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Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues, will speak at Colby College on Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m. The event, in Page Commons, Cotter Union, is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture, at which time Ensler’s works will be available for purchase.

The Vagina Monologues, which Ensler wrote in 1996, has been published in 45 languages and performed in more than 120 countries. Wrote The New York Times, “The monologues are part of Eve Ensler’s crusade to wipe out the shame and embarrassment that many women still associate with their bodies or their sexuality. They are both a celebration of women’s sexuality and a condemnation of its violation.” Performances have starred Jane Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg, Glenn Close, Susan Sarandon and Oprah Winfrey.

An activist as well as a playwright, Ensler founded V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls, which has raised nearly $60 million and celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2008. Her plays include Necessary Targets, Conviction, Lemonade, The Depot, Floating Rhoda and the Glue Man, Extraordinary Measures and The Good Body, which she performed on Broadway, followed by a national tour.

Ensler has won many awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Obie. Her newest book, I Am An Emotional Creature, will be released by Random House in February 2010. She is also currently working on a film adaptation of her play Necessary Targets with National Geographic.

The event at Colby is sponsored by the student-run Pugh Community Board as part of S.H.O.U.T! (Speaking. Hearing. Opening. Up. Together!), a weekend of events aimed at celebrating multiculturalism and inspiring discussions about diversity.