Spring 2000: Social Hierarchy/Equality

Sandra Harding | Ladysmith Black Mambazo | Karen McCarthy Brown and Mama Lola | Ashis Nandy


Sandra Harding

Thursday, February 3, 7 p.m.

Gross Chem Auditorium

Sandra Harding. Professor of Education and Women’s Studies at UCLA, where she also directs the Center for the Study of Women. A philosopher, she taught at the University of Delaware before joining UCLA in 1965. She is the author or editor of 10 books and special journal issues, including: “Border Crossing: Multicultural and Postcolonial Feminist Challenges to Philosophy,” a special double issue of Hypatia co-edited with Uma Narayan; Is Science Multicultural? Postcolonialism, Feminisms and Epistemologies; The ‘Racial’ Economy of Science: Toward a Democratic Future; and Whose Science? Whose Knowledge? Thinking From Women’s Lives. She has lectured at over 200 universities and conferences throughout the world and has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Amsterdam, the University of Costa Rica, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Professor Harding has served as a consultant to several UN organizations: the Pan American Health Organization, UNESCO’s World Science Report, the United Nations Development Fund for Women, and the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Wednesday, March 1, 8 p.m.

Page Auditorium

Ladysmith Black Mambazo represents the traditional culture of South Africa in the eyes of many music fans worldwide. In 1964, factory worker and amateur singer Joseph Shabalala dreamed that “children of many colors and cultures sang to me in tones and harmonies which were so unique and special that I knew they had come to teach me the sound I had been searching for.” Shabalala recruited members for a singing group, beginning with his own family, and taught them the harmonies he had heard. The group perfected its traditional sound, called “Isicathamiya,” and have recorded more than 30 albums and sold more than three million, establishing them as the number one selling group in Africa.

Their collaboration with Paul Simon on his Graceland album brought Ladysmith Black Mambazo international recognition. Their first U.S. release, Shaka Zulu, won a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Recording in 1987. Since then, they have toured internationally, winning critical acclaim with their beautiful blends of African tradition and American pop.

Karen McCarthy Brown and Mama Lola

Wednesday, March 22, 8 p.m.

Griffith Film Theater

Karen McCarthy Brown. Professor of the Sociology and Anthropology of Religion at the Graduate and Theological Schools of Drew University. She is the winner of the Victor Turner Award from the Society of Humanistic Anthropology, Best First Book in the History of Religion (AAR), andBela Kornitzer Prize (Drew University) for her book Mama Lola:A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn. Mama Lola shatters the stereotypes by offering an intimate portrait of Vodou in everyday life. Brown’s work displays her interest in exploring the role of women in religious practices and the related themes of family and of religion and social change. She is also the author of Tracing the Spirit: Ethnographic Essays on Haitian Art and numerous articles and book reviews.

McCarthy Brown is the recipient of grants from the Ford Foundation and has delivered lectures in the United States and abroad, most recently at Stanford University and the London School of Economics. Brown serves as consultant for the Church World Service as well as other educational institutions. She is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion and The North Star, An Online Journal of African-American Religious History.

Mama Lola. Alourdes Champagne Lovinski was born in 1932 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Since her mother was a well-known Voudou Priestess, the home in which she grew up was often filled with those who were undergoing treatment with her mother. Mama Lola, as she is currently known, immigrated to the United States in 1963. Her first years in the United States were difficult and she had to struggle, but now things are easier. Mama Lola works full time, out of her home in Brooklyn, as a healer and spiritual leader of the Haitian Community. These days, her clients also routinely include people from many other different countries. Mama Lola lectures and gives workshops in colleges, universities, and museums around the country. She has four children and five grandchildren.

Ashis Nandy

Wednesday, April 12,
8 p.m.

Griffith Film Theater

Ashis Nandy. Political psychologist, social theorist and futurist. He is a Senior Fellow and former Director of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies and Chairperson of the Committee for Cultural Choices and Global Futures, both in Delhi. Nandy is active in movements for peace, alternative sciences and technologies, and cultural survival. He has been a Woodrow Wilson Fellow; Charles Wallace Fellow at the University of Hull; a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities at the University of Edinburgh; Consultant at the United Nations University; UNESCO Professor at the Centre for European Studies and Regent’s Fellow at UCLA.

Among his books are Alternative Sciences; At the Edge of Psychology; The Intimate Enemy; Traditions, Tyranny and Utopias; The Savage Freud, etc. He is also a co-author of The Blinded Eye: Five Hundred Years of Christopher Columbus. The Oxford University Press is publishing an omnibus edition of his works of which the first two have been published: Exiled at Home and Return from Exile.



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