Glenn to Speak at Global Issues Forum

The third Global Issues Forum for this semester will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 in Magruder Hall 2001.

Evelyn Nakano Glenn, a sociologist with a joint appointment in Ethnic Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, will be the guest speaker. Glenn is the founding director of the Center for Race and Gender at Berkeley, and is the author of several books, including “Unequal Freedom: How Race and Gender Shaped American Citizenship and Labor,” and “Issei, Nissei, Warbride: Three Generations of Japanese American Women in Domestic Service.”

She is the 2007-2008 Feminist Lecturer for Sociologists for Women in Society, and she will be speaking on the topic “Yearning for Lightness?: The New Global Marketing of Skin Whitening Products.”

“A close examination of the global circuits of skin lightening provides a unique lens through which to view the workings of the current and evolving global commercial system as it simultaneously promulgates white-supremacist ideology while also promoting western-dominated consumer culture,” Glenn said.

The Truman community is invited to hear Glenn speak. A reception will follow the lecture.
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