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The Forum hosts bestselling author Peggy Orenstein March 5

| Denise Olson

The Forum series at UW-Eau Claire welcomes award-winning author, journalist and filmmaker Peggy Orenstein on March 5. 

Orenstein will present “Girls & Sex: Navigating a Complicated New Landscape" at 7:30 p.m. March 5 in Schofield Auditorium.

Based on her New York Times bestselling book “Girls & Sex,” Orenstein's talk will offer a clear picture of the sexual landscape facing today’s young women, which is complicated by conflicting media messages, mythologies created by the porn industry and the “hookup” culture of social media. Orenstein addresses an important and provocative topic with surprising facts, compelling anecdotes and unexpected humor.

In a recent interview on NPR, Orenstein said that American girls receive conflicting messages, telling them on the one hand that “they’re supposed to be sexy, they’re supposed to perform sexually for boys, but their own sexual pleasure is unspoken.” These sorts of conflicting messages are at the root of much of her writing.

The author of six books and countless articles, Orenstein has been featured on numerous national television and radio shows.

A Minneapolis native, Orenstein attended Oberlin College where she earned a bachelor's degree in 1983. After moving to New York City, Orenstein worked as an associate editor at "Esquire," eventually acquiring senior editing positions at "Manhattan, Inc." and "7 Days." She later became managing editor of "Mother Jones" in San Francisco, where in the 1990s she joined Farallon Films as a writer and producer.

The Columbia Journalism Review recently cited Orenstein as one of “40 women who changed the media business in the past 40 years.” She also has been honored by the Council on Contemporary Families for her “outstanding media coverage of family diversity.”   

The November 2018 edition of Cosmopolitan magazine listed Orenstein’s “Don’t Call Me Princess” as No. 1 on their list of the Top 12 Feminist Books Everyone Should Read, stating that her work “weaves scholarly research and personal stories, making way for a refreshing and remarkably compelling read.”

A reception will be held following the event in the Dulany Inn, Davies Center. This is set to begin at 9 p.m. or immediately after the question-and-answer session has concluded.

All seats are general admission

Tickets available at the Service Center and at the door

Visit the Service Center in Davies Center’s east lobby
Call 715-836-INFO [4636] or 800-949-UWEC [8932]
$8  General Public
$6  UW System Faculty/Staff • Age 62 & Over
$4  UW System Student • Age 17 & Under
Student tickets are $2 until the day of the show

*Programs and dates subject to change as necessary