Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity brings feminist theorist to BU

For immediate release: Jan. 29, 2008

BLOOMSBURG — Feminist theorist Chandra T. Mohanty will present her lecture “Feminists Confront Empire” at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kehr Union Multicultural Center. Mohanty’s lecture is sponsored by the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity and is open to the public free of charge.

Mohanty, professor of women’s studies and dean’s professor of the humanities at Syracuse University, is considered one of the premier feminist theorists in the U.S. Her research focuses on the rise of feminism under economically and militarily dominant powers. She is the author of numerous essays and books on feminist theory, including, “Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses.” Mohanty also edits two book series, “Gender, Culture and Global Politics” and “Comparative Feminist Studies.”

Mohanty holds a doctorate in education and a master’s in the teaching of English from the University of Illinois. A native of India, she received her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in English from the University of Delhi. She was recently selected to receive an honorary doctor of philosophy degree from Lund University in Sweden, where her work is used in courses and research.

The Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity is a new project at Bloomsburg University that aims to open dialogue among various identities on campus which have historically been
underrepresented. The consortium fosters communication among the various university projects that promote diversity and brings speakers to Bloomsburg who will address the central concerns of these organizations.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.