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Time of ‘Rape Culture’ presentation changes at MU

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – Because of a scheduling conflict, the time of the presentation by Kate Harding, author of Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture — and What we Can Do About It, at Manchester University on Thursday, April 28, has changed.

She will speak about issues addressed in her book in a presentation at 7 p.m. in Cordier Auditorium on the North Manchester campus. It is free and open to the public.

Kate HardingThemes Harding will discuss include rape culture, sexual assault, victim blaming, accountability for perpetrators, and what individuals can do to eliminate assault as a significant issue for college campuses.

Though this topic would be pertinent on any college campus, it aligns with Manchester’s commitment to integrity, community and respecting the infinite worth of every individual.

Harding has been published in The Guardian, Cosmopolitan, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, New York Daily News and other publications. Currently, she is working on her doctorate in creative writing from Bath Spa University and is a teaching artist at The Loft Literary Center.

She travels across the nation to lecture at colleges about rape culture, body image and writing.

The presentation is particularly relevant during April, which is National Sexual Assault Prevention Month. It is part of the Values, Ideas, and the Arts series, which offers cultural exposure and intellectual enrichment for students.

Manchester University would like to acknowledge the Mary E. and Opal D. Stech Fund, an endowment fund that provides support for female speakers at Manchester University. Mary E. Stech was a 1943 graduate of Manchester University and Opal D. Stech served on the Manchester faculty for 19 years as head of the Home Economics Department.

Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, is one of six colleges across the nation grounded in the values and traditions of the Church of the Brethren. The University offers more than 60 areas of academic study to 1,500 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics, Master of Athletic Training and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy.  Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at

April 2016

Prepared with assistance by student Sarah Farnam, MU strategic communications assistant.