Feministing’s Speakers

Bring Feministing to your campus this semester! Some of your favorite Feministing writers speak on college campuses and at organizations. Click here to learn how to bring them to your school. And find out more about our individual speakers below…

Lori Adelman is a writer and advocate for women’s health and rights both domestically and internationally. She is currently an Advocacy and Communications Officer in Planned Parenthood’s Global Division. She has previously worked at the United Nations Foundation on the Every Woman Every Child initiative, at the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), and in the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, where she lent support to a U.S. tour that raised awareness about the obstruction of access to legal abortion after rape in Mexico. Lori holds a BA in Social Studies from Harvard University. Follow Lori on Twitter: @lori_adelman.

chloeheadshotChloe Angyal is a freelance writer and blogger from Sydney, Australia who is based in New York City. Chloe’s writing has been published in numerous online and print outlets, including The Los Angeles Times, New York magazine, The Atlantic, Slate, Salon, JezebelThe Nation, The American Prospect, Foreign Policy Magazine, The Guardian, GOODDeparturesAlterNet, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and The Christian Science Monitor, and she is a regular guest on MSNBC and Al Jazeera. Her freelance writing covers a range of topics, including sexual assault prevention, women in politics, and reproductive rights. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis, currently in progress, is about how the genre depicts gender, sex and power. Born and raised in Sydney, Chloe moved to the US in 2005 and to New York City in 2009. In her spare time, she reads, runs, takes ballet classes, and listens to truly terrible pop music.

Alexandra headshotAlexandra Brodsky is an anti-violence activist and student at the Yale Law School. She has worked at Harvard Law’s Gender Violence Program and completed fellowships at the Planned Parenthood Association and Justice Now, a feminist prison abolitionist legal services non-profit in Oakland. Alexandra also organizes the legal education campaign Know Your IX as well as Ed Act Now, a national student movement for better federal enforcement of Title IX. Alexandra’s feminist and economic justice commentary and activism have been featured by news outlets including CNN, ABC, NBC,CBS, MSNBC, FOX News, NPR, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, TIME, the Atlantic, the Chronicle, and Al Jazeera. In addition to her work at Feministing, Alexandra has been published at the Guardian, AlterNet, Slate, Salon, the Huffington Post, and the Nation. She tweets as @azbrodsky.

Maya Dusenbery is a freelance writer, editor, and researcher. A Minnesota native, she studied political science at Carleton College and then fought the good fight for reproductive rights in New York City for a few years, where she worked at the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the US, NARAL Pro-Choice New York, and the National Institute for Reproductive Health. Recently, she spent a year as an editorial fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She blogs and speaks about a range of topics, including abortion access, sexuality, pop culture, economic justice, and masculinity. Follow Maya on Twitter @mayadusenbery.

Katie Halper is a comedian, writer, blogger, satirist and filmmaker based in New York. Katie graduated from The Dalton School (where she taught history) and Wesleyan University (where she learned that labels are for jars.) A director of Living Liberally and co-founder/performer in Laughing Liberally, Katie has performed at Town Hall, Symphony Space, The Culture Project, D.C. Comedy Festival, all five Netroots Nations, and The Nation Magazine Cruise, where she made Howard Dean laugh! and has appeared with Lizz Winstead, The Yes Men, and Cynthia Nixon. In addition to Feministing, Katie’s writing and videos have appeared in The New York Times, Salon, Comedy Central, The Nation Magazine, Gawker, Nerve, Jezebel, the Huffington Post, Alternet. Katie co-produced Tim Robbins’s film Embedded, Estela Bravo’s Free to Fly, was outreach director for The Take, Naomi Klein/Avi Lewis documentary about Argentine workers, co-directed New Yorkers Remember the Spanish Civil War, a video for Museum of the City of NY exhibit, and wrote/directed viral satiric videos including Jews/ Women/ Gays for McCain . Katie’s latest film “Commie Camp” premiered at the VisionFest at Tribeca Cinemas, where it broke a record for quickly selling out two showings.

Zerlina Maxwell is a political analyst and contributing writer for Feministing, as well as The New York Daily News, theGrio.com, and EBONY.com. She writes about national politics, candidates, and specific policy and culture issues including domestic violence, sexual assault, victim blaming and gender inequality. She has consulted with the United States Department of State to promote the use of social media by students in the West Bank. She was recently featured in the New York Times as a political twitter voice to follow during this election season. Her writing has also appeared in JET Magazine, on CNN.com, The Huffington Post, The American Prospect, TheRoot.com Salon.com, and RawStory.com. She is also a weekly guest and fill in host for Make It Plain with Mark Thompson on Sirius XM Left and democratic commentator on Fox News. She can be contacted here.

PhotobucketJos Truitt is writer, organizer, and artist currently living in the Bay Area. She joined the Feministing team in July 2009 and became an Editor in August 2011. She blogs about a range of topics including transgender issues and abortion access. Jos first got involved with organizing when she led a walk out against the Iraq war at her high school. She was introduced to the reproductive justice movement while at Hampshire College, where she organized the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program’s annual reproductive justice conference. She has worked on the National Abortion Federation’s hotline, was a Field Organizer at Choice USA, and has volunteered as a Pro-Choice Clinic Escort. Jos has also written for Bilerico, RH Reality Check, and Metro Weekly. She has spoken and trained at numerous national conferences and college campuses about trans issues, reproductive justice, blogging, feminism, and grassroots organizing. Jos completed her MFA in Printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute in Spring 2013. Follow Jos on Twitter @jostruitt.

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