African feminist lecture to be held April 26

The African Feminist Initiative will present the lecture “African Feminist Conversations: Writing Sex Work and Prostitution in History and Fiction” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library on Penn State’s University Park campus.

The talk will be given by Abosede George, associate professor of history and Africana studies, Barnard College; and Chika Unigwe, Bonderman Assistant Professor of the Practice of Literary Arts, Brown University.

George’s book, “Making Modern Girls: A History of Girlhood, Labor, and Social Development,” was published in 2014 by Ohio University Press and received the Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize in 2015 from the Women’s Caucus of the African Studies Association, as well as Honorable Mention from the New York African Studies Association. She is currently working on The Ekopolitan Project, a multimedia archive of family history sources on migrant communities in 19th- and 20th-century Lagos, West Africa.

Unigwe was born and raised in Enugu, Nigeria. Author of “On Black Sisters Street” and “Night Dancer,” she now divides her time between Atlanta, Georgia, and Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

The event is co-sponsored by the African Studies Program; the Rock Ethics Institute; the LGBTQA Student Resource Center; University Park Activities Committee; the Department of Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and the Penn State University Libraries.

Last Updated May 03, 2017