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April 1, 2003

UI Visitor To Speak On 'Feminism In Era Of Hegemony' April 9

Feminist professor Ellen Messer-Davidow will visit the University of Iowa Wednesday, April 9 to speak about "Feminism in the Era of Hegemony" at 4:30 p.m. in Room 704, Jefferson Building. Her lecture is sponsored by the women's studies department in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as part of its lecture series "The Institutionalization of Women's Studies in U.S. Academics."

Messer-Davidow, an English professor at University of Minnesota, will talk about U.S. social movements and social change. The lecture moves from the civil rights movement, through the rise of the feminist and conservative movements, to the current hegemonic moment where conservatives control all three branches of the federal government, most state governments, major media outlets, and hundreds of nongovernmental organizations, she said. She will discuss how they wield this machinery to revise public policies and redirect resources and will end with what feminist and progressive academics can do.

Messer-Davidow received her bachelor's, master's, and doctorate from the University of Cincinnati and is now a professor and full member of the graduate faculty at the University of Minnesota. Among her many research interests are cultural, social, and discourse theory; the organization and production of knowledge; and social movements and social change. She has written many scholarly articles and books, including "Disciplining Feminism: "From Social Activism to Academic Discourse."

This event is co sponsored by the UI's Office of the Provost, Project on Rhetoric Inquiry, School of Social Work, the department of African American world studies, and department of cinema and comparative literature.

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