Author Eve Ensler to Speak January 30

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 14:45
Author Eve Ensler. photo by Brigitte Lacombe

When you hear the name Eve Ensler, you probably think: “bodies.” Her best-known creation, The Vagina Monologues, has helped women worldwide connect in new ways to their physical selves. But although she’s devoted her professional life to the female body—how to talk about it, protect it, and value it—Ensler felt estranged from her own body for most of her life.

The award-winning playwright, author, and activist will speak about these issues, which are explored in her 2013 memoir, In the Body of the World, at 7 pm January 30 in Gamble Auditorium of the Art Building.

From describing her personal experiences with sexual abuse, to the way violence against women is used as a tactic of war around the world, Ensler documents her journey “back home” to feel at one with her body.

“Because I did not, could not, inhabit my body or the Earth,” she writes, “I could not feel or know their pain.”

Through harrowing experiences with personal illness and global violence against women, she gradually embraces the connections between the individual and the global, rejoining her life force to the body of the world.

Ensler’s other books include The Good BodyInsecure at Last, and I Am an Emotional Creature. She is also the founder of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls that has raised more than $90 million for local groups and activists.

Tickets for this event are $5, available at the Odyssey Bookshop or odysseybks.com. Ensler will sign copies of In the Body of the World purchased from the Odyssey. Tickets are nearly sold out, so the event will be live-streamed to Clapp Hall's Hooker Auditorium.

The event is sponsored by the MHC gender studies program, the Five College Women's Studies Research Center, and the Odyssey Bookshop.

—By Emily Harrison Weir