Co-authors of Unfinished Business: A Democrat and a Republican Take on the 10 Most Important Issues Women Face to give 12th annual Luann Dummer Lecture

Dr. Julianne Malveaux and Deborah Perry Piscione, co-authors of the book, Unfinished Business: A Democrat and a Republican Take on the 10 Most Important Issues Women Face (Penguin Putnam/Perigee Books, 2002), will give the 12th annual Luann Lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, March 7, in O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium at the University of St. Thomas.

The lecture is free and open to the public; a reception and book-signing follow.

This Women’s History Month lecture at St. Thomas is named for the late Dr. Luann Dummer, a St. Thomas English professor whose 1992 estate provided approximately $1 million for the creation of a women’s center at St. Thomas and an endowment for its programs, including the annual lecture series.

Malveaux, a liberal Democrat, and Perry Piscione, a conservative Republican, will discuss the issues they examined in their provocative book: equal pay, work and family, education, the economy and taxes, the “economic safety net,” crime and violence, race, reproduction, foreign policy and globalization, and the environment. While each has her own “take” on these issues, the two are in basic agreement on some. While argumentative, their discussion is energetic and thoughtful.

Malveaux is an economist, author and commentator, and president and CEO of a multimedia production company, Last Word Productions Inc. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Boston College and a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is editor of Voices of Vision: African American Women on the Issues; co-editor of Slipping through the Cracks: The Status of Black Women; and The Paradox of Loyalty: An African American Response to the War on Terrorism. She also serves on the boards of the Economic Policy Institute and the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.

Perry Piscione is an author, political commentator and senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum, where she has been researching the 21st century workforce and work-family balance issues. She was commissioned by the Women’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor to conduct two studies on women and work. Earlier in her career she served on the staffs of then-U.S. Sen. Connie Mack (R-Fla.) and U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and as a political appointee of President George Bush. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida State University and a graduate degree in international economics from Georgetown University.

The Luann Dummer Center for Women will host another discussion group on the book. It will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, in the center, Room 103, O’Shaughnessy Educational Center. Dr. Mark Stansbury-O’Donnell of the UST Art History Department will lead the discussion. If you are interested in joining this group, contact Pat Alexander.

For further information about the Luann Dummer Lecture, contact UST’s Luann Dummer Center for Women, (651) 962-6119.

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