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March 4: Kathy Najimy to give Ortman Perkins Lecture

TV/film star, activist is featured speaker for 10th annual Carol Ortman Perkins lecture.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 2-25-2014

Mankato, Minn. – Kathy Najimy, an activist who has performed in over 25 films and TV projects, is the featured speaker for the 10th annual Carol Ortman Perkins Lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4 in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

The event is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

The following are excerpts from her biography at

Najimy is known for her memorable performances in over 25 films and several TV projects. On TV, she was the voice of “Peggy Hill” on the Emmy Award Winning show “King of the Hill.”

In film, Najimy is internationally known for her portrayal of “Sister Mary Patrick” in the blockbuster hits “Sister Act” and “Sister Act II: Back in the Habit.” Najimy’s work has also included starring roles in “Hocus Pocus,” “Hope Floats,” “Rat Race,” and “The Wedding Planner.”

Najimy is an enthusiastic supporter of women’s and girls’ rights, AIDS awareness, animal rights, and a woman’s right to choose, and frequently travels around the country to keynote speak on these issues. She is currently helping (lead) the movement to abolish the New York City carriage horses.

Najimy has supported a variety of organizations and received numerous awards and honors that are detailed on her website,

For more information about this event or other Minnesota State Mankato Women’s Center events, visit or call the Women’s Center at 507-389-6146.

About the Carol Ortman Perkins Lectureship
The Department of Gender & Women’s Studies launched the Perkins Lectureship campaign in 2003 to commemorate Dr. Perkins’ retirement as chair of the department for over a decade. Perkins’ commitment to and enthusiasm for gender & women’s studies helped make the department an exciting and dynamic place to study systems of oppression both locally and internationally.

The aim of this lectureship is to invite a distinguished feminist scholar/activist to campus each year to visit Minnesota State Mankato and deliver an address to the community. Lecturers are selected based on their contributions to feminist scholarship and their ability to forge connections between theory and practice.

The lectureship fulfills the mission of the Women’s Center and the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies to promote feminist scholarship and activism and to encourage the exchange of ideas.

Previous lecturers have included Lilly Ledbetter, Gloria Steinem, Wilma Mankiller, Dorothy Allison, Jessica Valenti, Susan Faludi, and Jewel Woods.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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