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March 8, 2013

Purdue prof speaks on U.S. militarism in Africa

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Alicia Decker, an assistant professor of history and women's studies at Purdue University, will speak on March 28 about the growing U.S. military presence in Africa and its effects on women.

"Rethinking 'Security': A Feminist Analysis of U.S. Militarism in Post 9/11 Africa" is at 7:30 p.m. in Stewart Center, Room 322. The event is free and open to the public.

Decker's research and teaching interests include post-colonial African history, gender and militarization, armed conflict and forced migration, oral history, and various forms of global feminism. Along with the publication of articles on these subjects she has recently co-authored an upcoming book "Africanizing Democracies: 1980 to the Present."

Decker's lecture is sponsored by the Committee on Peace Studies and co-sponsored by the Department of History, the Women's Studies Program and the Lafayette Area Peace Coalition. The Committee on Peace Studies at Purdue offers an undergraduate interdisciplinary minor field of study and sponsors lectures and films on issues of war and peace. It is housed in the Department of Political Science.

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

Source: Harry Targ, 765-494-4169, targ@purdue.edu