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Take Back the Night comes to UA

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Students of the University of Akron Women’s Studies Program’s “She’s a Rebel: Women And Resistance” class, along with Liberation In Progress, UA’s student feminist group, are proud to host the first Take Back The Night event on the UA campus.

This event, which will be held Tuesday, April 12, is part of a nationwide effort that allows women to come together, build strength and fight back against the violence that plagues the lives of women everyday.

The event will begin with an introduction to the event and speakers at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom, followed by a march around campus. It will wrap up with activities back in the SU Ballroom after the march.

Several community support networks will be present,  and free food will be provided.

Please join us in this effort to raise awareness about violence against women on our campus and help us support victims of violence.

Why we need to increase rape awareness at UA

On our campus alone, UA instructors recently learned that two UA students were raped during the last five weeks.

In both cases, the alleged rapists were other UA students known by the victims. In at least one of the cases, it is suspected that date rape drugs were used. Evidence indicates that several male students worked together to perpetrate at least one of the rapes.

We have also received reports that female students are being sexually harassed by male students in Bierce Library. This is a violation of UA’s Student Conduct Code. Victims may report the incident using this online form.


Attend Feminist Summer Camp in NYC

Feminist Summer Camp 2011 is an intensive week-long program for college students interested in meeting with progressive leaders and national feminist organizations in New York City.

The program emphasizes career development and will include a day-long internship and opportunities to network with professionals and learn about career and internship opportunities. Read more.

Vagina Monologues at EJ again in February

Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues will be on stage Feb. 13 and 18 at E.J. Thomas Hall. Last year’s event was a sell-out, so mark your calendars so you make sure to get your tickets well in advance!

If you are interested in performing or volunteering, call Women’s Studies at the University of Akron 330-972-7008.

The University of Akron ‘s 2011 V-Day Benefit Performance of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues is a consciousness-raising event and fundraiser to help end violence against women and to celebrate women, their bodies and their experiences. The monologues will be performed by UA students, faculty, staff and Akron community members. All proceeds benefit http://vday.org/ and the Rape Crisis Center of Summit and Medina Counties.

The event is sponsored by UA’s Women’s Studies Program and E.J. Thomas Hall.

MAMAs and kids meet for pizza Oct. 3

MAMA (Mothers Achieving More Academically) will host an event for mothers to come out and socialize with other mothers here on the University of Akron campus in Leigh Hall 306.

Feel free to bring your children. Hope to see you there!

Contact the Women’s Studies Program at 330-972-7008 for more information.

Attend an event

In February, the University of Akron and the Women’s Studies program will be having several programs of particular interest to women.

Monday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m., CNN Democratic strategist and adjunct professor of Women’s Studies at Georgetown University Donna Brazile, will speak at E.J. Thomas Hall.  Tickets are available in the Women’s Studies office at 58 Schrank Hall North. The program is part of the University’s Rethinking Race program.

Kimberly Dark is Women Studies’ contribution to the Rethinking Race programs. She will present Feb. 10 in the student union Gardner Theatre at 7 p.m.. Through interactive activities and lecture audience members will learn about U.S. wealth distribution and the differing realities of wealth accumulation based on race and gender. Through humor, facts and statistics, you will discover how poverty is not just a personal problem.

In preparation for the upcoming Vagina Monologues Women’s Studies will present two programs. The video, “Until the Violence Stops”  will be presented Monday,  Feb. 9, at 4 p.m. in room 133, College of Arts and Sciences.  The video examines Eve Ensler’s work with violence worldwide and the way presenting the Vagina Monologues helps to fight it.

On Tuesday Feb. 10, a teach-in on Women of the Congo will be held in room 335 Student Union Theatre from 5-7 p.m. The teach-in will include a powerpoint on the history of the Congo and the current atrocities being committed against women and children there.

The Vagina  Monologues will be presented Feb. 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. in Leigh Hall’s John S. Knight Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for University affiliates and $12 for the general public. Ten percent of the proceeds from this year’s Vagina Monologues will go to help stop violence against women in the  Congo and ninety percent will go the Summit Medina County Rape Crisis Center. For information call 330-972-7008 or e-mail millhof@uakron.edu.

Other upcoming programs of interest are:

  • Minority women in Local Newspapers. Feb. 3, 9 a.m. 3rd Floor Student Union (above Starbucks).
  • Budgeting, saving and credit reports.  Feb. 3, 7 p.m. Terri Campanelli of Consumer Credit Counseling.  Schrank Hall South Room 222.
  • Coeds  Go Red. Feb. 4. Noon. Student Union Ballroom A.  Free lunch. Reservations required. joanna.franks@heart.org.
  • Self defense class. Feb. 24. 5:30 p.m. Memorial Hall room 126.
  • Socially Responsible Investing.  Feb. 24, 7 p.m. Karen Dumont, Calvert Funds.  Schrank Hall South Room 222.
  • Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft. March 3, 7 p.m.  Kimberly Ray of National City Bank. Room 222 Schrank Hall South.

See you there.

Don’t let feminism scare you: Come to our Halloween Party

Join Women’s Studies students, faculty and friends for a fun evening of food, fun, games, prizes and treats — but no tricks.

Who: Women’s Studies Program and the student feminist organization L.I.P. Service at The University of Akron

What: Is having a Halloween Party

When: Friday, Oct. 24, 4-8 p.m.

Where: Schrank Hall North, Room 58. To locate Schrank Hall North on a map, click here.

Why: Because girls — and boys — just want to have fun

How: In costume or not, the choice is yours.

For more information, call 330-972-7008.