D&E Sociology Students Hosting Take Back the Night Event

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Friday, April 5, 2019

ELKINS – Davis & Elkins College sociology students are joining a worldwide effort of taking a stand against sexual violence. As part of their Race, Gender and Social Inequality class, students will host a Take Back the Night event on April 29.

The event begins at 6 p.m. in Booth Library Community Room with a video conference featuring author and one of the country’s leading feminist voices Soraya Chemaly. Her book, “Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger,” has received numerous accolades and is used as the main text in the Race, Gender and Social Inequality class at D&E. 

At the conclusion of the discussion, participants will march from campus into downtown Elkins promoting a worldwide effort to combat sexual violence and violence against women. The evening will end with a brief signing ceremony promoting awareness of everyday sexism, racism and all forms of discrimination.

Adjunct Professor in Sociology Richard Thornton anticipates the evening to be enlightening and empowering. 

“We have been studying myriad issues concerning race, gender and inequality in society, and believe the best way to apply our insights is to organize an event promoting awareness, action, and above all, accountability,” Thornton said. “We are honored to have Soraya Chemaly engage with us during this event, and we welcome those from the Elkins community who wish to add their voice as a powerful catalyst for change.”

The event is open to the public and participants are encouraged to make banners, posters and other signs for the march. Supplies for attendees will be limited. For additional information, email Thornton at thorntonj@dewv.edu.

Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.