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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – How can women – and men – build alliances that strengthen everyone? What does it take to succeed in science as a woman? How do women help drive the worldwide coffee industry?

A series of 10 events at Northern Kentucky University over the next two weeks will explore these topics and more to commemorate Women’s History Month, which the nation began celebrating 35 years ago to mark the historical and contemporary contributions of women to society.

The event series was organized by a committee of faculty and staff members.

“We are thankful that our faculty and staff members have come together to bring attention to these important issues, and we are proud to support their work,” said Dr. Kathleen Roberts, senior advisor to the president for inclusive excellence.

On Wednesday, Dr. Cecile Marczinski will speak about her nationally-renowned research regarding the effects of combining alcohol and energy drinks, and offer tips on how to achieve success, deal with failure, and lean in to a career. Marczinski is an associate professor in the Department of Psychological Science, a fellow of the American Psychological Association, and recipient of the Frank Sinton Milburn Outstanding Professor Award.

On Thursday, 24 community organizations will participate in the Celebrating Women Fair to spotlight community support and programming offered for women and girls. The event is 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the James C. and Rachel M. Votruba Student Union.

The community is also invited to attend DANCE ’16 on Friday and Saturday, where the School of the Arts will feature some of NKU’s best young dance artists. The event includes a traditional Balinese dance by special guest performer Kamellia Soenjoto Smith, a Balinese dancer since the age of five and a professional dancer in her hometown of Jakarta, India. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students.

On Thursday, March 24, a seminar will explore women’s labor issues in the worldwide coffee industry. Presenters include Sara Drabik, assistant professor of Electronic Media & Broadcasting; Margaret Swallow, co-founder of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA); and Eileen Schwab, co-owner of Coffee Emporium in Cincinnati.

The series will conclude on March 31 with a special screening of the film “Miss Representation,” a powerful documentary that explores how women are portrayed in the media. An open discussion will follow the screening.

All events except DANCE ’16 are offered free of charge, but registration is requested.

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