2013 Annual Motorola Lecture - "Building new majorities: Achieving racial and gender equity in life and politics"
Free and open to the public. Race and gender discrimination play an enormous role in all of our institutions, including media. This lecture will provide concepts, tools, and stories that help us close gaps and generate unity. A leading figure in the racial justice movement, Rinku Sen has positioned the Applied Research Center as a national home for media, research and activism for social change. She is the author of Stir It Up, a primer on best practices in community organizing, and The Accidental American, a book about Moroccan immigrant Fekkak Mamdouh, who cofounded the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York in the aftermath of September 11. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards for activists and journalists, including Ms. Magazine's "21 Feminists to Watch in the 21st st Century" and the Gloria Steinem Women of Vision Award. About the Motorola Lecture Established in 2001, with support from the Motorola Foundation, the Motorola Lecture aims to expose U-M students to the work of exceptional journalists and to inform students about ways the media can reframe public understanding of complex issues. Cosponsored by IRWG and Women's Studies, the lecture is presented annually by an outstanding journalist who routinely addresses issues concerning women and gender in his or her reporting. The Motorola Lecture is part of the LSA Understanding Race Theme Semester. Additional cosponsors include: American Culture, Center for the Education of Women, Communications Studies, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and the School of Social Work.