Oct. 6, 2008
Dr. Cynthia Enloe, an internationally-renowned women’s studies scholar, will examine the war in Iraq as it relates to “ordinary women” during a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the UPS Auditorium in Lincoln Center, 3627 Peters Ave.
Enloe will be the third speaker at Morningside College as part of the Dr. R. Franklin Terry Women’s Studies Lecture and Faculty Development Series, an effort to bring a leading women’s studies scholar to campus every semester for three years.
A research professor in women’s studies and international development at Clark University in Worcester, Mass., Enloe is recognized internationally for her books, articles and public lectures on gender, politics and economics in the national and international arenas. She has been a guest speaker at institutions such as Cambridge University in England and Harvard University in Massachusetts, and she has appeared on National Public Radio and the BBC.
Some of her books include “Globalization and Militarism: Feminists Make the Link;” “The Curious Feminist: Searching for Women in The New Age of Empire;” “Bananas, Beaches and Bases;” “Does Khaki Become You? The Militarization of Women’s Lives;” and “The Comparative Politics of Pollution.”
Enloe said her lecture at Morningside College will look at the Iraq war as it relates to “ordinary women” in the United States and Iraq – how their governments rely upon them to help wage the war – even if they are not in the military – and how they cope with the stresses of wartime.
“Most of what we learn about the Iraq war is really about the senior policymakers or candidates and not really about how ordinary people cope with war,” she said. “When we do look at that, the focus is often on men and boys and not very often on women. Then if we do pay attention to women, it is just to American women, which is important, but not by itself.”
Enloe will be available to sign books immediately following the lecture. In addition to the lecture, Enloe will be participating in a couple of other events on campus earlier in the day on Oct. 29.
The public is invited to a Friday is Writing Day presentation at noon in the Roadman Formal Lounge, 3600 Peters Ave., where Enloe will read from her book “Globalization and Militarism: Feminists Make the Link.” She will talk about how she engages readers with a sneaker metaphor to explain the links between globalization and militarism. There will be informal conversation after her presentation.
Then between 3 and 5 p.m., there will be a faculty workshop in the Yockey Family Community Room in the Olsen Student Center, 3609 Peters Ave., where Enloe will work with attendees to address factors that make it difficult to raise feminist questions in the classroom, at work and in the public arena. Faculty members from Briar Cliff University and Western Iowa Tech Community College, high school teachers and any interested members of the Siouxland community are invited to attend. To register for the free workshop, contact Marcie Ponder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The women’s studies committee is thrilled to have Cynthia Enloe speak at Morningside,” said Dr. Marty Knepper, professor and chair of English at Morningside and coordinator of the Dr. R. Franklin Terry Women’s Studies Lecture and Faculty Development Series. “One of the leading international studies scholars in the world, Dr. Enloe’s ideas challenge all of us to apply ‘feminist curiosity’ toward events in our world to determine their impact on women, men and children everywhere.”
This women’s studies series is named for Dr. R. Franklin Terry, who joined the Morningside faculty in 1967 and served the college for 25 years. As a professor of religious studies and later as academic dean, Terry championed the liberal arts and social justice. For these qualities and his significant support of feminism on campus and in the community, Morningside honors Terry with this women’s studies series.
Enloe’s visit is sponsored by the former Siouxland Center for Women, the Dr. R. Franklin Terry Women’s Studies Lecture and Faculty Development Series Fund, Morningside’s academic affairs office and its Academic and Cultural Arts Series.