Campus Events Promote Awareness of, and Taking Stand Against, Violence

Eve Ensler Production on February 13, Followed by Sneak Preview of The Hunting Ground March 4 and 8

The annual celebration of Valentine’s Day will take place February 14, but first, on Friday, February 13, many Trinity students will make time to participate in V-Day, founded by Eve Ensler, a global movement to end violence against women and girls.

For the past 15 years, an annual Trinity College production of Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues has been performed by female members of the campus community. This year, a different Ensler production―one including both female and male student actors―will be staged on Friday, February 13: A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer, will take place at the Trinity College Chapel at 8 p.m. As a fundraising event to benefit Interval House, a Hartford shelter for women and children who have experienced abuse, tickets for the production are priced at $5 for students and $10 for other members of the community. Tickets are available at the entrance to the Chapel, in Mather dining hall during meal times, and can be reserved by contacting Laura Lockwood at (860) 297-2408.

Sarah Watson ’15 is the director of A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer and assistant director is Leandra Vargas ’18. Members of the cast are: Fatima al Ansar ’17, Zaniyyah Ashbey ’16, Hank Butler ’17, Camryn Clarke ’17, Suzy Del Rosario ’18, Salima Etoka ’15, Jasmine Gentry ’17, Grace Gill ’17, Tas Haught ’15, Madison Hummer ’18, Colin Johnson ’16, Jamilah Ketcham ’18, Mazin Khalil ’15, Will Kurach ’18, Kim Marzant ’18, Gregory Ochiagha ’18, Corey Peterson ’18, Rebecca Reingold ’17, Victoria Smith-Ellison ’15, Kaitlyn Sprague ’16, Max Szapary ’15, Nidhish Tulsiani ’15, Leandra Vargas ’18, and Sarah Watson ’15.

Just a few weeks after V-Day, Trinity will be one of a handful of colleges and universities across the United States to have the opportunity to offer a sneak preview of The Hunting Ground, a documentary film exploring sexual crime on college campuses, institutional cover-ups, and the toll taken on victims and survivors and their families. Cinestudio will be the venue for two screenings of the 90-minute film: March 4 at 7:30 p.m. and March 8 at 4 p.m. Each showing will be followed by a student-led discussion.

Both the Ensler production on February 13 and the March 4 and March 8 sneak preview screenings of The Hunting Ground are possible thanks to the efforts of the Women and Gender Resource Action Center (WGRAC), with support and sponsorship of Trinity’s Students Encouraging Consensual Sex (SECS), the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), and many other departments and organizations both on- and off-campus. View a full list of sponsoring organizations here.