Dakota Feministas bring “The Vagina Monologues” to DSU campus


Dakota Feministas, the new gender series at Dakota State University, will be presenting a performance of “The Vagina Monologues” on Feb. 13th, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in the Trojan Center Underground on the DSU campus.

Carmela Lanza, faculty member from College of Arts and Sciences at DSU, started the Dakota Feministas last semester. Her hope is this new series will bring more attention and awareness to gender issues that students across the world face every day. With a small group of dedicated members from faculty, staff, and students: Kari Forbes-Boyte, Susan Conover, Jennifer Aranda, Chelsea Kruse, and Ashley Geditz,  Lanza expects the series to grow and expand in the future. 

“The Vagina Monologues” is their first event. Diversity Office Director, Jennifer Aranda, will direct the 1 ½ hour performance. The monologues will be performed live and will contain adult content and explicit language. It is a benefit performance for the Domestic Violence Network of the Lakes region. The cost to attend is $2. 

In conjunction with “The Vagina Monologues” performance on Feb. 13th, the Dakota Feministas will be creating a shrine to honor women and girls. This activity supports the “One Billion Rising” campaign that inspires people all over the world to create, act, and participate in response to the gruesome reality of violence against women and girls. 

Dakota Feministas is encouraging all DSU and Madison community members to bring personal objects, photographs, postcards, flowers, poems, letters, emails, etc. to add to the shrine. The building of the shrine, located in the Diversity Office in the Trojan Center Underground, is a symbolic gesture giving all of us here at DSU and Madison, the opportunity to honor women and girls who have impacted our lives. This activity will be ongoing from Feb. 4-March 1st, 9:00 -5:00 p.m., with extended hours by appointment. The items will be returned after the shrine is dismantled. 

For further information, contact DSU professor, Dr. Carmela Lanza, at 256-5724, or Carmela.lanza@dsu.edu.

Last Updated: 2/1/13