CSUN Show, Lecture Study Women's Rights

Cal State Northridge concludes its observance of Women's History Month today with the final day of an exhibition commemorating the 150th anniversary of the first women's rights convention in Seneca Falls, N.Y., and a lecture about women in Southeast Asia.

The exhibition in the lobby of CSUN's Oviatt Library depicts events that took place during the 1848 convention and the women who played a role in it, according to Elizabeth Say, chairwoman of CSUN's women's studies department, which is sponsoring the event.

"It's a great display because it reminds us about women's history and that women's rights are a recent phenomenon in U.S. history, and how tenuous civil rights for women can be," Say said. "It also reminds us to be vigilant in protecting those rights for women."

Library hours today are from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Also today, Norma Pratt, who received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant in 1997 to study Southeast Asian culture, will give a lecture titled "The Concept of Girlhood in Southeast Asia."

"She will be looking at how the concept of girlhood functions in shaping of the female identity in Southeast Asian culture," Say said.

Pratt's free public lecture, the fourth and final installment of the brown bag luncheon discussion series, will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Room 344 of Jerome Richfield Hall, on the west side of campus, 18111 Nordhoff St.

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