Events

AAUW Naperville Area Locations: See specifics below.

Tuesday, Oct. 8th, The Refugee Journey 7 – 9 pm
Location: Naperville Municipal Center, 400 Eagle St., Naperville

Join us for a interesting program, open to the public!  Presented by Pat Wright.

Hear about the The latest United Nation’s report shows 68.5 million people were displaced by the end of 2017. The World Bank says that by 2050, the effects of climate change will inspire 143 million people to migrate from their homeland. What is a refugee? Who are most of the current refugees? Has this changed in the last 10 years? What challenges do they face?

Pat Wright, is a member of the Exodus World Service Education team which creates and delivers presentations, cross-cultural trainings and simulations. Pat brings firsthand knowledge as she and her husband taught in Venezuela for 15 years.

For more information, contact: aauwnaper@gmail.com 

Discussion groups:

Wine & Whine (W & W):
Members meet on occasional evenings to unwind and chat about whatever is on our minds. What we say at W & W stays at W & W!
The next gathering will be in September. If you are interested in attending, send an RSVP to Marge Marek. margaret.marek@gmail.com

On Thursday evenings, the Evening Book Browsers will meet at 7 pm to discuss the following books:
September 19, 2019    The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Album
October 17, 2019    Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
November 21, 2019   The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
December 19, 2019  The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, A Daughter, and the Town That Raised Them by Amy Dickinson
January 16, 2020 Educated by Tara Westover
February 20, 2020 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
March 19, 2020 The Food Explorer by Daniel Stone
April 16, 2020 News of the World by Paulette Jiles
May 21, 2020 Becoming by Michelle Obama
Contact Linda Carroll-Evans, email 2lindace4@gmail.com to join the group or for more information.

The  Afternoon Book Browsers will meet on Thursdays at 12:30 pm to discuss the 2019-20 books listed below:
September 26, 2019   Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
October 24, 2019      Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
December 5, 2019    The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama & Desmond Tutu
January 30, 2020    Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold
February 27, 2020    Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
March 26, 2020   The Circle by Dave Eggers
April 30, 2020    The Only Woman in The Room by Marie Benedict
May 28, 2020    Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
Please contact Linda Carroll-Evans email 2lindace4@gmail.com to join the discussion group.  New members are welcome.

Movie Fans Group: Join the group for viewing a film together.  Optional coffee and discussion following the film or eat together before an evening film.  MovieCODInterested in seeing and discussing  awesome movies? Join us for the next outing in  2019. Contact Todra Oken for specific movie group events, todraoken@att.net

Outstanding movies are shown on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. by the Afterhours Film Society at the Tivoli Theatre at 5021 Highland Avenue in Downers Grove.  Cost is $10 – nonmembers and $6 for members.  Information is available at www.afterhoursfilmsociety.com

Travel Talk:   Learn from expert world travelers.
We always encourage newcomers, and since there usually are some, we all wear name tags to make socializing more comfortable. After the first half-hour enjoying light refreshments, we settle in for the night’s presentation.
If travel is your passion, please rsvp to Lee Eastman or Donna Yule.

The F-Word: How to Be a Feminist in the Workplace 
panel discussion recording.

April : Gender and climate change
Dr. Erin Bergren, Visiting Professor at North Central College, presented Gender & Climate Change program. Climate change is a social phenomenon, which affects people differently depending on their social status. Due to social structures and biases, women are often affected disproportionately by environmental stressors and climate change is no exception.

Feb. Medicare for All? program by Dr. John Perryman presented a plan developed by the Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP)—a universal, comprehensive, single-payer national health plan. Summary document of the program MEDICARE FOR ALL?

The 2019 Great Decisions international policies discussions, jointly sponsored by the AAUW Naperville Area Branch and the Naperville Public Libraries, meets at the Naper Boulevard Library at 7:15 p.m. on consecutive Thursdays from January 24 to March 21.  For the evening discussions, contact Becky Glimco at beckyglimco@aol.com or 630-922-9448. A group also will meet in members’ homes on Tuesday mornings at 9:15 am.

AAUW has sponsored a Great Decisions discussion group for more than 30 years. The groups are open to all – male/female, AAUW members and non-member alike. Discussions are always lively, interesting and enlightening. The 2019 discussion topics included:

  • Decoding U.S.–China Trade
  • Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics
  • The United States and Mexico:  Partnership Tested
  • State of the State Department and Diplomacy

    The briefing book can be purchased online from the Foreign Policy Association at http://www.fpa.org  You may call: 1-800-477-5836, Mon-Fri, 9-4 to order.

Money Talks: Come join us to explore financial and other resources to plan ahead.  RSVP to Sue if you are interested in attending. stopptalk@gmail.com 630 717-5743 or Estela Hammond at estelahammond@att.net Everyone is welcome!

Our Bridge groups raise a significant amount each year toward our scholarship for a mature woman in financial need returning to finish her college degree.bridge table
Are you a bridge player?  We are looking for individual women, pairs of women or couples to complete the Marathon Bridge games and social groups sponsored by AAUW.   We have a number of marathon groups whose pairs play another pair September through May.   There is also a social bridge group that plays once a month in the afternoon as well as some duplicate groups.  A banquet will be held this year in June for all the groups where prizes will be awarded and an evening of additional bridge play will happen.  Our bridge groups are a fundraiser for our scholarship, a wonderful way to meet people, and a good way to practice and improve your bridge skills.  Please e-mail us if you are interested in learning more about participating in one of our groups.  Players need not be members of AAUW to participate.  For more information, email: aauwnaperville@hotmail.com  

Annual Used Book Sale — Raising funds for our local scholarship, national fellowships and research or community grants for women administered through AAUW Funds.  Over 30,000 volumes are offered for sale each June.

TechSavvy2014Educational Equity Task Group is charged with implementing key findings of AAUW research in projects that involve local schools and the community as a whole.  The emphasis is on assuring females equal access and participation in education and careers, particularly in the areas of math, science, and technology.