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Contemporary feminism on display at Loyola

Loyola press release - November 15, 2010

Loyola University New Orleans will welcome Nona Willis Aronowitz, author of “Girldrive: Criss-Crossing America, Redefining Feminism,” to speak on her contemporary look at feminism.

The talk, sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center, is free and open to the public and will take place on Thursday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m., in the Audubon Room, located in the Danna Student Center.

“Girldrive” is based on Aronowitz and photographer Emma Bee Bernstein’s road-trip across the country where they interviewed hundreds of women, including some Loyola alumnae, on what motivates them and how they define and relate to feminism.

Following the event, there will be a book signing, with copies of “Girldrive” available for purchase.

“Nona is a smart, dynamic, and creative person whose sense of adventure is an inspiration. Her presentation promises to be engaging for women and men of all ages,” said Karen Reichard, Ph.D., director of Loyola’s Women’s Resource Center.

Following Aronowitz’s talk, Loyola will host a panel to further discuss modern-day feminism. The panel will include the three Loyola alumnae who were interviewed by Aronowitz.

In conjunction with her visit to Loyola, the Women’s Initiative Organization will be placing boxes around campus asking people to share their thoughts about feminism.

Aronowitz, a 25-year-old journalist and culture critic, has written for many publications including The Nation, The Chicago Tribune and Slate and is a blogger for Girl-drive.com and other feminist blogs.

For more information on Aronowitz’s visit to Loyola, contact Reichard at 504-864-7881 or reichard@loyno.edu.