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URI announces annual Women’s Studies Spring Colloquium

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- February 4, 2004 -- The University of Rhode Island announces its annual Dana Shugar Women’s Studies Spring Colloquium, a series of presentations by various URI scholars on their work about women’s and men’s lives. This year’s topics range from Black clubwomen’s activism to the global sex trade to being a foreigner in Finland. The details follow:

o Thursday, Feb. 19: E. Rae Ferguson, assistant professor of history will share her research on Black clubwomen’s activism in Indianapolis and discuss her methodological approach. Her presentation, "An Ambition for My Race: Black Clubwomen’s Work, 1880-1930," will be held from 5–6:30 p.m. in the Dana Shugar Library in the URI Women’s Center. A reception will be held at 4 p.m. for faculty interested in women’s issues and the Women’s Studies Program.
o Wednesday, April 7: Donna Hughes, professor and Eleanor N. and Oscar M. Carlson Endowed Chair of Women’s Studies, will provide a comparison of the policies of the Clinton and Bush administrations on the global sex trade and the implication for women and girls’ rights and freedom around the world. She will also describe her personal experience as a consultant on sex trafficking to non-governmental organizations and government officials. Her presentation, "U.S. Policy and the Global Sex Trade," will be held from 5–6:30 p.m., in the Club Room in the University Club.
o Monday, April 26: Donna Bickford, a lecturer in Women’s Studies, will discuss her recent experiences as a Fulbright Scholar teaching Women’s Studies at Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland. Her talk, "The teacher ‘forced’ us to think: Being a Foreigner in Finland" will be held from 5–6:30 p.m. in the Dana Shugar Library in the URI Women’s Center.

For more information about the events, please call the Women’s Studies Program at 874-5150.