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Take Back the Night Rally Against Domestic Violence – March 19

Bethlehem, Pa., March 17, 2008—Moravian College will sponsor its annual “Take Back the Night” march and rally on its two campuses on Wednesday, March 19.  The event will begin at 7 p.m. in South Campus’ Foy Hall with a lecture by key speaker Jackson Katz.  The march from the college’s South Campus to North Campus will follow at 8:15 and will begin from behind Main Hall.  A chant list and signs made by Moravian students and sponsored by the Pan-Hellenic Council will be distributed prior to the march.  At the conclusion of the march there will be Silent Images, Open Mic, and a candlelit vigil in the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex courtyard on North Campus.

Katz is one of America's leading anti-sexist male activists. Katz holds academic degrees from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Harvard University, and is currently a doctoral student in cultural studies and education at UCLA.  As an educator, author, and filmmaker, he is internationally recognized for his work in the field of gender violence prevention education with men and boys, with specific work in the sports and military culture.  He has lectured on hundreds of college and high school campuses and has conducted hundreds of professional trainings, seminars, and workshops in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Japan.

He is the co-founder of the Mentors In Violence Prevention (MVP) program, the leading gender violence prevention initiative in professional and college athletics. He is the director of the first worldwide domestic and sexual violence prevention program in the United States Marine Corps. He is also the creator and co-creator of educational videos for college and high school students, including Tough Guise: Violence, Media, and the Crisis in Masculinity (2000), Wrestling With Manhood (2002) and Spin the Bottle: Sex, Lies and Alcohol (2004). His new book, The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help, was published by Sourcebooks in 2006.  His lecture will focus on the topic of masculinity in society, and how misperceptions of this notion can lead to violence.

Take Back the Night is an international effort with roots in the 1970s. Women around the world began marches with names like “Take Back the Night” and “Reclaim the Night” to protest excessive violence against women on public streets after dark.  The first march in the United States occurred in 1978 in San Francisco.  Take Back the Night marches have intensified efforts to denounce violence against all people—men, women, and children.  Moravian College’s march and rally are dedicated to fighting violence against all people.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.