Personal, powerful, political: Kimberly Dark returns to UH Hilo

University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642
Dir, Media Rel, University Relations
Posted: Feb 26, 2010

Spoken word performer and sociologist Kimberly Dark returns to the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo on March 4th to give a presentation in celebration of National Women’s History Month. “Becoming the subject of your own story - rather than the object of another’s gaze” begins at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center Dining Hall. Admission is free.

Dark’s performance uses humor and first-person storytelling to uncover the various ways that women (and men) cheat the world of their fabulous human potential by focusing too often on appearance, sweetness and popularity, rather than living full lives. Through a series of poems, stories and audience interactions, she addresses body image, sexuality, and one’s tendency toward self-objectification – seeing one’s body and one’s life through the gaze of others, rather than truly living in oneself.

Dark also offers five suggestions that can help anyone develop greater personal sovereignty and start becoming a more vibrant participant in life. Audience members discover their own empowerment through Dark’s funny and personal tales.

Dark’s writing and performances have delighted and incited audiences at theaters and universities across North America and Europe for more than a decade. According to Dark, she “wants to expand conversations about gender, race and class…so that we all take up the charge of creating a more just world.”

For more information, contact the UH Hilo Women’s Center at 974-7306 or For more information about Kimberly Dark and a video preview of her presentation, visit