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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Postcard for the March 29, 2011, presentation by cultural critic Courtney Martin

r the March 29, 2011, presentation by cultural critic Courtney Martin.

Photo of Courtney Martin, author, blogger and cultural critic Photo of the book cover of  Postcard for the March 29, 2011, presentation by cultural critic Courtney Martin 

Brooklyn-based author, blogger and cultural critic Courtney E. Martin will share her views on the new social justice 5 p.m. March 29 in Atwood Ballroom.

Martin will explore themes from "Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists," her 2010 paperback that profiles eight activists, including radical philanthropist Tyrone Boucher and actor Rosario Dawson.

"Each profile takes the reader from what the subject does today back to past experiences that hint at the shaping of his or her motivation and values," reads a Christian Science monitor book review by Forrest Brooks Wilder. "These stories explore not so much the “how” of activism but rather the who, and what and why that lie behind grass-roots movements."

Among the themes Martin will discuss is the assertion that the "save the world" rhetoric of yesteryear should be scrapped in favor of a more realistic version of social justice.

Parking for the free public presentation is available on streets adjacent to campus. Parking is one dollar per hour in the 4th Avenue Parking Ramp.

Martin is an editor at Feministing.com and a senior correspondent for The American Prospect. The former is a  feminist blog founded in 2004. The latter is a monthly American political magazine dedicated to liberalism.

She was the 2002 recipient of the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics, an honor she earned while a student at Barnard College in New York City. 

Martin recently spoke at the first annual TED Women's Conference. Her work has appeared in publications such as "The New York Times," "The Washington Post," "Newsweek" and "The Christian Science Monitor."

She has made television appearances on "Good Morning America," the "TODAY" show and the "O'Reilly Factor."

Actor, activist and fitness expert Jane Fonda called her newest book "transformational." Parker Palmer, a Wisconsin author, educator and activist, described Martin as "one of our most insightful culture critics."

Martin's other books include 2008's "Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: How the Quest for Perfection Is Harming Young Women."

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The presentation is sponsored by these St. Cloud State entities: Women's Center, LGBT Resource Center, Women's Studies, Multicultural Student Services, Multicultural Resource Center, Admissions and Women's Action.

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