Women's History Month lecture: Award-winning journalist and author Susan Faludi to speak March 3
Award-winning journalist and author Susan Faludi will deliver the 16th annual Luann Dummer Lecture, titled "Why Feminism Still Matters," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in O'Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium at the University of St. Thomas.
A reception and book signing follow the lecture; all are free and open to the public.
Faludi, 49, won both a Pulitzer Prize and a John Hancock Award for Excellence in Business and Financial Journalism for "The Reckoning," her 1990 Wall Street Journal exposé about the leveraged buyout of the Safeway Stores and its human costs. A year later, she established herself as a compelling voice of American feminism with the publication of Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women (Crown, 1991). In Backlash, which won the 1991 National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction, Faludi identified reactionary cultural trends that aimed to repress the gains of the Women's Movement of the 1970s.
In her second book, Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man (William Morrow, 1999), Faludi chronicled a collapse of traditional masculinity. Her most-recent book, The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America ( Macmillan, 2007) examines America's psychological response to the 2001 attacks.
A 1981 graduate of Harvard University, Faludi also has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and The Nation, among other publications. She lives in San Francisco.
St. Thomas' annual Women's History Month lecture 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.
For further information about Faludi's lecture, contact UST's Luann Dummer Center for Women, (651) 962-6119.