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V-Day Washburn University 2009!




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Scheduled events:


February 2: Finding Dawn (Film) Monday at the Mabee, 11-1

Guest Speaker: Dona Walker, Multicultural Affairs Director     FREE, Donations accepted


Description: Dawn Crey. Ramona Wilson. Daleen Kay Bosse. These are just three of the estimated 500 Aboriginal women who have gone missing or been murdered in Canada over the past thirty years. Directed by acclaimed Métis filmmaker Christine Welsh, Finding Dawn is a compelling documentary that puts a human face to this national tragedy.

This is an epic journey into the dark heart of Native women’s experience in Canada. From Vancouver’s skid row, where more than 60 women are missing, we travel to the “Highway of Tears” in northern British Columbia, and onward to Saskatoon, where the murders and disappearances of Native women remain unresolved.

Along the road to honour those who have passed, we uncover reason for hope. It lives in Native rights activists Professor Janice Acoose and Fay Blaney. It drives events such as the annual Women’s Memorial March in Vancouver and inspires communities all along the length of Highway 16 to come together to demand change.

Finding Dawn illustrates the deep historical, social and economic factors that contribute to the epidemic of violence against Native women in this country. It goes further to present the ultimate message that stopping the violence is everyone’s responsibility.


February 9: Men are Human, Women are Buffalo (film) Monday at the Mabee, 11-1     FREE, Donations accepted


Description: Men Are Human, Women Are Buffalo uses a modern variant of shadow puppets (nang talung) and interviews with a range of women in a powerful film about gender relations in modern Thailand. Women from a range of social origins explain their struggles against violence, discrimination and oppression.

A country that is promoted to western tourists as a fairytale land of beautiful beaches, pristine countryside, cheap vacations, and a thriving sex trade industry, Thailand is also one of the developing countries with the highest incidence of violence against women. Approximately 44 percent of women in Thailand have indicated that they have suffered sexual, physical, and emotional abuse by a partner or a stranger.

While these five stories are culturally specific, their commonality with the experiences of other women will provoke productive discussions about incidence of violence against women around the world.


V-Day Ally Event--Feb. 9: Paraguay Partners in Concert with Liliam Rodriguez, soprano and Diego Sanchez Haase, pianist (Concert), White Concert Hall, 7:30 pm     FREE


V-Day Ally Event--February 15-March 30: Quilting African American Women's History: Our Challenges, Creativity and Champions (Traveling Exhibit), Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site and Mulvane Art Museum     FREE


Feb 16: What I Want My Words To Do To You (film) Monday at the Mabee, 11-1

Guest Speakers: Norma Weiser, Suzanne MacDonald and Carol Hill, Volunteers at Topeka Correctional Facility     FREE, Donations accepted


Description: unprecedented look into the minds and hearts of the women inmates of New York's Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. The film goes inside a writing workshop led by playwright Eve Ensler, consisting of fifteen women, most of whom were convicted of murder. Through a series of exercises and discussions, the women, including former Weather Underground Members Kathy Boudin and Judith Clark, delve into and expose the most terrifying places in themselves, as they grapple with the nature of their crimes and their own culpability. The film culminates in an emotionally charged prison performance of the women's writing by acclaimed actresses Glenn Close, Marisa Tomei, Rosie Perez, Hazelle Goodman, and Mary Alice.


February 21: Girl's Night Out! Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center, 6-9 pm

Guest performers: Lorie Jo Bridges and Ellie Smith               FREE, Donations accepted, V-Day Merchandise available


February 23: "Human Trafficking in America" (Lecture and Discussion),Monday at the Mabee, 11-1

Guest Speaker: Vicky Luttrell     FREE, Donations accepted

Human Trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, and yet it still exists under the radar in the world of important social issues.  It exists in every country in the world, and in every state of our country.  Washburn Alumni and member of Nashville Rescue and Restore, Vicky Luttrell, will discuss this important humanitarian issue during Monday at the Maybee. 


V-Day Ally Event--WU 5th Annual Week Without Slavery

February 26: Panel--Rachel Lloyd from GEMS, Kristy from Veronica's Voice in KCMO, and Officer Gregg Wilkinson of the Missouri Trafficking Task Force, Noon, Mabee Library

February 26: Rachel Lloyd, Girls Educational and Mentoring Service (Guest Speaker); Screening of Very Young Girls at 6:30 pm, Mabee Library     FREE



V-Day Ally Event--February 28 & March 1: Fact and Fabrication: Story Quilt Workshop with Betsy Knabe and Stephanie Lanter--Quilt & Textiles Workshop at Mulvane Art Museum

www.washburn.edu/mulvane or call 785-670-2420     $50 members, $60 non-members


V-Day Ally Event--Teen Movies on Tuesdays

Self-Esteem/Body Issue Related films shown at The Edge, 6pm every Tuesday in March


March 2: Congo Teach-In (Powerpoint) Monday at the Mabee, MOVED TO 7 p.m.

Guest Speaker: Tom Prasch     FREE, Donations accepted

Since 1998, a ferocious war in the Democratic Republic of Congo has left over 5 million people dead, more than any other conflict since World War II. Within this crisis are the incalculable casualties: the tens of thousands of women and girls who have been systematically raped, mutilated, or tortured by soldiers from both foreign militias and the Congolese army. The world knows little of these women. They and their children have suffered and died in silence. Only now are their shocking stories beginning to be told.


V-Day Ally Event--March 6-April 17: Girl Culture Traveling Exhibit (Art exhibit), Alice Sabbatini Gallery, Topeka Public Library

www.laurengreenfield.com     FREE


V-Day Ally Event--March 4: Native American dance group from the Prairie Band Pottawatomi Nation, Washburn Rm, Washburn Student Union, noon-1     FREE



DEDICATED TO JANA MACKEY www.1100torches.org


March 6: Vulvapalooza (Information Fair), Andrew J & Georgia Neese Gray Theatre Lobby, Garvey Performing Arts Center, Washburn University, 7-8 pm

              The Vagina Monologues (Performance), Andrew J & Georgia Neese Gray Theatre, Garvey Performing Arts Center, Washburn University, 8 pm     $10.00 Tix


March 7: Vulvapalooza (Information Fair), Andrew J & Georgia Neese Gray Theatre Lobby, Garvey Performing Arts Center, Washburn University, 7-8 pm

              The Vagina Monologues (Performance), Andrew J & Georgia Neese Gray Theatre, Garvey Performing Arts Center, Washburn University, 8 pm     $10.00 Tix


March 8: Vulvapalooza (Information Fair), Andrew J & Georgia Neese Gray Theatre Lobby, Garvey Performing Arts Center, Washburn University, 1-2 pm

              The Vagina Monologues (Performance), Andrew J & Georgia Neese Gray Theatre, Garvey Performing Arts Center, Washburn University, 2 pm     $10.00 Tix




V-Day Ally Event--March 7: "Our Story: Family and Community Workshops"  10am-12 and 1-4pm, Mulvane Art Museum     Free to all, registration required


V-Day Ally Event--Telling Secrets: A Body Image Postcard Project; Postcards for anyone to design and contribute available at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library through April 17 FREE

V-Day Ally Event--March 9: Artist Lecture by Photographer/Filmmaker Lauren Greenfield, Marvin Auditorium 101BC, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, 6:30pm  FREE


V-Day Ally Event—March 9: Telling Secrets Collage Workshop, The Edge teen space, 3-5pm

"Illusions of Me"

V-Day Ally Event--March 19, an interactive presentation by YWCA's Teen

Pregnancy Prevention Director, Debra Rukes, Sabatini Gallery, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, 4:30-5:30pm, FREE, registration required

V-Day Ally Event--HBO Documentary: "Thin"

Film shown March 22, 3-4:30pm, Q & A session held after film FREE

V-Day Ally Event--"Are Girls Growing Up Too Fast?" Panel discussion, Sabatini Gallery, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library           Free, registration required



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