Award-Winning Journalist Jill Filipovic to Speak at UNCW on March 30

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Jill Filipovic, a Nairobi-based journalist and author of The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness, will discuss the political promise of women’s happiness in America during a March 30 presentation at UNCW.

Filipovic, a two-time winner of the Society of Professional Journalists Delta Sigma Chi award for her political commentary, will look at who gets to define happiness, what social science research has shown about what makes people happy and how public policy could bolster women’s ability to be happy. Attendees will be asked to consider what the nation would look like if women prioritized their own happiness and pleasure within American society.

“The idea behind scheduling this talk was to encourage (college) women to consider modern challenges from a new perspective,” said Katherine Montwieler, associate professor and director of the Women’s Studies and Resource Center.

Filipovic has also won a Newswomen’s Club of New York award for her writing on global health. A graduate of New York University School of Law, she has written about politics, gender, law and foreign affairs. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, TIME, CNN, and will be featured in the upcoming anthology Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America.

The presentation will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 30 in the Computer Information Systems building, room 1008. It’s free and open to the public.

--Emily S. Pierce