The Fordham Observer notes that two new departments at Fordham University are supporting the student performance of “The Vagina Monologues” this year. Whereas Fordham College at Lincoln Center’s (FCLC) feminist club, ISIS, has traditionally organized the production of the play with support from the English and women’s studies department, this year the theology and history departments have added their support. The play is being performed in April.
Because the play is not funded by the University’s Office of Student Leadership and Community Development, Student Affairs, or the Student Activities Budget Committee, ISIS seeks support for the play among academic departments.
“It was a natural fit for me since I teach the history of sexuality and I was the first advisor to the gay students organization at FCLC,” said Doron Ben-Atar, associate chair of history, to the Observer. “When the administration refused funding for ‘The Vagina Monologues,’ we moved in the history department to sponsor the event, together with English.” Ben-Atar described the history department’s support for the play as unanimous.
Anne Hoffman, associate chair of English, says that she has included the play on the syllabus for her spring “Feminist Theories” course ever since the university administration withdrew funding support for it. The theology department did not comment on its support for the production.
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