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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 workshop.

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.

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