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Myra Ferree, recipient of sociology’s highest honor for work in gender studies, will discuss feminism in terms of global alliances and respect for differences on Feb. 20 at the University of Richmond.

Free and open to the public, the talk will be held in Keller Hall Reception Room at 1:30 p.m.

Ferree’s visit is sponsored by Women Involved in Living and Learning (WILL) and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS). Each year the groups sponsor a speaker series to discuss gender and diversity issues.

Ferree is professor of sociology, director of the Center for German and European Studies, and member of the women’s studies program at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. A former vice-president of the American Sociological Association, Ferree received the Jessie Bernard Award, the discipline’s highest honor for work in gender studies. She is co-editor of “Global Feminisms: Transnational Women’s Organizing, Activism and Human Rights” and co-author of “Shaping Abortion Discourse: Democracy and the Public Sphere in Germany and the U.S.” Her current work focuses on comparisons between American and German feminist movements and gender policy.

For more information, call 804-289-8840.