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Michele Weldon. September 2014. [Photo by Karen Kring]


UCI Initiative to End Family Violence (IEFV) Survivor Series Workshop and Lecture

Michele Weldon

Award-Winning Journalist and Author
Assistant Professor Emerita, The Medill School, Northwestern University
Director, Public Voices Fellowship at Northwestern University,
The OpEd Project
Author of five non-fiction books, including
Escape Points: A Memoir (2015)


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Writing Workshop

Owning The Power of Your Story:
Discovering Tools for Writing the Truth

In this interactive workshop on the sanctity of authentic narrative, you will learn tools and strategies for telling your personal story, whether for publication as an essay or memoir, or for your personal clarity. Award-winning author, journalist and emerita faculty in journalism at Northwestern University Michele Weldon will offer useful strategies for uncovering your own story. Participants will need pen and paper.

The Workshop has reached maximum capacity. Guests would like to attend are to contact endfamilyviolence@uci.edu.

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016
Time: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Location: UCI Social Ecology 1, room 112 (directions/parking)
The event is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be available at 12:00 p.m. Parking is $10 in the Social Science Parking Structure. 

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Survivor Series Lecture

She Is One of Us:
Dispelling the Myths of Domestic Violence and Embracing Solutions

A survivor of domestic violence, author and journalist Michele Weldon will address the cultural myths that surround victims and perpetrators and what we can all do to not only shift awareness but to work towards eliminating violence against women, children and men.

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016
Time: 6:00- 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Beckman Center. Parking at the Beckman Center is free for this event (directions/parking)
Reception and Book-signing: 7:30 p.m. (immediately following lecture)

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About Michele Weldon

Michele Weldon is emerita faculty in journalism at the Medill School, Northwestern University, where she taught for 18 years.  She is director of the Northwestern Public Voices Fellowship through The OpEd Project, where she is a senior leader teaching programs and fellowships at Princeton, Stanford, Wellesley and Cambridge universities and foundations including Whiting and Ms. foundations.  She is editorial director of Take The Lead Women, a nonprofit with the mission to achieve gender parity by 2025.

Weldon is the award-winning author of four nonfiction books, including her latest, Escape Points: A Memoir that was named one of the best books of 2015 by Booklist of the American Library Association. The book earned an Eric Hoffer Book Award in memoir and was a finalist in the Society of Midland Authors book awards. Her earlier books include the best-selling, I Closed My Eyes, (1999);  Writing To Save Your Life (2001) and Everyman News (2008).  She has contributed chapters in seven other books and anthologies.

Her commentary appears in outlets such as New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, CNN, Cosmopolitan,  Guardian, Los Angeles Times, Pacific Standard, Quartz, Slate, and more. She serves on the advisory boards of Life Matters Media, Between Friends, Global Girl Media and Sarah’s Inn.  Weldon is a former board member of Journalism and Women Symposium and is the mother of three grown sons.