SUNY Orange hosts multimedia performance focusing on violence against woman

Free event will be held March 15 at Kaplan Hall in Newburgh


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  • Nancy Hulse has been giving anti-rape programs across the nation for more than 20 years.




  • SUNY Orange will host a multimedia presentation, Woman Banned, a spoken-word performance focuses on violence against women, on Tuesday, March 15, at the GreatRoom in Kaplan Hall on the Newburgh campus.



— On Tuesday, March 15, between 11 a.m. and noon, an issue of grave importance will be brought to center stage in the Orange County Trust Company Great Room in Kaplan Hall.

A multimedia presentation by Nancy Hulse, "Woman Banned," a spoken-word performance dealing with rape, relationship violence, mental illness and addiction, focuses on violence against women.

The 45-minute presentation will be followed by a talkback with the performer. This event is free and open to the public.

"It's not the woman's fault'
Hulse has been giving anti-rape programs across the nation for more than 20, mostly on university campuses.

She characterizes this new work as a unique approach using “educational material” through the medium of performance art, poetry, dialogue, while intertwining her own personal experiences.

“Educational institutions in particular have found my performances to be a very effective device to introduce students to these difficult and emotional subjects,” Hulse said in the college's press release announcing the program. “The dynamic nature of the presentation promotes a lively discussion that often lasts long after the show has ended.”

She added that her “primary goal is to tell the truth about rape. I believe women need to unite against the crime and men need to take responsibility and act against it. It's not the woman’s fault, no matter what she does and what she wears,”

Inspiring'
Amy Bellina, director of Student Development at Monmouth University, described the work as “unique, timely, thought-provoking.”

And Kathleen Holgerson, associate director of the Women’s Center at the University of Connecticut, added: "The performance is a powerful and innovative way of raising awareness ... articulate and inspiring.”

Essential information
Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh. Free and secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall garage accessible at 73 First St.

For more information, send an email to cultural@sunyorange.edu, call 845-341-9386, or check out the SUNY Orange website at www.sunyorange.edu/culturalaffairs.



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