The Rossi Lecture

Past, Present and Future Challenges for the National Organization for Women (NOW) and Feminism in the U.S.

Presented by: Terry O’Neill, President of NOW

Tuesday, March 5, 12:30                                                 UMass Amherst Student Union Ballroom

Free and open to the public
Reception to follow.


This lecture is sponsored by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Sociology, with support from the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program.

About the speaker: Terry O’Neill, a feminist attorney, professor and activist for social justice, was elected president of NOW in June 2009. She is also president of the NOW Foundation and chair of the NOW Political Action Committees, and serves as the principal spokesperson for all three entities. O’Neill oversees NOW’s multi-issue agenda, which includes: advancing reproductive freedom, promoting diversity and ending racism, stopping violence against women, winning lesbian rights, ensuring economic justice, ending sex discrimination and achieving constitutional equality for women. For more information about Terry:

About the Rossi Lecture: This event honors Alice and Peter Rossi, both Distinguished Professors at the UMass Amherst Department of Sociology. Both were elected president of the American Sociological Association, and both received the Association’s highest award for distinguished scholarship. Alice died in 2009 and Pete in 2006. Alice was one of the original founders of the National Organization for Women in 1966. The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management now presents the Peter H. Rossi Award for exemplary contributions in program evaluation. This endowed lecture series alternates the honorees, focusing on Alice one year and Pete the next. The lecturers are prominent academic and public figures drawn from across the country and the world. Each is renowned for pursuing one or more of the honoree’s interests. During a typical two-day visit, the Rossi lecturer gives a public all-campus lecture, a department seminar on work in progress for faculty and graduate students, may visit an undergraduate class, and is available for informal meetings and social gatherings.


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