Middlesex Community College celebrating Lowell Women’s Week

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Middlesex Community College will sponsor several special events during the Lowell Women’s Week celebration, to be held March 1 to March 9.

More than 20 — including programs, performances, guest lecturers, exhibits, discussions and tours — will be held in locations around Lowell as part of this year’s celebration. All Women’s Week events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

Lowell Women’s Week events sponsored by MCC include:

* Lowell Women’s Week Breakfast Celebration: March 3, 7:30 to 9 a.m., Holy Ghost Park, 65 Village St., Lowell; admission $20 ($15 for students). Celebrate the beginning of Lowell Women’s Week with breakfast and an inspiring network of women. Keynote speaker is Massachusetts first lady Diane Patrick. Call Maria Cunha for tickets and information at 978-656-3104.

* Working Women: Southeast Asian Experience: March 3, noon to 1:30 p.m., Federal Building Assembly Room, 50 Kearney Square, Lowell. A panel of Southeast Asian women will share their immigrant stories, including the trials and tribulations of culture shock, taboos and educational limitations. Come and hear their amazing stories. Call Tooch Van for more information at 978-656-3254.

* I Still Smell the Fire in My Grandma’s Hair: March 5, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., Lowell Campus cafeteria, 33 Kearney Square. Matter of Fact, MCC’s improvisational theater group, presents vignettes highlighting women’s issues that raise questions and create awareness. Powerful stories of sexuality, discrimination, intimate relationships and the fight for equal opportunity will be performed. Call Jean Trounstine for more information at 978-656-3121.

* Liz Walker: Journey to Darfur: March 5, noon to 1 p.m., DoubleTree Hotel, 50 Warren St., Lowell. The former WBZ-TV anchorwoman will speak about her experiences in the Darfur region of western Sudan, where more than 300,000 people have been killed and more than 2 million displaced. Walker will share her thoughts about the future of the region, its people and what we can do to help. Call Rebecca Newell for more information at 781-280-3763.

Lowell Women’s Week is held during March, which is Women’s History Month. At the center of the annual celebration is International Women’s Day, March 8. For more information and a complete listing of Lowell Women’s Week 2008 events, visit www.lowellwomensweek.org.

For more information about MCC’s Women’s Weeks events, call Pat Demaras, assistant dean of multicultural & international programs, at 978-656-3256.