Today: Cal State San Bernardino presents ‘Waves of Feminism’ speaker


Rory Dicker, professor of English and associate director of women and gender studies at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, will speak about feminism at Cal State San Bernardino on Thursday, May 17, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Rory Dicker

Rory Dicker

The event, which will be held in the Santos Manuel Student Union Events Center, is free and open to the public.  Parking is $5 per vehicle.

Dicker is the author of “A History of U.S. Feminism” and co-editor of “Catching a Wave: Reclaiming Feminism for the 21st Century,” which she will discuss during her address.

According to Northeastern University Press (2003), through a collection of original essays, she and co-editor Alison Piepmeier contest the notion that society is in a post-feminist age. The book identifies a third wave of feminism, arguing that the next generation needs to develop a politicized, collective feminism that both builds on the strategies of second-wave feminists and is grounded in the realities and culture of the twenty-first century.

Dicker, a resident of Nashville, received bachelor’s degrees in English and French from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University. Originally from New York State, she taught at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., before returning to Vanderbilt.

Sponsored by CSUSB’s University Diversity Committee, Dicker’s presentation is part of the “Conversations on Diversity” lecture series held once per quarter since 2005. The series encourages dialogue about a variety of diverse issues among students, staff, faculty and the community.

For more information about the lecture, CSUSB’s University Diversity Committee, or to request special accommodations, contact Twillea Evans-Carthen at (909) 537-5138.

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