On March 5 at 9:15 a.m. in the Student Center Theater on WCSU’s midtown campus, WCSU will host a full-day interactive program, “Celebrating Women Past and Present.”

Sponsored by the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury, the Danbury Public Library, and the Danbury Museum and Historical Society, and organized by WCSU Education and Literary Professor Dr. Darla Shaw, the day will include rousing and informative lectures and even a dramatic presentation at the Danbury Library.

“People who attend will be taken from being a Colonial wife to taking part in the Danbury Fair to fighting for women’s rights,” Shaw said. “Each program will be engaging and interactive. People who attend will come away with a better perspective of both the struggles and successes of women.”

Speakers at the conference will include: Terry Buzaid (author of “The Great Danbury State Fair”), Ann Rockwell-Lawton (program director of the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury), Velya Jancz-Urban (author of “Acquiescence”), and Lucy Beard (executive director at the Alice Paul Institute in New Jersey).

In addition to the lectures, at 2:30 p.m. at the Danbury Library, actress Gretchen Trapp will perform a dramatic presentation of “Women of Character, Courage, and Compassion; Sojourner Truth, Louisa May Alcott, and Clara Schumann.”

The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will not be provided. Attendees may bring lunch, purchase lunch at the WCSU Midtown cafeteria, or go to any of the restaurants surrounding the Midtown campus.

For more information, contact Dr. Darla Shaw at (203) 837-8412.