Internationally known feminist and activist Gloria Steinem will speak in a lecture, titled "The Sound of One Hand Clapping," at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). She will address issues of gender, child abuse, and race. She will speak for 45 minutes and devote 45 minutes to answering questions from the audience.
This sold-out event is sponsored by WPI’s Office of Women’s Programs, Office of Residence Life, and Office of Student Activities.
Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006
5 to 6 p.m.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
100 Institute Road
Gloria Steinem, co-founder of Ms. magazine, is a writer, lecturer, editor, and feminist activist. She travels across the United States and other countries as an organizer and lecturer and is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality. She is particularly interested in the shared origins of sex and race caste systems, gender roles, and child abuse as roots of violence, non-violent conflict resolution, the cultures of indigenous people, and organizing across boundaries for peace and justice. Steinem, a Smith College graduate, continues to serve as a consulting editor for Ms., and was instrumental in the magazine’s recent move to join and be published by the Feminist Majority Foundation. In 1968, she had helped found New York magazine, where she was a political columnist and wrote feature articles. As a freelance writer, she has been published in Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, and women’s magazines, as well as foreign publications. She has produced a documentary on child abuse for HBO, a feature film about the death penalty for Lifetime, and been the subject of profiles on Lifetime and Showtime. Now a resident of New York City, she is promoting her latest project, Road to the Heart: America As if Everyone Mattered, a book about her more than 30 years on the road as a feminist organizer. She is also writing for other books and publications, and is part of an effort to form a women’s media center and a women-controlled radio network.