Women's Day to be observed at BBA

MANCHESTER - Burr and Burton Academy will be celebrating International Women's Day on Monday, March 10.

Events throughout the day will include a student made film at assembly; an interview with Mariko Silver, President of Bennington College; and a community screening of the film "Miss Representation." Dr. Mariko Silver was appointed the 10th President of Bennington College on July 1, 2013. A leading educational, public policy, and international strategist, Dr. Silver has held prominent roles at Columbia University, at Arizona State University, in the administration of Arizona's governor Janet Napolitano, and in the Obama administration. She has also worked in London, U.K.; Bangkok, Thailand; and at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

She holds a Bachelors degree in History from Yale University, a Masters in Science and Technology Policy from the University of Sussex (UK), and a Ph.D. in Economic Geography from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

Dr. Silver is married and the mother of two children.

The documentary "Miss Representation" discusses the role of women in the media. The movie interviews female and male political figures, actors, and writers. Through stories, news clips, statistics, and photographs, Miss Representation proves how poorly represented women are in the media. It shows how news sources focus on clothing of a female politicians to companies using provocative images of women to sell products. This movie is rated for 13 year olds and up by CommonSense Media. The film was produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom and Julie Costanzo. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011.

The screening is open to the community, with a suggested donation of $5. It will be held in the Burr and Burton cafeteria from 6-8 p.m. with a discussion after the movie. There will be snacks and drinks available. All money raised at this event will be donated to Project Against Violent Encounters (PAVE) in Bennington. This day is being celebrated at Burr and Burton to raise awareness about women's rights around the world, as well as in the U.S..


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