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Daisy Hernandez to be keynote speaker for Women's History Month

March 11, 2014
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Catherine MacGillivray, director and associate professor, Women's and Gender Studies Program, 319-273-7195, catherine.macgillivray@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host Daisy Hernandez as the keynote speaker for Women's History Month. She will deliver her lecture titled "Feminists, Comadres, and Maybe Beyonce: Models of Leadership Today" at 7 p.m., Monday, March 24, in the Curris Business Building, John Deere Auditorium, Room 109.

Hernandez is an author and journalist who focuses on race and gender issues, media and sexuality. She received her B.A. in English from William Paterson University and her M.A. in journalism and Caribbean and Latin American studies from New York University. She has written for numerous publications, including the National Catholic Reporter, the New York Times and the Christian Science Monitor. She is co-editor of "Colonize This!: Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism."

Hernandez will be available for a book signing after the lecture. This event is sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Program and funded by the Cutler Women in Leadership Lecture Series, Faculty Senate and Students Against a Violent Environment (SAVE).

The final event for Women's History Month, the last installment of the Thursday Reading Series, will be on March 27 at the Hearst Center for the Arts, 304 W. Seerley Blvd., Cedar Falls. An open mic signup will start at 7 p.m. and performances will begin at 7:15 p.m. At 8 p.m., Letitia Moffitt, author of "Sidewalk Dancing: A Novel in Stories," will read and discuss portions of her book.

These events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Catherine MacGillivray, director and associate professor of the Women's and Gender Studies Program, at 319-273-7195 or catherine.macgillivray@uni.edu.