2007
African Women of the Diaspora: Challenges and Opportunities for the 21st Century

African Women of the Diaspora: Challenges and Opportunities for the 21st Century
February 9, 2007

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

War and genocide in Africa. Poverty and AIDS in Africa and the Caribbean. Disproportional incarceration rates in the United States. These are just a few of the challenges facing the African women of the Diaspora. And yet, there are tremendous opportunities ahead as well. Educational, political and economic opportunities are becoming more clearly available. The challenges faced by African women and the need for greater awareness and understanding is the subject of a discussion titled “African Women of the Diaspora: Challenges and Opportunities for the 21st Century” that will be presented at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21 in the Krasa Presentation Room. The dialogue will be led by LaVern Gyant, Ph.D., director of the Center for Black Studies at Northern Illinois University; Christina Rivers, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science at DePaul University; and Fannie Rushing, Ph.D., assistant professor of history at Benedictine University. These three eminent scholars are leaders in Diaspora studies and are well-versed in the challenges facing African women in the 21st century. The event is sponsored by the Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies at Benedictine University; the African American Student Union; the Global Issues Forum; Phi Alpha Theta; the Office of Student Affairs; and the Kucera Endowment.

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