Canisius Hosts Benefit Reading of Any One of Us: Words From Prison

BUFFALO, NY – Canisius College will host a benefit reading of Any One of Us: Words from Prison on Thursday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge of the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center. The event will benefit Women for Human Rights and Dignity (WHRD), a local organization that benefits incarcerated and transitioning women in the Buffalo area, and the V-Day Spotlight Campaign: One Billion Rising for Justice. Canisius will join thousands of V- Day organizers throughout the world in producing Any One of Us: Words From Prison. Canisius students, faculty, staff and alumnae will participate in the reading.

Any One of Us: Words from Prison is a groundbreaking collection of monologues written by more than 50 incarcerated or formerly incarcerated women in the United States and commissioned by V-Day. The piece reveals the connection between women in prison and the violence that often brings them there with honesty and sincerity.

V-Day and One Billion Rising are global activist movements to end violence against women and girls through benefit productions of playwright/founder Eve Ensler’s award-winning play The Vagina Monologues and other events. More than $100 million has been raised and millions of people have been educated about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it.

The event is sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies Program. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door. For more information, contact Claire L. Kovacs, PhD, assistant professor of art history, at (716) 888-2531 or via e-mail at

Canisius College is one of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation and the premier private university in Western New York.