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Women's & Gender Studies Program to celebrate 10 years of producing play

The Austin Peay State University Women’s and Gender Studies Program will celebrate 10 years of producing Eve Ensler’s award-winning play, “The Vagina Monologues” next week.

The show, also sponsored by the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance at APSU and the V-Day national effort, will be performed at 7 p.m., March 30 and 31 in Clement Auditorium. Tickets are $5 each.

The Austin Peay State University Women’s and Gender Studies Program will celebrate 10 years of producing Eve Ensler’s award-winning play, “The Vagina Monologues” next week.

The show, also sponsored by the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance at APSU and the V-Day national effort, will be performed at 7 p.m., March 30 and 31 in Clement Auditorium. Tickets are $5 each.

This year, students in the Women’s and Gender Studies course – which studies the social and political issues the play raises about women’s lives and their place in local, national and international contexts – will perform in the show March 30.

APSU alumnae and faculty will be featured in the March 31 performance.

In the last decade, more than 400 APSU students have performed in the show, raising more than $15,000 for several Clarksville offices – Legal Aid of Middle Tennessee, Sexual Assault Center, Safehouse and Magdalene Inc. in Nashville.

Money raised this year will help establish an APSU student scholarship in the Women’s Center to create and promote campus programs to end violence against women and girls, which is the V-Day mission.

V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls by fundraising and awareness through benefit productions of playwright and founder Eve Ensler’s play, “The Vagina Monologues,” and other artistic works.

“It is an honor and pleasure of the Austin Peay Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance to have been part of this charity for the last decade, and we hope to be part of it for another decade, or until the violence stops,” said Dr. Jill Eichhorn, associate professor in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

For more information about V-Day, go online to http://www.vday.org. To learn more about the performances at APSU, notify Eichhorn by telephone at 931-221-6314 or by e-mail at eichhornje@apsu.edu. -- Melony Shemberger