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Teach-in #9 Eve Ensler and Studs Terkel. . Born in New York on May 25, 1953 Is an America Playwright, Performer, Feminist, and Activist Best known for.

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1 Teach-in #9 Eve Ensler and Studs Terkel

2 . Born in New York on May 25, 1953 Is an America Playwright, Performer, Feminist, and Activist Best known for The Vagina Monologues Eve Ensler: The Woman

3 . The Vagina Monologues was first performed in the basement of the Cornelia Street Café in Grenwich Village. Now, it has been translated in to 45 languages and performed in over 130 countries. The Work

4 . Eve Ensler was given the Obie Award in 1996 for Best New Play. In 1999, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship Award for Playwriting. She received the Berrilla-Kerr Award for Playwriting. She received the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Solo Performance. She received the Jury Award for Theatre at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. The Awards

5 . She is known as a prominent anti-violence activist. Because of her work, V-Day has been established as a day where people around the world raise funds and awareness to stop violence against women and girls. To-date, $60,000,000 has been raised through V-Day for these awareness initiatives and efforts to end this violence. Over 5,000 community-based anti-violence programs have been funded through these efforts in the United States, Kenya, Egypt, Iraq, Guatemala, and more. The Activism

6 . A section of the Vagina Monologues includes a section entitled The Little Coochie Snorcher that Could, which has received backlash. When this section was originally performed, it included a lesbian rape scene of a 13-year-old girl by a 24-year-old woman who uses alcohol to lower the inhibitions of her victim. At the conclusion of the segment, the narrator (the grown-up thirteen year old girl) fondly reminisces about the rape, claiming that it helped to nurture her and help her grow as a woman, and finishes the play with the line, "If it was rape, it was good rape". The segment received criticism not only for depicting any rape as "good", but also for forming a double standard, as elsewhere in the play, male-on-female rape is depicted as not only inexcusable but the ultimate act of violence against women. The scene was modified in later performances; the young girl's age was changed to 16, and the "good rape" line was omitted. The Criticism

7 . Eve Ensler: Finding Happiness in Body and Soul (Video Clip – 10 min) wIwBQ& _on_happiness_in_body_and_soul.html&rct=j&q=Eve%20Ensler&ei =90HrTIG0M4a0lQe5- eHJAQ&usg=AFQjCNHSndfAm2CJNCkcO5cRNt1mSb- RZQ&sig2=cMTtBPDU-olNeGvNQ8r68g&cad=rja The Words

8 . Plays –Conviction –Lemonade –The Depot –Floating Rhoda and the Glue Man –Extraordinary Measures –The Vagina Monologues –The Good Body –Necessary Targets –The Treatment Books –Insecure at Last: Losing It in Our Security Obsessed World –The Good Body –Necessary Targets –I Am An Emotional Creature –Vagina Warriors –A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer Films –Until the Violence Stops (2004) –What I Want My Words to Do to You: Voices From Inside a Women's Maximum Security Prison (2003) –The Vagina Monologues (2002) –Fear No More: Stop Violence Against Women (2002) - interviewee The Works

9 . Born May 16, 1912 in New York; died in his Chicago home on Friday, October 31, 2008 at the age of ninety-six. He had two brothers, Ben and Meyer. From 1926 to 1936, his parents (Samuel Terkel, a Russian-Jewish tailor, and Anna Finkelin), ran a rooming house for people of all types. This had a great impact on Studs because he credited most of his knowledge to the people who gathered in the lobby of the rooming house. Even though he went to University of Chicago Law School, instead of practicing law, he said he wanted to be a concierge at a hotel, and soon joined a theatre troupe, just so that he could be near people of all types. He received his nickname Studs while acting in a play with another man named Louis. To keep the two actors straight, the director called Terkel after the fictional character Studs Lonigan from James T. Farrells trilogy. Louis Studs Terkel: The Man

10 . Terkel joined the Works Progress Administration's Federal Writers' Project, working in radio, voiced soap opera productions, announced news and sports, presented shows of recorded music and wrote radio scripts and advertisements. His most known program, The Studs Terkel Program, aired once a week on 98.7 WFMT in Chicago from 1952 to 1997. Terkel was also the central character of Studs' Place, an unscripted television drama about the owner of a greasy-spoon diner in Chicago through which many famous people and interesting characters passed. The Work

11 . Terkel published his first book, Giants of Jazz in 1956. His books relied heavily on the oral histories of Americans. He served as a distinguished scholar-in-residence at the Chicago History Museum. Terkel has written over 18 books and publications. The Work

12 . In 2004, Terkel received the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award as well as an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Colby College. In 2006, Terkel received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize's first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award He won the Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction in 1985 for his book, The Good War. Terkel was elected a member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1997. In 1999, he received the George Polk Career Award. There are several awards in Terkels name, including the Illinois Studs Terkel Humanities Award, which is a biennial honor bestowed on individuals who carry the torch of humanities. The Awards

13 . On May 22, 2006, Terkel, along with other plaintiffs, filed a suit in federal district court against AT&T, to stop the telecommunications carrier from giving customer telephone records to the National Security Agency without a court order. The lawsuit was dismissed by Judge Matthew F. Kennelly on July 26, 2006. Judge Kennelly cited a "state secrets privilege" designed to protect national security from being harmed by lawsuits. In 2007, Terkel attended the Universal Health Care Rally in Washington D.C. Excerpt from Hope Dies Last –Activism need not be a profession in itself, as it is in many cases here. It can be in the writing of a letter to the editor or to your congressperson; it can be in taking part in a local action or a national one or, for that matter, a worldwide one; it can be in attending a rally or marching in a parade; it can be in any form, freely expressing your grievance or your hope The Activism

14 . Studs Terkel: Our Responsibility to the Past wIwBQ& _on_happiness_in_body_and_soul.html&rct=j&q=Eve%20Ensler&ei =90HrTIG0M4a0lQe5- eHJAQ&usg=AFQjCNHSndfAm2CJNCkcO5cRNt1mSb- RZQ&sig2=cMTtBPDU-olNeGvNQ8r68g&cad=rja The Words

15 . How do we define Activism as individuals? How do we define Activism as a community and a society? Do these forms of Activism fit in with what we may think of as Activism? Are Eve Enslers and Studs Terkels brands of Activism the same? If so, how? If not, how? How do these concepts of Activism, and these artists works, fit or not fit in, with materials weve been looking at this semester? Questions

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