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January 7, 2011

Contact: Millie Gonzalez

Kean University Celebrates Women’s History Month with Historian and Author Dr. Danielle McGuire

UNION, NJ - In honor of Women’s History Month, the Women’s Studies Program at Kean University will hold a series of events that look globally at the status of women’s basic human rights as well as the oppression and resistance of African American women in the United States during the Civil Rights Movement.

Historian and author Dr. Danielle McGuire, assistant professor of history at Wayne State University, will discuss her recent book, At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance - A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power, on Tuesday, March 29, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. in the University Center Little Theatre, located at 1000 Morris Ave. in Union, N.J. The book examines the female experience during this pivotal period in history. Co-sponsored by the Africana Studies program, the event is free and open to the public.

McGuire's book will be among the featured selections for the Women’s Studies campus-wide book discussion taking place throughout March. Katherine Stockett’s The Help, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Half the Sky - Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, will also be discussed. Kristof, a columnist for The New York Times and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, delivered the keynote address at the Human Rights Institute at Kean University’s inaugural conference in 2008.

The Women's Studies Program at Kean University is an interdisciplinary program offering classes and programming such as lectures, film screenings, scholarships, student presentations, poetry and arts events, social gatherings, a student club, and many other activities. For more information about the Women’s Studies program or upcoming events, please contact Dr. Emily K. Filardo, director, at 908.737.4091 or

Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, boasting a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers and is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment, offering more than 50 undergraduate degrees and more than 45 options leading to a master’s degree, doctorate, professional diploma and/or state certification(s). Five undergraduate colleges and the Nathan Weiss Graduate College now serve more than 15,000 students.