International Women's Day

International Women's Day: Through Women's Eyes International Film Festival

This year, we celebrated of International Women's Day as part of our Through Women's Eyes International Film Festival. 
We welcomed more than a dozen filmmakers and about 100 guests to our Fabulous Filmmakers Reception. We learned more about festival films and enjoyed food from around the globe. 
2019 Event Recap
A delightful social event, this evening party celebrated women around the world.  We enjoyed good company, conversation and fine art at the Art Center Sarasota.

Our speaker, Dr. Deborah G. Plant, is an African American literature and Africana Studies scholar and literary critic whose special interest is the life and works of Zora Neale Hurston. She is editor of Barracoon: The Last "Black Cargo" - the 2018 New York Times bestseller, by Zora Neale Hurston.

Plant was instrumental in founding the USF Department of Africana Studies and in the development of its graduate program. She chaired the department for five years, and was Associate Professor of Africana Studies there until her appointment as Associate Professor of English, 2014 - 2015. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Southern University (Baton Rouge), a Master’s degree in French from Atlanta University, and MA and Ph.D. degrees in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Plant currently resides in Tampa, Florida, and continues her research and writing as an Independent Scholar.