Cultural activist/artist to speak on redefining identity, 9th annual Phenomenal Women's Conference at St. Norbert College

April 14, 2007

From St. Norbert College, March 12, 2007
by Mike Counter, mike.counter@snc.edu, (920) 403-3089

The St. Norbert College Joan P. Schaupp Women's Center presents the 9th Annual Phenomenal Women's Conference on Saturday, April 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Bemis International Center. Though the focus of the conference is on women, men are welcome to attend. The conference, which focuses on advocating, supporting and empowering women, includes lunch, keynote speaker Magdalen Hsu-Li, workshop sessions, exhibits, gifts and a relaxation room with Reiki meditation.

Magdalen Hsu-Li is an internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter, painter and cultural activist that is redefining the female musician and smashing the ceiling in the American music industry. She has been called a "one woman dynamo of talent," her music described as "exquisitely furious, beautiful and exciting" by performing songwriter, "sweet, melodic and real" by the New York Times, "an achingly gorgeous collection of piano based rock recalling the finest moments of Tori Amos or Ben Folds Five" by Yolk Magazine and "a sumptuous feast for the ears" by Curve Magazine. "A Magazine" says "her blend of hard-grounded folk and sweet siren lyrics makes an enduring impression upon the American music scene...her distinguishing factor is her cool, edgy, sound and courage to be sensitive, tender and feminine. As she carves her identity as an artist in an industry where Asian women are not thought of as musical powerhouses or innovators - Magdalen is a rare force with which to reckon."

The conference workshops include such topics as: Women in Leadership, Vocation and Dorothy Day, Music and Stress Management/Spirituality, A Woman in the Presidency (panel), The Three Waves of Feminism through the Generations (panel) and Women Travelers.

The cost of the event is $40 for community members, $30 for St. Norbert staff/faculty and $15 ($10 when bringing a community member) for St. Norbert students.

To register or for more information, go to http://www.snc.edu/womenscenter/pwc.html, contact Emily Czarnik-Neimeyer at emily.czarnik-neimeyer@snc.edu or call the Women's Center at (920) 403-4116.

For more information on Magdalen Hsu-Li, please visit http://www.magdalenhsuli.com/.