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Rutgers selects Klein as first Gloria Steinem chair

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Naomi Klein has been selected as the inaugural Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.
Naomi Klein has been selected as the inaugural Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. - ()

Best-selling author, feminist and human rights advocate Naomi Klein has been selected as the inaugural Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

The Rutgers University Board of Governors approved the appointment Wednesday.

Over the next three years, Klein will teach, organize public events, conduct research and engage students in debate and scholarship on a range of issues. Topics will include the role of activist journalists in revolutionary movements from abolition to feminism as well as the complex relationships among new media technologies, market forces, democracy and movements for racial, gender and economic justice.

“I am honored to have been chosen for this prestigious position and eager to join Rutgers students in connecting the dots between some of the most critical issues of our time,” Klein said in a statement.

Steinem, a world-renowned feminist and human rights leader in her own right, will join Klein to kick off the new program with a public discussion Sept. 21 focusing on the ways that information technology and new media are reshaping culture and power relationships as well as the challenges ahead for progressive movements in the U.S. and elsewhere.

The chair is a collaboration among Rutgers’ School of Communication and InformationInstitute for Women’s Leadership and Department of Women’s and Gender Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Klein is best known for her 2007 book “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.” Her most recent work is “Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes on the Disaster Capitalists.”

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