|February 18, 2002|
Feminist scholar Cynthia Enloe speaks at Union
Schenectady, N.Y. (Feb. 18, 2002) – Cynthia Enloe, a feminist scholar and author of a number of books and articles on feminist perspectives on world politics and the military, will be the keynote speaker at Union College's Founders Day convocation on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 11:30 a.m. in Memorial Chapel.
The event, which celebrates the 207th anniversary of the founding of the College, is free and open to the public.
Enloe, professor of government and director of women's studies at Clark University, will give a talk titled "What Does it Mean to be a Global Citizen in a Militarized World? Some Feminist Clues." She is to receive an honorary doctor of laws degree from the College.
Enloe is the author of Maneuvers: The International Politics of Militarizing Women's Lives; The Morning After: Sexual Politics at the End of the Cold War; Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics; and Does Khaki Become You?
In Maneuvers, Enloe argues that militarization affects not just those involved with the military; it is a personal and political transformation that relies on ideas about femininity and masculinity. Film, fashion and even food contribute to militaristic values that mold our culture in both war and peace, she writes.
The convocation also will include the presentation of the Gideon Hawley Teacher Recognition Award to a high school teacher who has been influential to a Union student.