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SEVEN Residency Empowers Women to Speak Out

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Athenian.pngUNCW students and faculty are working to build a platform for voices that inspire change; as September’s climate awareness projects come to a close, we move into Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The UNCW Office of the Arts, the UNCW CARE Office, and Athenian Press join forces with L.A. Theatre Works to bring an event line-up that is open to students and the general public. 


On October 4th at 7:30 PM at the Cameron Art Museum, Athenian Press invites 12 UNCW student-poets to share their work at the first-ever Femme Speak Out Poetry Slam. Athenian Press is a local feminist organization whose mission is to “empower underrepresented voices grounded in experiences of race, class, gender, and sexuality.” According to Co-Director Lori Wilson, “Athenian defines "femme" as anyone who has been othered because of a perceived, past, or preferred feminine experience.” Students are encouraged to sign up on the Athenian Press website. Participation is first come, first served. Cash prizes will be given to first, second, and third place winners. This event is open to the public.

On October 16th the UNCW Office of the Arts will collaborate with Cape Fear Community College to host L.A. Theatre Works’ Master Class: Portraying a Real-Life Character on Stage. This classroom style discussion will target CFCC’s theatre students (and is thus closed to the public), exploring the dynamics between characters who exists in the real world and the actors portraying them.

Malala.jpgOn October 16th  at 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM in UNCW’s Deloach Hall room 212, Athenian Press Co-Directors Lori Wilson and Khalisa Rae Thompson will host a book reading and discussion of I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. Participants will learn about the story of Malala, 2014 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and founder of the Malala Fund, an initiative to give women and girls all over the world access to education. Through Malala’s story, participants will discuss the broader stories of racism, sexism, and cross-cultural oppression. Everyone is welcome to attend.

On October 16th at 7:30 PM in Kenan Auditorium, UNCW presents L.A. Theatre Works’ documentary play, SEVEN. Collaboration between seven inspiring female activists, seven acclaimed female playwrights, and seven actors, brings us true stories from around the globe. The cultivation of peace, equality, and educational rights, as well as human trafficking, and domestic violence, are subjects that will be exposed on stage. Tickets are $5 for UNCW students, and range between $20 and $50 dollars for the general public. They are available for purchase online, at the ticket desk in Kenan Auditorium, or by calling the UNCW ticket office at (910) 962-3500.

On October 17th at 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM in Kenan Auditorium, Athenian Co-Director Khalisa Rae Thompson will lead the Writing as Healing Workshop. Participants will use the craft of writing to delve deeper into multicultural and multigendered experiences, and will be offered tools and resources to further engage with the themes explored in SEVEN. Participation is open to students and the public.


We hope to see you there!


-Cara Marsicano