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~Political Activism Week at Wellesley Features College Experts,
Gloria Steinem, Kerry Kennedy and More

For immediate release:
April 12, 2004

Arlie Corday,

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- In an effort to spark student interest and participation in politics and the political process, the Wellesley College Democrats will host the first annual campus-wide Political Activism Week, April 12-16. "All members of the college community are invited to join in the various exciting and politically charged events planned throughout the week," said Amber Gorman '05, campaigns coordinator. The group will also sponsor voter registration in dorm dining halls at dinner all week.

On Monday, April 12, from 12:30-1:20 pm in Molly's Pub, a luncheon lecture, "The Past and Future Life of Gay Rights," will feature Professors Lori Johnson and Jeff Gulati of the Political Science Department debating the current developments in the realm of gay/lesbian rights. That evening, from 7-11 pm in Severance Living Room, there will be a showing of two popular political movies.

On Tuesday, April 13, from 12:30-1:20 pm in PNE Atrium, a luncheon lecture, "Beating Around the Bush: Key Economic Issues of the 2004 Presidential Race," will be offered by Professors Akila Weerapana, David Lindauer and Julie Matthei of the Economics Department.

On Wednesday, April 14, from 5-6 pm in Houghton Memorial Chapel, political and feminist icon Gloria Steinem will present a lecture, "Women and Pro-Choice Activism," sponsored by Wellesley Women for Choice.

On Thursday, April 15, at 7 pm in the Library Lecture Room, Political Activism Week keynote speaker Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert F. Kennedy and niece of President John F. Kennedy, will speak on "A Democrats Game Plan for 2004."

Kerry Kennedy started working in the field of human rights in 1981, when she investigated abuses committed by U.S. immigration officials against refugees from El Salvador. Since then, her life has been devoted to the vindication of equal justice, to the promotion and protection of basic rights and to the preservation of the rule of law. She has led more than 40 human rights delegations to more than 30 countries. She is the author of Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World, which features interviews with human rights activists ranging from the famous (Helen Prejean, Marian Wright Edelman, the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Elie Wiesel, and Oscar Arias to name a few) to lesser known stories of courage.

On Friday, April 16, from 12:30-1:20 pm in Pendleton Atrium, a lunch lecture, "What is All the Noise About? The Central Issues in the 2004 Presidential Race," will be presented by Political Science Professors Craig Murphy, Robert Paarlberg and Thomas Burke and Education Professor Barbara Beatty.

For more information and reservations for the lunch lectures and other events, e-mail Political Activism RSVPs on First Class or contact Gorman at

Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an excellent liberal-arts education for women who will make a difference in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students from all 50 states and 68 countries.


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