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Olivet College plans series of events for Women’s History Month
Mar 07, 2006

OLIVET, Mich. Eating disorders and body image will be the topic of Olivet Colleges Lecture and Symposium Series Wednesday, March 22 at 1:30 p.m. in Mott Auditorium. The presentation will feature Amaya Brecher and Veronica Portillo, cast members of MTVs Real World: Hawaii and Road Rules: Semester at Sea, respectively. The event is part of the Womens History Month programming sponsored by the colleges Betsy Dole Womens Resource Center.

Through their lecture, Brecher and Portillo will offer insight into the history and types of eating disorders. They will also take a look at societal influences on body image as well as how the media tends to falsely represent the true body of a woman.

After overcoming bulimia, Brecher was determined to understand the pressures put on young people to stay thin, often to the point of hurting themselves. She has appeared in Teen People, Entertainment Weekly and TV Guide. She has also been a guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn and Loveline. A native of Oakland, Calif., Brecher graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in theater from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Having suffered from bulimia and anorexia, Portillo has now become comfortable with herself through finding much needed confidence. She has also overcome a repetitive history of emotionally abusive relationships with members of the opposite sex. A native of Orange County, Calif., she has studied at the University of California, Berkeley.

Other Olivet College Womens History Month events include:

Presentation of Academic Papers on Women and Gender, Monday, March 20 at 7 p.m. in Dole Halls Klock Commons.


Why minor in womens studies, Tea @ 3 discussion led by Rev. Julie Kilmer, Ph.D., Betsy Dole Womens Resource Center director and associate professor of womens studies at Olivet, Tuesday, March 21 at 3 p.m. in the Womens Resource Center, which is located in the Upton Conservatory of Music 141.


Women of Color luncheon Thursday, March 23 at 12:15 p.m. in the Kirk Centers Oaks Dining Room. The luncheon will feature Linda Gillum, Ph.D., assistant provost for academic affairs and co-director of the Global Intercultural Experience Program at the University of Michigan.


A Healthy Relationships discussion led by Jen Grzegorek, Ph.D., Thursday, March 23 at 8 p.m. in Klock Commons. Grzegorek is a counseling psychologist at the Michigan State University Counseling Center and Multi-Ethnic Counseling Center Alliance.


A Coping With Eating Disorders discussion led by Louise Tuski, adjunct assistant professor of theatre at Olivet, Friday, March 24 at 12:30 p.m. in the Womens Resource Center.


Expressing Womens Issues Through the Arts student performances and art show Monday, March 27 at 7 p.m. in Klock Commons.


All Womens History Month programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call (269) 749-6638.




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