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Roe v. Wade

The US Supreme Court ruled that abortion was legal in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision on January 22, 1973. Now, 41 years later, abortion rights advocates are fighting against conservative attempts to pass restrictive abortion measures in every state. Radical Women of Seattle is hosting a dinner and documentary viewing on the 41st anniversary, to both celebrate the monumental Supreme Court decision and to show how much women still have to fight for.

The first female tribal president of the Pine Ridge Reservation, Cecelia Fire Thunder, tried to build a Planned Parenthood clinic, on reservation land but open to all women, to work around South Dakota's 2006 abortion ban. The documentary Young Lakota tells the story of three women on the reservation whose lives were affected by the ban and the controversy surrounding the reservation clinic.

Viewing of Young Lakota, Wed, January 22, 6:30pm (dinner), 7:30pm (film), New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave S, $8.50 donation

For Thursday


Erez Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel started with a question: Why do English speakers use the word 'drove' when 'drived'—with the common -ed past-tense ending—is consistent with the rules of the language? What followed was a new way of looking at human culture: culturomics.

Using data to track cultural changes, Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture explores the history of the word 'chortle' and the fame of Bill Clinton by tracking the most frequently mentioned names in any given time period, among other things.

The authors believe that by seeing how words evolve and when words or cultural references appear and disappear from the common memory, we can begin to study human culture and how or why it changes in fascinating new ways.

Culturomics: Unlocking Culture with Raw Data, Thu, January 23, 7:30pm, The Pub at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5.

Advance Notice for February 8

Post Alley Film Festival

Sponsored by Women in Film Seattle, the Post Alley Film Festival is a full day of short films by and about women. With films from Finland to Australia to Canada, the festival gives women from all over the world a chance to showcase their talents and tell their stories. Proceeds from the ticket sales (buy tickets here) go to WIF Seattle. 

Post Alley Film Festival, Sat, February 8, 11am–7pm, The SIFF Film Center, Warren Ave and Republican St, $15.

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