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Release: Oct. 30, 2002

Feminist scholar to speak on non-revolutionary feminism Nov. 7

A leading feminist scholar will visit the University of Iowa Thursday, Nov. 7 to meet with faculty and students and give a free, public lecture. Wendy Brown, professor of women's studies and political science at the University of California at Berkeley, will speak on "Feminism Unbound: Mourning, Revolution, Politics," at 4 p.m. in Lecture Room 2, Van Allen Hall. Her visit is sponsored by the UI department of women's studies.

Her presentation will explore what it means to be engaged in women's studies and feminism in a generation that does not use revolutionary tactics to gain political change. Brown will discuss particular ways that feminist thinking has turned against this revolution, the difficult consequences of this turning and what practices might redeem this loss.

Brown will also lead a roundtable discussion on the institutionalization of feminism during a brown bag lunch at 704 Jefferson Building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., earlier that day.

Brown earned her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1983. Among her many research interests are the history of political theory, feminist theory, postfoundational theory, radical democratic theory, and American political culture. She is the author of many scholarly articles and four books, including her most recent "Left Legalism/Left Critique," which she co-edited with Janet Halley.

This event is co-sponsored by the UI's Office of the Provost, Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry, School of Social Work, and departments of African American world studies, American studies, cinema and comparative literature, communication studies, English, history, sexuality studies, and political science.