2011 — LUNAFEST Film Festival Tuesday April 12 UConn Storrs

News from the University of Connecticut Women’s Center.  Event starts at 6. Parking is free after 5 pm!


Event date: April 12, 2011 6:00 PM
Location: UConn Storrs Campus, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Storrs, CT | Map

The LUNAFEST Team and the Women’s Center present the Annual LUNAFEST Film Festival here at the University of Connecticut. This year’s LUNAFEST will take place on April 12, 2011 in the Konover Auditorium in the Thomas J. Dodd Center. The mission of LUNAFEST is to celebrate and inspire women through the art of film and community fundraising. LUNAFEST is a national film festival that features short films by, for and about women. LUNAFEST was established in 2000 by LUNA, Makers of the Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, to simultaneously promote women filmmakers, raise awareness for women’s issues, and support worthy women’s nonprofit organizations.

Funds raised for this event will support the Breast Cancer Fund and UConn Women’s Center. LUNAFEST provides a very unique and diversifying experience for UConn students and the surrounding community.

This year we will be joined by one of the filmmakers, G. Melissa Graziano, who directed Love on the Line and is originally from Connecticut. Tickets may be purchased online. For more information about the films, please visit http://www.lunafest.org/the-films.cfm

The Konover Auditorium is wheelchair accessible. For additional accommodations, please contact the Women’s Center at 860-486-4738.

Pre-sale ticket prices:
Student $5.00
Regular $7.00

Night of the event prices:
Students – $7
Regular – $10

NOW! UConn Metanoia 2009: Preventing Violence Against Women

UConn Metanoia 2009

UConn Metanoia 2009

For complete information: http://www.metanoia.uconn.edu/

Sunday, Oct. 4

Past (1979), Present (2009), and Future (?): Preventing VAW

This panel – featuring participants from the 1979 Metanoia as well as current students and professionals in the field – will kick off the week of the 2009 Metanoia. Audience questions and discussion by the panelists will conclude the session.

4:00pm – 5:15pm

Dodd Center, Konover Auditorium

Monday, Oct. 5

What Will You Do?: Metanoia Rally

This student rally will include speakers, a capella groups, and a candle light vigil. This is your chance to show a united front as the UConn student body.


Student Union Mall (Rain location: SU Lobby)

Monday, Oct. 5

Represent & Resist! A Metanoia Speakout by Long River Live!

Long River Live! presents an open mic, as well as an evening of literary, visual and performing arts that celebrate women while challenging oppression. If you’re interested in performing/displaying your work at this event, please contact amber.west@uconn.edu or itsjoewelch at gmail.com.

8:00pm – 10:00pm

Student Union Lobby

Tuesday, Oct. 6

Why Women Stay

This interactive brown bag luncheon session for faculty and staff will provide participants with information on how to recognize abuse and reasons why women stay in abusive relationships. We will also let you know about resources that are available. Sponsored by the Something’s Happening Committee.


Student Union Theatre

Wednesday, Oct. 7

Honoring Our Past, Present and Future: Working Together

to End Violence Against Women with Tonya Lovelace

This presentation will look at the violence against women’s movement and ways that prevention of violence work has evolved, with women as the pioneers and men as newer and exciting partners in the work. There will also be an exploration of the intersections of race, class, gender and other identities within the movement.

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Student Union Theatre

Wednesday, Oct. 7

Film: The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo

The African American Cultural Center will be showing this film by Lisa Jackson. Don’t miss the shocking and riveting stories of these survivors as they give us an intimate portrayal of their lives.

5:30pm – 7pm

Student Union, Room 407

Thursday, Oct. 8

A Call to Men: Breaking Out of the Man Box

with Tony Porter

This presentation will challenge many of the social norms that define manhood, particularly those that support a culture of violence against women. A gifted public speaker, Tony Porter is an educator and activist working in the social justice arena for over twenty years. He is nationally recognized for his effort to end men’s violence against women.

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Jorgensen Auditorium

@UConn Take Back the night — starting tonight, 4/22/2009

The University of Connecticut’s Women’s Center would like to cordially invite you to attend the upcoming event Take Back the Night!

Take Back the Night is an annual international event, dedicated to raising awareness about sexual assault against women. The goal of Take Back the Night is to foster a supportive and safe environment for survivors and survivors of assault.

Schedule of events for Wednesday, April 22

  • Rally : 7pm in the Student Union Ballroom
  • Candlelight march around campus at 8pm
  • Speak Out for survivors of violence begins at 9pm after the march, back in the Student Union Ballroom. The Speak Out encourages the survivors in attendance to come forward to tell their stories and listen to others tell theirs. Trained counselors will be present to support any survivor or ally at any point in time during the program.
  • Coffeehouse at 10pm after the Speak Out with music, food, and conversation for anyone who wishes to attend.

Continuing the work:

Also, for anyone interested in volunteering to table or talk to people around campus, there are lots of opportunities in the upcoming week.  We will be tabling 11-2 on Friday in the SU on Union Street, 10:00 -1:30 on Monday in the same place, and 12-2 Wednesday on the green between the SU and the Benton. But we’ll need people just walking around Wednesday talking to folks and letting them know too.   Just stop by the table or the Women’s Center, and we’ll get you set up with what you need.

There are more opportunities available if anyone would like to stop by the Womens Center at any point over the coming days to make more flyers, posters and ribbons. There are also posters that can just be picked up and hung around campus.

Thanks and we hope to see you there!

Best Regards,

The Peer Educators of the Violence Against Women Prevention Program (VAWPP)

UConn Events during April: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

UConn’s Violence Against Women Prevention Program (VAWPP) has planned many events on the Storrs campus. Here is their announcement.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. We ask that you join us in working to end violence against women. Please distribute to your students and colleagues.

7th Robert Jensen: Getting Off – Pornography and the End of Masculinity:
Journalist, activist and author Robert Jensen will discuss his most recent book, Getting Off – “Expertly combining the ‘the personal’ with ‘the political,’ Robert Jensen exposes the pervasive misogyny of today’s pornography and forces us to face the ugliness of American masculinity.” Sonali Kolhatkar, host of Uprising. “Jensen’s brutally honest assessment of the increasingly pornographic world has never been more difficult to face, or more necessary. This book is essential reading for all of us who want to be part of the struggle for revolutionary social change.” – Gail Dines. Jensen is also author of The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege.
Monday, 7:00 p.m. – Student Union Theater

14th- 16th Acting Up! Ongoing student activism, education and awareness to end violence against women.

You’ve been VAWPPed: The VAWPP Performance Education Team will be staging live educational and “improvisational” performances around campus designed to highlight bystander interventions for naming and disrupting violence against women.
Silent Witness Campaign: A visual display of silhouettes representing women who have been the victims of domestic homicide. On display with educational materials and resources on
Monday – Wednesday, 10 – 2, Fairfield Way – Rain Location = Student Union Lobby.

16th These Hands Are Not For Hurting: UConn Men’s Project
The Men’s Project convenes weekly to discuss the role of men in challenging norms which support violent masculinity. This activism project invites other men to join them in pledging to not support, condone or perpetrate violence, particularly in their intimate partnerships.
Wednesday, 10:00 – 2:00, Fairfield Way

16th Take Back the Night: For Yourself – For The People You Love Rally, Candlelight Walk and Speak Out
When sexual violence ends, what will you be able to do? Be intimate without fear? Walk alone? Wear whatever you like? Have women feel totally safe with you? Love freely? You have been affected by sexual violence. Our community doesn’t talk about it enough, but it is time to acknowledge that sexual violence happens. We invite you, as a member of this community, to do your part to help prevent it. Walk, listen, and speak with us in solidarity against sexual violence. Survivors are invited to share their stories, poetry, spoken word, music during the Speak Out portion of the evening.
Wednesday, 7:00pm-Rally Student Union
8:00 Candlelight Walk
9:00 Speak Out, Spoken Word, Sharing-Student Union-lounge area

21st Stalking and Cyberstalking: Identification and Safety on Campus
Linda Blozie, Director of Public Affairs: Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence will discuss how we can define and recognize stalking, share information about prevalence on college campuses, review strategies for risk reduction and primary prevention education. In particular, she will focus technology as one method in a broader spectrum of behavior.
Monday, 4:00 p.m., Women’s Center

23rd Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse: From Surviving to Thriving:
Stacy Karpowitz, Coordinator of Outreach Education and Laura Abbatemarco, Family Advocate from the Aetna Foundation Children’s Center of St. Francis Hospital will provide a basic overview of the common experiences of survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Special attention will be paid to the concerns of college students, who may be away from their perpetrators for the first time, and/or may be disclosing or recalling their story for the first time. The workshop will focus on pathways of healing and is appropriate for survivors, loved ones, friends, and faculty/staff who may be in a position to support survivor healing. This workshop was organized in partnership with UConn Student Mental Health Services.
Wednesday, Noon, Women’s Center

29th Until Someone Wakes Up – (Play)
The “Performance Education Team” of VAWPP, along with dedicated recruits and allies, will be presenting this funny, serious and compelling play about gender, consent and communication. Lively and informative, this is your basic consent workshop, super-sized and VAWPP-o-fied! Don’t miss it!
Tuesday, 7pm, Student Union Ballroom – 3rd Floor

At UConn: Permanent Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) Public Hearing, Wednesday, February 27, 2008

PCSW Public Hearing Topic: Getting To A Better Tomorrow: Economic And Financial Security — Wednesday, February 27, 2008

A large number of Connecticut families are finding that their costs are rising faster than their wages. A recent report, Where Connecticut Stands, commissioned by the PCSW stated that 19%, or one-in-five Connecticut households lacks enough money to cover basic living expenses. The PCSW is hosting a Public Hearing to hear concerns on issues raised in the report. These include job security, education and training, and community growth and business development—big and small, family financial stability, family friendly workplaces, and flex, sick and vacation time. The report is available on the PCSW’s website at http://www.cga.ct.gov/pcsw.If you are interested in these issues, please join us and have your voice heard. For more information, call the PCSW at 860.240.8300 or email at pcsw@cga.ct.gov. Co-sponsors of this Public Hearing as of this writing: Any interested individuals may testify by submitting oral and/or written or electronic testimony. For oral testimony, sign-up will begin at 5:00 p.m. Oral testimony should be no longer than 5 minutes. Please refer to the Connecticut General Assembly website for testimony formats (http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/Content/YourVoice.asp). For written or electronic testimony, submit 15 copies on the hearing date, mail or email it to PCSW (pcsw@cga.ct.gov).

Co-Sponsor: Women’s Studies, UConn Chapter of NOW, UConn PIRG, Undergraduate Student Government, AAUW- Storrs/Willimantic, Northeast Connecticut Economic Alliance
Location: Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center
Time: 04:00:00 PM
Contact: Michelle Nohren – pcsw@cga.ct.gov

Campus Event: Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture

The UConn Women’s Center invites you to a workshop next week:

Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture

Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2007 Book jacket
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Place: Student Union Theatre, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Here’s a clip of Ariel Levy on Stephen Colbert.

“With the fresh voice of a young woman who grew up taking equal rights for granted while feminism was being perverted into a dirty word, Levy both shocks and sobers as she exposes the real cost of youth culture’s ‘Girls Gone Wild’ form of status-seeking….A great choice for book clubs of either gender, it’s a fast read and a surefire discussion sparker.”– Minneapolis Star-Tribune

March newsletter from the Women’s Center

The March issue of the UConn Women’s Center’s newsletter is now available!

Celebrate Women’s Brown Bag Lunch Series

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