SCC to Celebrate Women’s History Month in March

February 11, 2013

St. Charles Community College will host a series of events in March to honor Women’s History Month. The events include film showings, guest speakers, panel discussions and more. All events are free and open to the public.

“We are so fortunate to have such an amazing group of women, both local and international, share their stories with us,” said Kelley Pfeiffer, coordinating counselor of student activities. “Each and every one of these events only enhances our community.”

The events, which will be held in the auditorium of the Daniel J. Conoyer Social Sciences Building (SSB) unless noted, include:

“Mystic Iran: The Unseen World,” Film Showing

The film “Mystic Iran: The Unseen World” will be shown at noon Monday, March 4, in the SSB auditorium. The film documents a modern woman’s mystical journey deep into the heart of her native country, Iran, in search of spiritual rites and rituals hidden for centuries. Despite risking confiscation of filming equipment and traffickers at the border of Iraq, documentary filmmaker, Aryana Farshad, gained access to underground locations and religious ceremonies that have never been captured on film. 

Aryana Farshad, Speaker

Aryana Farshad, “Mystic Iran: The Unseen World” filmmaker, will be speaking at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in the SSB auditorium. Farshad started work as a documentary editor in France, continuing in Iran, where she received the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union Award for editing “The Emigrant Birds” and worked with award-winning Iranian and European filmmakers, including the post-production at major studios, including MGM and Columbia Pictures, while developing her own projects.

Kate Nash, Speaker

Kate Nash will speak about the topic “From Picketing to Pornography – The Freedoms and Limitations of Student Speech at Public Colleges” at noon Wednesday, March 6, in the SSB auditorium.

Lunchtime Trivia

Trivia will be held during lunch in the Plaza Bistro at noon Wednesday, March 13.

“Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” Film Showing

The film “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” will be shown from 9-10 a.m. Monday-Thursday, March 11-14. This four-hour television series is a passionate call to arms, urging us not only to bear witness to the plights of the world’s women, but also to help to transform their oppression into opportunity. The videos will be running on a continuous loop in both the SSB lobby as well as in Associate Professor Kathleen Sanker’s office in the Visual Arts Building. The campus community is invited to drop by and watch. This film is presented with funds from the SCC Foundation.

Rebeca Navarro-McKelvey, Speaker

Rebeca Navarro will speak about “The Land of Unexpected Dreams” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in the SSB auditorium. Navarro-McKelvey, chief legal counsel for the St. Charles County Juvenile Office, will share her experience as Nicaraguan immigrant growing up in Central Missouri in the 1980s and the challenges and opportunities that existed then and continue to exist for all people trying to forge a new life in a new place. 

“Half the Sky,” Panel Discussion

Panel members of faculty, staff and students will discuss “Half the Sky” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, in the SSB auditorium. Panel members are still to be determined. Interested parties may contact,

Between the Covers Book Club

Between the Covers Book Club is an SCC-wide book club. The March meeting will be at noon Wednesday, April 3, in the Private Dining Room. Participants get together to hang out, eat and discuss books that cover a wide range of interests. This month’s book is “Half the Sky.”

For more information about the upcoming events for Women’s History Month, contact Mandi Smith at 636-922-8469 or

St. Charles Community College is a public, comprehensive two-year community college with associate degrees and certificate programs in the arts, business, sciences and career-technical fields. SCC provides workforce training and community-based personal and professional development as well as cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities. For more information, visit

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