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Social Activist, Writer Gloria Steinem Headlines Ohio Wesleyan University’s 2010 Sagan National Colloquium

Last Updated September 7, 2010

DELAWARE, OH – Internationally known women’s rights advocate and Ohio native Gloria Steinem will discuss “Women, Activism, and Change on a Global Level” as she headlines Ohio Wesleyan University’s 2010 Sagan National Colloquium.

Steinem will help to lead the OWU campus in a semester-long examination of the topic “Global Opportunities for Global Citizens,” the theme of this year’s Colloquium. Each year, the Colloquium spotlights an issue of international importance and encourages ideas and actions to improve the global situation. Past speakers have included U.S. President Gerald Ford and authors Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (“Slaughterhouse-Five”) and Barbara Erhenreich (“Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America.”)

Steinem, a vocal champion of women’s rights since the late 1960s, will speak at 4 p.m. Oct. 8 in OWU’s Gray Chapel, 61 S. Sandusky St. The Toledo, Ohio, native has written several books, including the bestsellers “Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem,” “Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions,” and “Moving Beyond Words: Age, Rage, Sex, Power, Money, Muscles: Breaking the Boundaries of Gender.”

Steinem co-founded both New York Magazine and Ms. Magazine, and she helped to found the Women’s Action Alliance, the National Women’s Political Caucus, and Choice USA. Steinem also was the founding president of the Ms. Foundation for Women and helped to create “Take Our Daughters to Work Day.” Her most recent projects have focused on issues of sex trafficking and indigenous rights.

Additional 2010 Sagan National Colloquium speakers include the following experts and topics. All events, including Steinem’s afternoon presentation, are free and open to the public. (More presenters are expected to be added to the fall series. Please visit the Sagan National Colloquium Web site for the latest information.)

7 p.m. Sept. 7 – Sheila Croucher, Ph.D., professor of American studies and political science at Miami University, will present “The Case for Global Citizenship.” Her most recent book, “Globalization and Belonging: the Politics of Identity in a Changing World,” examines how various forms of political and cultural attachment, such as citizenship, nationhood, ethnicity, and gender, are being reconfigured in the context of global change. Croucher will speak in the Benes Rooms, Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. This event will be viewable live, and will be archived afterward, at StreamOWU.

4:10 p.m. Sept. 20 – Herbert L. DuPont, M.D., OWU Class of 1961, will present “Emerging Infectious Diseases – Is the U.S. Now a Developing Country?” DuPont has researched emerging infectious diseases worldwide and their potential implications for the United States. He is included in The Best Doctors in America and in America’s Top Doctors The Nation’s Leading Medical Specialists, and he serves as Chief, Internal Medicine Service, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, among other appointments. His lecture is co-sponsored with the OWU Science Lecture Series, and is part of the Dickinson Medical Science Symposium. DuPont will speak in the Benes rooms, Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. This event will be viewable live, and will be archived afterward, at StreamOWU.

7 p.m. Sept. 21 – Cawo Abdi, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota, will present “ ‘Xenophobia’ or Generalized Violence: Migration to Post-Apartheid South Africa.” Her current research focuses on transnational relations among East African migrants. Abdi’s presentation will be held in the Benes Rooms, Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.

7 p.m. Sept. 27 – Saba Fatima, OWU Class of 2002, will present “Muslim American Political Identity.” Fatima currently is completing her doctoral degree at the State University of New York (SUNY) Binghamton in social, political, ethical, and legal philosophy. Fatima will speak in the Benes Rooms, Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. This event will be viewable live, and will be archived afterward, at StreamOWU.

7 p.m. Sept. 30 – Patrick Cronin, D.Phil., senior adviser and senior director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program for the Center for a New American Security, will present “Comprehensive Approaches to Global Security.” Previously, Cronin served as director of the Institute for National Strategic Studies at National Defense University and as director of research at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Cronin will speak in the Benes Rooms, Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. His presentation is co-sponsored by OWU’s International Studies Program. This event will be viewable live, and will be archived afterward, at StreamOWU.

4 p.m. Oct. 8 – Gloria Steinem, an internationally known women’s rights advocate and Ohio native, will discuss “Women, Activism, and Change on a Global Level.” Steinem co-founded both New York Magazine and Ms. Magazine, and she helped to found the Women’s Action Alliance, the National Women’s Political Caucus, and Choice USA. Steinem also was the founding president of the Ms. Foundation for Women and helped to create “Take Our Daughters to Work Day.” Her most recent projects have focused on issues of sex trafficking and indigenous rights. Steinem will speak in Gray Chapel in University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St.

Noon Oct. 11 – Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science at the University of San Francisco, will present “The Politics of Gender and Global Philanthropy.” Her research and teaching interests include the politics of gender, global philanthropy, international development, ethnic politics, transitions to democracy, and the role of communication technology in social action. She is the founder and executive director of Akili Dada, an international nonprofit organization working to ensure that the next generation of Kenyan women leaders includes women from disadvantaged economic backgrounds. Kamau-Rutenberg will speak in the Benes Rooms, Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.

7 p.m. Oct. 20 – Kennedy Walibora Waliaula, Ph.D., assistant professor of African languages and literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present “Political Incarceration and the Literature of Postcolonial Disenchantment.” Waliaula is a prolific Kiswahili fiction writer and has won the Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta Literature Prize twice for his Swahili texts. Waliaula will speak in the Benes Rooms, Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.

7 p.m. Oct. 27 – Bruce Dickson, Ph.D., professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, will discuss economic and political change in China. Dickson currently is examining the political consequences of economic reform in China and, in particular, the relationship between private entrepreneurs and the Chinese Communist Party. Dickson will speak in the Benes Rooms, Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. His presentation also serves as OWU’s 2010 John Kennard Eddy Lecture on World Politics.

7 p.m. Nov. 1 – David Carruthers, Ph.D., associate professor of political science and Latin American studies at San Diego State University, will present “Environmental Justice and the Politics of Pollution on the U.S.-Mexico Border.” His research focuses on environmental politics and policy, particularly in Mexico and Latin America. This presentation will be held in the Benes Rooms, Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.

7 p.m. Nov. 4 – Terry Collins, Ph.D., professor of chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University, will present “Green Chemistry: Sustaining a High-Technology Civilization.” His laboratory group’s research focuses on designing environmentally friendly oxidation systems. The group’s discoveries offer promise for improving the environmental performance of the pulp and paper industry as well as impacting water purification, the textile industry, and the laundry and cleaning industries. Collins will speak in the Benes Rooms, Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. His presentation is being co-sponsored by the OWU Department of Chemistry.

7 p.m. Nov. 9 – Altha Cravey, Ph.D., associate professor of geography at the University of North Carolina, will present “Mexican Mobilization and Diaspora.” Her research is focused on Latin America and Latinos in the United States South, and she is the author of “Women and Work in Mexico’s Maquiladoras.” Cravey will present in the Benes Rooms, Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.

7 p.m. Nov. 17 – Chris Zalla of BYKIDS film company will present a screening of a documentary “Home is Where You Find It,” made by a 16-year-old AIDS orphan, Alcides Soares, from Maputo, Mozambique. BYKIDS is a non-profit organization pairing master filmmakers with youth (ages 8-21) from around the world to create short documentaries that educate Americans about globally relevant issues. This presentation will be held in the Benes Rooms, Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.


Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities, with more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 22 Division III varsity sports. Located in Delaware, Ohio, just minutes north of Ohio’s capital and largest city, Columbus, the university combines a globally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that translate classroom theory into real-world practice. OWU’s close-knit community of 1,850 students represents 45 states and 57 countries. Ohio Wesleyan earned a 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in General Community Service, is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” and is included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.