Johns Hopkins Gazette | February 23, 2009
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University February 23, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 23
JHU Nursing, Medicine, Public Health Join in Opposing Violence

Jordann Loehr performing 'I Was There in the Room' from Vagina Monologues
Photo by Maren Kepler

By Lisa Aslan and Kelly Brooks-Staub
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

As part of the global V-Day 2009 Campaign, 18 students and staff members from the Johns Hopkins University schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health are hosting a fundraiser social, presenting an interactive domestic violence workshop and staging two benefit performances of Eve Ensler's award-winning play The Vagina Monologues.

"Being a part of The Vagina Monologues provides the cast and volunteers with a creative and therapeutic outlet," said Maren Kepler, a student in the School of Nursing class of 2009 and director of The Vagina Monologues, which is set for this weekend. "As members of the medical community and the health care field, I think each cast member has been privy to the pervasiveness of violence against women. The performance gives us a way to raise awareness about the debilitating nature of violence."

The effort has been planned and implemented entirely by volunteers from the three schools; proceeds will benefit Baltimore's victims of domestic violence at the House of Ruth Maryland and Circle of Health International. Over the past two years, the Hopkins V-Day Campaign raised nearly $18,000 for Baltimore charities.

"The Johns Hopkins University V-Day 2009 Campaign has been an excellent opportunity to promote interaction between our three schools," Kepler said. "I am really amazed by the level of dedication these busy and ambitious women have shown to oppose violence against women. It has really been an honor and a wonderful experience to continue the V-Day tradition both globally and in its third year at Hopkins."

Performances of The Vagina Monologues will be at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27, and Saturday, Feb. 28, in Turner Auditorium. Tickets are $10, available at the door or advance reservation by e-mail to; for more information, contact Lisa Aslan at

In Her Shoes, an interactive workshop simulating the roles of a victim of domestic violence and her abuser, with facilitator Ellyn Loy from the House of Ruth Maryland, is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, in room 4030 of the School of Public Health. Lunch will be served.

The social hour to raise awareness and funds for the beneficiaries of Johns Hopkins V-Day events was held Feb. 12 at Red Maple Lounge.


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