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Hoping to connect the social justice work being done on K’s campus to social justice in the larger global community ACJSL tries to bring in internationally known speaker for the Spring Lecture every year.
Compared to past speakers, “Ensler stands out because of the intersectionality of her work, combining her activism with theater. Her work across cultures and race is also important, as the Vagina Monologues has been performed in over 130 different countries, and her work here in the US has also address women from all different backgrounds,” said Lewis.
To prepare for the lecture ACSJL sponsored a screening of Ensler’s documentary What I Want My Words to do to You followed by a Panel Discussion. The documentary gives an inside look at a writing workshop led by Ensler with women inmates of New York’s Beford Hills Correctional Facility. From the inmates’ writing sprung varoius different theatrical performances arranged by Ensler and playwright Gary Sunshine.
Through the movie screening, panel discussion, and spring lecture ACSJL is striving to spark a dialogue on campus about theatre in a different manner, viewing it as “a way to give a voice to the voiceless, empower people to tell their stories of oppression and injustice and bring awareness of these issues in a more accessible way,” said Lewis
Tickets are now available. They can be picked up at ACSJL from 12-1 and 4-6 and are being given away on a first-come first-served basis.