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No. 31/Fall 2002 Linda McKinnish Bridges, Interim Director Linda Mecum, Editor 336/758-3758 Womens-Studies The Honorable Joyce Mpanga of Uganda, Africa, Visits Wake Forest University, Women’s Studies Program in October The Women’s Studies Program welcomed the Honorable Joyce Mpanga from Uganda, to our campus on October 28, 2002. Mpanga, one of the first women in Uganda to receive a college education, recently retired after serving over 40 years in the Parliament of Uganda. She began her political career as the first woman appointed by the British Colonial Governor to serve in Parliament in 1960. She helped to establish the Ministry of Gender and Community Development in Rwanda. A former Secretary of State for Women in Development, for Education, and Deputy Chairperson to the Public Service Commission, she has been involved in promoting women and education for most of her career. In 1989 she was a leader in writing a constitution for a new government. The Constitution of Uganda ranks as one of the most gender sensitive government documents in the world. The Uganda Constitution requires that both men and women serve Honorable Joyce Mpanga and equally in all levels of government work. Dr. Linda McKinnish Bridges (Continued on page 4) Observations and Challenges From an Interim Director of Women’s Studies Linda McKinnish Bridges I assumed the position of Interim Director of Women’s Studies on August 23, 2002, at the request of Dean Paul Escott. I began this work by listening, reading, and thinking. I have had lengthy conversations with all members of the Steering Committee. I have read foundation documents. With the help of Linda Mecum, Administrative Coordinator, I have been able to maintain approximately 10-12 hours per week in the office of Women’s Studies beginning in the last week of August. Like many of you, I have spent a professional life time trying to understand the role of women in culture and in my par- ticular discipline of theology and biblical studies; I have also spent what seems another life time trying to strategize and actively create change in those places of tremendous resistance to women. I have been an advocate for women in the places where women’s voices have been silenced. I have searched for knowledge of the ‘why’ things are the way they are and then have worked to institute change in policies and attitudes for institutions as well as individual women and men. In some of those places I have failed. In some other places, I have been successful. (Continued on page 3) Upcoming Events November 19, 2002 The World, The Text and The Witness: James Baldwin’s Secular Criticism Dr. Maurice Wallace, Duke University 4:30 p.m., Greene Hall Auditorium (partially sponsored by Women’s Studies) November 25, 2002 Cure: Stories of Healing Mind and Body, edited by Kristin Couse Women’s Health Book Club discussion 6:30-7:30 p.m., Women’s Health Center of Excellence Resource Center Building 2, Piedmont Plaza (co-sponsored by WHCOE and Women’s Studies; Colleen McDermott, Intern Leader) December 3, 2002, 12:15-2:30 February 3, 2003, 11:00-1:00 March 4, 2003, 12:15-2:30 April 7, 2003, 11:00-1:00 Mentoring Program Lunch Discussions Autumn Room, Reynolda Hall (partially sponsored by Women’s Studies) December 3, 2002 Racial Disparities in Pregnancy-Related Mortality Margaret Harper, M.D., WFUBMC 12:00 noon, Sticht (Women’s Health Center of Excellence) February 26, 2003 Layli Miller-Muro Director, Tahirih Justice Center 8:00 p.m., Wait Chapel (partially funded by Women’s Studies) For more information about any of these events, please call 758-3758.

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