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Women's Resource Center plans events

July 9, 2010

Loyola University New Orleans’ Women’s Resource Center is assembling its fall calendar featuring several noteworthy events.

In September, Loyola will welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sheryl WuDunn to discuss her best-selling novel, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, which she co-wrote with her husband, Nicholas D. Kristof. The free talk will take place on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium.

WuDunn’s highly acclaimed novel follows the lives of several African and Asian women as they face oppression and experience triumphs. The book has attained world-wide acclaim and has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Tom Brokaw has said of the book, “Half the Sky is a passionate and persuasive plea to all of us to rise up and say ‘No more!’ to the 17th-century abuses to girls and women in the 21st-century world. This is a book that will pierce your heart and arouse your conscience.”

During WuDunn’s free talk, Loyola will launch a read-a-thon event, providing copies of her book to attendees in return for their commitment to help raise funds for CARE, a leading humanitarian organization that focuses on empowering disenfranchised women and fighting global poverty.

A representative from CARE will accept the donations during a separate Women’s Resource Center event in November, which is still being planned. The money raised will be donated to CARE’s efforts in Haiti. More details will come later about that event as planning develops.

On Sunday, Oct. 10, Loyola’s Women’s Resource Center will assemble its third annual Loyola team for Making Strides, a breast cancer awareness walk sponsored by the American Cancer Society. That event takes place at 8 a.m. in City Park.

On Wednesday, Oct. 27, Loyola and Tulane University students, faculty and friends will join the Women’s Resource Center as it raises awareness of sexual violence through its annual Take Back the Night walking event. Marchers will gather in the horseshoe outside of Marquette Hall on Loyola’s main campus at 6 p.m. The event will begin with powerful stories from survivors of sexual violence and abuse and a tribute to Kimberly Kelly, a Tulane graduate student who was shot to death last May in a suspected domestic violence incident.

Take Back the Night calls for an end to gender-based violence as the community partakes in a candle-lit, chant-filled march from Loyola’s campus to Tulane. The event is designed primarily to heighten awareness of sexual violence against women and to empower female survivors, but it is also a powerful healing ritual for the men and women who care about them.

Loyola’s newest addition to University Counseling Center, Staff Counselor Brooks Zitzmann, GSW, has seamlessly taken over the responsibly of organizing and leading Take Back the Night. Prior to the Oct. 27 event, raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win one of several gift baskets. Money raised will go to the Metropolitan Center for Women and Children, Crescent House and the SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) nurses at University Hospital.

On Thursday, Nov. 18, Nona Willis Aronowitz, author of Girldrive: Criss-Crossing America, Redefining Feminism, will speak at Loyola at 7 p.m. in the Audubon Room located in the Danna Student Center. Aronowitz, a 25-year-old Chicago Tribune reporter, based her novel on a road-trip across the country in which she interviewed hundreds of women on what motivated them and how they define and relate to feminism. Aronowitz has received national recognition for her contemporary look at women and feminism. At the event, Aronowitz will discuss her experiences and show excerpts from the documentary she made of her journey, which includes Loyola University students.

For more information on Loyola’s Women’s Resource Center or its upcoming events, please contact Karen Reichard, Ph.D., at 504-864-7881 or reichard@loyno.edu.

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