Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University
"When Numbers Count: The Practice of Monitoring and Representing Human Trafficking Across the Pacific Rim"
Wednesday, November 14th
Alexander Library, 4th floor Teleconference Lecture Hall, CAC
Reception to follow
INFORMAL AFTERNOON MEETING WITH GRADUATE STUDENTS
UPCOMING LECTURES IN THE SERIES
Feb. 20 - Amrita Basu, Professor of Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies, Amherst College
"Transnationalism and Religious Violence in India: Gujarat 2002”
Professor Amrita Basu is a scholar of South Asian politics who has a particular interest in women's movements and other social movements. Her most influential publications concern the contested meaning of feminism and the complicated relationship between feminist and women's movements, the prominent role of women in the religious right and the relationship of local movements to larger global forces. She teaches courses on women's activism, human rights and post colonial nationalism.March 5 - Melissa Wright, Professor of Geography and Women’s Studies, Penn State
“A Person is Missing: Femicide, Fantasy, and the Marketing of Human Rights”
Melissa W. Wright studies the dynamics linking cultural and economic processes. Her research is based primarily in Mexico and along the Mexico-U.S. border. She has also conducted fieldwork in southern China and in Hong Kong. Her recent work has focused on the emergence of an international social movement that protests violence against women along the Mexico-U.S. border. Another project has examined the meaning and practice of corporate citizenship. She is starting a new project on environmental contamination and community health initiatives in the binational border region.April 9 – Sonia Alvarez, Professor of Political Science & the Leonard J. Horwitz Professorship in Latin American Politics and Studies, Director of the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies, UMass Amherst
“Global Localities: The Travels and Translations of the World Social Forum”
Feminism in Movement, her newest book, is due out next spring; she is also co-editing an anthology of writings by Latina scholars on the “politics of translation.” Her studies lead her to consider such questions as “What are the boundaries of Latin America, do they end at the Rio Grande—or at Chicago? Holyoke? Los Angeles?” In researching a concept like alternative globalization—what role do “mild-mannered housewives in Argentina,” for instance, play in such a movement?—she seeks its human face.
2pm in the Graduate Student Lounge CAC
In preparation for the meeting with each speaker, graduate students are
asked to read an article that will be posted on the SAS website.
This series is sponsored by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and
An evening film series will accompany these lectures - more information is forthcoming.