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Cuban-Colombian author and editor Daisy Hernandez to speak at the U of M Women's History Month lecture

  • When: 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27
  • Where: 125 Willey Hall, 225 19th Ave. S, Minneapolis
  • Contacts: Anitra Cottledge, Office for University Women, (612) 625-9837 or;

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL ( 3/13/2008 ) -- What is feminism really about? Can it have anything to do with your own life? Come listen to a discussion and reading by writer and editor Daisy Hernandez on her own experiences with feminism, on how gender and race have shaped her identity as a feminist and what it means to connect feminism to the communities we call home.

Hernandez will deliver the University of Minnesota Women's History Month lecture entitled, "Bringing Feminism Home" at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27 in 125 Willey Hall, 225 19th Ave. S, Minneapolis. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Fierce, fresh and smart, Hernandez writes about race, gender, sexuality and other issues affecting young women of color. A graduate of William Paterson University and New York University, Hernandez grew up in a working-class neighborhood in Fairview, N. J. Her essays have appeared in publications including Without a Net (Seal Press) and Border-line Personalities (HarperCollins Rayo). She is co-editor of "Colonize This! Young Women on Today's Feminism (Seal Press)," and is the managing editor of ColorLines, a national news magazine on race and politics. She has written for a range of publications, including The New York Times, National Catholic Reporter and Ms. magazine.

Hernandez's personal essays focus on familia, feminism, sexuality and cultural identity. She believes that writing (be it blogs or books), helps her generation talk about the ways that racism manifests itself today in America. This is the focus of Colonize This!, an anthology of young women's stories about their experiences of feminism and race in the context of such topics as immigration and AIDS. Colonize This! has sold more than 17,000 copies and is taught in collegiate womens' studies courses around the country.

A reception and book signing with Hernandez will follow the lecture.

Hernandez's lecture is sponsored by the Office for University Women (OUW), a unit of the university's Office for Equity and Diversity. Co-sponsors include department of Chicano studies, department of English, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, TCF Bank, University Women of Color and the Women's Student Activist Collective. For more information about the event, visit


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