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Pat Miller, ISU Lectures, (515) 294-9935
Tracy Griffin, News Service, (515) 294-4777


AMES, Iowa -- The annual Women's Week celebration at Iowa State University has been extended to fill the fall 1998 semester with noteworthy women speakers, including several women activists, a woman astronaut and a cartoonist.

"Because the semester is filled with such a wonderful array of women speakers, we decided to transform this annual event into a semester-long celebration," said Alissa Stoehr, women's week co- chair.

The Women's Fall Celebration's theme, "The Politics of Feminism: Celebrating Diversity," is taken from the keynote address given by writer and activist Gloria Steinem.

Steinem will give her address at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13 in C.Y. Stephens. Steinem is the co-founder of the National Women's Political Caucuses, and the Women's Action Alliance and president of Voters for Choice. Steinem co-founded Ms. Magazine in 1972. Her books include "Moving Beyond Words" and "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions."

A complete list of Women's Fall Celebration speakers follows.

Gloria Steinem
Keynote Address: "The Politics of Feminism: A Celebration of Diversity"
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 8 p.m.
C.Y. Stephens, ISU Center

Gloria Steinem, writer and activist, co-founded Ms. magazine in 1972. She is also the co-founder of the National Women's Political Caucus, the Women's Action Alliance, the Ms. Foundation for Women, and president of Voters for Choice. Her books include "Moving Beyond Words, Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem," and "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions."

Panel: Karen Thomsen, Beth Wessels-Kroeschell, Alissa Stoeher
"Add Women to the Constitution"
Wednesday, October 7, 12 noon
Campanile Room, Memorial Union

Karen Thomsen is the official spokesperson for the Add Women to the Constitution Campaign in Iowa; Beth Wessels-Kroeschell was 1992 Story County ERA coordinator; and Alissa Stoehr will moderate the discussion.

Sheila Wellstone
"Women Making Change"
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 8 p.m.
Campanile Room, Memorial Union

Sheila Wellstone is with the office of the U.S. Attorney General working against domestic violence.

Ora McQueen
AIDS and the African-American Woman
Thursday, October 8, noon
Gallery, Memorial Union

Ora McQueen is a Minority Health Educator for Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa.

Alison Bechdel
"Dykes to Watch Out For: The Slideshow"
Thursday, Oct. 8, 8 p.m.
Sun Room, Memorial Union

Alison Bechdel has been creating the biweekly comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For since 1983. She has seven books of cartoon collections including her latest "The Indelible Alison Bechdel: Confessions, Comix, and Miscellaneous Dykes to Watch Out For."

Tanya Zanish-Belcher and Karen Mason
"Women's Archives in Iowa"
Friday, October 9, noon
Gallery, Memorial Union

Tanya Zanish-Belcher is the curator for the Archives of Women in Science and Engineering for ISU and Karen Mason is the curator for the Iowa Women's Archives.

Childcare will be provided by ISU Panhellenic Council. For reservations call (515) 294-4154.

These special events are co-sponsored by Women's Week 1998.

Jothi Raghavan and Dancers
A Multimedia Performance: Kanya (Woman)
Friday, Oct. 16, 8 p.m.
Fisher Theater, ISU Center

Jothi Raghavan and her dance troupe present a synthesis of classical Indian dance, music, poetry and visual images.

Society for Women Engineers-Student Chapter Lecture
Sally Ride
"The Future of the US Space Program"
Saturday, Oct. 24, 8 p.m.
C.Y. Stephens, ISU Center
Sally Ride was the first woman in space when she flew aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1983, and later headed the Presidential Commission investigating the 1986 Challenger Accident. She is a physicist on faculty at the University of California, San Diego, and author of the children's book "To Space and Back." Her other books include "Voyager: An Adventure to the Edge of the Solar System" and "The Third Planet: Exploring the Earth from Space."

Rachel Moran
"Diversity in a Post-Affirmative Action World"
Thursday, Oct. 29, 8 p.m.
Sun Room, Memorial Union

Rachel Moran is professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, and has written on bilingual education policy and is working on a case involving desegregation and bilingual education in the Denver school system.


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