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Discussion about Islam part of UNG's Women's History Month

(March 15, 2013) The University of North Georgia will hold a panel discussion focusing on the challenges and misconceptions of women of Islamic faith in "Women in Islam: A Cross-Cultural Discussion." The discussion, set for March 27 on the university's Gainesville campus, is free and open to the public.

The panel discussion, set for 6-8 p.m. in the Continuing Education and Performing Arts Building , will explore the perceptions and misconceptions of the status of women in Islam. Themes to be discussed by the panelists include the diversity in the various sects of Islam, a comparative analysis of the status of women in different religions, the basic tenets of Islam, and the role of women in social movements.

Speakers include Zaynab Ansari, Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta; Dr. Chris Bell and Dr. Victoria Hightower, University of North Georgia; and Tanjina Islam, Georgia State University.

This event is part of the University of North Georgia's Women's History Month programming and is open to the public. The panel is sponsored and organized by the Students for a Progressive Society, a student-run club at the University of North Georgia, and the UNG Women's History Committee.

On March 3, 1913, the day before Woodrow Wilson's presidential inauguration, some 5,000 women marched on Washington to demand voting rights for women. One hundred years later, the University of North Georgia joins groups and organizations around the nation in marking Women's History Month.

UNG was the first co-educational college in the state and in 1878 was the first to graduate a woman, founder William Pierce Price's daughter, Willie B. Lewis. 

Congress first designated Women's History Month in 1987 and, since 1995, Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama have issued annual proclamations declaring March as Women's History Month. A series of free events, including panel discussions and film viewings, are planned across the University of North Georgia's campuses.

"Women's History Month offers an opportunity to highlight women's accomplishments and to generate discussion about issues that continue to shape and influence women's experiences in the United States and internationally," said Dr. Sara Mason, assistant professor of sociology and member of the Women's History Month Committee on UNG's Gainesville campus. "All of the events we've planned highlight the myriad ways that woman have been, and continue to be, active agents in creating change."

The month began with discussions of work/life balance and women in education on the Dahlonega and Oconee campuses and a Women's Awareness Expo that drew students to the Hoag Student Center on the Dahlonega campus.

For more information about other upcoming events during Women's History Month, go to


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