Monthlong talks on women, violence at COA

Posted Jan. 28, 2013, at 2 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 28, 2013, at 3:31 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 6 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: College of the Atlantic - Deering Common Community Center, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

For more information: Zabet NeuCollins; 207-288-5015;

College of the Atlantic students are organizing a month-long focus on violence and oppression against women and girls during the month of February. Students Annelise Hildebrandt and Zabet NeuCollins are working with COA faculty and students to present a series of discussions about local and global issues. The month of concern will end with a Feb. 23 performance based on Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Monologues,” a play that reflects upon the female experience through separate monologues.

The students have organized three discussions, one each weekend in February, followed by a performance of the play. The first discussion, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. in Deering Common, will focus on global oppression against women. It will be moderated by COA senior Anjali Appadurai, a Canadian national with roots in India and COA faculty member in anthropology Heath Cabot.

On Feb. 9, the discussion will become more personal, with participants sharing their experiences. Those who wish will be invited to create their own monologue to present on Feb. 23. Rather than a formal performance of the Vagina Monologues, that evening will have more of an open mike character, with monologues, poems, even music written by students, faculty, staff, and community members.

Between those dates, on Feb. 16, the discussion will to there will be a discussion of sexuality and gender, oppression and empowerment among women.

Both Hildebrandt and NeuCollins are participating in the Femininity and Masculinity Go to School class taught by Bonnie Tai, EdD COA faculty member in Educational and Human Studies.

Hildebrandt, of Milwaukee, WI, is an aspiring teacher, with strong interests in girls and gender. NeuCollins, who is from Iowa City, IO, has a background in theater and literature, and is interested in producing artwork that serves as action.

The Vagina Monologues, which was first performed in 1996, has since become a movement to end violence against women and girls known as V-Day. In 2012, over 5,800 V-Day benefit events took place produced by volunteer activists in the United States and around the world.

For more information about the discussion groups, which are free and open to all, regardless of gender or age, contact