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Global women is focus of month-long celebration

March 4, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Women's History Month events on the campus of Western Michigan University include discussions on women's roles in other countries, a self-defense demonstration and career information for students pursuing women's studies. All events are open to the public free of charge.

Women's History Month Events

Monday, March 12--Dr. Chandra Talpade Mohanty, professor of women's studies at Syracuse University, will speak on "Academic Spaces, Insurgent Knowledges: On Transnational Feminist Praxis," at 7:30 p.m. in 210 Bernhard Center.

Tuesday, March 20--"Exporting Equality: Gender Regulations and EU Enlargement in Central Europe" is the topic to be covered by Dr. Leah Anderson, assistant professor of politics and international relations at Wheaton College, at 7:30 p.m. in the Putney Auditorium of the Fetzer Center.

Wednesday, March 21--Dr. Erika Loeffler, a WMU professor emerita of anthropology and women's studies, will speak on "Women in the Spotlight in Iran." at 3:30 p.m. in 212 Bernhard Center.

Thursday, March 22--Judo instructor and WMU graduate Jamie Blake will demonstrate a variety of simple self-defense moves and strategies at 4 p.m. in 105 Bernhard Center. Participants will be able to practice these techniques and discuss ways to avoid unsafe situations.

Tuesday, March 27--"Woman's Reason and Islamic Fundamentalism" will be discussed by Dr. Mona Abousenna, professor emerita of English literature at Egypt's Ain Shams University in Cairo, from 2 to 4 p.m. in 210 Bernhard Center. Abousenna is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the Department of Sociology through April 7.

Friday, March 30--"Algerian Women Throughout History" will be explored by lecturer Amel Tafsout from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the MLK Room of the Bernhard Center. Tafsout of Algeria is an instructor of French and Arabic at the University of Central Arkansas, and she will perform dances of Algerian women.

Monday, April 2--Dr. Abousenna returns to speak on "Islamic Fundamentalism versus Secularization in the Middle East" from 3 to 5 p.m. in 157 Bernhard Center.

Thursday, April 5--Gender and Women's Studies Career Day will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. in the third floor conference room of Moore Hall. Information will be available on job opportunities and graduate school for women studies students, and recent graduates will be on hand to answer questions.

Thursday, April 5--Alexis Levitan, a translator of Brazilian writer Clairice Lispector and other prose and poetry, will speak at 5 p.m. on the 10th floor of Sprau Tower.

All events in the series are sponsored by WMU's Gender and Women's Studies Program.

Media contact: Deanne Molinari, (269) 387-8400, deanne.molinari@wmich.edu

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