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Elinor Burkett

Visiting Senior Scholar in Global Studies

A journalist and historian, Dr. Elinor Burkett reported from the -Stans and Iran just after 9/11 and from Iraq months before the U.S. invasion. She’s written about modern-day slavery in Mauritania, genital mutilation in Kenya, and the incarceration of the HIV-positive in Cuba.  She has lived on and reported from three continents.  During her time on campus in Fall 2014, Burkett will teach a class in which she leads students on an exploration of human security challenges as seen from the ground. Can the rights of women and children be enhanced without violating community beliefs and traditions? What role does overpopulation play in undermining environmental and economic security? How might political security be enhanced in the face of longstanding religious, tribal and secular ideological differences?  She will also serve as the central component of the Global Studies Speaker Series sponsored by the Center for Global Studies and Global and Area Studies Program by going around the state discussing issues such as human rights and international women’s rights, and hosting her award winning film, iThemba, a feature-length documentary film shot in Zimbabwe, which she directed and co-produced along with Errol Webber.  The film documents the members of the Zimbabwean band Liyana, a group of eight musicians with physical disabilities, who navigate Zimbabwe’s political tensions and economic meltdown in the wake of the 2008 presidential election.  It is a story of survival that is still being told in present-day Zimbabwe.

Elinor Burkett

Visiting Senior Scholar in Global Studies
Ross Hall 238

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