Domestic Violence activist to speak
at URI's Honors Colloquium
KINGSTON, R.I. -- October 10, 2000 -- Local advocate, Kendra Marasco,
will speak on "Domestic Violence: Public Issue, Not Private Trouble"
as part of the University of Rhode Island's fall honors colloquium series,
"Nonviolence: Legacies of the Past, Bridges to the Future." She
will draw on her extensive background to talk about the history and the
future of the movement against domestic violence in Rhode Island.
Marasco will speak in the Barry Marks Auditorium, Room 271 of the Chafee
Social Science Center on URI's Kingston Campus, Oct. 17 from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Marasco began as a hotline volunteer at the Elizabeth Buffum Chace House
in 1987. By 1995, she had become executive director of Sojourner House in
Warwick. She chaired the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic
Violence Legislative Committee for two years, served on the Violence Against
Women Act Planning Committee, and helped develop standards for Batterers
Marasco now serves on the board of directors of Sojourner House and
teaches courses on violence against women at Providence College.
The evening will begin with a performance by the Rhode Island Feminist
Chorus. A member of the chorus said about their music: "There will
always be music; no matter the cause, no matter the movement, music has
been a constant-through struggle, during change, and in celebration. When
a few of us decided to get together about 20 years ago, each of us were
in different stages of life, but there were at least three things we shared:
a love of singing, a commitment to change rooted in feminist principles,
and a belief in music as a medium through which to make those changes. Two
decades later, our journey continues."
URI's colloquium series runs Tuesday nights from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and
is free and open to the public.
For Information: Lynne Derbyshire, 401-874-4732,
Arthur Stein, 401-874-4059, Jan Sawyer, 401-874-2116,
Jennifer Smith, 401-874-2116