University of Rochester

Anthropologist Kay Warren Speaks on Global Scale of Sexual Exploitation

October 24, 2005

Kay B. Warren, a cultural anthropologist who studies the implications of foreign aid and transnationalism on people living through social and political conflicts in their home countries, will give the 2005 Lewis Henry Morgan Lectures. Her lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in Lander Auditorium of Hutchison Hall on the University of Rochester's River Campus will focus on the development of international norms to deal with the illicit flow of women and minors for sexual exploitation.

Her talk and an accompanying panel discussion at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, will develop this year's Morgan Lectures theme of "Transnationalism: Global Solutions, Local Realities." Both programs, which are free and open to the public, are sponsored by the Department of Anthropology.

Warren, the Charles B. Tillinghast Jr. Professor of International Studies and professor of anthropology at Brown University, directs the Politics, Culture, and Identity Program at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown. Her lecture, titled "Victim and Victimizer in Anti-Trafficking Campaigns," will offer a case study of efforts to promote anti-trafficking measures to intervene in the transport of women and minors from Colombia, South America, to Japan. She will be introduced by Joel Seligman, president of the University of Rochester. A reception will follow her lecture.

The following day, Warren will join Beth Buggenhagen, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Rochester; William Fisher, professor of international development, community, and environment at Clark University; and Shannon Speed, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, for a panel discussion on "Improving the World: Promises and Perils of Transnationalism." The panel, moderated by Robert J. Foster, Mercer Brugler Distinguished Teaching Professor and professor of anthropology at the University of Rochester, will be held in Robbins Library on the third floor of Rush Rhees Library on the River Campus.

Warren is the author, co-author or co-editor of numerous books, including Indigenous Movements, Self-Representation, and the State in Latin America, co-edited with Jean Jackson (2002); Ethnography in Unstable Places: Everyday Life in Contexts of Dramatic Political Change, co-edited with Carol Greenhouse and Beth Mertz (2002); and Indigenous Movements and Their Critics: Pan-Maya Activism in Guatemala (1998). Her current research involves an examination of major foreign aid donors at multiple sites and their production of knowledge about the developing world.

Before joining the faculty at Brown in 2003, Warren was on the faculties of Princeton University and Harvard University during the last 20 years. She served as chair of the Anthropology Department at Princeton and was the founding director of the interdisciplinary Program in Women's Studies there. Warren received her doctoral degree in cultural anthropology from Princeton.

The Morgan Lecture Series honors the memory of Lewis Henry Morgan, the distinguished 19th-century anthropologist and University of Rochester benefactor, and has been presented annually since 1963. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious lecture series in anthropology in North America. Presentations by the speakers are published by University of Chicago Press.

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