Author, Political Consultant and Social Critic Naomi Wolf to Present "Empowered Citizenship" on Oct. 5 | e-Inside | Kent State University

Author, Political Consultant and Social Critic Naomi Wolf to Present "Empowered Citizenship" on Oct. 5

Author, political consultant and social critic Naomi Wolf will present “Empowered Citizenship” on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Kiva as part of Kent State University’s Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series.

One of the world’s most influential feminists and the bestselling author of The Beauty Myth, Wolf does not just comment on the world’s most pervasive problems, she aims to solve them. Wolf gives people specific ways to change the world by encouraging people to take charge of their lives and communities.

At age 23, Wolf published her landmark, international bestseller The Beauty Myth, challenging the cosmetics industry and the marketing of unrealistic beauty standards. One of the most important books of the 20th century, according to The New York Times, The Beauty Myth launched a new wave of feminism and is still taught on campuses around the world.

Wolf has written eight bestselling works of nonfiction, including Give Me Liberty, which includes effective tools for citizens to promote civic engagement and create sustainable democracy, and the iTunes bestseller, Vagina: A New BiographyThe End of America, her New York Times’ bestseller, is a call to preserve liberty and democracy, winning the 2008 Nautilus Silver Award for social change and activism. The documentary version of End of America has been viewed more than two million times online.

In Empowered Citizenship, Wolf gives people specific ways to change the world by encouraging people to take charge of their lives and communities. She knows what doors have been closed but has identified 55 action steps any citizen can still take to raise his or her voice effectively, take local and national action easily, and truly make a difference. Basic skills in “driving democracy” can let anyone everyday feel like and be a leader rather than an observer of our democracy, which is what the founders of our nation actually intended.

A charismatic personality with a passion for activism, Wolf teaches public presentation to Rhodes Scholars and was a visiting lecturer at Stony Brook University, where she co-led an initiative to train professors on the skills for becoming “public intellectuals.” Wolf recently completed a doctoral program on the history of discrimination law at Oxford University, where she was a research fellow at the Rothermere American Institute. A former fellow at the Barnard Center for Research on Women, Wolf is also a consultant for Barnard's Athena Center for Leadership Studies.

She continues to question establishment views on gender, foreign policy, economics and journalism in her columns and blog posts for Project SyndicateThe Huffington PostThe Washington PostThe GuardianThe New York TimesThe Chronicle of Higher Education and The Wall St. Journal. Wolf has also appeared on Meet the Press and The Colbert Report.

Wolf is the co-founder of the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership and the American Freedom Campaign. Also the co-founder and CEO of tech startup DailyClout, Wolf is developing tools that allow citizens to access, share and comment on federal and state legislation.

A reception and book signing will follow her lecture at Kent State. Books will be available for purchase on site.

For more information about Wolf, visit http://roycecarlton.com/speaker/naomi-wolf/#spkr_bio-section

This event, sponsored by Kent State’s Office of the Provost and coordinated by the Honors College, is free and open to the public.

For questions about the event or for special accommodations for accessibility, contact the Honors College at 330-672-2312 or honors@kent.edu.