Noted Author-Commentator to Launch Diversity Lecture Series

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Dr. Julianne Malveaux will open the award-winning series for the Office of Multicultural Life PHILADELPHIA (September 6, 2007) - Dr. Julianne Malveaux, well-known economist, author and commentator and president of Bennett College for Women, will kick off the Diversity Lecture Series at Saint Joseph’s University with a talk on Wednesday, Sept. 19.  Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Life, all events in the series take place from 4-6 p.m., in the President’s Lounge of the Campion Student Center.

A syndicated columnist who also appears regularly on network television shows, Malveaux has been described by Dr. Cornel West as “the most iconoclastic public intellectual in the country.”  Her writing appears regularly in USA Today, Ms. Magazine, Essence and Diverse. Her weekly columns appear in numerous newspapers across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Charlotte Observer, the New Orleans Tribune, the Detroit Free Press and the San Francisco Examiner. Malveaux’s contributions to the public dialogue on issues such as race, culture, gender and their economic impacts, are shaping public opinion in 21st century America.

Here is the complete roster of speakers for SJU’s Diversity Lecture Series:

Wednesday, Sept. 19:  Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Wednesday, Oct. 24: Lee Mun Wah A nationally acclaimed lecturer and trainer and founder of StirFry Seminars, he is also recognized as an educator, Chinese-American community therapist and documentary filmmaker and was the subject of an hour-long Oprah Winfrey television special in 1995.

Wednesday, Nov. 7:  Ray Suarez Senior correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and a veteran broadcast journalist, Suarez came to The NewsHour from National Public Radio where he had been host of the nationwide call-in news program Talk of the Nation since 1993. In the fall of 2006 Rayo/HarperCollins published his examination of the tightening relationship between religion and politics in America, The Holy Vote. Suarez wrote the book The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration (Free Press), and has contributed to several others, including Brooklyn: A State of Mind (Workman, 2001), Local Heroes (Norton, 2000), Saving America's Treasures (National Geographic, 2000), Las Christmas (Knopf, 1998) and About Men ( Poseidon, 1986). His writing has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune and many other publications.

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2008: Rebecca Walker

The best-selling author-activist was named one of the 50 most influential American leaders under 40 by Time Magazine when she was just 25. Walker has also received the Women Who Could Be President Award from the League of Women Voters, the Women of Distinction Award from the American Association of University Women and an honorary doctorate from the North Carolina School of the Arts. She has written and lectured widely on intergenerational feminism, multicultural identity, enlightened masculinity and transformational human awareness. Her memoir Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self, became an international best-seller that won the Alex Award from the American Library Association. In 1992, Walker co-founded the Third Wave Foundation, a non-profit that works through grantmaking, leadership development and philanthropic advocacy to support young women ages 15 to 30 working towards gender, racial, economic and social justice.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008: Maxine Hong Kingston

A highly acclaimed writer of both fiction and nonfiction she is one of the first Asian Americans to make it to the top of the literary world in America. Her first book, published in 1976, The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, won the National Book Critics Circle Award and made her a literary celebrity at the age of 36. Kingston has since written two other critically hailed books, China Men, a sequel to The Woman Warrior published in 1980 and also a National Book Critics Circle Award winner, and her first novel, Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book.

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