Sage to host “SoulCry!” as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 22, 2014 at 9:42 am

TROY, NY – The Sage Colleges is pleased to present “SoulCry!” as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month on Wednesday, April 23 at 12:30 p.m., in Schacht Fine Arts Center on the Troy campus.

“SoulCry!” is based on a true story about sex trafficking and presents the journey of Meena Khatum in a display of dance, drama, and vocals by Accendo Dance Company in partnership with The Arts Movement Student Company.

“SoulCry!” offered a work-in-progress presentation at Russell Sage on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in 2013 which resulted in ongoing meetings with Sage faculty and local leaders to develop creative and collaborative approaches for combatting the multi-billion dollar criminal industry which preys on children and young women in the U.S. and around the world.

The “SoulCry!” performance is part of the WORLD Series, a year-long lecture series for first-year Russell Sage students, the campus community and the public, focusing on topics of global and national importance, women's lives, science and technology, and the arts. WORLD stands for “Women Owning Responsibility for Learning and Doing.”

In addition to “SoulCry,” Russell Sage students will participate in “Take Back the Night” which helps to raise awareness about the impact of sexual assault and domestic violence on individuals, families, and communities and provides opportunities for victims to tell their stories. Students will be dressed in purple and will meet at Kellas Fishbowl on the Russell Sage campus at 6:30pm on April 23 to take a shuttle to RPI where they will walk in a “Take Back the Night” rally with RPI students.

Media Contact:
Deanna Cohen, director of external relations, The Sage Colleges
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Interdisciplinary academics, community engagement, international exposure, and artistic and athletic endeavors are among the pillars of the educational experience at The Sage Colleges. Sage enrolls more than 3,000 students in bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs at the coeducational undergraduate Sage College of Albany in Albany, N.Y.; the undergraduate Russell Sage College for women in Troy, N.Y.; and the graduate-level Esteves School of Education, School of Health Sciences and School of Management, with programs on both campuses.