Hubert Prolongeau and Tobe Levin read from Undoing FGM

In anticipation of INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY (March 8), Dataforce in Frankfurt am Main hosted author Hubert Prolongeau and translator Tobe Levin on February 16, 2012, for the first of a series of bi-lingual readings about Pierre Foldes, the surgeon who repairs the clitoris, and, as the original French title proclaims, gives hope to wounded women. Patients’ testimonies fill the text. “Restoration is born of sympathetic listening,” Foldes is convinced. And Bernard Kouchner, founder of Doctors without Borders, adds that, like most clinicians, Foldes could have held his peace but preferred to speak out against FGM. Despite the danger, he became an activist. Please  join us at one of the following venues to hear more about a courageous French physician and the women who welcome his help .

Hubert Prolongeau and Tobe Levin read from Undoing FGM. Pierre Foldes, the Surgeon Who Restores the Clitoris

March 5, 2012, 7:30 p.m. at the University of Hartford. Details from Professor Carole MacKenzie,

March 6, 2012, 4:30 p.m. at Mt. Holyoke College, Cassani Room in the Shattuck Building. Sponsored by German Studies. With gratitude to Dr. Gabriele Wittig-Davis.

March 7, 2012, 12 noon in the Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall. Co-sponsored by The Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center (WSRC), GaIDI (Gender and International Issues study group), Brandeis Women and Gender Studies, Our Bodies Ourselves,  the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, Gender Working Group of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis, Amnesty International Brandeis Chapter, Student Union at Brandeis, plus the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program at Boston University, the Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights at Suffolk University and American Studies at Wheelock College.

March 8, 2012, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY at Harvard University, the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, in the Hutchinson Seminar Room and Library.

The HARVARD event is by invitation only. If interested, please email Tobe Levin at or

March 9, 2012, 7 p.m. in New York City. For venue, email Tobe Levin at or


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