Thursday, April 7, 2016

BBC Newshour Extra to Examine the Future of Feminism in Live Audience News Discussion on UNO Campus

Owen Bennett Jones

New Orleans Public Radio invites the public to join BBC World Service Newshour host Owen Bennett-Jones and a panel of guests at the Nims Theatre on the UNO Campus in New Orleans on Thursday, April 14, 7:00 pm, to discuss what feminism means in the 21st century. The discussion will be recorded for worldwide broadcast on Newshour Extra, the World Service weekly program that offers in-depth analysis and reporting on a story or trend of importance to the BBC’s audiences around the world.

New Orleans’ Newshour Extra is open to the public free of charge, but advance registration is encouraged. Please sign up here or at The Nims Theatre is located in the UNO Performing Arts Center, near the center of campus. (#28 on campus maps.)  Free parking is available at nearby lots on campus.

In its New Orleans event, Newshour will examine the future of Feminism in America.  What is the direction of feminism today, when some would say things have never been better for American women?  Consider: more women graduate from college than men, the gender pay gap is the narrowest it’s ever been, and the next president of the United States could well be a woman.  So, is feminism really a political movement with clear goals, or has it become more a marketing label?  How do feminists defend the charge that their cause is dominated by the voices of well-off liberal white women? 

BBC Newshour airs live from London weekdays 2:00 – 3:00pm on WWNO 89.9 FM.  Every day Newshour delivers an hour of headlines, commentary and reporting from around the world, with the expertise and international perspective of the BBC's global network of correspondents. Newshour is a past winner of the Sony Radio Academy Award in 2008 for best news and current affairs radio show.

Owen Bennett-Jones presents Newshour on BBC World Service. He was a BBC correspondent in Romania immediately after the country's 1989 revolution and has also been based in Geneva, Islamabad, Hanoi and Beirut.  Owen's coverage of the events in Pakistan has included interviews with Benazir Bhutto, Asif Zardari, A Q Khan, Nawaz Sharif and President Musharraf. Over a 15 year period he has traveled to some of the remotest and most inaccessible parts of the country and has reported on the country's corruption, the Taliban, the MQM, Benazir Bhutto's return and on the aftermath of her assassination. For his excellence as interviewer and reporter, Owen won the Sony Radio Gold Award in the News Journalist of the Year category in 2008. He was Commonwealth Journalist of the Year in 2009.  

In 2012, Owen was a visiting Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University in the U.S. In 2014 he was a visiting professor at the University of Southern California.  He is the author of two books. In 2003 he wrote Pakistan: Eye of the Storm - a modern history of the country which went into a third edition in 2010, and in 2013, the political thriller Target Britain.  Owen was educated at the London School of Economics and Oxford University.

WWNO 89.9FM, New Orleans Public Radio, is the listener-supported NPR radio station serving New Orleans and Southeast Louisiana, broadcasting on 89.9FM and on KTLN 90.5 FM in the Houma-Thibodaux area.  Listeners have made WWNO the region’s morning news leader, attracted by in-depth reporting and discussions that stay respectful. The station’s website,, streams news, quality entertainment, and 24-hour classical music and jazz to people across the region.