Pat Miller, Lectures, (515) 294-9935
Steve Sullivan, News Service, (515) 294-3720


AMES, Iowa – A lecture by two women believed to be descendents of President Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings will highlight Women's Week at Iowa State University in October. Women's Week activities are free and open to the public.

Shay Banks-Young and Julia Jefferson will speak on "Race and Family in America: A Conversation in Black and White," Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m. in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union.

As result of recent genetic testing, Banks-Young and Jefferson are considered to be descendants of President Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings.

Hemings was a slave at Monticello, Jefferson's home in Virginia. Banks-Young and Jefferson believe their respective great-great-grandfathers were the sons of Jefferson and Hemings. Recent controversy surrounding this situation has raised questions about race relations in the U.S.

Other Women's Week activities are listed below.

Performance: My Sister's Sister
This one-woman show is the true story about a family challenged by schizophrenia. It will be performed by Obie Award winner Julie Portman, with music by Paul Reisler. The 90-minute performance will be followed by a panel discussion.
Monday, Oct. 9
7 p.m.
Great Hall, Memorial Union

Speaker and Workshop: Roxie Tullis, Planned Parenthood
Tullis, a regional educator for Planned Parenthood, will speak and lead a workshop on "Yankee Doodle Heterosexuals and Other American Myths: Normalizing Human Sexuality Through Understanding Sexual Orientation."
Tuesday, Oct. 10
6 p.m.
Sun Room, Memorial Union

Workshop: Creating a New Context for Girls' Anger
Roxie Tullis, a regional educator for Planned Parenthood, will lead a workshop on human sexuality.
Wednesday, Oct. 11
10 a.m.
244 Memorial Union

Speaker: Jackson Katz, founder and director of MVP Strategies
Katz will speak on "More Than a Few Good Men: A Lecture on American Manhood and Violence Against Women." Katz' MVP Strategies provides gender violence prevention training to U.S. colleges, high schools, law enforcement organizations, military services, community organizations and corporations. He is the creator of a new video, "Tough Guise: Violence, Media, and the Crisis in Masculinity." Katz is a former all-star football player who became the first man at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst to earn a minor in women's studies.
Thursday, Oct. 12
8 p.m.
Sun Room, Memorial Union

Performance: Cameo Life Stories
Janet Long, Iowa facilitator for Cameo Life Stories, will read from submissions to the STORIES Center and National Museum of Women's History project to archive the life stories of women from around the world.
Tuesday, Oct. 17
8 p.m.
Pioneer Room, Memorial Union

Speaker: Zillah Eisenstein, professor of politics at Ithaca College, New York
Eisenstein will speak on "Families, Nations and Globalization." She is the author of several books, including "Global Obscenities: Patriarchy, Capitalism, and the Lure of Cyberfantasy," "HATREDS: Racialized and Sexualized Conflicts in the 21st Century," "The Color of Gender: Re-imagining Democracy," and the forthcoming "Feminism from the Breast."
Tuesday, Oct. 24
8 p.m.
Sun Room, Memorial Union

For more information, contact ISU Lectures, (515) 294-9934.


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