Gloria Steinem to speak at WCU
CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University will host “An Evening with Gloria Steinem” in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6.
Tickets to attend Steinem’s address cost $15 for non-WCU students and go on sale at the Bardo Arts Center box office on Friday, Jan. 24.
An award-winning writer and activist, Steinem has been involved globally in feminist and social justice movements for more than four decades and is currently working on a book about her years as a feminist organizer titled “Road to the Heart: America as if Everyone Mattered.”
A journalist whose work has ranged from editorial columns to investigative pieces, Steinem co-founded Ms. magazine, dubbed the first national magazine to offer a feminist worldview, in 1972 and continues today to serve as a consulting editor.
Her bestselling books include “Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem,” “Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions,” “Moving Beyond Words” and “Marilyn: Norma Jean,” on the life of Marilyn Monroe.
In addition, Steinem helped found organizations including the Women’s Action Alliance, the National Women’s Political Caucus, the Women’s Media Center, Voters for Choice and Choice USA.
Her awards range from the Society of Writers Award from the United Nations to the National Gay Rights Advocates Award. Biography magazine listed her as one of the 25 most influential women in America, and she has been the subject of two biographical television documentaries as well as “The Education of a Woman,” a biography written by Carolyn Heilbrun.
In 1993, her concern with child abuse led her to co-produce and narrate an Emmy Award-winning TV documentary for HBO, “Multiple Personalities: The Search for Deadly Memories.”
Steinem’s address at WCU will follow the annual Gender Research Conference held on campus and is part of events connected to the 2013-14 campuswide interdisciplinary learning theme, “1960s: Take It All In.”
“Gloria Steinem became a beacon of the 1960s women’s movement, and through her visible leadership women were able to make changes in workplace equality, violence against women, reproductive rights and political influence, to name a few,” said Marilyn Chamberlin, WCU associate professor of sociology, director of women’s studies and steering committee member for the 1960s learning theme. “Her work gave the women’s movement a collective voice around which to rally, a voice that is still very active today in the same areas.”
The event is sponsored by the “1960s: Take It All In” steering committee; Amy Cherry, assistant professor of music and chair of the 1960s steering committee; the Office of the Provost; Undergraduate Studies; the Bardo Arts Center; Paul Lormand, director of the Bardo Arts Center; the Office of the Dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts; the College of Fine and Performing Arts; and the Department of Anthropology and Sociology.
All tickets for seats located outside a block reserved for students are $15 each. A limited number of student tickets will be sold for $5 each. In addition, a limited number of complimentary student tickets will be distributed to students attending the event as part of a class. All seating for the event is reserved.