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KATHA POLLITT, AWARD-WINNING COLUMNIST FOR THE NATION, TO SPEAK AT AQUINAS

February 5, 2002 - "Subject to Debate," Katha Pollitt's bimonthly column in The Nation has offered readers provocative observations on women, politics, and culture for more than seven years. Pollitt will speak at Aquinas on Tuesday, February 5. Her talk, Feminism in the Age of 'Dubya': The Bush Era, is at 7:00 p.m., in the Wege Student Center Ballroom. The Aquinas College Jane Hibbard Idema Women's Studies Center is sponsoring Pollitt's presentation. The event is free and open to the public.

Pollitt is the author of more than 250 pieces of nonfiction. Her latest book also titled "Subject to Debate" brings together eighty-eight of her most astute essays on hot-button topics such as affirmative action and school vouchers and illustrates her indefatigable wit and brilliance. The New York Times Book Review says, "What sets Ms. Pollitt apart from other feminist writers is her concern for social justice."

She is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and Whiting Foundations, a grant from the NEA, a National Magazine Award in Essays and Criticism, a new York Foundation for the Arts Grand, a Fullbright Writers Grant for travel in Yugoslavia and a National Book Critics Circle Award. Pollitt has published hundred of book reviews, opeds, essays, and articles in a wide variety of publications (The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, The Afew Yorker, Harper's, the Washington Post, Mother Jones, Dissent). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, and The Yale Review.

Pollitt earned a bachelor of arts in philosophy from Radcliffe College in 1972 and a master of fine arts in writing from Columbia University in 1975. She has taught at Princeton, Columbia School of the Arts, New York University graduate writing program, and the graduate program in Liberal Studies at the New School.