FSM program: Feminism Transcends Borders

Feminism Transcends Borders

LOCATION: FSM Cafe at Moffitt Library

DATE: Thursday, March 1, 2007

TIME: 6-8 pm
Snacks and beverages, 6-6:30
Program begins at 6:30

Feminism comes in many different languages and from many divergent perspectives. This panel on transnational feminism, organized by Berkeley National Organization for Women, serves to explore these languages, to hear diverse perspectives, and to engage ourselves in an open dialogue that transcends all borders. March is Women's History Month, and March 1 is International Women's Day. While many in the United States are aware of the national women's movement, few know about international women's struggles and accomplishments. The purpose of this panel is to help put an end to the silence and stigma around transnational feminism by informing ourselves about different views and taking the first step toward greater understanding and empowerment.

Panelists will include:

Paola Bacchetta, an Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at UC Berkeley, also Director of the Beatrice Bain Research Group (BBRG), a research center on gender, sexuality and race, as well as the CoDirector of the Committee for a Graduate Group Program in Transnational Feminist Studies. Ms. Bacchetta's research and publications focus on issues of gender, sexuality, Hindu nationalism, "race"-racism, postcoloniality, global political conflict, and queer movements. Ms. Bacchetta is author of "Gender in the Hindu Nation: RSS Women as Ideologists" (New Delhi: Women Unlimited, 2003), and coeditor of "Right-Wing Women: From Conservatives to Extremists around the World" (New York: Routledge, 2002).

Purnima Madhivanan, who is earning a PhD in Epidemiology at the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. Ms. Madhivanan has started clinics for women and children in Chennai and Mysore, India. Her research has focused on issues involving reproductive health care access for women, the relationship of violence to health outcomes, and the prevention of sexually transmitted infections in women.

Beatríz Pesquera, an Associate Professor of Chicana/o Studies and Sociology at UC Davis and a visiting professor at UC Berkeley. Ms. Pesquera was heavily involved in the Chicana movement in the 1970s. Her work examines feminist perspectives of the family, political subordination and sexual exploitation of women, and the relations between class, race, and genderinequalities.

Cosponsored by Berkeley National Organization for Women, the Gender Equity Resource Center, ASUC, and ACLU.