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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist to Deliver Women’s History Month Keynote at Loyola University Chicago Sheryl WuDunn, Co-Author of Half the Sky, to Speak on March 23
CHICAGO, March 3, 2010 – Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and co-author of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, will visit Loyola University Chicago’s Lake Shore Campus on Tuesday, March 23, to deliver a public lecture and participate in a book signing.
WuDunn’s appearance, which is part of the Ann F. Baum Women and Leadership Speaker Series and is the University’s Women’s History Month keynote address, is sponsored by Loyola’s Gannon Center for Women and Leadership, EVOKE, and the Women’s Studies and Gender Studies program.
The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in the Mundelein Center Auditorium (1032 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago, 60626) and will focus on the topic, “Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.”
Sheryl WuDunn has reported from inside some of the toughest regimes in the world, from Myanmar to North Korea. As a foreign correspondent for The New York Times, WuDunn covered China and won a Pulitzer with her husband, Nicholas D. Kristof, for their coverage of the Tiananmen Square democracy movement in Beijing and the military crackdown that ended it. They were the first married couple to win a Pulitzer for journalism, and she was the first Asian-American woman to win a Pulitzer. For more information on WuDunn and her book, visit www.apbspeakers.com/speaker/sheryl-wudunn.
Following her lecture, WuDunn will sign copies of Half the Sky from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Mundelein Center Auditorium. Both the lecture and book signing are free (books will be available for purchase at the event), but registration is required. To register, please visit LUC.edu/SherylWuDunn. For a map of Loyola University Chicago’s Lake Shore Campus, please visit LUC.edu/info/maps/lakeshore.pdf.
About the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership
Designed to honor Ann Ida Gannon, BVM, an outstanding past president of the original Mundelein College, the former women’s college that joined with Loyola in 1991, the Gannon Center has created and developed a solid collection of programs and activities. The Women and Leadership Archives, housed within the Gannon Center, is a center for collecting, preserving, and making available primary source materials on women leaders. The multidisciplinary Women’s Studies Program, founded in 1979, is the first women’s studies program at a Jesuit university. The Gannon Center for Women and Leadership sponsors a variety of creative programs that strengthen and enhance leadership and skills among women undergraduates, alumnae, and community members. For more information on the Gannon Center, visit LUC.edu/gannon.
EVOKE (Encouraging Vocation through Knowledge and Education) originated in 2000 when it received a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment to enhance awareness and understanding of the theme of vocation at Loyola University Chicago. EVOKE’s overarching purpose is one of “helping Loyolans of all religious traditions to explore, engage, and deepen their commitments to leading and serving others in faith-motivated ways.” It concentrates on sharing the message of vocation through a number of programmatic initiatives with students and the faculty and staff who teach, advise, and mentor them. In keeping with the Ignatian spirit, EVOKE has worked diligently to strengthen the mission of Loyola University Chicago by providing a university education that would, in the words of St. Ignatius of Loyola, challenge students to “conceive great resolves and elicit equally great desires.”
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is more than 15,800 students, which includes more than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S.News & World Report, and the University was named a “best value” in its 2010 rankings. In addition, Loyola is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations, such as the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.