Of the lecture, Professor Newbury says, “in recent years women have gained increased representation in many African state parliaments. But how deep is this transformation: do these changes promote policies that benefit women in the larger society? This lecture will explore such questions with comparative reference to a variety of African countries. We will examine the assumption, common to many Western observers, that greater formal representation in parliament substantially increases gender equity.”
The lecture, which begins at 4:30 p.m. in Seelye 106, is the second of two lectures this semester by Smith faculty members on whom chaired professorships were recently conferred. All Chaired Professor Lectures are free and open to the public.