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Lecture on Iraqi women focal point of Gender Equity Week

Cynthia EnloeCynthia Enloe, the foremost feminist scholar of international relations, will present “Have We Already Forgotten Iraqi Women?: Some Feminist Warnings about Post-War American Amnesia” on Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

Enloe’s lecture will headline a full slate of events scheduled for Gender Equity Week at Linfield, which runs Feb. 10-15.

Enloe, a research professor in the International Development, Community, and Environment Department at Clark University whose work has been described as path breaking, will discuss what is remembered and forgotten about the Iraq War. She will focus on U.S. presumptions about Iraqi women and how remaining alert to their ideas and efforts might make Americans smarter about wars in general and our involvement in war. Enloe’s career has included Fulbright awards to Malaysia and Guyana and she has taught in Europe, Asia and the U.S. She is the author of 13 books including “Nimo’s War, Emma’s War: Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War.” She received her bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College and her master’s and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests are the interactions of feminism, militarized culture, war, politics and globalized economics.

In addition to Enloe’s lecture, a number of other events will be held in recognition of Gender Equity Week. Events begin Monday, Feb. 10, and run through Saturday, Feb. 15. The “I Need Feminism Because…” campaign takes place Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall. A “Women and Power” panel will be held Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall featuring Susan Agre-Kippenhan, vice president for Academic Affairs/dean of faculty; Dawn Nowacki, professor of political science; Susan Sivek, professor of mass communication; and Amy Miller, professor of sociology. A “Pizza & Politics” event featuring Enloe will be held Thursday, Feb. 13, at 11:45 a.m. in 201 Riley Hall. The week concludes with a showing of the Thomas Keith documentary, “The Bro Code,” Saturday, Feb. 15, at 9 p.m. in Ice Auditorium.

All events are free and open to the public. Gender Equity Week is sponsored by the Linfield Activities Board (LAB), Students Advocating for Gender Equality (SAGE) and the Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement (PLACE). For more information, contact Patrick Cottrell at pcottre@linfield.edu, 503-883-2477, or Breanna Ribeiro at bribeir@linfield.edu.