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CME to host speaker in recognition of Women's History Month

February 28, 2011

Kolby Knupp, grad assistant, Center for Multicultural Education, 319-273-2250,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Susan Douglas, prize-winning author, columnist, cultural critic and the author of the book "Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message that Feminism's Work is Done," will speak at the University of Northern Iowa at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, in the Maucker Union Ballroom. Her lecture will focus on her analysis of the mixed messages surrounding women and the struggle she has seen in the media between embedded feminism and enlightened sexism. Prior to the lecture, Douglas will offer an hour-long book discussion at 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 8, in the Center for Multicultural Education (CME) in Maucker Union. There will also be a reception with the author at 2:30 p.m. in the CME.

Douglas received her B.A. from Elmira College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Brown University. She has lectured around the country and is currently a professor of communication studies at the University of Michigan. She is the author of the column "Back Talk," which appears monthly in the publication "These Times." Among others, she has appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "The CBS Early Show" and National Public Radio's "Fresh Air."

"Enlightened Sexism," her newest book, is a follow up to "Where the Girls Are" and was released in March 2010. The book discusses the widening gap between the portrayal of women in the mass media and the everyday lives of girls and women in the United States. Other books she has written include "The Mommy Myth: The Idealization of Motherhood and How it Undermines Women," "Listening In: Radio and the American Imagination" and "Inventing American Broadcasting, 1899-1922."

The event, sponsored by the CME is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kolby Knupp, graduate assistant at the CME, at 319-273-2250 or