March 1, 2018

Social activist, journalist and commentator Gloria Steinem will be featured speaker at a Wayne State University FOCIS event, March 7


Gloria Steinem, an outspoken champion of women’s rights since the 1960s, will be the keynote speaker in the kickoff event for Part Two of the Forum on Contemporary Issues in Society’s (FOCIS) 10th anniversary lecture series “What in the World is Going On?” Steinem will share her perspective on “#MeToo and Time's Up: The Future of Feminism?"

Admission is free but reservations are required. To register, visit or call 313-577-5550.

A panel discussion follows Steinem’s presentation, featuring:

  • Moderator: Pamela Trotman Reid, Wayne State University senior scholar and University of Saint Joseph president emerita
  • Panelists: Lilia Cortina, professor of psychology and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan, and Georgia T. Chao, professor of management, Michigan State University.


10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Community Arts Auditorium, 450 Reuther Mall, Detroit, MI 48202


Steinem was a columnist for New York magazine and helped create Ms., collaborated in the formation of the National Women’s Political Caucus, and is the author of many essays and best-selling books. Included among the many organizations she founded or helped create are the Women’s Action Alliance, a national information center specializing in nonsexist, multiracial children’s education, and the Ms. Foundation for Women, a multiracial, multi-issue fund that supports grassroots projects to empower women and girls. In 2013, President Obama awarded Steinem the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

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Established in 2007 by President Emeritus Irvin D. Reid, FOCIS is a special initiative that focuses Wayne State University's problem-solving resources on an eclectic range of topics important to the campus community and beyond. FOCIS lectures and related events bring together the institution's teaching, research and service missions to advance the frontiers of knowledge, promote informed debate and encourage responsible citizenship in an increasingly fast-paced, interconnected and complex global society. FOCIS presents coordinated public programs, foreign-study projects, research opportunities and ongoing community dialogues addressing specific issues that confront the citizens of Detroit, the United States and the world.

About the Eugene Applebaum Chair in Community Engagement

The Eugene Applebaum Chair in Community Engagement was created through the generosity of alumnus Eugene Applebaum, founding chair of the Wayne State University Foundation. The Applebaum Chair is a catalyst for cooperation among the university and community organizations on issues in business and economic development, education, health, international outreach, politics and other areas. FOCIS is the Applebaum Chair's primary public platform. President Emeritus Irvin D. Reid is the inaugural holder of the Eugene Applebaum Chair in Community Engagement.


Tom Reynolds
Phone: (313) 577-8093