from a variety of fields and roles to discuss women’s work. Other panelists include Lt. Col. Tina Riddle of the Kentucky Army National Guard, Diane Pecknold, a mother and professor, and Elmer Lucille Allen, a retired chemist and social activist.

The event also will feature an art piece titled "Revisiting the Dinner Party: A Place at the Table" created by Gabrielle Mayer and students from the Hite Art Institute to honor women leaders who have inspired social change, and will include dinner, music and a women’s history trivia contest for men. Participants also will be able to purchase items from groups like Made by Survivors, a national nonprofit that works with survivors of sexual and labor slavery throughout the world.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public, though reservations are recommended at Louisville.edu/peacc.

International Women’s Day events are sponsored by the Commission on the Status of Women, Anne Braden Institute, PEACC, Department of Women's and Gender Studies, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, The Women's Center and the Red Barn.

In addition to the panel discussion, Rivera Martinez will give a lecture about women’s, peasant and labor struggles in southern Mexico and beyond. Her talk is 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. March 8, in Room 100, Bingham Humanities Building on Belknap Campus. Sponsors are the College of Arts and Sciences’ Office of International, Diversity and Outreach; the Department of History; the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research; the Latin American and Latino Studies Program; and the Department of Anthropology.

For more information on UofL’s International Women’s Day events, visit Facebook.

 

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