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Jessica Valenti

Thursday, March 2, 2023

4:30 p.m. — Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center West 
7:30 p.m. — Campus Center West Auditorium 

University at Albany

1400 Washington Avenue, Albany NY 12222
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Moderator: Alyssa Lotmore, a licensed social worker who has worked at the UAlbany School of Social Welfare since 2014. She is also a co-host of The Social Workers Radio Talk Show on WCBD 90.9 FM.

Free and open to the public.

Jessica Valenti, UAlbany graduate, is "one of the most successful and
visible feminists of her generation” (The Washington Post). The UK Guardian named her one of the “Top 100 Inspiring Women in Writing and Academia,” and “the pioneering blogger whose online activism dragged feminism into the 21st century.”

A bestselling author, she earned her B.A. in 2001, double-majoring in Women’s Studies (now Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) and English. Some of her many acclaimed books include Believe Me: How Trusting Women Can Change the World (2020), Sex Object: A Memoir (2016), and The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession with Virginity Is Hurting Young Women (2009).

In 2004, Valenti founded the award winning blog, which Columbia Journalism Review called “head and shoulders above almost any writing on women’s issues in mainstream media.” 

Her articles have been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, the Guardian, and The Washington Post, she has been interviewed on The Colbert Report, and profiled in The New York Times Magazine.

With generous support from the UAlbany Alumni Association. Cosponsored by the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the Office of Health Promotion in association with Gender and Sexuality Month.

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