FLORENCE – Students, faculty and staff are taking on Eve Ensler’s award-winning play The Vagina Monologues at Francis Marion University to promote gender, domestic violence and sexual assault awareness and raise money for the Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
The university in conjunction with the Gender Awareness Committee, Gender Studies Program, and the Fine Arts Program will host several events during the week of March 28 with The Vagina Monologues being performed on Friday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Chapman Auditorium in the McNair Science Building.
A poignant and humorous tour of the ultimate forbidden zone, The Vagina Monologues is a celebration of female sexuality in all its complexity and mystery. In the stunning phenomenon that has swept the nation, Ensler gives real women's stories of intimacy, vulnerability and sexual self-discovery.
“Based on interviews with more than 200 women about their memories and experiences of sexuality, the play gives voice to women's deepest fantasies and fears,” said FMU English Professor Rebecca Flannagan, an organizer of the event. "It's hilarious, empowering, radical and just a really good time."
This year’s “V-Day” events for the week will feature student panels and a myriad of other activities and is part of the “V-Day” event celebrated during this time of year at colleges and universities worldwide.
On Tuesday, March 29, there will be a student panel “Manswers” in Lowrimore Auditorium in Cauthen Educational Media Center at 7 p.m.
A showing of the film Until the Violence Stops will be held in Lowrimore Auditorium at 3:45 p.m. on Monday, March 28. After the film, the Clothesline Project will begin. This project is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women. The Clothesline Project will continue to take place each following day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., until Friday, April 1.
Wednesday, March 30 is Body Awareness Day (BAD). Numerous activities will be taking place all day in the University Center commons and on Founders Hall lawn. Some of these activities include body art, yoga, belly dancing and meditation.
On Thursday, March 31, the Gender Studies Program is sponsoring a panel, "SEXplotation and the Cyber-Scene" in Lowrimore Auditorium at 3:45 p.m.
Red Tent, a staple of V-Day, will be set up on CEMC lawn both Thursday, March 31 and Friday, April 1 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
On Saturday, April 2, the Pee Dee Coalition will offer a self-defense workshop for women in Ervin Dining Hall’s Palmetto Room from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In addition to these events, collections for Durant's Children's Center will be taken at the Richardson Center for the Child every day during the week.
Further information about V-Day is available at www.vday.org. For more information about the week of events, contact Flannagan at (843) 661-1516 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.