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Olivet College Women's Resource Center to host Griffin Oct. 19
Oct 04, 2011

Gail Griffin, Ph.D., Parfet Distinguished Professor of English at Kalamazoo College, will present a lecture based on her book, “The Events of October: Murder-Suicide on a Small Campus,” Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 1:30 p.m. in Olivet College’s Mott Auditorium.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by Olivet’s Betsy Dole Women’s Resource Center and the Office of the Academic Dean in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

During her presentation, Griffin will address the issue of intimate partner violence through an examination of the 1999 murder-suicide involving two students on the Kalamazoo College campus. In addition to her firsthand experience of the aftermath of the tragedy, Griffin conducted numerous interviews of students and employees and has reconstructed the story behind the one that made headlines. She includes accounts from all victims, those living and dead, and discusses how such an event could take place in the environment of a small college campus. Using decades of research in gender studies and domestic violence among college students, “The Events of October” is a powerfully moving, “comprehensive and rigorous exploration of violence against women.”

Prior to the lecture, two open book discussions will be held on campus. For more information on these events, contact Dianne Thomas, Betsy Dole Women’s Resource Center director, at (269) 749-6638.


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