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Doane Honors Domestic Violence Awareness Month with Speakers, Reading

Curt and Christie Brungardt lost their college-aged daughter to domestic violence - the very issue their daughter spent a portion of her young life fighting. Doane's Hansen Leadership Program and Social Sciences Department will bring the Brungardts to the Crete campus in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Other campus events to raise awareness of the cause include a dramatic reading of the play "In My Daughter's Name," a play based on the true story of a woman murdered by her abusive husband.

Curt and Christie Brungardt - 7 p.m. Oct. 3 in Heckman Auditorium

Curt and Christie Brungardt, parents of Jana Mackey, will speak at 7 p.m. on Oct. 3 in Heckman Auditorium. Jana was a victim of domestic violence, found dead in her ex-boyfriend's home in 2008.

curt and christie brungardt, speakers for jana's campaignJana was a law student at the University of Kansas who received her undergraduate degree in Women's Studies. She served as a sexual assault and domestic violence advocate, as well as working as a lobbyist to promote public policy that supported women's rights.

Jana's Campaign is a community-based educational and advocacy effort developed to stop domestic violence. The campaign's goal is to move the issues of domestic violence to the top of the national agenda and support activities that ensure effective victim services, prevention and treatment programs. At the heart of the movement is Christie Brungardt (Jana's mother) and Curt Brungardt (Jana's stepfather). Both Christie and Curt are professors of leadership studies at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. Dr. Christie Brungardt's expertise includes women and leadership and women's studies, while Dr. Curt Brungardt specializes in political leadership, social change, and community organizing.

In Jana's memory, they travel nationwide to share Jana's story and raise awareness of the dangers of domestic violence. Their lecture is hosted by Doane's Social Sciences Department and sponsored by HLP.

"The Brungardts will share their tragedy, but they will also share how the legacy of Jana has started a national campaign and movement to stop domestic violence that has gained national and international attention," said Dr. Heather Lambert, Associate Professor of Psychology at Doane. "Too often, people associate domestic violence with married adults. Although this is very common, domestic violence is relationship violence which is, unfortunately, very common among middle-school, high-school and college students. The Brungardts' message is powerful and is relevant for any aspect of social justice and creating social change."

 In My Daughter's Name - 7 p.m. Oct. 5, Whitcomb Lee Conservatory

Angels Theatre Company presents a dramatic reading of a play based on the true story of a woman murdered by her abusive husband. Written by Becky Key Boesen, the play is told through the eyes of the woman's mother, who talks about the events leading to her daughter's death, including the system's loopholes she encountered while trying to find help. Admission is $10 or free with a Doane ID.