- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A women and gender studies scholar is the opening speaker for Women’s History Month at the University of South Carolina.

Mary Margaret Fornow speaks Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the School of Law auditorium.

Fornow is the founding director of the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. Her appearance is part of a celebration for the 40th anniversary of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the university.

Her talk focuses on leadership and how it should respect diversity, develop compassion and promote social justice.

The event is part of the annual Mary Baskin Waters Lecture Series, which honors Waters for her advocacy of service learning.

The speech is free and open to the public.

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