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Author Kate Harding Keynotes Women’s Month

Women’s Month events at Alma College include a student symposium, a film screening and talks on relationship violence, women in the Middle East and American novelist Louise May Alcott.

Kate Harding, a feminist writer who speaks on rape culture and body image at colleges around the country, will deliver the Women’s Month keynote address at Alma College.

She will present “Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture — and What We Can Do About It,” which is also the title of her most recent book, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 22 in the Remick Heritage Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

Other Women’s Month events at Alma College include a student symposium, a film screening and talks on relationship violence, women in the Middle East and American novelist Louise May Alcott.

Harding is best known for her no-nonsense examination of sexual violence in modern America.

“In America, we are surrounded by incredibly harmful and derogatory messages about women,” says Angela Kelleher, access services librarian and chair of the Women’s Issues Advisory Board at Alma College. “We are so used to some of these messages, that we often fail to realize how they justify rape and other violence against women.

<em>Kate Harding</em>Kate Harding“The CDC tells us that nearly one in five women will experience rape at some point in their lives,” says Kelleher. “According to the Association of American Universities Climate Survey, 23 percent of female college students have experienced some form of unwanted sexual contact. However, many survivors of sexual violence fear reporting it, because they will be blamed, shamed, not believed, and generally traumatized all over again.

“Ms. Harding is doing such important work by raising awareness about this issue, by helping to shift the culture, and by advocating for new ways of responding to victims/survivors.”  

Prior to her 2015 book, Harding collaborated with Anna Holmes, Amanda Hess and others on The Book of Jezebel, and with Marianne Kirby on Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere. She has blogged or otherwise written for publications including Salon, Jezebel, The Guardian and the L.A. Times.

In 2007, she founded the popular body acceptance blog “Shapely Prose,” and since then has worked primarily as a feminist writer.

She is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is currently finishing a Ph.D. in creative writing.

All Women’s Month events are free and open to the public.

Alma College Women’s Month Events

March 8/Rihan Issa, prevention education and volunteer coordinator from Women’s Aid Service, discusses relationship violence, sexual assault and the services offered by Women’s Aid at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 8 in the Tyler-VanDusen Commons at Alma College.

March 11/The Sigma Alpha Iota Women’s Music Fraternity sponsors a “Celebration of Women in the Arts” at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 11 in the Eddy Music Lobby. The concert features various arts created or made famous by women. Donations are welcome at the door to support SAI Philanthropies Inc.

March 22/Kate Harding, author of Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture — and What We Can Do About It and co-author of The Book of Jezebel, delivers the Alma College Women’s Month keynote address at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 22 in the Remick Heritage Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

March 23/A Women and Gender Studies symposium featuring student posters and walk-through displays takes place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23 in the Hamilton Commons Thistle Room at Alma College.

March 23/The MacCurdy House Women’s Resource Center at Alma College hosts a Women’s Month Celebration and Reading at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 23.

March 29/Heather Therrian of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Gratiot County presents “Women in the Middle East — Perceptions and Realities, Challenges and Opportunities” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 29 in the Swanson Academic Center, Room 113, at Alma College.

March 30/Tina Vivian, costume designer and instructor for the Alma College Dance and Theatre department, presents “A Conversation with Louise May Alcott” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30 in the Alma College Library, Anderson Reading Area. Alcott was an American novelist and poet, most remembered for her 1868 novel “Little Women.”

Story published on February 22, 2017
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