Lecturer Examines Promises and Challenges Facing Women in a Postmodern World – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Lecturer Examines Promises and Challenges Facing Women in a Postmodern World

Critical feminist Nelly Stromquist examines issues related to international development and gender

(Feb. 23, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.–Women have made incredible advances over the past century. What does the future, with its emphasis on globalization, hold for social relations of gender? Nelly Stromquist, a professor at the Rossier School of Education and affiliated scholar with the Center for Feminist Research and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California, has some thoughts on that.

As part of Hobart and William Smith Colleges' Fisher Center lecture series, Stromquist presents “21st Century Women: Confronting Postmodernity and Globalization” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 4, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library, on the Colleges' campus. A roundtable discussion with Stromquist begins at 8:45 a.m. on Friday, March 5, in the Fisher Center, Demarest Hall, Room 212. Both events are free and open to the public.

Specializing in questions concerning gender, equity policies and educational innovations, Stromquist is one of the leading authors on the question of education and globalization. Her most recent book, “Education in a Globalized World: The Connectivity of Economic Power, Technology, and Knowledge,” focuses on how transnational corporations hold political influence on education and culture.

Stromquist also has written “Globalization and Education: Integration and Contestation Across Countries,” and currently serves as the chief editor of “The Encyclopedia of Third World Women.”

Fisher Center lectures and seminars provide a forum for students, faculty and community members to explore gender issues. The Center, founded with a $1 million gift from Emily and Richard Fisher, whose son Alexander graduated from Hobart College in 1993, seeks to foster mutual understanding and social justice in contemporary gender issues.