Naomi Wolf to Give Keynote for Women's History Month: 'What's Next for Feminism?'
Author, social critic and political activist Naomi Wolf will be the keynote speaker for Women's History Month at Old Dominion University. She will speak on the topic "What's Next for Feminism, and Why Should I Care?" at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in the North Cafeteria of Webb Center.
Her talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by ODU's Women's Center, Office of Intercultural Relations and Division of Student Engagement and Enrollment Services.
Wolf's appearance is one of many events scheduled in March for Women's History Month and is included as a special program to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the ODU Women's Center. For a complete schedule of Women's History Month events go to http://www.odu.edu/womenscenter.
As a social critic and political activist, Wolf raises awareness of the pervasive inequities that exist in society and politics. She encourages people to take charge of their lives, voice their concerns and enact change. Her landmark international bestseller, "The Beauty Myth," challenged the cosmetics industry and the marketing of unrealistic standards of beauty, launching a new wave of feminism in the early 1990s. The New York Times called it one of the most important books of the 20th century. Her next book, "Vagina: A Cultural History," will be released in 2012.
Wolf's New York Times bestseller, "The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot," is an impassioned call to return to the aspirations and beliefs of the Founders' ideals of liberty. The New York Times called the documentary version "pointedly inflammatory." Her latest book, "Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries," includes effective tools for citizens to promote civic engagement and create sustainable democracy.
Her international journalism includes the investigative report "Guantánamo Bay: The Inside Story" for The Times of London, and as a columnist for Project Syndicate her articles have been published in India, Philippines, Egypt and Lebanon. She is a frequent blogger on The Huffington Post and writes cultural commentary for The Guardian, The Washington Post and Harper's Bazaar. Her TV appearances include "Larry King Live," "Meet the Press," "The Joyce Behar Show" and "The Colbert Report."
A graduate of Yale and a Rhodes scholar at Oxford, Wolf was a consultant to Al Gore during his presidential campaign on women's issues and social policy. She is co-founder of The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, an organization that teaches leadership to young women, and The American Freedom Campaign, a grass-roots democracy movement in the United States whose mission is the defense of the Constitution and the rule of law.