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The Women & Gender Studies Program will host a benefit reading of “Any One of Us: Words from Prison” on Thursday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. The event will benefit Women for Human Rights and Dignity (WHRD), a local organization that benefits incarcerated and transitioning women in the Buffalo area, and the V-Day Spotlight Campaign: One Billion Rising for Justice. Canisius will join thousands of V- Day organizers throughout the world in producing Any One of Us: Words From Prison. Students, faculty, staff and alumnae will participate in the reading.

Any One of Us: Words from Prison is a groundbreaking collection of monologues written by more than 50 incarcerated or formerly incarcerated women in the United States and commissioned by V-Day. The piece reveals the connection between women in prison and the violence that often brings them there with honesty and sincerity.

V-Day and One Billion Rising are global activist movements to end violence against women and girls through benefit productions of playwright/founder Eve Ensler’s award-winning play “The Vagina Monologues” and other events. More than $100 million has been raised and millions of people have been educated about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it.

Tickets are $5 and available at the door. For more information, contact Claire L. Kovacs, PhD, assistant professor of art history, at (716) 888-2531 or via e-mail at

Submitted by: Claire Kovacs, assistant professor, Fine Arts Department