Political analyst and blogger Zerlina Maxwell will discuss sexism and racism in politics, journalism, and society when she visits the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg on Thursday, September 12. Her talk, “Power, Privilege, and Patriarchy,” is open to the public without charge. It will begin at 7 p.m. in the Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center. This event is sponsored by Pitt-Greensburg’s Academic Village.
Maxwell is a contributing writer to The New York Daily News, Feministing.com, theGrio.com, BET.com, and EBONY.COM. She writes about national politics, candidates, and specific policy and culture issues, including domestic violence, sexual assault, victim blaming, and gender inequality. Her political background includes working as a field organizer, in 2008, managing Barack Obama’s “Campaign for Change” office in Virginia.
A frequent guest on cable news shows, Maxwell also is an expert in using social media. In February 2011, she presented “Promoting Social Media as a Means for Change” to 25 students at the U.S. Consulate’s American Studies Resource Center in An-Najah National University in Nablus, the largest university in the Palestinian Territories’ West Bank, via digital video conference for a State Department dialogue.
Maxwell, who holds a JD from Rutgers University School of Law and a BA in International Relations and Affairs from Tufts University, is a weekly guest and fill-in host for “Make It Plain” with Mark Thompson on Sirius XM Left and democratic commentator on Fox News and MSNBC. Her writing has also appeared in “The Washington Post,” “JET Magazine,” on CNN.com and other mainstream media outlets. Last fall, she was featured in the New York Times as a political Twitter voice to follow during the election season.
The Academic Village is Pitt-Greensburg’s innovative integration of the curricular and extracurricular experiences of students. A joint venture of the faculty and the Office of Student Services, the Academic Village has both residential and programming components. As part of their preparation for Maxwell’s visit, Pitt-Greensburg students are invited to attend an on-campus screening of Tim Wise’s new documentary “White Like Me,” which will release August 31. Wise is an antiracist essayist, author, and educator. (http://www.timwise.org/about/)