Editor, Hildegard Warner
The National Women's Studies Association will hold its first national conference at the
University of Kansas in Lawrence, May 30 to June 3. Over 1500 feminist educators from
throughout the country and abroad are expected to attend.
The conference program has been shaped by contributors from the 12 geographical
regions and special caucuses of the association, representing the interests of Third World
women, lesbians, students, staff, teachers and community activists. Over 100 sessions
will be offered. Among the 500 presenters will be Meg Christian, Liz Farley, Shere Hite
Florence Howe, Audre Lorde, Elaine Reuben, Catherine Stimpson and Sheila Tobias.
Room and board (double occupancy) is available in the University of Kansas dormitories for $70 for four nights (Wednesday through Sunday), or $35 for Friday and
Saturday nights. For more information and registration, contact Nanette Bruckner,
Associate Professor, Women's Studies, University of Houston, Clear Lake City, 488-9370
Women & Their Work, a group of Austin artists, is assembling a slide registry of women
in the visual arts in Texas to serve as a source for a proposed book, state-wide exhibition
and a slide-tape presentation. These projects will include a representative selection of
works in all media, and will be the first comprehensive exhibition of Texas women
artists. Women artists residing in Texas and working in any visual medium may submit
entries. The deadline is June 15. For detailed information write Women & Their Work,
P.O. Box 4775, Austin, Tx 78751, or call 512-477-1064.
Two state-wide anti-nuclear rallies are planned for Saturday, June 2 at 2 p.m. One will
be held at the Comache Peak Nuclear Power Project near Glen Rose (Dallas area) and
the other will be at the site of the nuclear power plant under construction in Bay City
(Houston area). These demonstrations are sponsored by Lone Star Alliance, a coalition
organization of five Texas anti-nuclear groups. Speakers will include national political
figures and local community leaders. They will demand a moratorium on the operation
and construction of nuclear power plants and will call for a ban on the storage of
nuclear wastes in Texas. For information on the June 2 events, call Mockingbird Alliance, the Houston anti-nuclear group at 523-3018 or 666-5468.
A new slide program, "Poverty: A Test for Texans," is now available from the League
of Women Voters in Houston. The slides dispel the popular myth that all Texans are
rich and that all areas of the state are booming. Who the poor are, where they live, poor
children and what the state of Texas is doing about poverty are depicted. Groups wishing to view or borrow the slide program may contact the League office, 529-3171,
weekdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The U.S. Office of Consumer Affairs and Howard University are co-sponsoring a Low-
Income Consumer Conference, May 31-June 1, at the Marriott Twin Bridges Hotel,
Arlington, Virginia. Conference theme is The Low-Income Consumer: New Solutions
to Old Problems. The $30 registration fee includes May 31 and June 1 luncheons and a
May 31 reception. To register, a check or money order made out to Howard University-
CERM, should be sent to Herbert Simmons, Jr., Department of Consumer Education
and Resource Management, School of Human Ecology, Howard University, 2400 6th
Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001, by May 15!
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has rescheduled its public hearings on police practices in Houston for Tuesday and Wednesday, June 12-13. The hearing site and agenda
will be announced at a later time. The hearings are a part of the commission's extended
on-site study of police practices as they impact civil rights. It is examining those police
policies and practices which encourage or discourage misconduct and complaint reconciliation, following allegations made to them by victims of police misconduct, including
verbal abuse and unwarranted use of deadly force. Many of these complaints have
come from the minority communities.
Houston area NOW chapters are planning the following activities in May and June:
May 15. Consciousness raising group, formation meeting, 4600 Main, 7:30 p.m.
May 20. Montrose/Southwest NOW pot-luck supper, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 1803 Fairview.
May 31. Film, "A Woman's Place," First Unitarian Church, 5210 Fannin at
7:30 p.m. Donations will be taken.
June 5. Women & Power First Tuesday discussions, First Unitarian Church, Speaker-
Mary Ross Taylor, owner of The Bookstore and a registered agent of TACO (Texas
Arts Cultural Organization) on Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party. Wine and cheese,
7 p.m. Lecture at 7:30 p.m.
June 7. Women's Employment Forum: Sexual Harassment on the Job, 2525 San Jacinto
June 8-10. NOW Regional Conference, Denver. (Braniff, $79 round trip).
The National Council of Negro Women is sponsoring a free immunization program for
children on Saturday afternoons. The program is funded through a half million dollar
federal grant and is aimed primarily at children of working parents who cannot go to
doctors or city health clinics during the week. The free immunizations are given from
1 to 3 p.m., Saturdays at 4905 San Jacinto, on an appointment basis. Parents may call
523-3316 for an appointment.
Phosphene, Houston's newest literary magazine is sponsoring a poetry contest—deadline June 1. Cash prizes will be offered and the winners will be published in Phos-
phene's next issue. The first prize winner will receive $50, second prize, $30 and third
prize, $20. Send all submissions to: Phosphene Publishing Company, P. O. Box 66842
Fairview Station, Houston, TX 77019.
The Harris County Women's Political Caucus is holding a Bloody Mary Brunch to
raise money to send Sharon Macha, a caucus member and national steering committee member to the committee's meeting in Washington, D. C. It will be held at the
home of Beatrice Mladenka-Fowler, 704 Bayland, on Sunday, June 3, from 11 a.m.
SMU's 17th Annual Managment Seminar for Women Executives will be held May 31
and June 1. It is designed to give practical information to the specific concerns of
businesswomen seriously committed to a career. For registration information, write
to the Office of the Dean, SMU School of Continuing Education, SMU Box 275,
Dallas, TX 75275.
The Beverly Cook Dance Company will present a concert of
five dances on Saturday, June 9 at St. John's School. There
will be a premiere in the concert, a collaboration between
Beverly Cook and Houston flutist Diane Barton. The pieces
to be performed include Jarrett Suite, Noctilucent, Rope-
walk, and The Last Dance. Performance time will be 8 p.m.
For ticket reservations call 528-2585.
Dance critic Jill Johnston and dancer/choreographer
Deborah Hay will participate in Messages: Spontaneous
Dialog Between Jill Johnston and Deborah Hay. The event
is sponsored by the Houston Women's Art Caucus and will
take place in the KPFT courtyard on Saturday, May 26 at
Johnston was dance critic for the Village Voice from
1960-1970 and is the author of Marmalade Me, Lesbian
Nation, and Gullibles Travels.
Hay performed and choreographed works in New York
with the Judson Dance Theatre, Merce Cunningham Co.
Johnston and Hay will also perform in two Austin events.
The Laguna Gloria Art Museum and Women & Their Work will co-sponsor a performance featuring Johnston reading from her new books, dancer Hay, and musicians
Bill Jeffers and Phil James on Thursday, May 24. Spontaneous dialogue between Hay and
Johnston concerning their lives and their work will be part of the event. The performance will be at Austin's Laguna Gloria Amphitheatre, 7:30 p.m. ($3 admission).
The following evening at 8 p.m. Women & Their Work and the Austin Women's
Center will co-sponsor an evening with Johnston and Hay on Friday, at the Austin
Women's Center Patio. The dance artists will discuss their new books, the influence of
the political forces of the 60's and 70's on their lives and work, reflections on dance,
literature and art criticism. There is a $2 admission.
The Houston Center for Displaced Homemakers will offer its next workshop May 28
to June 22. This free workshop is from 1 to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday at the center office on the University of Houston Central Campus. The program includes assessing
skills and strengths, handling finances, interviewing skills and job hunting, and referral
to support services. Women between the ages of 35 and 64 who are widowed, divorced
or separated, and have worked without pay as a homemaker for several years are eligible. For additional information call the center at 749-3755 or 749-7253.
The Houston Center for Displaced Homemakers will offer a mini-series at the Blue Triangle YWCA 3005 McGowen, May 21 to 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. To register, cail 749-3755
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