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2006.02.14> For Immediate Release
contact: Becky Bohan Brown - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2243 - email: rbrown@mail.unomaha.edu

13th Annual No Limits Conference March 3-4 at UNO

Omaha - Women's issues will be spotlighted March 3-4 during the 2006 No Limits Conference at UNO. The two-day event will include a variety of presentations and discussions on topics ranging from women's history and sexuality to feminism.

The conference, themed "Riding the Waves: Feminism Across Generations, Difference, and Community," will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC).

There is no conference registration fee, although registration is required either in advance or on site. Attendees desiring a luncheon meal Saturday, March 4, must pre-register by Friday, Feb. 24. Registration forms are available on the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/wmst/conference.html. On-site registration begins Friday, March 3, at 10:30 a.m. The conference is free and open to the public.

Undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates, will explore a wide range of topics related to women's lives, history, cultures, feminism and women's studies. The issues will be explored through the presentation of academic papers, creative writing, film, music, performance and visual arts.

"Participants will enjoy a wide variety of presentations, including oral adaptations of attendees' works, research papers and theatrical performances," said Karen Falconer Al-Hindi, director of the UNO Women's Studies Program. "We are especially excited about three keynote events: Ms. Valda Ford's address on Friday; the premier of 'Nebraska Next!' Friday evening, and a diverse panel of Omaha-area women leaders on Saturday."

Valda Ford, director of the community and multicultural affairs office of community partnership at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), will give the March 3 keynote address, titled "Lessons Learned in the Refugee Camps: Living in Multiple Places without Losing Your ‘Self'."

A panel discussion titled "Generations, Difference and Community: A Discussion" will be held Saturday, March 4, from 1 to 2:10 p.m. The panelists will include a variety of diverse, intergenerational Omaha-area women who will speak on their work for change in the past, present and future.

Two theatrical performances also will be featured at this year's conference. "Nebraska Next!" featuring the Angels Theater Company of Lincoln, Neb., will be performed March 3 in the MBSC Dodge Room. Written by playwright Carson Becker, it unveils the moral dilemma at the bottom of the suffrage question - who is taking care of the home if women are taking care of the community?

The play uses monologue, dialogue and audience participation to recreate the suffrage battles waged in Nebraska within the last century. A forum and guided discussion will follow the March 3 performance. The play is sponsored by the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Humanities Council.

The conference will culminate with a 7:30 p.m. performance of "Vagina Monologues" directed by UNO graduate student Sonali Kumar. The UNO production will feature metro area talent in Eppley Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $8 for students and conference goers, and $10 for the general public. This event is sponsored by the UNO Women's Resource Center.

The inaugural No Limits Conference was held in 1994. The event rotates among the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska at Kearney and UNO campuses.

This year's sponsors include the UNO Women's Studies Program; the Nebraska Arts Council; the Nebraska Humanities Council; the UNO College of Arts and Sciences; the UNO Departments of Political Science, English and Sociology/Anthropology; the Goodrich Program; Cultural Awareness Programs; the Women's Resource Center and the UNO Art Gallery.

The No Limits Conference is best suited for mature audiences (high school juniors/seniors and older). To access a complete conference schedule, click on the link below.

No Limits 2006

For more information, contact Falconer Al-Hindi at 554.3834, or visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/wmst/conference.html.

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