WRITER: MANSI BHATIA
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Oct. 1, 2002
South Asian Studies Program hosts two speakers Oct. 4
Two scholars of South Asia will give separate lectures at the University
of Iowa Friday, Oct. 4 hosted by the UI South Asian Studies Program. At 11
a.m., Gail Omvedt, an independent scholar and activist, will speak on "Development
and the Crisis of National Identity in India " in room 302 Schaeffer
Hall. At 4 p.m. Kamala Visweswaran, an associate professor of anthropology
and Asian studies at the University of Texas at Austin, will talk about "Gender
and Human Rights in South Asia" in room 112 Macbride Hall. Both the events
are free and open to the public.
Omvedt was born in Minneapolis but has been an Indian citizen since 1982.
As a scholar-activist, she works with new social movements, particularly women's
groups and farmers' organizations. Her academic writing includes numerous
books and articles on class, caste and gender issues. Her lecture is part
of the South Asian Studies Program and the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies
Visweswaran's has written about the intersections of ethnography and literature.
Her forthcoming book, "Family Subjects: Women, Feminism, Indian Nationalism,"
explores the relationship between anthropology and history by focusing on
women's roles in the 20th century Indian nationalist movement. She has won
two Fulbright fellowships to India and a Sawyer Seminar Mellon fellowship
at the University of Chicago. Her lecture is co-sponsored by the anthropology
and women's studies departments.
South Asian Studies Program is part of UI International Programs, which
consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs,
research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for
academic programs and the dean of International Programs, these units serve
to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship,
research and teaching.
For special accommodations for people with disabilities or for more information,
call (319) 335-0368.