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Fulbright Scholar Shares Latin American Feminism Struggles at Manhattanville College
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 15:43

Left to Right- Professor Maria Jose Lujan, Spanish, Professor Binita Mehta, International Studies & French, Professor Gregory Swedberg, History, and Professor Rosa Ribeiro.Left to Right- Professor Maria Jose Lujan, Spanish, Professor Binita Mehta, International Studies & French, Professor Gregory Swedberg, History, and Professor Rosa Ribeiro.Fulbright scholar Dr. Rosa Ribeiro spoke at Manhattanville College about “Power and Strength of Latin American Feminisms” in an event hosted by the International Studies Department on October 24.

Dr. Ribeiro, who is from São Paulo, Brazil, but is in the area serving as the Visiting Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at the College of New Rochelle, said her inspiration and interest regarding women’s issues has come from her personal experiences in Brazil and its male dominated culture.

“I’ve lived Feminism, I was there participating since its very beginnings. It is a global issue, yet very different in Latin America due to machismo, which raises another issue and concern that needs to be overcome at the same time,” said Dr. Ribeiro.

She spoke about the emergence and the dynamics of second wave Latin American and Caribbean Feminism which started in the late ‘70s as well as the conflicts, controversies and achievements of the Encuentros Feministas Latinonamericanos. She added that patriarchalism, inclusion, and class, race and sexual orientation inequalities impacted the Encuentros in their beginnings.

Held yearly since 1981, these Encuentros (conferences or encounters) serve as an opportunity for women to become transnational activists while discussing issues such as violence and political representation in the patriarchal society they live in, she said.

“Brazilian Feminism and Latin American and Caribbean Feminism are really strong since they are present in the academy, in social movements, education, and health. Therefore, it is important to fight for our independence, and to make people aware of our needs and how they have been delayed for so long,” Ribeiro said.   

The event was co-sponsored by Manhattanville College and the College of New Rochelle, the event revived the Westchester Consortium for International Studies, a collaboration between the College of New Rochelle’s and Manhattanville College’s International Studies departments.

“She gave all of us a sense of being part of an international community and shared the Latin American culture through her testimony and her expertise to think of feminism in a global perspective,” stated Anne Mckernan, director of the International Studies Program at the College of New Rochelle.

“With this event we’re trying to rekindle, bring new life, to our relationship with the College of New Rochelle and the Consortium for International Studies we’re part of. I think it’s good to expose students to meeting people from other schools and other countries,” stated Binita Mehta, director of the International Studies Department at Manhattanville College.