AUSTIN, Texas—Equal rights activist and writer Gloria Steinem will be the featured speaker at the Student Endowed Centennial Lectureship April 24 at The University of Texas at Austin.
Steinem, whose presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the LBJ Auditorium of the Sid Richardson Hall/LBJ Library complex, has been an important voice in the modern feminist movement and is co-founder of Ms. Magazine.
Free tickets may be obtained, beginning Friday (April 19) by students, faculty and staff from The University of Texas at Austin by showing their university identification cards at the Texas Union information desk, the Student Services Building’s Student Organization Center or Gregory Gymnasium. Two tickets will be issued per identification card.
As Ms. Magazine became a symbol of the women’s rights movement, Steinem established the Ms. Foundation for Women, devoted to helping the lives of women and girls in three main categories: economic security, leadership, and health and safety. In her speeches, Steinem reflects on the feminist movement in which she plays a crucial role. In her guide to “Feminism 101,” she discusses the politics of gender, the economic power of the female consumer market and workplace issues.
Steinem was selected as the Centennial Fellow for 2002 from a large field of candidates, according to J.W. Walthall, co-chair of the Student Endowed Lectureship. The lectureship was established in 1983 by eight organizations to bring outstanding speakers to the campus. It was intended to be a gift from the students and faculty in commemoration of the 100th birthday of The University of Texas at Austin. The university, through the Centennial Teachers and Scholars Program, matched the funds raised by the students.
For more information, see the Student Endowed Centennial Lectureship Web site.