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Untold Stories: Spring Showcase

This keynote lecture is part of Untold Stories, a two-part event that aims to bring awareness and healing to survivors of sexual or domestic violence or human trafficking. 

"Why Can't You Hear Me?" Keynote Speaker and Luncheon

Engaging Young Writers on Gender Violence and Human Trafficking, NY Times Bestselling Author Ellen Hopkins

Date: Thursday, March 5, 2015 
Time: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Location: Alverno College

Limit: 120 Table Sponsorships are welcomed: please help support a survivor’s ability to attend​

Registration will open January 30th, so please mark your calendars to check this page for updates and the registration link.

Do young people know that their opinion is a powerful tool for social change around sex trafficking? Strong voices that set an example are already being recognized, such as NY Times bestselling poet and YA author Ellen Hopkins, whose award-winning young-adult novels on trafficking, drugs, sexual abuse, and prostitution capture some of the hardest stories of young people today. On March 5th, Hopkins will speak on her experiences as an author and a mouthpiece for controversial topics among youth. She will also speak to how young people can find their creative voice and an audience to hear it, in hopes of creating meaningful differences in everyone's lives.

This event also features a display of response art that couples the written work of survivors who participated in the fall 2014 "We Stories We Tell" writing workshop with the artwork of local artists.

Ellen HopkinsEllen Hopkins is a poet, freelance writer, and the award-winning author of twenty nonfiction titles and nine NY Times Bestselling young adult novels-in-verse, plus two adult novels. She has published hundreds of articles on subjects ranging from aviation to child abuse to wine growing. Ellen mentors other writers through her position as a regional adviser for the Nevada chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She is a regular speaker at schools, book festivals and writers conferences across the US, and now throughout the world. In 2012, Ellen founded Ventana Sierra, Inc., a 501(3)(c) whose mission is to help disadvantaged youth into safe housing and working toward career goals through higher education, vocational training and the arts. Learn more on Ellen's website.

The event is a collaboration between Mount Mary University and Alverno College and is funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.