For the eighth year in a row, the University of Southern Indiana Philosophy Club will present V-Day USI, including two benefit readings of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues.” Students, faculty, and an alumna will perform readings of the play at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, and 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, in Forum III in the Wright Administration Building. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The cast includes alumna Becca Pitzer; students Ariana Beedie, Megan Cordle, Hanna Friz, Shelby Heck, Alexandra Levine, Cassie Mathies, Brooke Monroe, Megan Newhouse-Bailey, and Karisa Newkirk; Dr. Melinda Roberts, assistant professor of criminal justice, Alice Shen, instructor in English, and Dr. Mary Lyn Stoll, associate professor of philosophy, Philosophy Club advisor, and organizer/producer of USI V-Day.
Cosponsors include USI Gender Studies, Faces of Feminism, and the Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice (SAC) Club. Tickets are $7 and are available in advance from Stoll via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ninety percent of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Willow Tree of Posey County, an organization that provides crisis counseling, legal advocacy, and general support for women and girls who have experienced sexual assault and domestic violence. The other 10 percent goes to the V-Day global fund for One Billion Rising for Justice.
V-Day University of Southern Indiana is a local effort within the worldwide context of the 2014 V-Day Campaign. Last year over 5,800 V-Day benefits were held around the world to end violence against women.