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IWD 2013 Migrating Wives: Negotiating Identities in a New Land

National Resource Centers at the University of Pennsylvania

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

Philadelphia, PA

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International Women's Day

Reception starts at 6:00pm followed by a Performance by the Anna Crusis Women's Choir and Panel Presentation by:

Fariha Khan, Ph.D is the Associate Director of the Asian American Studies program at the University of Pennsylvania where she also teaches courses on South Asians in the U.S, Asian American Communities, as well as Muslim Identity in America.  She received a Master's degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Yale University and a PhD in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania.  Her current research focuses on South Asian American Muslims and includes an edited volume, Global Islam in Everyday America.

Mary Johnson Osirim, Ph. D became Dean of Graduate Studies at Bryn Mawr College in 2011, where she is also Professor of Sociology. She holds an AB degree in Social Studies from Harvard-Radcliffe and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Sociology from The London School of Economics and Political Science and Harvard University, respectively. At Bryn Mawr, she is the immediate past coordinator of Africana Studies and Faculty Diversity Liaison. Over the past 27 years, she has served the College in many other capacities: as Chair of the Sociology Department, Co-Director of the Center for International Studies and the Center for Ethnicities, Communities and Social Policy. Her research has focused on women, entrepreneurship, the state and non-governmental organizations in the microenterprise sectors of Nigeria and Zimbabwe, the development of gender studies scholarship in sub-Saharan Africa as well as transnationalism and community development among African immigrants in the United States. She is the author of Enterprising Women in Urban Zimbabwe: Gender, Microbusiness and Globalization (2009), co-editor (with Ayumi Takenaka) of Global Philadelphia: Immigrant Communities, Old and New (2010) and co-editor (with Akosua Adomako Ampofo and Josephine Beoku-Betts) of a special edition of African and Asian Studies on “Researching African Women and Gender Studies” (2008), as well as over 30 articles and book chapters. Osirim is the recipient of several fellowships and awards including a Pew Faculty Fellowship in International Affairs, a Woodrow Wilson International Center Fellowship and Bryn Mawr’s Rosalyn R. Schwartz Teaching Award. She was a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education from 2007-11 and a member of the Board of Directors of the African Studies Association from 2008-11.

Anna Viden, Ph. D teaches the Senior Thesis Seminar in International Relations (fall and spring semesters). She is a native of Sweden who has lived in France and Saudia Arabia. Dr. Viden earned the equivalent of a BA in International Relations from Gothenburg University, a MA in Geopolitics from Institut Français de Géopolitique, Paris University VIII, and a Ph. D. in History of International Relations from L’Institut d’études politiques (IEP) de Paris. During her doctoral studies Dr. Viden was a Ph. D fellow at the Fletcher School, Tufts University. She also interned at the Brooking Institution's Center on the United States and Europe (CUSE) in Washington, D.C., where she mainly worked on civil and military relations in Afghanistan and counter terrorism and human rights. Dr. Viden’s dissertation focuses on the relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia from 1973 to Sept. 11, 2001. Using the strategic Saudi-U.S. relations as a frame of analysis she studies how the images of Saudi Arabia in the U.S. have crystallized under the influence of certain main events, actors and factors. Another dimension that Dr. Viden studies in her dissertation is how the strategic Saudi-U.S. relations fit in the larger narrative on Islam and Arabs in the U.S. going back as far as the first experiences of the American Protestant missionaries in the Middle East in the 1820s. Other axes of research that Dr. Viden covers are Islam and democracy, Muslim minorities in Europe and the Transatlantic Relations.

Felicity H. Paxton, PhD. (Moderator)
Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Litty Paxton received a BA in English and American Literature from the University of East Anglia and a Ph.D. in American Civilization and a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies from Penn. Litty has taught at the University of East Anglia and at Emory University, where she served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life. She has received fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, the British Academy, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard and the Thouron Award.Litty's teaching and research interests include American Culture and Literature, Ritual Studies, Women's Studies, and Creative Non-Fiction. She has written for The American Journal of Sociology, the St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She has also appeared on film for Michael Moore Live, on air for National Public Radio, and on stage, most recently, in The Vagina Monologues. In addition to serving as the Director of the Penn Women's Center, Litty teaches for Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication and for Penn’s Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program. She was the recipient of a Distinguished Service Teaching Award in 2006 and she currently teaches Comm 123 “Critical Approaches to Popular Culture.” Litty lives on campus, serving as Faculty Fellow for Harnwell College House where she runs, among other things, a Ukulele group. A passionate advocate for sustainable living, Litty is thrilled that her dream project – Penn’s first ever Environmental Education Kitchen – is now open for use at the Penn Women’s Center.


Started nearly a decade ago by the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Mayor's Office, One Book, One Philadelphia is a literacy project that aims to bring the city together through the reading and discussion of a single book. This year's selection, Julie Otsuka's The Buddha in the Attic, deals with the history of Japanese immigration and the eventual internment of the Japanese-American community during World War II. It is narrated from the perspective of a group of "picture brides" who emigrated to marry and raise families.

The Buddha in the Attic cover

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When & Where

International House Philadelphia, South America Room
3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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National Resource Centers at the University of Pennsylvania

The U.S. Department of Education-supported Title VI National Resource Centers at the University of Pennsylvania include the South Asia Center, Center for East Asian Studies, Middle East Center, and Africa Center. The Centers seek to promote and advance the study of their respective regions and to encourage the study and knowledge of those regions in schools, colleges, and among the public.

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