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Moravian College to “Take Back the Night” During April 2006

Month of activities to raise awareness and combat violence against all people

Bethlehem, Pa., April 3, 2006—Moravian College will sponsor numerous campus events during the month of April to raise awareness about violence against all people. The month of activities will culminate on Wednesday, April 26th with a “Take Back the Night” march and rally on Moravian College’s two campuses.

As part of the National Day of Service planned for Tuesday, April 4, 2006, student volunteers will create anti-violence posters, advocacy materials, and begin set construction for the play, Shards of Skin and Porcelain. The play, written by Paul Blore, depicts the complex issues facing students at a small college campus as a result of several sexual assaults. Please note that the play contains adult language and a mature theme.

The performance is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, April 6th and 7th at 7 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium, Haupert Union Building on Moravian’s Main Street Campus. Student cast members will include Derek Gogel ‘07, Sewell, N.J.; Marissa Sharon ‘07, Wyomissing, Pa.; John Miles ‘06, Warriors Mark, Pa.; Amelia Dietrich ‘08, East Texas, Pa.; and Krystle Willing ’08, Lansford, Pa. The play was last staged in March 2005 at Juniata College, when Blore was a senior there. He currently works as an apprentice at the Touchstone Theater in Bethlehem. This production of Shards of Skin and Porcelain is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Moravian College Arts & Lectures Committee. It is free and open to the public. A discussion of sexual assault will take place after the performance.

On Tuesday, April 18, Friends of Reeves Library will host a screening of Speak, a film that portrays a girl who silently copes with the violence of rape. The movie, which is free and open to the public, will be screened at 4:30 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium. At 7:00 p.m., the audience will have the opportunity to meet author Laurie Halse Anderson. The screenplay for the movie is based on her book of the same name. Anderson, along with fellow authors David Lubar and Paul Acampora (formerly a Moravian College employee), will participate in a panel discussion led by Dr. Connie Unger, assistant professor of education at Moravian College. The discussion will be followed by a book signing and reception.

Moravian’s Clothesline Project will return to the college’s campus beginning Monday, April 24th. The focus of the project is to encourage the survivors of abuse, as well as family and friends of abuse victims to decorate t-shirts to document and express their feelings and experiences. The shirts are hung on a clothesline in a public area to raise consciousness about the tragedy of violence for all people. The Clothesline Project began in Cape Cod, Massachusetts in 1990 and has since expanded to include 41 states and 5 countries, including Tanzania. T-shirts created by the Moravian College community will be on display in the Haupert Union Building Pavilion.

On Wednesday, April 26th a march and rally to “take back the night” will begin on the college’s Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus at 8 p.m. Marchers will travel north on Main Street to the Main Street Campus, where the rally will assemble at 9 p.m. around the Peace Pole, located outside of the HUB. The march and rally will include a candlelight vigil and speakers from Crime Victims Council to remember all the victims of violence and to raise awareness of the impact violence has on an entire community.

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.

Other Take Back the Night related activities throughout the month will include coffee houses on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, a fund-raising dinner at Applebee’s, and an anti-violence poster contest.

Prosser Auditorium is located in the college’s Haupert Union Building (HUB) at the corner of Locust and Monocacy Streets in Bethlehem. The HUB is located between Locust Street and Elizabeth Avenue in Bethlehem.

For more information, contact: Dr. Stacey Zaremba (Women’s Studies), (610) 861-1563; Dr. Lisa Fischler (Political Science), (610) 861-1418; or Laura Gordon (Office of Student Life), (610) 861-1505.