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A poster advertizing the Women Making history event and features several women with the phrases "women making: a lving, change, art, and community."

Women Making History: Showcasing the Feminist Activist Collection

October 16th, 2023, 5:00pm | Milano Room & WVRHC, Downtown Library

Speakers: Judith Stitzel and Jessie Wilkerson

“Women Making History” is a collaborative exhibit that features sections written and curated by students in the WVU History department as well as faculty and staff from WVU Libraries. It features content from several collections that make up the West Virginia Feminist Activist Collection.

an image advertising the event Reflections on the Poet Norman Jordan featuring Brucella Jordan

Reflections on West Virginia Poet Norman Jordan featuring Brucella Jordan

April 4, 2023, 7:00pm | Milano Room, Downtown Library

Speaker: Brucella Jordan

Brucella Jordan will talk about her late husband, Norman Jordan, one of West Virginia’s foremost Black poets. A native of Ansted, West Virginia, Jordan earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from West Virginia University and a Master of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University. Jordan was a leading voice in the Black Arts Movement and active in the Cleveland Poetry Movement. In Cleveland, he collaborated with the Karamu House, the oldest Black theater in the United States. Jordan published several books of poetry and his poems have appeared in over 40 anthologies. He was inducted into the exclusive Affrilachian Poets group in 2008.  Jordan was a co-founder of the African American Arts and Heritage Academy and the African American Heritage Family Tree Museum in Ansted. He also taught literature at both WVU and Glenville State University.

Lost and Found: What's Next for the West Virginia Feminist Activist Collection
Lost and Found: what's next for the feminist activist collection

March 9, 2023, 7:00pm

Speakers: Judith Stitzel, Members of the Artemis Sisters

Join WVU Professor Emeritus Judith Stitzel and members of the Artemis Sisters Collective in a conversation about the importance of women collecting and preserving the herstory of their local, state and regional activities for future generations. Artemis was formed in the 1980’s by women living in Morgantown who were interested in fostering and promoting opportunities for creative, social and political engagement. Artemis members will share their experiences of donating materials to the Archive and taking part in oral history interviews.

This is a follow up to the 2021 program, “Don't Throw It Out.”

This project is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

An Evening with Author Valerie Nieman
two of Valerie's novels, in the lonely backwaters and to the bones
March 7, 2023, 7:30pm | Milano Room, Downtown Library

Speaker: Valerie Nieman

The WVU Humanities Center and the West Virginia Regional History Center are pleased to present author Valerie Nieman, whose papers are housed at WVRHC. Nieman will read from her creative work, with reception and booksigning to follow.