Monday, February 27, 2006

Bluegrass Communtiy and Technical College: "Standing Strong" Women's History Month Celebration

MEDIA CONTACT: Laura Lynch (859) 246-6583 OR Karen Marcum (859) 246-6573
Vernal Kennedy (859) 246-6507, cell (859) 797-4176

“Standing Strong” Women’s History Month Celebration

LEXINGTON, KY -Bluegrass Community and Technical College will hold “Standing Strong” a Women’s History Month Celebration on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 from 11:00-4:00 p. m. in the Academic Technical Lobby, Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive, Lexington. The public is invited and encourage to attend any or all of the sessions.

11:00-12:00 “Self Defense: A Safety Net of Empowerment”
Presentation by Grandmaster Hiang Kwang Thè

An interactive demonstration using students and audience volunteers to educate on personal self-defense techniques. Grandmaster Hiang Kwang Thè is a Tenth degree Black Belt in Central Shaolin Martial Arts and currently teaches for the YMCA of Central Kentucky. He will be accompanied by his wife Jeannie Thè, Program Director for the YMCA Beaumont Area. YMCA prizes and week’s memberships will be awarded during the program.

12:00-12:45 “Breaking the Silence: Domestic Violence and What You Can Do About It”
Presentation by Teri Faragher, Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Prevention Board for Fayette County. Teri was a Women’s History Month guest speaker last year and was so informative and engaging, we asked if she would be willing to offer two similar sessions this year.

An important presentation on what domestic violence is, locating resources for help, and an interactive question and answer session following the presentation.

1:00-1:45 “Breaking the Silence: Domestic Violence and What You Can Do About It”
(Same as above)

2:00-3:00 “Goddess Culture”
Presentation by Jaqui Linder Artist and former English and Women’s Studies Professor
The Goddess Culture thrived in 5500-9000 years ago along the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Aegean and Black Seas, a culture in which power was equated with responsibility and love rather than our present day culture that equates power with oppression, obedience, and fear.

Sources for this lecture are The Chalice and the Blade by Riane Eisler, scholar, futurist, and activist, and The Civilization of the Goddess by Marija Gimbuta, acclaimed archaeologist.

3:00 - 4:00 "The Process of Success: A Woman Forms a National Corporation and Finds Herself."
Presentation by Jenny Gray, Greg Spurlock’s (editor of BCTC Courier) mother, who will be speaking to us on her experiences in moving from a stay-at-home mom to the successful owner of a market research firm.

For more information contact Nancy Dixon (859) 246-6367 or Lori Estes-Houghton
(859) 246- 6592.

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