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Event to Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence

October 16, 2012

ALLIANCE, Ohio — In commemoration of Domestic Violence Month, ‘Take Back the Night,’ an event to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault, will be held at the University of Mount Union on Wednesday, October 24.

The event will begin with an information fair about domestic violence and sexual assault from 5 to 6:15 p.m. in the Hoover-Price Campus Center main hallway. At 6:30 p.m., recording artist and writer Erin Kamler will give the keynote address in the Mount Union Theatre, discussing human trafficking and its effect on women around the globe. In her talk, Kamler will explain how neoliberal capitalist practices and crises’ on the international stage have led to the rise of sex tourism and exploitation of women’s labor in the global criminal economy.

Based on her extensive fieldwork in Thailand, which includes more than 30 interviews with members of the anti-trafficking NGO community, government and UN officials, human rights advocates working on the ground and trafficking survivors themselves, Kamler will illustrate the factors that contribute to trafficking and how the circumstances of trafficking affect women in their everyday lives.

A remembrance walk will take place immediately following the program.

In conjunction with the event, there will be a display of T-shirts from the Clothesline Project, a national movement in which people design shirts to represent feelings about domestic violence and sexual assault.

Kamler’s “Divorce! The Musical,” for which she wrote the book, music and lyrics, made its 2009 world premier at the Hudson Theater in Los Angeles where it earned the LA Times’ Critic’s Choice and a number of other awards.

As a recording artist, Kamler has performed to audiences in India, Japan, Mexico, Italy, Turkey, Thailand and throughout the United States with her albums “Mantra Girl: Truth,” “Mantra Girl: Trinity” and Kundalini Yoga instructional DVDs. As a vocal instructor, she has taught in public and private school settings throughout Los Angeles.

Kamler earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in music composition from Sarah Lawrence College and a master’s degree in international public diplomacy from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, where she is also pursuing a doctorate degree in communication. She has spent the past three years conducting research on the trafficking of women in Thailand and is writng a musical, “Survive,” as part of her doctoral dissertation. Another upcoming project includes “The Doctor’s Wife,” a new musical about five women in a Jewish suburb of Los Angeles.

For more information on the event, contact Ashley Ross, assistant director of multicultural student affairs, at (330) 823-7288 or rossar@mountunion.edu.

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