March 13, 2014
Daisy Hernandez will deliver the keynote address for Women's Month at the College of Saint Benedict at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20 in room 204, Gorecki Center.
Hernandez, who was raised in New Jersey, will discuss the intersectionality of race and gender.
Hernandez received her bachelor of arts in English at William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J., and her master's in journalism and Caribbean and Latin American studies at New York University in New York City.
By age 25, Hernandez was a columnist for Ms. Magazine, where she wrote stories about feminism and her life as a Latina. She also spent a year at the New York Times' metro desk.
Hernandez spent six years working at ColorLines, a newsmagazine focused on race and politics.
In 2007 ColorLines was awarded UTNE's General Excellence Award, and Hernandez's article "Becoming a Black Man" was nominated for a 2009 GLAAD Media Award.
Throughout her writing career, Hernandez has had residencies at Hedgebrook (2000), MacDowell Colony (2001), Blue Mountain Center (2008) and the Djerassi Resident Arts Program (2009). She also worked as part of the Macondo writing workshop started by Sandra Cisneros in San Antonio, Texas.
Her essays have been published in numerous anthologies, including "50 Ways to Support Lesbian and Gay Equality," "Without a Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class" and "Border-Line Personalities: A New Generation of Latinas Dish on Sex, Sass, and Cultural Shifting." Her commentaries have aired on NPR's "All Things Considered."
In addition to her own writings, Hernandez worked alongside poet and author Bushra Rehman to co-edit the anthology "Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism."
Women's Month is co-sponsored by the Sister Nancy Hynes Institute for Women's Leadership and the CSB Student Senate.
What is your vision of success? - From March 10-15, students can decorate the walls of Gorecki Center with their own definitions of success.
Women's Empowerment Music - During the lunch and dinner hours, Gorecki Center will be playing empowering music.
Fouzia Saeed - At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12 in room 204, Gorecki Center, Saeed - the author of "Working With Sharks" - will be available for discussion. Her book includes an account of sexual assault in the United Nations.
Laughing Yoga - 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13 in Alumnae Hall. Join other Bennies for a unique mix of laughter and yoga.
SheFest Art Gala - At 7 p.m. Saturday, March 15, students can convene in O'Connell's to view art, hear poetry and observe creations of Bennies.
Natural Beauty Day - Students are encouraged to go make-up free on Wednesday, March 26, and can pick up Natural Beauty Day shirts from the Institute for Women's Leadership office in Murray 151.