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2012.02.13 > For Immediate Release
contact: Natalie Davis - MaverickPR
phone: 402.719.4922 - email: nkdavis@unomaha.edu

UNO Holds No Limits! Conference: 'Beyond Violence: Dare to Speak'

Omaha - In the United States, 1.3 million women and 835,000 men annually are physically assaulted by an intimate partner according to the American Bar Association.

To help educate the campus and community on these issues, the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) Women’s and Gender Studies Program will hold its No Limits! Conference, with the theme “Beyond Violence: Dare to Speak” on March 2 and March 3. All events are free and open to the public.

The two-day event will highlight the impact of domestic violence and sex trafficking in the U.S. with three keynote events. Additionally, students will present creative writing and scholarly papers during the conference. Student presentations address a wide variety of topics, including literary interpretation, gender in advertising, sexuality and gender violence.

Friday’s events will start at 11 a.m. at the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) on the UNO campus and will feature key-note speaker Michael Kimmel, a professor of sociology from Stony Brook University and author of “Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men.” Kimmel’s presentation will be held in the Ballroom of the MBSC.

Friday will also include a 7 p.m. performance by Jenn Freitag titled, “I Want My Jacket Back.” Freitag is an activist and doctoral candidate in communication from Southern Illinois University. The performance will be held in the MBSC Nebraska Room.

Saturday’s events will start at 9 a.m. and will include a free showing of the documentary “Sex + Money” at 2 p.m. in College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Room 101 followed by a panel of experts that will lead a discussion about the film.

Barbara Pickering, associate professor of communication and women’s and gender studies at UNO, said the myths people believe about intimate partner violence contribute to the growing numbers of abuse victims.

"One of the biggest misconceptions about domestic abuse is that it only affects people of a certain socio-economic class," Pickering said. "The reality is that domestic abuse occurs throughout society, regardless of age, level of education or race."

Both days will include a $10 luncheon following student presentations. For more information or to register (including luncheon registration), contact Karen Falconer Al-Hindi at (402) 554.3834 or by email at kfalconeralhindi@unomaha.edu.

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