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Backlash: Misogyny in the Digital Age: Free Film Screening and Panel

Live Event
April 17: 7:00 pm

In fall 2017, the MeToo hashtag shook the planet, sparking an unprecedented wave of sexual assault accusations in the Western world. Now a storm of virulent misogyny rages on, flooding our screens with harassment, defamation, lynching, sextortion, the sharing of intimate photographs, rape and deaths threats… According to the UN, 73% of women are abused online.

The feature-length documentary Backlash: Misogyny in the Digital Age follows four women and one man whose lives have been particularly affected by online violence: Laura Boldrini, the most harassed female politician in Italy; Kiah Morris, an African-American politician in the state of Vermont who resigned following severe harassment and threats from right-wing extremists; Marion Séclin, a French YouTuber who received more than 40,000 sexist messages, including rape and death threats; Laurence Gratton, a young teacher in Quebec who was harassed for more than five years by a former colleague; and Glen Canning, the father of Rehtaeh Parsons, a young girl who took her life after photos of her rape were spread online.

Join Vermont Humanities at the Marquis Theater in Middlebury for a special, free screening of the film followed by a panel discussion on the topics and ways Vermont can move forward in the face of these challenges. This program is presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: United We Stand initiative to combat extremism and hate speech across the country. Seating is limited, so please register to receive your free ticket.

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About the Panelists

Esther Charlestin is a first-generation Haitian American born to immigrant parents who instilled the value of education in her. Through their unwavering encouragement, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in History and Communication, a Master’s in Corporate Communication and Public Relations, and a Master of Arts in Teaching. Passionate about empowering her clients and using her voice for positive impact, Charlestin envisions a future where she can serve her community and beyond. She is the Owner and Principal Consultant of Conversation Compass, LLC. In this esteemed role, she takes on the responsibility of being a facilitator, moderator, and consultant with a particular focus on Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and education.

Sarah George is the Chittenden County State’s Attorney, located in Burlington Vermont. She has a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from the University of Connecticut, a Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology from Castleton State College, and a Law Degree from Vermont Law School (class of 2010). For over six years, Sarah was a Deputy State’s Attorney in the Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Office, and in January 2017, Sarah was appointed by Governor Phil Scott to be the Chittenden County State’s Attorney, eventually formally elected in November 2018. Since being State’s Attorney, Sarah has focused on ways to overhaul the criminal legal system by finding innovative ways to serve her community.

Alanna Ojibway is the Assistant Director of Education and Outreach for the National Center on Restorative Justice at Vermont Law School. Alanna received her BA in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz with a focus on international human rights and sustainable development. Alanna also studied in Morocco, Vietnam, and Bolivia through the School of International Training in a comparative-study program focusing on the politics of food, water, and energy.

Mikaela Simms has been working as WSESU Director of Equity and Social Justice for 15 years. She arrived in Vermont by way of the San Francisco Bay Area and Guinea West Africa; where She taught middle school with an emphasis on Social Justice. In her current role she emphasizes humanizing every situation and making connections across disciplines and other dividing lines. “Our job as educators is to be curious about every student and colleague. It is through deep inquiry that we learn about ourselves and the equitable world we wish to build.”


April 17
7:00 pm
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Latchis Theatre
50 Main St
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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