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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, July 18th

First hour: Local nurse shares her story to raise awareness of domestic violence

Second hour: How religion intersects with women and gender relations

Local nurse Theresa Bowick is known for her work launching Conkey Cruisers, a bicycling and fitness organization. Now, she's opening up about her personal story, which moves from domestic violence, anxiety, and eventually to a quest to lose weight. She’s written a play that will be in the upcoming Fringe Festival, and she’s partnering with a Hollywood actor to raise awareness about domestic violence at the local and national levels. We’ll talk about their work and how to help victims of domestic violence in our community. Our guests:

  • Theresa Bowick, nurse, activist, and playwright of Collard Green Curves: The Nurse Bowick Story
  • Aceyon Owens, actor in Collard Green Curves: The Nurse Bowick Story
  • Delbra Brown, advocate for intimate partner violence prevention
  • Pamela Graham, prevention education and training coordinator for the Willow Domestic Violence Center
  • Julian Brittano, executive producer, writer, and actor in the upcoming drama series, Exposé

Nazareth College is getting ready to host an international symposium on how religion intersects with women and gender relations. Sex, the role of women, equality… it’s all there. The symposium will offer discussions on a wide range of topics, and we’ll explore them with our guests:

  • Mohammed Shafiq, professor and executive director of the Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies at Nazareth College
  • Nancy M Rourke, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies and Theology, and director of the Catholic Studies Program at Canisius College
  • Rabbi Kelly Levy, Temple Brith Kodesh
  • Reverend Gordon Webster, member of the advisory board for the Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies at Nazareth College

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.