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Bunker Hill Community Colege Celebrates Women's History Month 2020 - Our Story is Our Strength

Women's History Month at BHCC

Women’s History Month 2022 — March 1 to 31

Our Story is Our Strength

BHCC Library and Learning Commons 

Women do not have just one history. The collections from the BHCC Library and Learning Commons highlights the histories of black women; lesbian, bi, and queer women; indigenous and colonized women; gender nonconforming, non-binary, and trans women; women of the Global South; women in the sex trades; and disabled and neurodiverse women. 

A broader collection of resources can be found on the Women’s History Month guide: https://libguides.bhcc.edu/womenshistorymonth  

Film collections from the Kanopy and Films on Demand databases: 

eBook collections: 

Access to all library resources is free for BHCC students and staff, but requires a BHCC Library barcode and password. If you don’t already have access, request a barcode and password here by filling out the request form: https://bhcc.libwizard.com/f/offcampusaccess   


BHCC Museum Partnerships related Current Exhibits 

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 

  1. mfa.org
  2. gardnermuseum.org

Helina Metaferia: Generations 

November 6, 2021 through April 4, 2022 

Centering women of color as protagonists, this exhibit uses collage, video, and installation to explore how inherited trauma informs present-day experiences. 

The Banner Project: Lauren Halsey 

May 5, 2021 through May 5, 2022 

This exhibit remixes signs, symbols, and Afro-futurist visions inspired by the visual vernacular of Halsey’s neighborhood, including posters, advertising, and tags. She juxtaposes them with works from the ancient cultures of Egypt and Nubia that she selected from the MFA’s collection. 

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum  

Being Muholi: Portraits as Resistance 

February 10 through May 8, 2022 

This exhibit explores the life and work of internationally renowned South African born photographer and visual activist Sir Zanele Muholi who has documented South Africa’s Black LGBTQIA+ community.  Muholi captures intimate expressions of beauty, vulnerability, love, loss and belonging while simultaneously confronting issues of identity politics, selfhood, and Black queer visibility.  Muholi embodies the spirit of Ubuntu, A Nguni Bantu term meaning “our shared humanity” and expressed in Zulu as “I am because we are.” 


Tuesday, March 1 | 6 p.m.    

Wise, Wonderful, Willful Women 

Learn more about accomplished women in the fields of science, math, the arts and government whose discoveries and inventions were often stolen, unrecognized, or forgotten.  This event was written by and be performed by local writers who explored the lives and work of individual women, from ancient times to the present, and then entered into an imaginary “correspondence” with them, composing both the letters “sent” and those “received.” 

Moderated by Rhina P. Espaillat, BHCC’s 2019-2020 Distinguished Artist Scholar in Residence  

Remarks by Dr. Riikka Pietilainen-Caffrey, Professor, Performing Arts Department  

Sponsored by the Office of College Events and Cultural Planning 

Join by Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87957303390?pwd=N1YwZmdiM0FIZXVLSi92cElhRFA2dz09 

Join by Phone: +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) 

Meeting ID: 879 5730 3390 

Passcode: 783602  


Wednesday, March 2 | 6 p.m. 

A World of Black Dolls -- with Doll Expert Debra Britt and Artist Aniqua Wilkerson 

Explore the fascinating world of dolls, doll play and doll making with experts Debra Britt, Founder and Executive Director of the National Black Doll Museum, and Aniqua Wilkerson, doll maker, activist and educator.  This engaging conversation will address the creation of racial stereotypes in Black dolls that lead to a persistence of racism in American history.  Featuring an interactive showcase of dolls and audience discussion with the expert and artist. 

Moderated by Tua Nefer, Professor, English Department  

Remarks by Denise Turner, Manager, College Events and Cultural Planning 

Sponsored by the Office of College Events and Cultural Planning 

Join by Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88023664368?pwd=QnlhSmp6TEJ0TkExS2QzR2ozZzlWUT09  

Join by Phone:  +1 646 876 9923 

Meeting ID: 880 2366 4368 

Passcode: 246928 


Thursday, March 3 | 6 p.m. 

The Annual Women’s Justice Roundtable (AWJR) at BHCC with Robin Chandler, Ph.D. 

  1. Robin Chandler, BHCC’s Inaugural Artist Scholar in Residence, will conduct an informal roundtable including women (and men) from the BHCC community and their partners. Come prepared to share stories, reports, and updates on your social justice efforts on behalf of women and girls. This roundtable will include a brief presentation by Chandler on progress in global women’s movements, then facilitate a conversation among attendees on what you are doing to advance the rights of women and girls.  Q&A to follow the discussion. 
  2. Proshot Kalami – Poet, Playwright, and Teaching Artist in Performing Arts, Film and Literary Arts 

Remarks by R. Arlene Vallie, Dean of Research and Assessment, Academic Affairs Department  

Sponsored by the Mary L. Fifield Art Gallery 

Join by Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83089676973?pwd=bzk2V0t2ZVR3ZzJHZzk3akRpVW1GUT09 

Join by Phone: +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) 

Meeting ID: 830 8967 6973 

Passcode: 864749 


Tuesday, March 8 | 6 p.m.

BHCC Celebrates International Women's Day – “Break the Bias”  

Welcome to BHCC's remote stage!  An evening celebrating International Women's Day with seven trailblazing multi-genre artists, scholars, and educators presenting engaging and multi-dimensional works in performing arts, music, film, poetry, and fine art. Following cameo performances from each participant, a panel discussion will address contemporary and systemic issues relating to gender and racial bias, as well the role of art in breaking over-determined stereotypes globally. 

Moderated by Dr. Riikka Pietilainen-Caffrey, Professor, Performing Arts Department 

Sponsored by the International Center 

and featuring the following internationally recognized artists 

Deta Galloway – Painter, Poet, Performer and Activist 

Helen Gillet – Cellist, Chanteuse, and Musical Explorer 

  1. Riikka Pietilainen-Caffrey – Teaching Artist, Singer, and Conductor
  2. Tatiana Taylor – Singer and Choral Music Educator

Luz Valdez – Documentary Filmmaker and Editor 

Kristin Vining – Composer, Poet, and Collaborative Pianist 

Join by Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84000969232?pwd=L3U1MGdKbnlBWmZwb2RacmVmQ2VDQT09 

Join by Phone: +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) 

Meeting ID: 840 0096 9232 

Passcode: 309624 


Thursday, March 10 | 6 p.m. 

The Nettukkusqk Singers present The Lost Lives of Native American Women and Two Spirit People – Honoring Our Culture and Our Heritage 

Experience the power and the music by the intertribal group of southern New England women performing traditional and contemporary songs accompanied by hand drums, rattles and water drum.  In the Natick dialect of Algonquin, “Nettukkusqk” means “my sister.”  Formed by Wampanoag and Nipmuc women from Rhode Island and Massachusetts in 1994 at Deer Island Memorial, Boston, the Nettukkusqk Singers seek to reclaim women’s drumming and singing traditions from their tribal communities.  The performance will be in English and several dialects of southern New England Algonquin.  This event is dedicated to all missing and murdered indigenous women and Two Spirit People. 

Remarks by Dr. Kimberly M. Frashure, Professor, Engineering and Physical Sciences Department  

Sponsored by the Mary L. Fifield Art Gallery   

Join by Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82898750927?pwd=dXpZYzVEcHZ6amRzbVAvVjlFSmxOUT09 

Join by Phone: +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) 

Meeting ID: 828 9875 0927 

Passcode: 604484  


Tuesday, March 22 | 6 p.m.  

A Conversation with Frida Kahlo – Presented by Artist and Translator Maddu Huacuja 

Be inspired by the real life reflections and experiences of one of the world’s most celebrated artist – Frida Kahlo, as told in her personal letters and art.  Maddu Huacuja will share personal stories of growing up there and visiting the famous artist’s home in Mexico City. 

Remarks by Dr. Aurora Bautista, Professor, Behavioral Science Department

Sponsored by the Mary L. Fifield Art Gallery  

Join by Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82499452473?pwd=L1FpS1orUUxGYi9zWFFOSzRtemRWQT09 

Join by Phone: +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) 

Meeting ID: 824 9945 2473 

Passcode: 139737 


Wednesday, March 23 | 6 p.m. 

Out of the Shadows: Unmasking the Sheroes of History 

Throughout history, there are women who didn’t haven't received the credit and recognition they deserve. This Women's History Month discussion will reflect on some of the lesser-known Sheroes. 

Facilitator Assistant Director of Adult Education and Adjunct Faculty of History and Social Sciences, Brandy Brooks, Ed.D., BHCC Chelsea Campus

Remarks by Kristen P. McKennaM.Ed., Dean of Workforce and Economic Development

Sponsored by the Division of Workforce and Economic Development

Join by Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87235670899?pwd=RTcvMEVPMjdxZGEvZCsyQTVBUDljQT09 

Join by Phone:  +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)

Meeting ID: 872 3567 0899

Passcode: 470693


Thursday, March 24 | 6 p.m. 

Presenting Dance Artist Lenora Lee  

Director, choreographer Lenora Lee will share about her previous, as well as, current work “Convergent Waves: Boston” an immersive, multimedia dance project to be performed at PAO Arts Center in Boston April 21-23, 2022.  The project celebrates the contributions of activists, residents, and non-profit leaders and reclaims space by eliciting stories of community agency, resilience, and transformation.  

She will also interact with participants through “Connecting Within,” a series of writing and guided movement activities, accessing our experiences through language and the body as vehicles for communication, agency and activism. 

Sponsored by Academic Support and College Pathway Programs and the PAO Arts Center, Boston, Chinatown 

Join by Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82470829664?pwd=SVRnQUlGbFFWT2xseHpRZUpTMHR0Zz09 

Join by Phone:  +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) 

Meeting ID: 824 7082 9664 

Passcode: 738835 


Tuesday, March 29 | 6 p.m. 

A Conversation with Author and BHCC Professor Caroline Kautsire 

What Kind of Girl?   

Featured on both CBS Boston and WCVB Chronicle, Professor Caroline Kautsire discusses her journey as an author in America and Malawi, in her new book, What Kind of Girl? 

Remarks by Dr. Soo Park, Assistant Dean, Division of Humanities and Learning Communities   

Sponsored by the Division of Humanities and Learning Communities   

Join by Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88114390477?pwd=SmpITHhJY2pXN0ZyYjFPT1h6Wmxwdz09 

Join by Phone: +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) 

Meeting ID:  881 1439 0477 

Passcode: 514143 


Thursday, March 31 | 6 p.m. 

Stronger Together: Women Sharing Stories

Throughout history, the art of storytelling has been instrumental in bringing people together and in capturing the events that shape people's lives and perspectives. For the closing event of this year's Women's History Month, join four celebrated local storytellers as they share true, personal tales shaped by their experiences as women. Discover what inspired them to amplify their voices to broader audiences, and what stories from women they feel still need to be told. 

Storytellers: Norah Dooley, Lorena Hernández Leonard, Nimisha Ladva, and Irene Smalls

Moderated by Cheryl Hamilton, Founder and Executive Director of Stellar Story Company

Remarks by Alice Murillo, Ph.D.  Associate Provost, BHCC Chelsea Campus and Shana Berger, Professor, English Department

Sponsored by the Office of College Events and Cultural Planning and Stellar Story Company, a Boston-based business that helps people and institutions deliver extraordinary stories and unforgettable events that lead to meaningful change.

Join by Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85665671958?pwd=dFJQRHgxQ3M1SExtNUxWSzRhdTMwUT09 

Join by Phone:  +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)

Meeting ID: 856 6567 1958

Passcode: 695347