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Travel Talk: Women, Work and the Legacy of Slavery in Mauritania

  • Wednesday, March 20, 2019
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • The Great Hall, Annie Wright Schools, Tacoma WA 98403


Slavery was legally abolished in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania in 1981. Given this recent history, how does the legacy of slavery continue to impact people's lives in this country? How do female slave descendants work to build meaningful lives and make a living there? Prof. Katherine Wiley has spent three years living in Mauritania as a Peace Corps Volunteer and researcher and her talk will explore these questions.

Katherine Wiley is an Assistant Professor at Pacific Lutheran University where she teaches classes on anthropology, Africa, and Women's and Gender Studies. Her book, Work, Social Status, and Gender, in Post-slavery Mauritania came out in 2018 (Indiana University Press). She first went to Mauritania in 2001 to teach English in the Peace Corps.

This Travel Talk will take place on March 20 at 7:00 p.m. at Annie Wright Schools

All Travel Talks are free and open to the public - no RSVP is necessary!

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