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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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
For more information and reservations for the lunch lectures
and other events, e-mail Political Activism RSVPs on First
Class or contact Gorman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.