Poet to speak at BU’s Take Back the Night

For Immediate Release

Date: April 4, 2005

BLOOMSBURG—A Penn State professor whose poetry discusses child sexual abuse and healing will be the featured speaker at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s annual Take Back the Night vigil Thursday, April 14, in Kehr Union, multipurpose A and B.

Suzanne Stutman, a professor of English, American studies and women’s studies at Penn State Abington, is the author of four books, including “Broken Feather: A Journey to Healing” and “White Feather: A Journey to Peace.” A survivor of child sexual abuse, Stutman will read from her works during BU’s observance.

According to Deb Barnes, coordinator of BU’s women’s resource center, the Take Back the Night vigil will begin at 7:30 p.m. with a performance by musician Garrett Lowe, a senior communications studies major from Mifflinville. Participating in the program, beginning at 8 p.m., are BU President Jessica Kozloff, Bloomsburg Police Chief Leo Sokoloski and Caitlin Prusko, a senior social work major from Factoryville who serves as chair of the student group WISE (Women Inspiring Strength and Empowerment).

Following the program, those attending will participate in a candlelight march from the campus to the Town Square and back, Barnes said.

Take Back the Night is held each April on campuses nationwide to mark Sexual Assault Awareness Month. At BU, the vigil is being held this year in conjunction with the Clothesline Project, an event that provides a creative outlet for those who have been affected by violence.

Barnes said students may design T-shirts for the Clothesline Project at the women’s resource center in Schuylkill Hall weekdays through Friday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Completed T-shirts will be displayed Monday through Thursday, April 11 to 14, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Student Services Center.

For information on Take Back the Night or the Clothesline Project, contact Barnes at (570) 389-5283. Stutman will be available to sign copies of her poetry books in the University Store prior to the Take Back the Night. The poetry books may be purchased at the University Store.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 17 master’s and one doctoral degree.