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ASA Women’s Caucus Lecture: “Congo (DR) Women- History of Atrocities, Myths, Trauma and Resilience”

The 2013 Women’s Caucus Luncheon and Lecture, will be held at the 56th ASA Annual Meeting in Baltimore on Saturday November 23rd at 12:00PM to 1:15PM, in Harborside Ballroom C. This year’s speaker is Professor Ngwarsungu Chiwengo, and she will be talking about the ongoing violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and its impact on women. Professor Chiwengo’s lecture promises to add valuable context to a topic which although receiving significant media attention, has been lacking in contextual analysis.

There will also be table cloths on sale, made by victims of sexual and other forms of wartime violence in the Congo. Proceeds from the sale of the table cloths will go toward supporting small business women in the Congo. These can be purchased at the Women’s Caucus registration desk and at the door of Harborside Ballroom C.

Ngwarsungu Chiwengo is a Professor of English at Creighton University, and is a native of Congo (DRC). She obtained her Bachelor’s at the National University of Zaire (currently UNILU) and her Ph.D. at SUNY/Buffalo. As a Fulbright grantee, she taught at the University of Alabama Tuscaloosa for two years prior to her return to Congo (DRC), where she taught at The University of Lubumbashi for nine years as Assistant and Associate Professor, and chaired the English Department. During the Mobutu transition, she was respectively Federal and Vice-president of The Democratic Christian Social Party (PDSC) and later its USA representative. Upon her return to the United States, she taught at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, for four years and is currently teaching at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where she is currently the Director of the World Literature Program, and Acting Director of African and Black Studies. She is also currently Director of Black Studies and Board member, of the Great Plains Black Museum.

Her scholarly work has appeared in journals such as the South Atlantic Quarterly, Journal of Black Studies, La revue de l’université de Moncton, and Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. In her book Understanding “Cry, the Beloved Country,” (Greenwood Press, 2007), she analyzes the literary and historical background of Alan Paton’s 1948 novel about racial tensions in South Africa.

We hope you will attend this important event! Tickets are $30. You can register online, and pay for your ticket(s) via paypal or you can pay onsite in Baltimore. We recommend registering prior to arriving in Baltimore.

For booking, please visit :http://www.africanstudies.org/news/269-women-s-caucus-lecture-congo-dr-women-history-of-atrocities-myths-trauma-and-resilience-3

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