This fall, as the class of 2008 settles in and the political temperature boils toward November, the slate of guest speakers coming to campus is filled with prominent national figures from the media, academia and politics.
The upcoming conference, Women Change America, on September 10 and 11, will kick off the impressive fall slate with talks by Gail Collins, New York Times editor and the bestselling author of Americas Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates and Heroines, and Gerda Lerner, a pioneer in the field of womens history.
On Saturday, September 18, Carol Moseley-Braun, former U.S. Senator, ambassador and Democratic candidate for president, will begin the Otelia Cromwell Day series with an address on Gender and Politics. Her talk will take place at 7:30 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall.
Johnnetta Cole, president of Bennett College for Women and president emeritus of Spelman College, will join Beverly Guy-Sheftall, professor of womens studies and the founding director of the Womens Research Center at Spelman, in delivering Gender Talk: The Struggle for Womens Equality in African American Communities. Their talk will take place on Thursday, September 23, at 4:30 p.m. in Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall.
Also in Weinstein Auditorium, Neilson Professor Nawal El Saadawi, a leading Egyptian feminist, physician and writer, will speak on Politics, Women and Democracy, on Wednesday, September 29, at 7:30 p.m. El Saadawi will also discuss Women, Creativity and Dissidence on Wednesday, October 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room; and Writing and Breaking Down Barriers on Wednesday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m., again in Weinstein Auditorium.
New Yorker staff writer, dance critic and author Joan Acocella will visit on Friday, October 15, to give a talk sponsored by the dance department, at 4 p.m. in Weinstein Auditorium.
And on Tuesday, October 26, Seamus Heaney, Irish poet, teacher, critic and translator will give a reading of his works at 7:30 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall as part of this years highly regarded Poetry Center series.
Others scheduled to visit Smith include Paul Frymer, author of Uneasy Alliances: Race and party Competition in America; writer Pearl Cleage, author of Mad at Miles: A Black Womans Guide to Truth and Deals with the Devil and Other Reasons to Riot; and Kevin Maynor, a nationally renowned operatic bass vocalist.
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