Feb. 14-16 — talks and workshops, anti-war/feminist author Kathleen Barry

Engage in anti-war/feminist dialogue with renowned author Kathleen Barry.  She will be in Burlington from 2/13-2/16 and be giving several talks and workshops throughout the city. More details below:KathleenBarry

Contact: Valerie Esposito, vesposito@champlain.edu

When and where:

* Thursday, February 14 — Valentine’s Day — Champlain College, Morgan Room, Aiken Hall, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., “Awaken Our Consciousness to the Inhumanity of War: From Empathy to Action”

Description: In this workshop participants will uncover the untapped potential of empathy in making change.  Through various exercises and consciousness raising discussions, women and men will identify how to stand against and transform masculine violence in everyday life and in political protest. Lunch will be provided.

* Thursday, February 14 — Valentine’s Day — 4 p.m., head of Church Street, Burlington

Ms. Barry will be present on Valentine’s Day to participate in the dance/march Billion Women Rising at 4 pm, Feb 14 starting at the head of Church Street. Billion Women Rising is the brilliant concept of author and activist Eve Ensler, who, ten years ago, started the Vagina Monologues. The call for one billion women to ‘rise’ is based on the statistics that one in three women on the planet has been raped or beaten in her lifetime. Given that the global population is six billion plus, and half are women, this call is appropriate. As Ms. Ensler says, “One Billion Women Violated Is An Atrocity, One Billion Women Dancing Is A Revolution.” Visit the website http://onebillionrising.org/ for information on the multiple risings planned for Vermont.

For more information contact Peggy Luhrs 862-9015, or Robin Lloyd, 355-3256.

* Friday, February 15, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., UVM GreenHouse Residential Building

Description: “Awaken our Consciousness to the Inhumanity of War: From Empathy to Action” workshop

* Friday, February 15, 7 p.m., Contois Auditorium, Burlington City Hall

Description: On the birthdate of prominent women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony, Burlington peace and women’s groups will be sponsoring a talk with Kathleen Barry, on Friday, February 15, at 7 pm at Contois Auditorium, City Hall, Burlington. Entitled Overcoming Masculine Violence In War and at Home: A Call to Actionthe event is sponsored by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), the Peace and Justice Center, Champlain College Environmental Policy Program, UVM Greenhouse Residential Program, and FED UP Vermont. Refreshments will be served.

* Saturday, February 16, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Burlington Friends Meeting House, 173 N. Prospect St., Burlington

Description: In this workshop participants will uncover the untapped potential of empathy in making change.  Through various exercises and consciousness raising discussions, women and men will identify how to stand against and transform masculine violence in everyday life and in political protest. Lunch will be provided.  Donations welcome.

Kathleen Barry is a feminist, sociologist and author of Unmaking War, Remaking Men: How Empathy Can Reshape Our Politics, Our Soldiers and Ourselves. An earlier book, Female Sexual Slavery (1979), prompted international awareness of human sex trafficking and has been translated into six languages. She cofounded the United Nations NGO, the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW). In 1985 she received the Wonder Woman Foundation Award for her strides towards the empowerment of women.

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