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St. Norbert College's Cassandra Voss Center to Welcome Gloria Steinem; bell hooks Returns

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From St. Norbert College, September 29, 2014
by Mike Counter,, 920-403-3089

Famed writer, lecturer, editor and activist Gloria Steinem will speak at St. Norbert College on April 21, 2015. Steinem's appearance will come during a week-long residency at the college by renowned public intellectual bell hooks, April 20-24, 2015.

Throughout the week, the social-justice scholar hooks will host a number of talks related to her work on topics including the theology of love and radical hospitality, engaged pedagogy, community building, and racial justice; she and Ms. Steinem will participate in a dialogue on April 21.

St. Norbert College is the only small liberal arts college honored to host a week-long residency by hooks, heralded as a leading public intellectual by The Atlantic Monthly, as well as one of Utne Reader's"100 Visionaries Who Could Change Your Life."

Steinem, known internationally as a key historical figure and founder of the women's movement, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013 for her lifetime of social justice advocacy.

Further details on Steinem's visit and hooks' residency will be released in the coming months.

For more information, contact the Cassandra Voss Center at,, or

-bell hooks (née Gloria Watkins). Honored as a leading public intellectual by The Atlantic Monthly, as well as one of Utne Reader's "100 Visionaries Who Could Change Your Life," hooks is a captivating speaker and canonical social justice scholar who has authored nearly 40 books, including five books for children. bell hooks (née Gloria Watkins) began her first book, "Ain't I A Woman: Black Women and Feminism" (1981), when she was 19; it was named one of the "twenty most influential women's books of the last twenty years" by Publishers Weekly. hooks' creative, interdisciplinary scholarship has impacted multiple disciplines and her works are held as canon in courses internationally, from sociology to religious studies to media communication. hooks is currently the Distinguished Professor in Residence in Appalachian Studies at Berea College. "Each offering from bell hooks is a major event," said Dr. Maya Angelou.

-Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, editor and activist. A frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality, Steinem co-founded Ms. Magazine, wrote four books, and was editor of Houghton Mifflin's The Reader's Companion to U.S. Women's History. As founding president of the Ms. Foundation for Women, Steinem instituted "Take Our Daughters to Work Day," which is now practiced internationally. Steinem was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1993, and in 2005, she worked with Jane Fonda and Robin Morgan to create the Women's Media Center. In 2013, Gloria Steinem was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest civilian honor the U.S. can bestow. President Barack Obama lauded Steinem for creating "lasting political and social change in America and abroad" and for "inspiring us all to take up the cause of reaching for a more just tomorrow."

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