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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Feb. 19, 2009

Author of best-selling sorority book, "Pledged," to speak at Northwest

Author and journalist Alexandra Robbins

Author and journalist Alexandra Robbins

Alexandra Robbins, author of "Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities," will speak at Northwest at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in the Performing Arts Center. Free tickets are available at the Student Services Center on the first floor of the Administration Building.

Robbins' appearance at Northwest is being sponsored by the Student Activities Council, the Office of Greek Life and the Interfraternity and Panhellenic councils.

"We are extremely excited that Alexandra is going to speak on campus," said Robert O'Doherty, SAC lecture chair. "We believe that a large and diverse group of students and other members of the campus and local communities will want to attend this event."

A best-selling author and journalist, Robbins has written for a variety of publications, including "The New Yorker," "Atlantic Monthly," "The Washington Post," "Cosmopolitan," and "Salon." She has also appeared on nationally broadcasts television shows, including "60 Minutes," "Oprah," "The Today Show," "The View," "The Colbert Report" and "Anderson Cooper 360."

Robbins, who graduated with honors from Yale University in 1998, has written three other books besides "Pledged": "The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids," "Conquering Your Quarterlife Crisis: Advice from Twentysomethings who Have Been There and Survived" and "Secrets of the Tomb: Skull and Bones, the Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths of Power."

Interfraternity Council President Anthony Mittan said he is pleased that Northwest's Greek-letter community is helping bring Robbins to campus. "The lecture should be interesting to both those who have read Alexandra's books, and to those who will be hearing about her work for the first time," he said.

For more information about the Alexandra Robbins lecture at Northwest or other Student Activities Council events, e-mail Adam Watson, SAC president, at sac@nwmissouri.eduor call 660.562.1226 (ext. 1226 on campus).


The mission of the Student Activities Council is to plan and administer activities for the student body that contribute to a well-rounded social, recreational and cultural life for members of the Northwest community.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468