Molara Ogundipe-Leslie, a scholarin Africana and cultural studies will discuss "Constructions of Gender inAfrican Literature" on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 4:00 p.m, at Hamilton College.The lecture will take place in the Kirner-Johnson building Red Pit and is freeand open to the public.

Ogundipe-Leslie is an internationally recognized writer and public speaker.Specializing in gender, feminist and critical theory, she has been invited togive gender perspectives to some of the leading centers for research and policyanalysis. She was the director of the women's studies program at Purdue, andthe sixth occupant of the Laurie New Jersey Chair in women's studies atRutgers. She has taught at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria; NorthwesternUniversity; the University of California at Berkeley; and the University ofToronto.

A major figure in academia since the 1960's, Ogundipe-Leslie's writing hasappeared in several authoritative anthologies including The UNESCO GeneralHistory of Africa, Vol. 5; The Penguin Book of Modern AfricanPoetry; Voices from 20th Century Africa; and Daughters ofAfrica. She has also published a book of collected essays titledRecreating Ourselves: African Women and Critical Transformations, andwas a co-editor of Moving Beyond Boundaries, an anthology on women ofthe African diaspora.

As a founding member of the International Women for a Meaningful Summit (WMS),Ogundipe-Leslie has participated at international peace summits, and presentedwomen's perspectives to presidents Reagan and Gorbachev. She is the co-founderof the Association of African Women for Research and Development (AAWORD), andhas worked on the African Academy of Sciences' (Kenya) Special Commission onAfrica.

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