Countering Violent Extremism: What Do Women's Rights Have to Do with It?

22 Mar 2018


Join us as the CMU Department of History presents the Margaret Morrison Distinguished Lecture in Women's History, Lila Abu-Lughod, "Countering Violent Extremism: What Do Women's Rights Have to Do with It?" Professor Abu-Lughod focuses on issues of women's rights and gender in the Middle East, along with issues of power, culture, and representation. She is the author of six books, and numerous articles, including her critically acclaimed article-turned-book, "Do Muslim Women Need Saving?" (2013). She is currently at work on multiple projects, including the efforts of women's rights advocates-whom she calls Securofeminists-to gain entrance into the now massive global security apparatus around Countering Violence Extremism. In this talk, she examines how these "gender experts" are inserting themselves into this national security debate, how they unwittingly risk doing harm to women abroad and at home, and how we might usefully frame equal rights as a central piece of global security.

Event Date: 
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 4:00pm
Sponsored By: 
CMU Department of History
Gates Hall 6115, Carnegie Mellon University