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Hearst Lecture Series speaker Courtney Martin finds a new generation of activists

March 22, 2011

Christopher Martin, professor, communication studies, 319-273-6118,

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- In direct opposition to an older generation's cry that young people are apathetic and disengaged, writer Courtney E. Martin finds a new generation of activists drawn to the kind of work that keeps them up at night because they believe in it so deeply. Martin will talk about a new generation of Americans doing social justice work at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 28, in Lang Hall Auditorium, on the University of Northern Iowa campus. Martin's lecture is based on her latest book, "Do it Anyway: The New Generation of Activists," in which she profiles eight young people doing grassroots social justice work.

Among others, the book introduces Raul Diaz, a prison reentry social worker at Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles; Nia Robinson, an African-American climate-change activist in Washington, D.C.; Maricela Guzman of California, a former soldier fighting to end violence against women in the military; and Rosario Dawson, an actor struggling to use her celebrity for social change while staying authentic in her activism.

Martin is a senior correspondent for The American Prospect and her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek and The Christian Science Monitor. She has been on Good Morning America, the "TODAY" show, the "O'Reilly Factor," CNN and MSNBC, among other major media outlets. She was awarded the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics and a residency at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center.

Martin's lecture is part of the 2010-2011 Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series, sponsored by the UNI College of Humanities and Fine Arts and the Department of Communication Studies. It is also presented with the assistance of the Women's and Gender Studies program. The lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit or call the Department of Communication Studies at 319-273-2217.