Marlboro College

News Author Discusses Violence Against Women on College Campuses, May 1

MARLBORO, VT - (April 20, 2011) - Author and professor Gail Griffin visits Marlboro College for a free, public reading and discussion of her 2010 book, The Events of October: Murder-Suicide on a Small Campus on Sunday, May 1, at 7:00 p.m. in Ragle Hall.

The Events of October (Wayne State University Press) tells the true story of a male student killing his ex-girlfriend and then himself during Homecoming weekend at Kalamazoo College in 1999.

In the wake of this tragedy, the community of the small, idyllic liberal arts college struggled to characterize the incident. Griffin's account puts a very real face on issues of violence against women, using the story to explore larger issues of intimate partner violence, gun accessibility, and depression and suicide on college campuses.

Gail Griffin is the Parfet Distinguished Professor of English at Kalamazoo College, a poet and essayist, and the author of two volumes of nonfiction, Calling: Essays on Teaching in the Mother Tongue and Season of the Witch: Border Lines, Marginal Notes.

Images available upon request. For more information, contact the Marlboro College Public Relations department at 802-251-7644 or In case of inclement weather, call the Marlboro College Events line at 802-451-7151.

Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and master's degree and certificate programs for working adults in the areas of educational technology, internet technologies, health care administration, nonprofit management and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.


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