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Keynote Address

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2014 WGS Conference Keynote Address:
"Revolution Needed: The Ongoing Wrong of Sexual Violence on College Campuses”

Speaker: Melinda Henneberger
Date: Wednesday, March 19 at 7 p.m.
Location: King’s College, Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business

Melinda Henneberger is a reporter for the Washington Post and anchor of the paper’s She the People blog. Her talk will focus on "sexual violence on college campuses: the culture that permits it; the under-reporting of numbers; the typical failure of colleges to respond adequately to the needs of victims (instead responding only with attention to legal matters); and the fact that, if colleges report very low numbers, that indicates a grave problem, not a success."

Henneberger recently drew attention to the problem of sexual assault on college campuses by writing about the University of Notre Dame's attempts to bury reports of sexual assault perpetrated by its football players. Last winter the media focused its attention on a fictitious woman a Notre Dame football player was "dating." Unfortunately, the suicide of an actual young woman after being sexually assaulted by one of the university's football players was effectively ignored.

Ms. Henneberger has had an extensive career as a political writer. Prior to her position at the Post, she was a reporter for The New York Times, where she worked for 10 years as a Washington correspondent and as the Rome bureau chief. Henneberger was also the editor-in-chief of PoliticsDaily.com and has written a weekly column for Newsweek.com. She has contributed pieces for numerous publications including The New York Times Magazine, GQ, The Huffington Post, Slate, and Reader’s Digest.

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