speaker names and photos




International Women's Day Celebration

March 8, 2023
Levis Faculty Center

International Women's Day Event Recording
Click link below for video:




Rashid Bashir

Dean, The Grainger College of Engineering

Recognized woman: Rosalyn Sussman Yalow

Yulanda Curtis

Clinical Associate Professor, College of Law

Recognized woman: Suellyn Scarnecchia

Charlotte Davidson

Director, Native American House

Recognized Woman: Shema Sanen (Grandmother)

Ollie Watts Davis

Suzanne and William Allen Distinguished Professor, Music

Recognized woman: Mrs. Eunice Burl Fleming (Mother)

Deborah Frank Feinen

Mayor of Champaign

Recognized woman: Frances Perkins 

Sara Bartumeus Ferré

Associate Professor, School of Architecture

Recognized woman: Rosa Barba Casanova

Mairéad Martin

Chief Information Officer, Technology Services

Recognized woman: Karen Sparck Jones

Mariselle Meléndez

Interim Director, School of Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics

Recognized woman: Juana Inés de la Cruz

Venetria Patton

Harry E. Preble Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Recognized woman: Toni Morrison

Katie Shumway

Director Community Learning Lab, School of Social Work

Recognized woman: Cindy Bush (Mother)

Sam Smith

Director, Engagement and Social Practice, Krannert Center for Performing Arts

Recognized woman: Doris Derby

Recommended Links


Rosa Barba Casanovas

Rosa Barba Casanovas (1948-2000) by Verónica Rosero (Biography)

Rosa Barba Casanovas (1970-2010)/ Works and Words (Book)

Doris Derby

Doris Derby: Activist, Photographer, Artist, Professor (Biography) by Abigail Bobrow

“I Take the Pictures as I See Them”: Doris Derby as Womanist, Activist and Photographer in the Civil Rights Movement by Emily Brady

Interview with Dr. Doris Derby, co-founder of the Free Southern Theatre (Interview with Stephanie McKee)

The Oral History of the Free Southern Theatre by Kristina Kay Robinson (Biography of Dr. Derby and the history of Free Southern Theatre)

Juana Inés de la Cruz

Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz - Mexican Poet and Scholar by Stephanie Merrim (Biography)

Reply to Sor Filotea de la Cruz from Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz translation by Florangeli Paredes (autobiographical essay)

The Passionate Rebellion of Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz : Octavio Paz on Latin America’s Greatest Baroque Poet by Octavio Paz (article in Los Angeles Times)   

Karen Sparck Jones

Overlooked No More: Karen Sparck Jones, Who Established the Basis for Search Engines by Nellie Bowles

Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison Beautifully Answers an "Illegitimate" Question on Race  (Interview with Charlie Rose on Jan. 19, 1998)

The Bluest Eye (Book)

Beloved (Book)

Sula (Book)

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I am (Film)

Frances Perkins

Francis Perkins (Biography)

Francis Perkins Center: Honoring and preserving the legacy of the Woman behind the New Deal (Website)

Frances Perkins: Architect of the New Deal by Hannah Steinkopf-Frank

Suellyn Scarnecchia

Suellyn Scarnecchia: The U-M's general counsel is home again by Jan Schlain 

Rosalyn Sussman Yalow

Rosalyn Sussman Yalow (1921-2011) by C. Ronald Khan and Jesse Roth (Biography)

Rosalyn Sussman Yalow (1921-2011) by Shimon Glick (Article)

Rosalyn Yalow: Nobel Laureate: Her Life and Work in Medicine (Book)