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Women’s History Month Celebration Features Filmmaker and Poet

2/27/2006 —

Penn State York begins its celebration of Women’s History Month with a visit from Deborah Stratman, a Chicago based filmmaker and artist, on March 2 and 3.  Stratman will give a lecture and presentation on her media projects on March 2 at noon in the Community Room of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center.  The program is free and open to the public.
A screening of Stratman’s film, Kings of the Sky, is set for Friday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the campus’s Pullo Family Performing Arts Center.   This program is also free and open to the public.   Stratman will introduce the film and provide some insight into her work.  Kings of the Sky (2004) is an experimental documentary about resistance, balance, and fame.  The film follows tightrope artist Adil Hoxur as he and his troupe tour China’s Takiamakan desert amongst the Uyghurs, a Turkish Muslim people seeking religious and political autonomy.   The project was shot over four months.
Stratman’s films blur the lines between experimental and documentary genres, and she frequently works in other media including photography, sound, drawing and architectural intervention.   She is presently collecting responses about FEAR (call toll-free: 1-800-585-1078) and is working on two films:  one about preteen fire starters and Utopian communities in Illinois, the other about events that separate us from the system of things.    She is a Guggenheim fellow and has screened work at international venues including the Whitney Biennial, Sundance, and Rotterdam.  Stratman teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The campus’s Women’s History Month celebration continues on March 21 when Beth Gylys, poet, offers a poetry reading at noon in the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center and another at 7 p.m. in the campus’ Lee R. Glatfelter Library.   Following each program, Gylys will answer questions and discuss her work.  These programs are also free and open to the public.
Gylys, an associate professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, is the author of three books of poetry including Spot in the Dark (2004) which won the Journal Award.  Her first book, Bodies that Hum (1999), won the Gerald Cable Poetry First Book Award.    Gylys work explores the complex world of love, intimacy, and sex with frankness and a lyricism flexible enough to accommodate bursts of bawdy humor.    Her work has appeared in the Paris Review, Antioch Review, Kenyon Review, and Ploughshares.   She has received fellowships from the University of Cincinnati, Syracuse University, and the MacDowell Colony.
These programs were coordinated by Jennifer Nesbitt, Ph.D., assistant professor of English at Penn State York, as a way to introduce the campus and community to some outstanding, talented women.   Nesbitt teaches English courses and a women’s studies course at the campus.

Jennifer Nesbitt - 771-4027 or jpn12.psu.edu

Barbara Dennis - 771-4128 or bhd5@psu.edu

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