The Feminist Press, the world’s oldest continuing feminist publisher, is honoring Kathleen Waldron and the eight other women presidents and deans of the colleges and professional schools of the City University of New York at its 37th annual anniversary gala this November 5. President Waldron will receive this year’s Sue Rosenberg Zalk Award in recognition of her outstanding leadership and inspired work to support and encourage achievement by Baruch’s students, professors, administrators, and alumni.
CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein will present the Zalk Award at the gala. The Zalk Award is named after the late Vice President of Student Affairs at the CUNY Graduate Center, who was also a leading feminist scholar and longtime board member of the Feminist Press.
The 2007 recipients of the Sue Rosenberg Zalk Award given for dedication and service to The City University of New York are: Dean Michelle Anderson, of the CUNY Law School; President Dolores M. Fernandez, of Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College; President Marcia V. Keizs, of York College; Dean Ann Kirschner, of The William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY; President Gail O. Mellow, of LaGuardia Community College; President Regina S. Peruggi, of Kingsborough Community College; President Jennifer J. Raab, of Hunter College; President Kathleen M. Waldron, of Baruch College, and President Carolyn G. Williams, of Bronx Community College.
New York City Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott is scheduled to present a special award on behalf of The Feminist Press to Vice Chairman Philip Berry of CUNY’s Board of Trustees. Vice Chairman Berry is a corporate officer and Vice President of Colgate Palmolive Inc., and a prominent civic and educational leader
CUNY has been at the forefront in promoting women to positions of leadership. The nine awardees have been instrumental in making CUNY a model of diversity, opportunity and academic excellence.
Hollywood and Broadway celebrities, business leaders and literary figures have joined in supporting The Feminist Press. Cinema legend and activist Jane Fonda and actor-comedian Lily Tomlin are co-chairs of the gala which will also honor the recording artist Cyndi Lauper and the creator of the theatrical and dramatic phenomenon The Vagina Monologues, playwright Eve Ensler.
Television personality, author, and restaurateur Barbara (”B.”) Smith will emcee a program featuring a film and a reading celebrating the lives of two recently deceased American masters, Tillie Olsen and Grace Paley. Kathleen Chalfant, OBIE award winner for her role in the play Wit, will read from the works of Grace Paley.