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Speak Story Series to present Judith Black on July 9

ISSUED: 13 June 2019
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Speak Story Series, part of Shepherd University’s Center for Appalachian Studies and Communities, presents Judith Black performing “Bug Girl” on Tuesday, July 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Center Storer Ballroom.

“Bug Girl” is about a very shy child, Betina “Bita” Miller, who loves bugs and who never imagined that she would be the central figure in a community drama that threatened the family she loved. The story focuses on Bita and her family while offering lessons such as how vector-carrying insects spread disease and how the world is affected by climate change.

Originally trained at Wheelock College as an early childhood educator, Black turned to the stage after attending London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. For 35 years she has been using stories to motivate, humanize, entertain, and teach. Most recently Black has turned her attention to climate change, and in June 2016 gave a TEDX talk on the link that can bind storytelling and climate.

Black is the winner of many awards, including the National Storytelling Network Oracle Award Circle of Excellence, Cable Ace Performing Arts Award, National Youth Storytelling Pegasus Award, and Parents Choice Magazine Gold Medal Award.

Admission is $12 at the door, with express entry for Speak season ticket holders, and free to full-time Shepherd students with a valid Rambler ID. For more information, visit or email

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