Two different programs — one spotlighting women known for their courage and another on traditional Korean poetry and music — will be presented at Hartnell College in March to commemorate Women’s History Month.
Both are free and open to the public.
On Wednesday, March 9, actress Melissa Borders Stevenson will perform "biologues" (biographies presented as monologues) of four women noted for their strong will when faced with hardships and opposition. Stevenson will speak in the voices of Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), the famous surreal artist from Mexico; Jeanette Rankin (1880-1973), the first female representative to the U.S. Congress; Harriet Tubman (1820-1913), an abused slave who ran to freedom and helped more than 300 others gain their freedom; and Sarah Winnemucca (1844-1891), an Indian rights advocate of the 1800s.
Stevenson’s program will begin at 11 a.m. in Steinbeck Hall of the College Center and is presented as part of Hartnell’s Scholar-in-Residence Program in cooperation with the college’s Center for International-Intercultural Education.
The other program, schedule for Wednesday, March 16, will feature Chan E. Park, professor of Korean Language, Literature and Performance Studies at Ohio State University. In her presentation, she will explore the Korean story/singing tradition of P’Ansori; the program also will include a lecture/demonstration of traditional Korean poetry and music.
Park’s program will be held at noon in room 125 of the Performing Arts Building and is presented by the Hartnell College Foundation and First National Bank of Central California.
For more information on both programs, call the Hartnell College Foundation at (831) 755-6810.