As part of Women's History Month, Fort Hays State University's sixth annual Take Back the Night rally, sponsored by the Women's Gender Studies Program and the Kelly Center, will begin at 6:30 p.m. March 30 with a proclamation and opening remarks in the Quad in front of the Memorial Union.
Take Back the Night is used to help raise awareness and educate the campus and community on issues related to the prevention of sexual and domestic violence against women.
Take Back the Night will include speakers Brian Kinnaird, director of FHSU's Justice Studies Program, who is scheduled to discuss self-defense techniques at 6:45 p.m.; Detective Ed Howell, University Police, and Carrie Wasinger, student legal services, who are scheduled to speak on campus violence at 7:15 p.m.; Dr. Harriet Caplan, instructor of management and marketing, is scheduled to speak on gender inequity and sexual harassment at 7:45 p.m.; and staff members from the Northwest Kansas Family Shelter, who are scheduled to talk at 8 p.m. about the services they provide to local victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
The traditional candlelight march through campus and downtown Hays is scheduled to begin at 8:15 p.m.
Two other events to mark Women's History Month are intended to call attention to the tragedy of sexual assault and domestic violence. A Clothesline event, scheduled for March 15-19 and again on March 29-30, will feature survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence speaking out about their experiences.
The other event -- "Silent Witnesses," works of art and survivor stories on life-sized silhouettes -- will be displayed in buildings around campus from March 15-17.
Also in celebration of Women's History Month, the Women's and Gender Studies Program will sponsor a faculty panel at 7 p.m. March 16. The panel will be conducted by Dr. Sharla Hutchison, assistant professor of English, Amy Schmierbach, assistant professor of art, and Rose Arnhold, associate professor of sociology and chair of the Department of Sociology and Social Work, over research papers related to women's creative works and roles in the family from the early 20th century to the modern day. The panel will be at in Albertson Hall on the FHSU campus, in room 169.
To wrap up the month, a student-faculty production of William Shakespeare's The Taming of The Shrew will be presented from April 2-3, at the Bijou, 507 W. Seventh. Admission is free and open to the public, but donations toward the Women's and Gender Studies Program will be accepted at the door.
Other activities sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Program throughout March for Women's History Month included a student panel March 2 on research papers related to this year's theme "Women at Work," and a presentation of the movie Silkwood.