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Athenaeum Lecture Series

Kent Library’s Athenaeum Series, which began in the fall of 2007, derives its name from the classical Greek goddess of wisdom, Athena. These open forums, public lectures and discussions were originally popular in Greece but eventually spread to Rome and Western Europe. Kent Library’s series showcases the expertise of campus faculty, staff and students. All events are free and open to the public located in Sadie's Place on the main level of the library. Please join us as we carry forward an ancient, but still vibrant, tradition.

“Crowdfunding through GoFundMe.com: How Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence Frame their Requests for Financial Assistance and Why this Matters”

The presentation will be given by Dr. Monica Bixby Radu, Assistant Professor for the Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work and Sociology. Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a national and global problem that disproportionately affects women and children. Studies suggest that lack of economic resources contributes to survivors of IPV both remaining in and returning to abusive relationships. Recently, requesting financial assistance online via crowdfunding has emerged as a new approach for accessing financial help. This presentation will explore how survivors of IPV frame their requests for financial assistance through the crowdfunding website, GoFundMe.com. Findings suggest that utilizing crowdfunding may be beneficial for survivors of IPV when a person’s family or friends are unable or unwilling to help. This presentation will also explore the disadvantages of requesting financial assistance via crowdfunding.

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Time: Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Dr. Monica Bixby Radu