The inaugural speaker in the Mercyhurst College 75th Anniversary Year Speakers Series will be Christina Hoff Sommers, a scholar and writer who has explored the world of feminism and American culture in four books since 1985.
Sommers will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, in the Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center at Mercyhurst College. The event is free and open to the public.
Sommers is currently a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., a position she took after teaching at Clark University from 1980 until 1999. In addition, Sommers has served as a visiting lecturer in the Semester at Sea program for University of Pittsburgh and an instructor at the University of Massachusetts.
The author of four books — “The War Against Boys,” “Vice and Virtue in Everyday Life,” “Who Stole Feminism? How Women Have Betrayed Women,” and “Right and Wrong: Basic Readings in Ethics” — Sommers specializes in ethics, contemporary moral theory and feminism.
Sommers has also appeared on Nightline, 20/20, 60 Minutes, Crossfire, Politically Incorrect and Oprah. Her written work has been featured in the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and several international publications.
Sommers will be the first lecturer in the Mercyhurst College 75th Anniversary Year Speakers Series, part of the college’s anniversary celebration.