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Women's Studies and WLI bring Gloria Steinem to campus Feb. 18 & 19

Women's Studies and WLI bring Gloria Steinem to campus Feb. 18 & 19

‚ÄčThe Women’s Leadership Institute and the Women’s Studies Program in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University will host Gloria Steinem Feb. 18 and Feb. 19, 2014 on the campus of Auburn University.

A recent recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Steinem is widely recognized as a profound voice in the struggle for equality. A leading authority on issues of power, privilege, and equal rights for all, she is one of the most influential women in America.  

“We are pleased to welcome Gloria Steinem to campus as part of the Extraordinary Women Lecture series,” said Dr. Barbara Baker, director of the Women’s Leadership Institute. “Gloria Steinem has committed her career to improving women’s rights and enhancing the power of the female voice.”

Gloria Steinem will deliver the Extraordinary Women Lecture at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18. General seating is free and available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 3 p.m. for general seating, and seating is limited. Steinem will be available for book-signing after the lecture and the Auburn University Bookstore will have copies of Steinem’s books for sale. For information regarding the lecture call the Women’s Leadership Institute at (334) 844-2491.

Steinem will also be the guest of honor at the Women’s Studies Program Award Luncheon in the Student Center on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 11:45 a.m.  At this event, awards will be given to Auburn University faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and members of the community for their achievements in women's and gender studies and for making a difference in the lives of women. Seats for the luncheon are $25 per person, or $200 for a table of 8 seats. The deadline for reservations is Feb. 10, 2014. Please submit your reservation requests  online: http://www.cla2.auburn.edu/Womensstudies/luncheon-form/

“It is a special honor to have Gloria Steinem, who is renowned for her efforts to advance women's and human rights, as the speaker when we recognize the excellent work of our faculty, students, and community members to address women's and gender issues,” said Joyce de Vries, director of the Women's Studies Program. 

A founder of the Women’s Media Center, the Ms. Foundation for Women, the National Women’s Political Caucus, and Ms. Magazine, for which she served as editor for 15 years, Steinem has authored four books, is editor of The Reader’s Companion to US Women’s History, and is a frequent media spokesperson.

Steinem’s visit to Auburn is free to the public thanks to our generous sponsors, which include: Auburn University, College of Liberal Arts, Department of English; Auburn University Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs; Auburn University Women’s Initiatives; Alabama National Organization for Women; State Farm; University Outreach; Alice M. Leahy Lecture and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Auburn; East Alabama Medical Center; Auburn University Honors College; the Departments of Music and History in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University, and Leadership Challenge Fellow Program.  



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Sue Hawkins Painter 71

I well remember Steinem's visit to Auburn in 1971 as a part of a rally for women's rights. At that time women had early curfews and dress code. She spoke in the old Quad outside the women's dining hall to a lawn full of students, including me. I had admired her even back then. Afterwards I walked up to speak with her. She was articulate, encouraging, and intelligent - as she still is. A true hero in our time. I wish I was close to Auburn so that I could be there for her return.

January 31, 2014, 6:27 PM
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