Exhibit raises awareness to sexual violence in the Congo


The Illinois College Leadership Program is proud to host the “Congo/Women Portraits of War: Democratic Republic of Congo” art exhibit, which will be displayed throughout the month of February in the Woodcock Art Gallery inside the McGaw Fine Arts Center.

“Congo/Women” is an internationally touring photography exhibition and educational campaign that raises awareness of the widespread sexual violence facing women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The exhibition features powerful photographs by award-winning photojournalists Lynsey Addario, Marcus Bleasdale, Ron Haviv and James Nachtwey that convey the strength and courage of Congolese women. Accompanying essays contextualize the impact of the crisis from a range of perspectives.

The exhibit is free and will be open to visitors on each Friday in February from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information contact Katie Brunk, AmeriCorps VISTA, at 217.245.3571 or at

Exhibition Schedule:
February 1, 6 to 8 p.m. – Opening reception, exhibit and student presentations
      6:30, 7, and  7:30 p.m. – Staged readings from Lynn Notage’s "Ruined"

February 8, 6 to 8 p.m. – Exhibit and student presentations
      7:30 p.m. – "Vagina Monologues"

February 15, 6 to 8 p.m. – Exhibit and student presentations
      7:00 p.m. –  Screening of "Nefarious" followed by a discussion with Morgan Goatley ’03,
      Director of Development, Exodus Cry, Crispin Lecture Hall

February 22, 6 to 8 p.m. – Last exhibit and student presentations
      7:00 p.m. – Oxfam Film Screening and induction of the Illinois College Sister on the
      Planet Ambassador
Photo by Lynsey Addario/VII
About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

Visit or call 217-245-3467 for more information.

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