|Lecture, performances at UNC, Duke focus on domestic violence|
|Monday, October 03, 2011|
A lecture and performances on domestic violence will be a part of the semester-long residency of folklorist Elaine Lawless, the Nannerl Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University.
Lawless, a professor of English at the University of Missouri, spent a sabbatical year volunteering at a shelter for women fleeing domestic violence. Her work there led to more than a decade of exploration and advocacy about what she had learned.
She wrote “Women Escaping Violence: Empowerment through Narrative” (2001), then collaborated with University of Missouri Theater Professor M. Heather Carver to found the Troubling Violence Performance Project, in which actors present some of the women’s true stories. Lawless and Carver have since written a book about the formation and experiences of the theater troupe.
Free public events involving Lawless will include:
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