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Henrietta Harvey lecturer discusses gender, armed conflict and the post 9/11 decade

By Janet Harron

Dr. Sandra Whitworth, a political science professor at York University, will deliver the Henrietta Harvey Lecture at Memorial University on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

Named the 2012 Eminent Feminist Scholar by the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section of the International Studies Association, Dr. Whitworth will speak on the topic of Gender, Armed Conflict and Global Violence: The Post 9/11 Decade.

According to Dr. Whitworth, for observers of gender and global politics, two competing trends have characterized the post 9/11 decade.

"On the one hand it has been a world marked by the extensive violence associated with the 'war on terror' and on the other it has been a world marked by greater attention to issues of gender and conflict, particularly with the adoption and attempts to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security," said Dr. Whitworth, who is making her first trip to St. John's to give the lecture.

Dr. Whitworth will address whether these trends mark the kinds of differences we might expect to see between state- and UN-based politics and what these two parallel worlds — one pessimistic and prone to violence, the other more optimistic and prone to progress — might have in common.

The lecture takes place Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the Bruneau Lecture Theatre in the Engineering building (S.J. Carew building) and begins at 7 p.m. All are welcome and free parking is available in area 16. A reception will follow the lecture. The event is co-sponsored with the Department of Gender Studies and Department of Political Science.

Henrietta Harvey was a Nova Scotian who came to Newfoundland in 1905 to visit her aunt, Lady Whiteway, the wife of Newfoundland's prime minister. A year later she settled in St. John's as the wife of St. John's businessman John Harvey. When she died in 1964, her will directed a substantial portion of her estate to Memorial University. The Henrietta Harvey lectureship is possible in any year where there are funds left over from the funding of the Henrietta Harvey research chair, the primary purpose of the endowment fund.