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March 24, 2003



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DALLAS (SMU) -- Political and economic policies that affect women and the current state of human rights here and abroad will highlight the 38th Annual Women's Symposium, April 14 on the SMU campus.

This year's keynote speaker is Julianne Malveaux, author, economist, president and chief executive officer of Last Word Productions Inc. The Authors' Roundtable will feature two Dallas women's rights activists, attorney Louise Raggio and former newspaper editor Vivian Castleberry.

The symposium, titled "Listen…Learn…Lead: Laying the Foundation for Change," will be in the SMU Hughes-Trigg Student Center, 3140 Dyer Street. Registration for the one-day forum is $35 per person and includes lectures, workshops, program materials and luncheon. Education and senior discounts are available.

Founded in 1966 by the late Emmie V. Baine, the SMU Women's Symposium is the longest continuously running program of its kind in the nation and one of SMU's oldest and most distinguished traditions. The symposium brings together women and men of differing ages and ethnic backgrounds to discuss topics of global interest and to interact with national leaders in education and public affairs. The annual event attracts more than 400 people.

Julianne Malveaux will present the Emmie Baine Lecture during the luncheon scheduled from 11:30 to 1:30 in the Hughes-Trigg ballroom. An author, economist and commentator, Malveaux will speak on the economic policies that affect women's daily lives, including pay equity, family leave and welfare reform. Malveaux recently co-authored Unfinished Business: A Democrat and A Republican Take on the 10 Most Important Issues Women Face.

The roundtable at 10 a.m. in the student center Forum will feature the book Texas Tornado: The Autobiography of a Crusader for Women's Rights and Family Justice. Written by Louise B. Raggio with Vivian A. Castleberry, it is the story of Raggio's personal journey in the fight for women's rights. Both women have received numerous national awards in their professional fields as well as a myriad of honors for their volunteer contributions on behalf of women. Castleberry also is the author of Daughters of Dallas: A History of Greater Dallas Through the Voices and Deeds of Its Women.

The Profiles in Leadership Awards will be presented during the luncheon in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom. The recipients are Rachel George, principal at Julia C. Frazier Elementary School; Jan Edgar Langbein, executive director of Genesis Women's Shelter; Regina Montoya, attorney and past national president of Girls Incorporated; Ruth P. Morgan, former SMU provost and professor emeritus; and Suzanne K. Sprague, producer and feature reporter for KERA/North Texas Public Broadcasting.

The symposium's panel discussion topics will include the negative impact of certain economic policies on women and minorities, the causes of and cultural attitudes toward stress, and the tensions between cultural relativism and universal conceptions of human rights.

Note: This event was originally scheduled for Feb. 25-26 but rescheduled for April 14 due to inclement weather.

For additional information, visit the web site at or call Gail Ward, SMU Women's Symposium coordinator, at (214) 768-4412.