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Gloria Steinem to Open 65th Season of
UW-Eau Claire's Forum Series

RELEASED: Sept. 18, 2006

Gloria Steinem
Gloria Steinem

EAU CLAIRE — Gloria Steinem will open the 65th season of The Forum at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Tuesday, Sept. 26. Her program, titled "The Longest Revolution," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.

Writer, lecturer, editor and icon of the women's rights movement, Steinem first addressed The Forum in 1971, the year before she co-founded Ms. Magazine. She will return to UW-Eau Claire to reflect on her involvement in the social movements of the past four decades, discussing the politics of gender, the economic power of the female and minority consumer market, and workplace issues.

Steinem travels in this and other countries as an organizer and lecturer and is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality. She is particularly interested in the shared origins of sex and race caste systems, gender roles and child abuse as roots of violence, non-violent conflict resolution, the cultures of indigenous peoples, and organizing across boundaries for peace and justice.

In 1972, Steinem co-founded Ms. Magazine, and remained one of its editors for 15 years. She continues to serve as a consulting editor for the magazine, and was instrumental in its move in 2001 to join and be published by the Feminist Majority Foundation. In 1968 Steinem helped to found New York magazine, where she was a political columnist and wrote feature articles.

Steinem's books include the bestsellers "Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem," "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions," "Moving Beyond Words," and "Marilyn: Norma Jean," on the life of Marilyn Monroe. As well as writing for numerous books and publications, Steinem is currently at work on "America As If Everyone Mattered," which she describes as "half memoir and half on-the-road book."

On Sept. 12, Steinem helped formally launch GreenStone Media, an all-female, all-talk radio network that made its debut in July. Broadcasting from studios in New York and Los Angeles, the network is dedicated to meeting the unserved need for innovative, topical, relevant and entertaining talk radio programming of particular interest to women.

The Forum program will be interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Main floor seating is sold out. General admission seating in the bleachers and gallery is $7 for the public, $5 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $3 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students.

Patrons may also charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call 715-836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free 800-949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

Wisconsin Public Radio and Community Television have contributed generous promotional support. Best Western Trail Lodge Hotel & Suites (715-838-9989) at 3340 Mondovi Road is the exclusive accommodations partner for The Forum.

Funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, The Forum is administered by the Activities and Programs office.

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JS/NW

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