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First Book to Launch Gender Project Series

July 2014

As St. Ambrose prepares to explore gender in all its complexities during the coming academic year, the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide will be read by first-year students in
New Student Seminar classes.

In its second year of complementing the annual Project Series, the First Book serves a dual purpose of adding a campus-wide component to the First Year Experience (FYE) program. It also helps introduce newcomers to the liberal arts grounding that is essential to a St. Ambrose education.

"It is the perfect time to invite students to be part of these campus conversations," said FYE Director Sherri Erkel, PhD.

Half the Sky was co-written by Sheryl WuDunn and her husband, Nicholas Kristof. It is a book, Erkel said, "that takes us on a global journey of the oppression of women and what we can do to effect change. One of the central themes of the book is that women's rights are human rights. It makes the case that economic empowerment, access to education and healthcare, and the prevention of gender-based violence and sex trafficking helps everyone."

FYE and the Ambrose Women for Social Justice (AWSJ) will host a lecture by WuDunn on Oct. 21 at the Rogalski Center. The event will coincide with the AWSJ's annual conference, for which this year's theme will be Gender, Narrative and Justice-The Power of Story.

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