Lisa Ling highlights Women’s History Month

Journalist Lisa Ling will speak at 7 p.m. March 13 at the Touhill.

Noted journalist and TV host Lisa Ling has traveled the world for the last decade reporting on violence in all its forms and the devastating effects it has on humanity. She often focuses on women and children – bride burning in India, gang rape in the Congo, child trafficking in Ghana. She is also well known for her role from 1999 to 2002 as co-host of the daytime television talk show “The View.”

Ling will speak about her career at 7 p.m. March 13 at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center, at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Tickets are $15 or $5 with UMSL student ID. The talk is part of a speaker series sponsored by UMSL’s Office of Student Life.

Ling’s talk, “Open Heart, Open Mind,” will focus on her life as a journalist and the important role she says journalism plays in the world. She encourages her audiences to cultivate a global perspective, opening hearts and minds to the harsh realities of our world and its true champions.

The event is one of several scheduled to celebrate Women’s History Month at the university. Check the campus calendar for additional events including:

Women in the arts

The St. Louis Mercantile Library will feature “50 Great Women in the Arts,” an exhibit that features the work of creative women from a broad range of fields including dance, design, fine art, folk art, the graphic arts, literature and music.

“50 Great Women in the Arts” celebrates the experience of women artists in all its forms. Some of them are natives of St. Louis, some are internationally known and include authors such as Maya Angelou and Kate Chopin, and sculptor Harriet Hosmer. The exhibit is located on the first level.

Women and science

Prior to the 1970s, most animal behaviorists in the U.S. were men and much of the research reflected the male perspective. Today there are equal numbers of men and women in the profession and the work of pioneering women is widely accepted. Zuleyma Tang-Martinez, founders’ professor of biology at UMSL, will talk at 7:30 p.m. March 19 on Women and Science: Shifting Paradigms in the Living World at the north entrance to the Saint Louis Zoo in Forest Park. The talk is free and open to the public. The program is sponsored by UMSL’s Gender Studies Program.


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