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Student debate to focus on women’s leadership issues

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By Camie Williams | November 9, 2015

The UGA Women's Leadership Initiative will host a student debate on converting popular demands for greater gender equity into effective policies Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Chapel.

The debate, which is free and open to the public, is titled "Hollywood to D.C.: Moving Feminist Rhetoric from Conversation to Legislation." It will feature students from the Demosthenian Literary Society, the Phi Kappa Literary Society, the Roosevelt Institute and the Women's Studies Student Organization. Stefanie Lindquist, dean of the School of Public and International Affairs, will serve as moderator, and a reception will follow in Demosthenian Hall.

"Demosthenian was excited to get the opportunity to help plan this event," said Katlyn Firkus, a fourth-year student majoring in psychology and marketing. "We believe in the power of rhetoric to effect change, and this topic represents change that needs to happen."

Participants include Cali Callaway of the Roosevelt Institute, Justin Ebert of the Demosthenian Literary Society, Halle Hammond of the Phi Kappa Literary Society and Juhi Varshney of the Women's Studies Student Organization.

Organizers urge students and other attendees to share their thoughts about the debate on social media using #Hllywd2DC.

"The University of Georgia is a hub for the exchange of ideas, and I encourage members of the campus community to hear our students engage in constructive dialogue about one of society's most pressing issues," said Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten.

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