FEB. 21, 2001
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu

Women's Day 2002 celebrated at CSUB

A noted human rights activist will deliver the keynote talk when California State University, Bakersfield hosts Women's Day 2002 on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 28 and March 1.

The annual Women's Day event, with the theme "Feminism in the 21st Century - Promoting Awareness of Cultural Diversity," features Carole Nagengast, professor of anthropology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, as the keynoter. Nagengast's talk, "Globalization, Cultural Relativity and Universal Human Rights: Women's Rights in a Changing World," is scheduled Thursday in the Student Union Multipurpose Room at 7:30 p.m.

Nagengast was a founding member of the American Anthropological Association, Committee for Human Rights and served on that committee from 1993-1998. She presently chairs the American Association for the Advancement of Science Committee on Social Responsibility and Ethics and the subcommittee on human rights. She has also been a member of Amnesty International since 1979 and has served four terms on the board of directors of Amnesty International, USA. While chair of the board of directors from 1990-1992, she was instrumental in the founding of the Women's Action Group.

Nagengast says that cultural relativity, one of the core theories of anthropology, "is often used by those in positions of power to prevent women, indigenous peoples and 'minorities' from enjoying universal human rights." Her talk will focus on women, but the principles apply to other subordinate groups as well.

A reception will follow the keynote address.

The program continues Friday at 9:30 a.m. with video presentations followed by discussion of "Beyond Borders: Arab Feminists Talk about Their Lives," and "Afghan Women."

All events are open to the public free of charge. For more information, contact Jane Granskog at (661) 664.3117, e-mail her at jgranskog@csub.edu or check the website at http://www.csub.edu/~jgranskog/wd2002.

Women's Day is co-sponsored by Associated Students Inc., CSUB Women's Network, CSUB Anthropology Club, and the Women's Studies Program Committee.

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