Women's History Month Speaker Dr. Layli Maparyan

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the University of West Georgia Office of Institutional Diversity and the College of Social Sciences are pleased to welcome Dr. Layli Maparyan, Tuesday, March 29, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom.  Dr. Maparyan will speak on Gender, Race and beyond: New Approaches to Diversity, identity, inclusion and social transformation.

Dr. Maparyan, is a professor of Women’s Studies and associated faculty of African American Studies at Georgia State University. She obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology from Temple University, her M.S. in Psychology from Penn State, and her B.A. from Spelman College, where she majored in philosophy. 

In 2006, she published The Womanist Reader (Routledge), a comprehensive anthology documenting the first quarter century of womanist thought. Her second book, The Womanist Idea (Routledge, forthcoming), addresses womanist metaphysics and spiritual activism.

Over the course of her 17-year career, she has published over 30 journal articles or book chapters spanning the fields of women’s studies, Africana studies, and psychology.  From 1994-2000, she served as founding co-director of the Womanist Studies Consortium, a Rockefeller Humanities Fellowships Program residency site. Her primary project at this time involves working with the University of Liberia (UL) to collaboratively develop the institution’s inaugural Gender Studies Program.

This event is free and open to the public.  For additional information, please call 678-839-5400.