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  Date: 4/8/09 Bookmark and Share

Leading Voice on Human Rights in Africa to Speak

Penda Mbow leads a class at Université Cheikh Anta Diop.

Penda Mbow, a longtime educator in Senegal and advocate for human rights and education in Africa, will visit Smith on Thursday, April 9, to speak on “Women, Democracy, and Civil Society in Africa: The Case of Senegal.”

Mbow’s lecture, the third and final event in the Five Colleges, Inc. series Africans on Africa: Gender, Generation and Globalization, will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Seelye 106.

Mbow, an associate professor of history at Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, is one of the world’s leading voices on the rights of women in Islamic societies. She has written extensively about the evolution of Islam’s relationship with democracy in Senegal and the interplay between gender, human rights and religion in the Islamic world. Mbow has served as Senegal’s minister of culture and as cultural advisor to the Senegalese department of ethnography and historical heritage.

Mbow was named Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur Francaise (Knight of the French Legion of Honor) in 2003 in recognition of her achievements as a scholar, thinker and political activist.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

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