An MSU student-led committee wants to bring ‘Speak Like a Girl’ to MSU. Megan Falley and Olivia Gatwood of ‘Speak Like a Girl’ describe their performance as “a feminist, interactive spoken word poetry show designed to change the conversation on campus.” Our hope is to expose students to performance poetry and potentially shift traditional ideas of what poetry looks or sounds like and who poetry is for. Addressing the issue of gender inequality head-on, ‘Speak Like a Girl’ spreads the message through “poetry, performance, and dialogue.” (speaklikeagirl.com)
We want to provide this event free to all students. Our message is that poetry is for everyone and not an exclusive genre meant for just a few. In addition to a performance, ‘Speak Like a Girl’ has agreed to host an interactive workshop for students. We also aim to bring the issue of gender inequality to a head and to begin a conversation on campus that will continue well after the performance.
Funds raised will cover ‘Speak Like a Girl’s’ speaking fee, travel and accommodations. To keep the event available to everyone, we are foregoing an admission charge for students.
We are a student-run committee who has come together because of our love for spoken word poetry. While we are working with one graduate student and the MSU Center for Poetry, which is housed with the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, fundraising and planning efforts are largely being conducted by our committee of six undergraduate students.
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East Lansing, MI 48824
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