Screening and discussion of Oscar-nominated film 'The Hunting Ground' March 21

March 15, 2016

Penn State Harrisburg’s Commission for Women will present a screening and panel discussion of the Oscar-nominated documentary, “The Hunting Ground,” from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 21 with a light dinner available at 5:30 p.m. in the Olmsted Building auditorium (C213).

The film is an exposé of sexual assaults on U.S. college campuses, institutional cover‐ups and the social toll on victims and their families. Weaving together real-life footage and first‐person testimonies, the film follows survivors as they pursue their education while fighting for justice. 

Sofie Karasek, anti-sexual violence activist and co‐founder of End Rape on Campus, is the featured speaker at the event. Prior to her graduation from the University of California, Berkeley in 2015, she spearheaded several federal complaints against Berkeley and has assisted students nationwide in holding universities accountable to Title IX.

Karasek has also been a leading advocate for California's groundbreaking affirmative consent law and her work has been featured in national and international media, including The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, CNN, and Bloomberg Businessweek. She is also a subject in "The Hunting Ground."

A panel discussion following the screening will feature Karasek and will be moderated by Randi Blackman Teplitz, Chair of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women.  The panel also includes:

  • Paul W. Apicella, JD, Title IX coordinator, Penn State
  • Kevin Stoehr, chief of police, Penn State Harrisburg
  • Amanda Blaugher, assistant director of residence life, Penn State Harrisburg
  • Kristen Houser, chief public affairs officer, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
  • Rhonda Hendrickson, director of violence intervention and prevention services, YWCA Greater Harrisburg

The event, sponsored by the Penn State Harrisburg Commission for Women and Student Activities Fund, is free and open to the public. 

 

Last Updated March 16, 2016