ETHS hosts Family Action Network event with Megan Twohey, November 19
November 8, 2019 8:00am CT
The following announcement is provided by Family Action Network.
“She Said: A Conversation with Megan Twohey”
Tuesday, November 19, 7:00 PM
Evanston Township High School Auditorium
1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, 60201
Megan Twohey (image from www.familyactionnetwork.net)
Evanston Township High School will host “She Said: A Conversation with Megan Twohey” on Tuesday, November 19, beginning at 7:00pm, in the school auditorium, located at 1600 Dodge Ave. The event is free and open to the public, suitable for ages 12 and up. Twohey will be interviewed by ETHS senior Sarah Parisien. Parisien is a staff writer for The Evanstonian and board member of Students Organized Against Racism (SOAR).
On October 5, 2017, The New York Times published an explosive article by investigative reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor breaking the news of former movie producer Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment and abuse. For months Twohey and Kantor had confidential discussions with top actresses, former Weinstein employees and other sources, learning of disturbing long-buried allegations, some of which had been covered up by onerous legal settlements. The journalists meticulously picked their way through a web of decades-old secret payouts and nondisclosure agreements, pressed some of the most famous women in the world – and some unknown ones – to risk going on the record, and faced down Weinstein, his legal team, and his private investigators.
Within days of publishing the article, women who had suffered in silence for generations came forward, and over the next twelve months, hundreds of men from every walk of life and industry would be outed for mistreating their colleagues. Twohey and Kantor (along with fellow journalist Ronan Farrow) received the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and all made the list of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2018. Now, in their new New York Times bestselling book, She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement, Twohey and Kantor examine the very heart of this social shift, reliving in real-time what it took to get the Weinstein story and giving an up-close portrait of the forces that hindered and spurred change.
FAN is excited to welcome Twohey back to her hometown for an evening conversation about the book and her life as a journalist. She is a 1994 graduate of Evanston Township High School and a 1998 graduate of Georgetown University. She has focused much of her professional attention on the treatment of women and children. As a reporter with Reuters, Twohey uncovered an underground network where parents gave away adopted children they no longer wanted to strangers they met online, and the series was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. While reporting at The Chicago Tribune, she exposed how police were shelving DNA evidence collected after sex crimes. In response to her articles, Illinois mandated the testing of every rape kit.
Guests should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the event to find parking and seats. Accessible seating is available in the auditorium. Parking is available in the lot across from the main entrance, off of Dodge Avenue, or in the lots behind the high school. Parking is also available along Dodge Avenue according to posted City of Evanston signs.
The November 19 presentation is sponsored by Family Action Network (FAN), in partnership with Evanston Township High School D202, Francis W. Parker School, Regina Dominican High School, The Family Institute at Northwestern University, Youth and Opportunity United (Y.O.U), and the YWCA Evanston-North Shore. For more information about FAN events and sponsors for the 2019-20 presentations, visit www.familyactionnetwork.net.