Symphony of Diversity: Heralds - Public Symposium

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The ISU Symphony Orchestra's Symphony of Diversity: Heralds – “a symphony of women’s voices auguring change” will boldly tackle the societal issue of violence against women through a free public symposium at Ames Public Library and a free orchestral performance at Iowa State University. 

Public Symposium

Friday, April 28, at 4pm
Ames Public Library Auditorium or Online

The public symposium will begin with a short musical performance followed by a panel discussion focusing on the prevention of violence against women and holding institutions accountable. 

Panelists include:

  • world-famous violinist Lara St. John, whose successful campaign to hold the Curtis Institute accountable for her assault when she was a student there made international headlines;
  • Rebecca Stienstra, a senior policy analyst from the Canadian Department of Women and Gender Equity; and
  • Assistant Chief Carrie Jacobs of the Iowa State University Police Department.

The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Leana Bouffard, Chair of the ISU Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice.

Warning: this session may include discussions of sexual, physical, and emotional violence against women that some might find upsetting. A counselor will be available at this event. If you or someone you know is experiencing any form of violence, please call 800.203.3488 (ACCESS Sexual Assault Crisis Line), or 855.983.4641 (Domestic Abuse Crisis Line). 

Participate in person or online. To join via Zoom, use the following link:

Orchestral Performance

The Symphony of Diversity free orchestral performance will be held Saturday April 29 at 7:30 at Simon Estes Music Hall, Iowa State University.

Presented in partnership with Ames Public Library, ISU Lectures Series, ISU Department of Public Safety, and the Consulate General of Canada, Minneapolis.

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