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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:

Sexuality Week is funded by the Student Association at UAlbany.

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