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Monica Lewinsky To Take On Bullying In Speech At Westport Art Center

Monica Lewinsky, former White House intern whose name has come up again during the 2016 presidential race, speaks about bullying at an Oct. 6 event at the Westport Arts Center.
Monica Lewinsky, former White House intern whose name has come up again during the 2016 presidential race, speaks about bullying at an Oct. 6 event at the Westport Arts Center. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Monica Lewinsky, who was embroiled a presidential scandal nearly two decades ago, will speak next week in Westport on topics she now fights: public shaming.

Lewinsky, a former White House intern turned social activist and public speaker, will be the keynote speaker Thursday, Oct. 6, in conjunction with the Westport Arts Center's "More Than Words" exhibition featuring pieces of art that portray bullying and cyberbullying.

Though open to the public, the event is closed to the press, organizers say. General admission tickets are $50, and VIP tickets, including cocktail reception, are $200.

For more details on tickets, visit the website .

Organizers say Lewinsky, who is a TED Talk speaker and anti-bullying activist, plans to discuss resilience in the face of public shaming. The 7:30 p.m. talk will be followed by a panel discussion. It all takes place at the Westport Arts Center, 51 Riverside Ave., Westport.

The event highlights some of the themes addressed in the "More Than Words" exhibition, which has been open since Sept. 9 and continues through Saturday, Oct. 29. The range of work spans decades and cultures, and all focus on social isolation and the abuse of power that comes with bullying, organizers say.

Participating artists include Cory Arcangel, Andrea Bowers, Cary Leibowitz, John Currin, Theaster Gates, Leon Golub, Francisco Goya, Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Glenn Ligon, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Arnold Mesches, Donald Moffett, Beverly Semmes, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Kara Walker, Gillian Wearing and Lisa Yuskavage.

The concept originated among members of the Westport Arts Center with the wider Westport community. It is curated by guest curator Gerry Snyder, dean of The Pratt Institute School of Art.

The exhibit is accompanied by participation from the Anti-Defamation League, NBA Cares, National Charity League, Westport Library, Westport Country Playhouse, Triangle Community Center, Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County and more.

Following this exhibit, the Westport Arts Center will continue the theme with an exhibition of juried art created by the community at-large in support of the "More Than Words" concept. The group show, "More Than Words /#iammore," will be juried by a panel.

Public entries are due Friday, Oct. 14, and the #iammore exhibition will be on view beginning Friday, Nov. 11. For more, visit the website .

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