Roe vs. Wade Attorney to be Keynote Speaker at
21st Annual Sexuality Week
Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4980
ALBANY, N.Y. (February 2, 2004) -- Sarah Weddington,
a nationally known attorney who successfully argued
the 1973 Supreme Court case Roe V. Wade that made
abortion legal, will be the keynote speaker during
Sexuality Week at the University at Albany. Her
lecture, "Some Leaders are Born Women,"
will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. in
the Campus Center Ballroom, on the UAlbany Uptown
Campus. A reception and book-signing will follow.
Weddington, a longtime advocate for women, is
the author of the best seller, A
Question of Choice, which details the Roe
v. Wade case. Her interview with former First
Ladies Johnson, Ford, and Carter on "Women
and the Constitution" appeared in Good
Housekeeping. She is a founding member
of the Foundation for Women's Resources, and has
been integral in all its activities, including
the Leadership Texas and Leadership America programs
and the creation of The Women's Museum, which
opened in September 2000 in Dallas. At The University
of Texas at Austin, where she is an adjunct associate
professor, she teaches Gender-Based Discrimination
and Leadership in America. She is working on a
new book about leadership and self-renewal.
Weddington has been featured in Working
Woman, People magazine, and the Washington
Post, and has been a guest on The
Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN,
and the CBS Morning News.
From 1978 to 1981, Weddington served as assistant
to the president of the United States after being
asked by President Carter to direct his administration's
work on women's issues and leadership outreach.
She also directed White House efforts to extend
the time for ratification of the Equal Rights
Amendment, and to assist in the selection of women
for federal judiciary appointments.
Coordinated by the Middle Earth Peer Assistance
Program of the University Counseling Center, Sexuality
Week is being observed for the 21st year at UAlbany.
The event will run from Thursday, Feb. 5 through
Saturday, Feb. 14.
Workshops will be held throughout the week, including
a workshop on sexually transmitted diseases from
1:15 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in Campus
Center 375, "Revisiting Roe v. Wade"
presented by Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood on
Monday, Feb. 9, at 1:15 p.m. in Campus Center
375; and a workshop entitled, "Faith and
Sex: An Oxymoron?" From 4:15 to 5:30 p.m.
on Wednesday, Feb. 11, in Campus Center 375. The
Vagina Monologues, by Eve Ensler, will
be presented Feb. 12, 13, and 14 in the Performing
Arts Center Main Theatre. Last year the performances
at UAlbany raised more than $12,000 for local
rape crisis and domestic violence shelters.
For a complete listing of Sexuality Week programs
and a downloadable version of the brochure (pdf
format), go to: www.albany.edu/counseling_center/sexweek.html.
Sexuality Week is funded by the Student Association