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Women's role in European politics explored

March 12, 2007

KALAMAZOO--An expert on gender issues and Central European politics will visit the Western Michigan University campus Tuesday, March 20, to deliver the annual George Klein Lecture, which will explore "Exporting Equality: Gender Regulations and EU Enlargement in Central Europe."

Dr. Leah Seppanen Anderson will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Putney Auditorium of the Fetzer Center. Her presentation is free and open to the public.

Anderson, assistant professor of politics and international relations at Wheaton College since 2003, was attracted to the study of politics when the Berlin Wall collapsed and communist countries embarked on the construction of new political regimes. Her fascination with political transition and the democratization of some countries in the region led her to focus on democratic theory in Central European politics. She studied Czech social policy in Prague in 2000-01 on a Fulbright Fellowship and returned to Prague in 2005 to begin a new research project on health care policy in other Central European states. She also studies the European Union, women in politics and feminism.

The lecture is named after Dr. George Klein, a longtime member of the WMU Department of Political Science and an internationally known expert on Balkan Politics and Eastern European political systems. After his death in 1981, his widow, Dr. Patricia V. Klein, WMU associate professor emerita of science studies, created an endowment in his honor to fund the annual lecture, symposia, conferences and scholarships.

Anderson's address is coordinated by WMU's Institute of Government and Politics and its Women's Studies Program. For more information, contact the institute's director, Dr. Susan Hoffmann, at susan.hoffmann@wmich.edu or (269) 387-5692.

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

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