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Distributed October 23, 1996
Contact: Tracie Sweeney

Sarah Doyle Women's Center welcomes new director

Margaret Klawunn, a director of special projects at Rutgers University, has been named director of Brown University's Sarah Doyle Women's Center, which since its opening in 1975 has been an important resource for women at the University.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Margaret Klawunn of Rutgers University has been named director of the Sarah Doyle Women's Center. Before joining Brown, Klawunn had been director of special projects in the Office of Student Affairs, where she focused primarily on multicultural issues.

The Sarah Doyle Women's Center is named for the woman who persuaded the University to begin accepting female undergraduates in 1891. Since opening in 1975, the center has been an important resource for women at Brown through its referral service, public programs, art gallery and specialized collection of books.

Klawunn, who also will teach a survey of American literature next semester, hopes to broaden the center's services to reach more female faculty and administrators, men who are supportive of women's issues, and the wider Brown and Providence communities by offering forums on current issues, collaborative public service projects, reading groups and some special lectures in conjunction with the gallery's participation in Providence's monthly Artrolley Gallery Night. The center's art gallery, which exhibits local and regional artists, the library, and many of its programs are free and open to the public.

Klawunn received her doctorate and master's degrees in English from Rutgers University and her Bachelor of Arts from Colby College. She has taught in college departments of English, women's studies and Africana studies.