James H. Lemon Lecture: Tarana Burke

Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts, Mary Linn Auditorium
800 University Dr., Maryville, MO

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

Tarana Burke, a social justice activist and the founder of the “me too” movement, will appear at Northwest as part of its Distinguished Lecture Series and deliver the 2017-18 James H. Lemon Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the Mary Linn Auditorium at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.

The #metoo hashtag campaign emerged as a rallying cry for people everywhere who have survived sexual assault and sexual harassment. Burke’s powerful, poignant story as the creator of what is now an international movement that supports survivors has moved, uplifted and inspire audiences. She provides words of empowerment that lift up marginalized voices and enable survivors of all races, genders or classes to know they are not alone.

Burke has dedicated more than 25 years of her life to social justice and laying the groundwork for a movement that was initially created to help young women of color who survived sexual abuse and assault. The movement now inspires solidarity, amplifies the voices thousands of victims of sexual abuse, and puts the focus back on survivors. In her upcoming book, “Where the Light Enters,” Burke discusses the importance of the #metoo movement as well as her personal journey from “victim to survivor to thriver.”

A sexual assault survivor herself, Tarana is now working under the banner of the ‘me too’ movement to assist other survivors and individuals who work to end sexual violence. She also is senior director of programs at the Brooklyn-based Girls for Gender Equity.

The objective of the Distinguished Lecture Series is to enhance the academic environment through its exploration of interdisciplinary topics. Supported by the Office of the Provost and the Student Activities Council, the series presents the Northwest campus and surrounding communities with opportunities to hear from extraordinary individuals from around the globe. Scholars, world travelers and leaders in their fields visit the Northwest campus to share their wisdom, insight and experiences.

The Lemon Lecture is funded through the generosity of Beatrice E. Hanson, who graduated from Northwest in 1936. The program is named in honor of James H. Lemon, her grandfather and a founder of the Fifth District Normal School, which is now Northwest Missouri State University.

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