Filmmaker, app developer to speak at Take Back the Night


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Nancy Schwartzman, a documentary filmmaker and the co-creator of the nationally recognized “Circle of 6” phone app, will deliver the keynote address at Take Back the Night, an annual University of Louisville event that raises awareness about violence against women.

    Take Back the Night, which is free and open to the public, will be 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 outside of UofL’s Red Barn, Belknap Campus. The event is offered by UofL’s Prevention, Education and Advocacy on Campus and in the Community (PEACC), which provides support to students, staff and faculty who are affected by dating or domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and harassment.Schwartzman is co-developer of the “Circle of 6” free phone app, which won the 2011 Health and Human Services/White House Apps Against Abuse Challenge. The app allows users to discreetly alert a circle of friends with prewritten messages like “call and pretend you need me, I need an interruption” and “come and get me, I need help going home safely.” The app also gives a GPS location so the user can be found if needed.

    In addition to Schwartzman’s keynote address, the evening’s events will include:

    Brandy Warren
    Brandy Warren is coordinator for marketing and communications in UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing, where she manages special events and promotes UofL’s Division of Student Affairs. She previously worked at daily newspapers in Kentucky and Alabama.