September 14, 2018
Women’s equality is one of the greatest achievements of American Society. Yet most American women today do not consider themselves feminists. Why has feminism lost its broad appeal? How did it become a tenet of liberal thinking?
Provocative author Christina Hoff Sommers will take up these questions and others when the University of New England’s Center for Global Humanities kicks off its tenth anniversary season with a lecture titled “Gender and Freedom in America.” Sommers, who rose to national prominence with books like Who Stole Feminism? and The War Against Boys, will present the lecture on Monday, September 24, at 6:00 p.m. at Innovation Hall at the UNE Portland Campus.
A resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, Sommers previously served as professor of philosophy at Clark University. Her other books include Freedom Feminism and One Nation Under Therapy. She has written articles for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, Slate, The Daily Beast, and The Atlantic. She has lectured and taken part in debates on hundreds of college campuses and hosts a weekly video blog, The Factual Feminist, which has garnered more than four million page views.
“We are absolutely delighted to bring a thinker like Christina Hoff Sommers to our Center,” said Founding Director of the Center for Global Humanities Anouar Majid, Ph.D. “When we launched the Center a decade ago, I envisioned a forum that would offer students and community members the chance to engage with scholars unafraid to venture beyond ideological orthodoxies, and Christina Hoff Sommers -- with her tireless questioning -- does just that.”
This first lecture of the 2018-2019 season for the Center for Global Humanities will be followed by eight more between now and April 2019. Lectures are always free, open to the public, and streamed live online. For more information, please visit https://www.une.edu/calendar/2018/gender-and-freedom-america