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Dr. Chandra Talpade Mohanty to be International Women's Day guest speaker

| Denise Olson

In celebration of International Women's Day on March 9, the women's, gender and sexuality studies program at UW-Eau Claire will welcome guest speaker Dr. Chandra Talpade Mohanty, distinguished professor and dean's professor of the humanities at Syracuse University.

Mohanty will spend the day on campus in various sessions with students and faculty and will end her day presenting a keynote address that is open to the public. Her presentation, titled "Borders and Bridges: Neoliberal Regimes, Anti-Fascist Struggles and Insurgent Feminist Praxis" is set for 5 p.m. in Woodland Theater of Davies Center. All attendees are invited to join Mohanty for a reception immediately following the presentation in the lobby area of the theater entrance.    

Mohanty's pioneering work in the field of transnational feminism focuses on transnational feminist theory, anticapitalist feminist praxis, antiracist education and the politics of knowledge. She is the author of "Feminism Without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity" (2003), and "Feminist Genealogies, Colonial Legacies, Democratic Futures" (1996), among others. 

As director of the women's, gender and sexuality studies program, Dr. Rose-Marie Avin is pleased to bring this groundbreaking scholar to campus.  

"Chandra Talpade Mohanty is unequivocally one of the most important feminist theorists and scholars writing and publishing today," Avin said. "Her essays take on new meaning to play important parts in what is both a dynamic full-scale analysis of the complex histories of the exploitation of women within neocolonial capitalism and an elaboration of antiracist pedagogies and anticapitalist solidarity practices."  

Avin added that the women's, gender and sexuality studies program is increasingly turning toward feminist and queer issues on a transnational and global scale.  

"The scholarship that Professor Mohanty brings to UWEC is perfectly aligned with our mission to think about issues that affect us locally, nationally and globally," Avin said. "Professor Mohanty will be able to speak about how histories of colonialism, capitalism, racism and migration have contributed to current formations of many global inequities. It is imperative that we engage and provide students the necessary critical thinking tools to think about global systems of oppression. Professor Mohanty will strengthen students’ appreciation for how the entanglements of race, class, gender, sexuality and nationality are intimately intertwined when working toward social justice."

Mohanty brings significant expertise that will be useful to a variety of people within the campus and greater Eau Claire communities. Her March 9 talk will focus on three geopolitical locations:

  • The Indian-Kashmir occupation.
  • The Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
  • The U.S.-Mexican border.

Mohanty will discuss forms of governance and occupation, struggles for liberation, and the necessity of transnational feminist analysis and solidarity. Her presentation is highly relevant to current events as students struggle to understand global and transnational issues such as the border crisis with Mexico. The presentation will provide students insight into ways they can be agents of change in their own lives as they continue to work with diverse populations such as women, people of color and immigrants.

Mohanty's campus visit scheduled for March 9 will include the following:

  • 1:30 -2:30 p.m.: Conversation with UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff, Hibbard 378.
  • 5-6:30 p.m.: Keynote presentation and Q&A, Woodland Theater, public welcome.
  • 6:30-8 p.m.: Reception outside Woodland Theater, public welcome.

Photo caption: Dr. Chandra Talpade Mohanty will deliver a keynote address titled "Borders and Bridges: Neoliberal Regimes, Anti-Fascist Struggles and Insurgent Feminist Praxis" at UW-Eau Claire March 9 in honor of International Women's Day.