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Prominent feminist digital activist to deliver Weatherly Lecture March 2

February 24, 2016

Anita Sarkeesian, known as gaming’s feminist advocate, will speak about gender roles in videogames and other popular media during the annual Shannon and Frances Weatherly Memorial Lecture set at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2. The lecture is free and open to the public. Photo of Anita Sarkeesian courtesy of MSU Women’s Center.

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Anita Sarkeesian, described as gaming’s feminist advocate, will speak about gender roles in videogames and other popular media during the annual Montana State University Women’s Center Shannon and Frances Weatherly Memorial Lecture at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, in SUB Ballroom A. 

Sarkeesian’s lecture, “I’ll Make a Man Out of You: Redefining Strong Female Characters,” is free and open to the public.

Sarkeesian is the founder of Feminist Frequency, a website examining women’s roles in pop culture. Most recently, Feminist Frequency has partnered with Intel to help create more positive representations of women in gaming.

Sarkeesian is also the creator of Tropes vs. Women in Video Games, a YouTube video blog series examining women’s portrayal in gaming. She has been a recipient of the Ambassador Award at the 14th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards and was selected as Time magazine’s 100 most important people for 2015.

Sarkeesian’s lecture is sponsored by The Shannon and Frances Weatherly Memorial Lecture Fund, as well as the following MSU entities: Department of Computer Science; Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship; College of Engineering; College of Agriculture; College of Letters and Science; College of Nursing; College of Education, Health and Human Development; Office of Activities and Engagement; Diversity Awareness Office; VOICE Center and the Leadership Institute.

Doors for the event will open at 6 p.m.

For further information, please contact the Women’s Center @ 994-3836 or danforth@montana.edu.

Betsy Danforth, 994-3836, danforth@montana.edu