Breaking Through Barriers 2020 Luncheon


with Keynote Speaker Alka Bhargav of the AUM Foundation

Friday, March 13, 2020

11:30 am to 1 pm

The Jackson Center
6001 Moquin Dr., NW, Huntsville, AL 35806

Keynote speaker Alka Bhargav is a community leader and women’s empowerment advocate.  Founder of the AUM Foundation, which has provided 75 young women with invaluable resources for their futures by providing them with mentors, enrichment courses, career exploration opportunities, and scholarship money.

Tickets at or by contacting or calling (256) 880-8643

Cost: $50 per lunch, or $400 for a table of 8

About our speaker:  Alka Bhargav has worked in the fields of vocational rehabilitation, human resources and education. She retired as HR director for Tecvox OEM Solutions in 2013. For many years, Alka had desired to use her professional and life experiences to empower young women from under-resourced backgrounds to fulfill their  potential. In 2014, her dreams became a reality when Alka and her husband started the AUM Foundation.

Proceeds of the AAUW Breaking Through Barriers Luncheon will send local college women to AAUW’s life-changing National Conference for Collegiate Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL).


2019 – 2020 PREVIOUS Meetings

February Meeting

AAUW Movie Night, featuring the National Geographic documentary, Women of Impact:  Changing the World

Where:  UAH Shelby Center on the University of Alabama Huntsville Campus, Room 301
Link to the UAH Campus:
The Shelby Center is number 20 on the map.

Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Agenda: We will have a meal, short business meeting, and watch this 44-minute National Geographic movie with Discussion afterwards.

Free Popcorn
Optional Meal for $17; Reservations by Noon on Sunday, February 2, 2020
Pay at SquareUP or contact Lois for reservations at

Instructions to get to Room 301:
Enter the Shelby Center through the south entrance (from the former main parking lot).
Turn right and follow the hallway signs to the elevator (around the corner and on the right).
Go to the 3rd floor.
Follow the hallway that wraps around the elevator to the right.
Go half-way down this hallway and turn right.
Continue half-way down this hallway and turn left.
Room 301 will have a wood/glass door and a wood sign that says “Faculty and Staff Lounge.”

AAUW Movie Night, featuring the National Geographic documentary, Women of Impact:  Changing the World

January AAUW Huntsville Branch Brunch – Postponed, Due to Weather

When:  Saturday, January 11, 2020, 10 am to 12 pm
Where:  Covenant Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, Huntsville, AL

Reservations by Noon, Jan. 9 at SquareUp or contact Lois for reservations at  Menu To Be Announced

“WGS at UAH: Challenges and Changes”

Dr. Chad Thomas, Associate Professor of English and director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program at UAH, will discuss the program in terms of past, present,and future with a particular emphasis on the challenges faced by the program in the current political/cultural climate and the ways the program is changing to meet the needs of stakeholders and students.

About Women’s and Gender Studies at UAH

As an area of scholarship, Women’s and Gender Studies focuses on the contributions, perspectives, and experiences of women in all areas of human endeavor, including the status, portrayal, or achievements of women in areas such as art, history, literature, science, business, engineering, and medicine. The Women’s and Gender Studies perspective exposes knowledge previously invisible in our intellectual environment and develops theoretical perspectives concerning these omissions. It also promotes greater understanding of gender as a fundamental category of meaning, examining the pervasive and often unacknowledged ways that gender shapes and changes our social institutions, individual knowledge, and interpersonal relationships.

Our Speaker

Chad Thomas is an associate professor of English and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He also works with the Theatre program at UAH as an actor, dramaturg, and director, and he co-founded Huntsville Shakespeare in 2018. Chad earned his PhD in English from the University of Michigan, and his scholarship focuses on Shakespeare, especially queer cross-gender cast contemporary performances. His work had appeared in 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, & Inquiries in the Early Modern Period, Theatre Topics, Shakespeare Bulletin, Comparative Drama, and the recent essay collection, Shakespeare on the Campus Stage: College and University Performance (Cambridge University Press). At present, he is co-editing a collection of essays on Scholar-Practitioner Shakespeare and he is writing his first monograph, Performing Queer Shakespeare.

December Meeting

The next meeting will be the Christmas Party at Mary Witherspoon’s house on Tuesday, December 3, 2019!

November Meeting Our monthly meeting will be on Saturday, November 2 at Cove Presbyterian Church 301 Drake Avenue

The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. Brunch will be served at 11:00.

The speaker for the program is David Stewart– Art Professor.

He will be speaking about moving from STEM to STEAM.

The cost of brunch is $17.00

Contact Lois for reservations at by Thursday evening (October 31, 2019) and pay at the door.

October Meeting

When: October 1, 2019 (1st Tuesday of the month)
Where: The StoveHouse on Governors Drive
Time: 5:30 pm
What: Join us for food and drinks in a casual atmosphere
Perk: Bring a friend, and if someone joins that night, National Dues are half price!

September Meeting

Paying it Forward:  NCCWSL Attendees.” AAUW Huntsville were able to assist several students in attending the National Conference of Collegiate Women Student Leaders at the University of Maryland. They will share their experiences and ways in which they can use the experience to “pay it forward”.

Join us on September 3 at 5:30 at Covenant Presbyterian Church 301 Drake Ave. Huntsville, AL

If you would like to purchase dinner for $17, contact Lois Guendel at to make reservations.