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Susan and Michael J. Angelides Lecture Series

Established with a generous endowment gift from Susan and Michael J. Angelides to the Rutgers Institute for Women’s Leadership, the Angelides Lecture Series brings to campus distinguished women leaders for a public lecture. Selected for their achievements across a range of fields including business, politics and public policy, education, health, social services, science, literature, and the arts, Angelides Lecturers provide students and faculty as well as the wider community with opportunities to learn from women leaders who are making a difference in society.

The Series increases visibility both for the accomplishments of women leaders and for the need to increase women’s participation in leadership. The Angelides Lecture Series is a vital force in the work of the Institute in examining and advancing women’s leadership in education, research, politics, the workplace and the world.

The New Normal? Women, Media, And Politics

The 2017 Susan and Michael J. Angelides Lecture: "The New Normal? Women, Media, & Politics: A Conversation with Media Experts" featuring Michel Martin, Rebecca Traister, and Farai Chideya.

Michel Martin, journalist and weekend host of NPR's All Things Considered moderated a conversation with Rebecca Traister, writer-at-large for New York Magazine and author of the New York Times best-seller, All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation; and Farai Chideya, reporter, political analyst, and fellow at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. Click here to watch the video.

Previous Angelides Lectures:

Ava DuVernay 2017 Susan and Michael J. Angelides Lecture:
Eve Ensler is a playwright, performer, activist, and the author of the award-winning play The Vagina Monologues.

The play has been translated into more than 45 languages, performed in more than 120 countries, and re-created as an HBO film.

The play's success led Ensler to create V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls, which has raised over $100 million. On V-Day's 15th Anniversary, it launched its' ONE BILLION RISING campaign, inspiring millions of people in 207 countries.

Ava DuVernay 2015 Susan and Michael J. Angelides Lecture:
Ava DuVernay is the first African-American woman nominated for Golden Globe and Critics Choice Awards for Best Director for “Selma,” in addition to Independent Spirit and NAACP Image Award nominations. She won the Best Director Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 for her acclaimed feature “Middle of Nowhere.” Her previous narrative and documentary work includes “I Will Follow, “Venus Vs.,” “My Mic Sounds Nice” and “This is The Life.” Prior to her directorial career, DuVernay worked as a film marketer and publicist for more than 14 years.

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Geena Davis 2013-2014 Susan and Michael J. Angelides Lecture: "Media: More Real Than Reality"
Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, editor, feminist activist and leading media spokeswoman on issues of equality. In 1972, she co-founded Ms. magazine, and remained one of its editors for fifteen years. Previously, she helped to found New York magazine, where she was a political columnist and wrote feature articles. Steinem’s books include the bestsellers Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, Moving Beyond Words, and Marilyn: Norma Jean, on the life of Marilyn Monroe. Her accomplishments as a writer and social change leader have been recognized nationally and globally. In November, 2013, President Barack Obama awarded Gloria Steinem the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

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Geena Davis 2012 Susan and Michael J. Angelides Lecture:
Geena Davis is an Academy Award-winning actress, film producer, writer, women's activist, and founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, a non-profit research organization, which examines gender representation in media and advocates for equal representation of women.
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October 16, 2012

Isabel Wilkerson 2011 Susan and Michael J. Angelides Lecture:
Pulitzer Prize-winner Isabel Wilkerson discussed her book The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration (Random House, 2010). Wilkerson's award-winning book chronicles a watershed event in American history--the decades-long migration of African-Americans from the South to the North and West, from World War I through the 1970s—through the stories of three individuals and their families.

October 24, 2011

Anna Deavere Smith 2010 Susan and Michael J. Angelides Lecturer:
Hailed by Newsweek as "the most exciting individual in American theatre," Anna Deavere Smith uses her singular brand of theatre to explore issues of community, leadership and diversity in America.

Awarding-winning Actress, Playwright and Professor

May 3, 2010

Women, Peace & Human Security 2009 Susan and Michael J. Angelides Lecturer:
JODY WILLIAMS, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate for Work to Ban Landmines
And Lifelong Global Activist; the Sam and Cele Keeper Endowed Professor in Peace and Social Justice Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston

Lecture Title:
“Women, Peace & Human Security”

April 15, 2009

Samantha Power 2008 Angelides Lecturer:
SAMANTHA POWER, the Anna Lindh Professor of Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy, based at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard University, and winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction.

Lecture Title:
“CHASING THE FLAME: Lessons for US Foreign Policy from a Life in Violent Places”

May 7, 2008

Anne Mulcahy 2005 Susan and Michael J. Angelides Lecturer:
ANNE MULCAHY, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Xerox Corporation

Lecture Title:
“Leadership Lessons Learned On the Firing Line”

November 15, 2005