In what has become as traditional-and equally welcome-as candy and flowers at this time of year, The Vagina Monologues returns to Johns Hopkins this week, with students Ashley Hartman and Jennifer Ronald, Accel. '14, from the School of Nursing taking part in the event at Sheldon Hall in the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The award-winning play, long part of an effort by the group V-Day to stop violence against women and girls, is based on interviews with more than 200 women. At turns humorous and poignant, The Vagina Monologues celebrates women's sexuality and strength. The two performances, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. February 13 and 6 p.m.-8 p.m. February 14, are a tri-school effort featuring students from the Johns Hopkins Schools of Nursing (JHUSON), Public Health, and Medicine.

UPDATE: The new performance time is Thursday, February 20 at 7 p.m. A reception of cookies, cupcakes, and more will be held at the School of Nursing, 525 North Wolfe Street, one hour before the show. Ticket information below.

JHUSON participation is fitting given the school's ground-breaking research in violence prevention led by Jacquelyn Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN, who developed the Danger Assessment tool as a way to gauge the likelihood that an abused woman would be killed by an intimate partner. The Danger Assessment was instrumental in the recent development of a smartphone-based app that can steer endangered women away from potentially deadly relationships and toward help. She is the Principal Investigator of an NIH-funded (T32) fellowship that provides funding for pre- and post-doctoral fellows in violence research.

Colleague Nancy Glass, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, has likewise done extensive work on intimate partner violence and with survivors of sexual violence across the globe. She is a driving force behind advances in anti-violence smartphone apps as well as the microfinance programs Pigs for Peace and Rabbits for Resilience, which foster recovery and economic freedom among women and children victimized by sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Also, Phyllis Sharps is Principal Investigator for a study of DOVE-for Domestic Violence Enhanced Home Visitation Program--a promising intervention to keep abused women and babies safe from intimate partner violence.

Tickets for The Vagina Monologues are $10; proceeds benefit the Tahirih Justice Center, which seeks to protect immigrant women fleeing gender-based violence.

UPDATE: Please email Oduyebo Titilope at [email protected] if you purchased a ticket for the canceled show and will be able to make it to the show on Thursday. Those who cannot attend the show on Thursday have two options:

  • Donate the money to the Tahirih Justice Center by emailing Oduyebo Titilope your wish to do so.
  • Get a refund by calling Brown Paper Tickets customer service at 1-800-838-3006.

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