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Feb. 1,  2010

Luminaries Shine Light on Critical Issues

News Article ImageZainab Salbi, activist and social entrepreneur

From Emory Report

The war on terror, women’s status in war-torn societies and sexual fantasy are the subject of lectures in the Luminaries spring 2010 series.

Hosted by the Provost’s Office, the series brings to campus “provocative thought leaders” in their fields for free, public presentations.

Classical scholar and poet Anne Carson kicked off the series with the 2010 Nix Mann lecture Jan. 28 at the Carlos Museum.

Coming Feb. 11 is author Philip Bobbitt, known for his scholarship on military strategy and constitutional law and theory, to speak on “The Future of the Wars on Terror.” Bobbitt argues that the phrase “war on terror” is more slogan than description. His presentation is co-sponsored by the Halle Institute for Global Learning and will be held at 4 p.m. in the Woodruff Library’s Jones Room. (Bobbitt will also give the opening lecture for Emory Law’s Randolph W. Thrower Symposium on Feb. 11).

Activist and social entrepreneur Zainab Salbi speaks March 1 on her work with Women for Women International, the organization of which she is co-founder and current president. Salbi’s presentation, at 4 p.m. in Tull Auditorium, is the keynote address for Women’s History Month, the Jessica Glasser Memorial Lecture and is co-sponsored by the Center for Women, the Department of Women’s Studies, the Institute for Developing Nations, the Laney Graduate School, and the Office of Community and Diversity.

The series concludes with “Who’s Been Sleeping in Your Head?” on the psychology of sexual fantasy by Brett Kahr, senior clinical research fellow in psychotherapy and mental health at the Centre for Child Mental Health in London. Kahr conducted a large study on sexual fantasy, which he will discuss, offering his interpretation of how fantasies affect our lives. His lecture, set for March 23 at 4 p.m. in the Winship Ballroom, is co-sponsored by the Emory University Program in Psychoanalysis.


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