Jessica Valenti, dubbed the “poster girl” for third-wave feminism, will speak at the University on April 14. An impassioned activist for women’s rights, Valenti is an author, journalist and founder of the feministing.com blog and online community. She has been seen on “The Colbert Report” and “The Today Show,” and has been featured in such publications as The Nation, The Guardian and Salon.com.
At BGSU she will discuss her latest book, The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity Is Hurting Young Women, and feministing.com. Her free talk will be held at 7 p.m. in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union and is open to the public. The Organization for Women’s Issues is hosting the event.
Valenti will also sign copies of her books in the Women’s Center, 108 Hanna Hall, after her presentation. Her work includes Full Frontal Feminism, He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut . . . and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know, Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power, and A World without Rape. Books will be offered for sale, and attendees may bring their own copies.
Known for having a knack for communicating with young adult audiences, Valenti brings her signature wit and sarcasm to a progressive vision of feminism that focuses on the future while discrediting myths and stereotypes. She has been a contributor to Ms. magazine, among other publications, and was named by Elle magazine as one of its “IntELLEligentisia.”
Funding for her campus visit is provided by the University Activities Organization, women’s studies, the Women’s Center, the Currier Foundation in the journalism and public relations department, Tech Trends, Vision, ethnic studies, the Honors Program, the Graduate Women’s Caucus, the Panhellenic Society and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Bruce Edwards shares distance-education plan with chancellor
Dr. Bruce Edwards, associate vice president for academic technology and e-learning, co-presented a plan to Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Eric Fingerhut for expanding distance education efforts. Edwards was representing BGSU among other Ohio postsecondary e-learning leaders.
The collaborative, five-year action plan is intended to increase access to degree-completion opportunities for more Ohio citizens through the medium of distance education and quality-driven student support services and program delivery.
BGSU is a leader in the field of online and blended learning, with three undergraduate degree programs online, nine graduate degrees, one of which is blended, and five graduate certificates and endorsement programs, one of which is blended.
Deborah Marsh and Carol Marsh, authors of The Birth of a King
Deborah Marsh, maintenance supervisor in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, can add another title to her resume: published author.
Marsh and her mother, Carol, recently released their first book, The Birth of a King, 18 years after coming up with the concept. The book takes you to the imaginary land of Kinthoria and tells the story of Jaren, who must accept his call and destiny to save it.
You can meet the authors from noon-2 p.m. tomorrow (April 10) during a book signing on the second floor of the Bookstore.
Groundbreaking for residence halls April 17
The University community is invited to a groundbreaking ceremony for the University’s new residence halls at 12:30 p.m. April 17 at the former site of Rodgers Quadrangle.
The event coincides with an open house for high school juniors coordinated by the Office of Admissions. Nearly 600 students are expected for the open house. Attendees will also be invited to the groundbreaking. Students from this class will be the first to live in the new residence halls slated for completion in fall 2011.
Construction will begin later this month. One hall will be located on the Rodger’s site. The second will be located in the parking lot north of Offenhauer.
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