Women's Lives, Global Contexts

This series of events in 2012-2013 explores moral issues affecting women's wellbeing around the world.

Kelly Askin

Kelly AskinSenior legal officer for international justice at the Open Society Justice Initiative, Kelly Askin has spent the last 15 years as a legal consultant for international criminal tribunals and special courts addressing mass atrocities in the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, East Timor, Cambodia and elsewhere. In this talk, she explains the historical treatment and recent progress in redressing "Rape as a Weapon of War." February 26, 2013
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Dalia Mogahed

Dalia MogahedExecutive director and senior analyst at the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, Dalia Mogahed offers Muslims' attitudes on the Arab Spring revolution, what they want from a new government, the role of religion, and women's rights. Mogahed is co-author of "Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think." February 21, 2013
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Rebeca Pabon

Rebeca PabonA union organizer for domestic workers in FNV Bondgenoten in the Netherlands, Rebeca Pabon talks about "How A Female-Dominated Labor Sector Organized to Win International Rights." Pabon has worked closely with union members to coordinate the campaign for domestic workers' rights in the Netherlands and she serves on the steering committee of the International Domestic Workers Network to campaign for more countries to ratify the International Labour Organization's domestic workers Convention 189. November 15, 2012
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Related Talks

Check out past lectures by inspiring women whose scholarship and activism are making a difference in the world.

The Vatican and the Nuns

Jane MorrisseyDonna Markham

This panel discussion explores the issues behind the recent conflict between the Vatican and the leadership community for American sisters. The conversation looks at the contributions of women religious in shaping American Catholic life, the changes they have undergone since Vatican II, and strategies for moving forward. Panelists are Sr. Jane Morrissey, of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Springfield, who is co-founder and executive director of Homework House, Inc. and Sr. Donna Markham, of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, who is vice president of behavioral health services at Catholic Health Partners in Cincinnati and former president of the Leadership Conference of the Women Religious. Virginia Ryan, visiting assistant professor of religious studies at Holy Cross, moderates. February 5, 2013
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Nancy Scheper-Hughes

Nancy Scheper-HughesMedical anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes is the Chancellor's Professor at University of California at Berkeley and the co-founder and director of Organ's Watch, a medical human rights project that tracks the organ trafficking trade. She spoke about her extensive research in a lecture titled "A World Cut in Two: Global Justice and the Traffic in Humans for Organs." September 24, 2012
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Rena Finder

Rena FinderWhen the Germans invaded Poland in 1939, Rena Ferber Finder was a Jewish girl living in Kracow. In this oral history, she shares her stories of life before the war, being relocated to the ghetto, time spent in Auschwitz, and working for German industrialist Oskar Schindler, who ultimately saved her. April 24, 2012
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Esther Duflo

Esther DufloProfessor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at MIT, Esther Duflo explains how randomized trials of strategies to address poverty yield proven outcomes that sometimes contradict anti-poverty policy and popular thinking. She is co-author of Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty. October 27, 2011
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Nancy Sherman — The Untold War: Inside the Hearts, Minds and Souls of Our Soldiers

University Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown, Nancy Sherman talks about the moral burdens borne by soldiers returning from war and suggests that feelings of guilt may actually be a therapeutic part of their re-integration in civilian life. Sherman, who is author of The Untold War, spoke at Holy Cross on November 18.
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Patricia Omidian — Women in Afghanistan, From the Taliban Until Today

Patricia OmidianCivilian anthropologist Patricia Omidian, based in Pakistan and Afghanistan since 1997, speaks about the situation in Afghanistan duringt the Taliban and after spoke on April 12, 2010.
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Paula Newberg — Political Belief and Political Reconciliation: Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Problem of the Taliban

Paula NewbergPaula Newberg, director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University and a former advisor to the United Nations, spoke on April 6, 2010.
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