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Nationally-known feminist Rebecca Walker to speak on April 7

Loyola press release - February 24, 2005

Loyola University New Orleans’ Women’s Resource Center will present “An Evening with Rebecca Walker” for its fourth annual Lecture in Third Wave, Emerging, and International Feminisms. The event will be held on Thursday April 7, 2005 at 7 p.m. in Roussel Hall in the Communications/Music Complex on the University’s main campus, 6363 St. Charles Ave.

Walker is an author who believes that finding one’s unique identity creates free and effective individuals and an activist who believes that young women can powerfully shape their world. Her award-winning bestseller, Black, White and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self, tells the story of her own search for identity growing up as the biracial daughter of divorced parents. Her parents are Alice Walker, who has won a Pulitzer Prize for her writing, and Mel Leventhal, who has done prominent work as a civil rights lawyer. Walker is a co-founder of the Third Wave Foundation, the only national activist philanthropic organization for connecting movements led by young women ages 15-30. Time magazine named her as one of its “Fifty Leaders for America’s Future.” She graduated from Yale University in 1992.

Walker is the editor of two anthologies: To Be Real: Telling the Truth and Changing the Face of Feminism (1995) and What Makes a Man: Twenty-Two Writers Imagine the Future (2004). To Be Real is often used as a textbook in women’s studies courses across the country. Walker has been a contributing editor to Ms. Magazine since 1989. Recently, her articles have appeared in such publications as Self Magazine, The Advocate, Turning Wheel Magazine, The Week, and Essence, and on Salon.com. She is working on a new autobiographical book about her travels in Africa.