Author Rebecca Walker to talk about feminism, identity Nov. 12

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Award-winning author and feminist Rebecca Walker will speak Nov. 12 at Gettysburg College's 26th annual Fall Convocation.

The talk will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the college's Christ Chapel at North Washington and Stevens streets. Walker will focus on third wave feminism and identity while weaving her personal experiences into the larger discussion of racism, classism, homophobia and social change. The talk is open to the public at no charge. A book signing will follow the event.

Walker is known for presenting ideas about race, class, culture, gender and the evolution of the human family that challenge ideological rigidity. Named one of the most influential future leaders by Time magazine, Walker is the author of "One Big Happy Family," a collection of essays on polyamory, open adoption, mixed marriage, househusbandry, single motherhood and other realities of modern love. Her essay on President Barack Obama, "The Making of a Man," recently appeared in Newsweek. Her first memoir, "Black, White and Jewish," is about her parent's divorce and her search for identity as a biracial girl. Her follow-up, "Baby Love," is about choosing motherhood after a lifetime of ambivalence.

Walker co-founded the non-profit Third Wave Foundation and has consulted on diversity and gender in the workplace for Microsoft, JP Morgan Chase and others. She is a columnist for the Huffington Post and has written for The New York Times Magazine, Salon and Vibe. A guest on Oprah and Charlie Rose, Walker has spoken at more than 500 colleges, universities and high schools. She is the recipient of the Women Who Could Be President Award from the League of Women Voters.

Walker's talk will be the keynote of Gettysburg College's Fall Convocation, continuing a tradition initiated by students in the 1980s to focus attention on current social issues. Past speakers include Benjamin Spock, Mary F. Berry, Maya Angelou, Alex Kotlowitz, Jocelyn Elders, Kweisi Mfume, Jim Hightower, Jonathan Kozol and Robert Egger.

Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences. With approximately 2,600 students, it is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. The college was founded in 1832.

Posted: Mon, 9 Nov 2009

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