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Tarana Burke - Founder of the ‘me too.’ Movement speaks as part of Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Lenhart Grand Ballroom
Bowen-Thompson Student Union 1001 E Wooster St , Bowling Green, OH 43402

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Tarana Burke will share the story behind the genesis of the viral 2017 TIME Person Of The Year-winning ‘me too.’ Movement, and gives strength and healing to those who have experienced sexual trauma or harassment.  The simple yet courageous ‘me too.’ hashtag campaign has emerged as a rallying cry for people everywhere who have survived sexual assault and sexual harassment – and Tarana’s powerful, poignant story as creator of what is now an international movement that supports survivors will move, uplift, and inspire you.

Ms. Burke's presentation is part of the Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories lecture series hosted by the BGSU University Libraries. Tickets for the event are available below.

General Event Tickets: $25
VIP Tickets: $100
BGSU Student Tickets: Free (must have a valid BGSU student ID)

For questions, please call 419-372-2856 or email libadmin@bgsu.edu.

Past speakers who have presented as part of the Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories lecture series include: 
  • Mark Kelly, astronaut and author of "Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope," securing his place in history as a role model, modern-day pioneer and leader of distinction 
  • Piper Kerman, best-selling author of “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison,” which was adapted into a critically acclaimed Netflix series
  • Sgt. Matt Eversmann, who was immortalized in the film Black Hawk Down, which tells the heroic account of a group of elite U.S. soldiers sent into Somalia in 1993 as part of a UN peacekeeping operation
  • Jeff Henderson, influential chef, best-selling author Jeff Henderson and creator of the Food Network series “The Chef Jeff Project"
  • Elizabeth Smart, who became a leading advocate for changes in child abduction legislation and recovery programs following her own widely publicized abduction from her home in Utah in 2002
For questions or ticket information, please call 419-372-2856 or email libadmin@bgsu.edu.


Event Type

Information Sessions

Target Audience

Students, Faculty & Staff, Alumni, General Public


Diversity & Belonging


Social Justice, BEYOND THE DREAM, ordinary people

University Libraries
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Parking Lot

Lot E, Lot 7A, 7B, 7C, 7D

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Eishat Ahmed

Eishat Ahmed left a positive review 4/30/2019

It was absolutely amazing. MORE SPEAKERS OF COLOR!

Jillian Crowe

Jillian Crowe left a positive review 4/30/2019

I have followed Tarana Burke and the #metoo movement since it went viral 2 years ago. I LOVED her talk and feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to listen to her. She had so many pieces of her story that are so incredibly needed. I think hearing about the true meaning behind the movement & hearing her address to the university staff was amazing and I think as a student body and campus staff & board we can do so much to make our campus safe and empowering for students of every walk of life. I think there is a great opportunity for BGSU now as a result of Tarana's address to continually advocate for surivors and create a healing community. I think we need more speakers like Tarana on campus and could definitely expand so much from this. She truly is extraordinary and inspiring.

Helena Matusiak

Helena Matusiak left a positive review 4/30/2019

This was an amazing event to attend. It was a great opportunity to learn more about a huge movement across the world and about other issues in our culture. I loved this event!

Jalin Brown

Jalin Brown left a positive review 4/30/2019

It was amazing. BGSU needs to bring more phenomenal speakers like they did this year. Simply amazing and life changing honestly. So inspiring.

Patricia Henry

Patricia Henry left a positive review 4/30/2019

Excellent. Took a page of notes!

Sarah Schaller

Sarah Schaller left a positive review 4/30/2019

It was an absolute honor to have Tarana Burke RIGHT HERE ON CAMPUS!! I mean come on, how amazing of an opportunity is that?? The #metoo movement is one of the central movements of our time and to be able to attend this presentation and hear a little more of the backstory minutes away from where I live off campus and for free?? I just could not pass it up and I am so glad I did not. As a white female student, I was very happy to see Tarana speak unapologetically. With BGSU being a PWI, it is incredibly important to have diverse speakers sharing their stories and their knowledge on our campus. So thank you to BG and all of the sponsors who made this event possible. I was TRULY impressed.

Brooke Casperson

Brooke Casperson left a positive review 4/30/2019

Tarana Burke was excellent! I really enjoyed hearing her story!!

Raine Lewis

Raine Lewis left a positive review 4/30/2019

Very moving and insightful speech.