Thursday Lecture Highlights Motherhood in Tanzania

The Gustavus African Studies Program hosts Dr. Susan Schalge to speak on “Mothers and Mothering: Lessons from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania."
Posted on November 21st, 2019 by

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The Gustavus African Studies Program is hosting Dr. Susan Schalge, professor of anthropology as Minnesota State University, Mankato, on Thursday, November 21. She will be on campus to give a lecture entitled “Mothers and Mothering: Lessons from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania” at 7 p.m. in Confer 127.

Dr. Schalge has performed research in Tanzania and is currently diving into the practice of mothering and motherhood cross-culturally, which will be the focus of her lecture at Gustavus. Her specialties in the field of anthropology include sociocultural anthropology, urban and applied anthropology, gender, mothering, social organization, and the anthropology of higher education.

“‘Mothering’ might be a universal term, however it takes on a specificity of meaning in different cultures,” said professor Paschal Kyoore, Director of the Gustavus African Studies Program. Students attending this event will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of Tanzania as well as learn about how mothering looks in different cultures.

The African Studies Program at Gustavus applies an interdisciplinary approach to the field, taking into account historical, political, social, economic, and cultural experiences. By hosting at least two speakers every year, the program provides opportunities for students to engage with content that is focused on developing an appreciation of African contributions to the world.

“Africa is a very vast continent, not just in terms of its physical size, but in terms of diversity of languages, cultures, and political experiences,” Kyoore said. “Students should seize such opportunities to educate themselves on issues that they have probably never thought about or considered to be important in their academic life. Come with an open mind.”

“Mothers and Mothering: Lessons from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania” will take place on Thursday, November 21 at 7 p.m. in Confer 127. This event is sponsored by the Gustavus African Studies Program and is free and open to the public.

Visit the Gustavus African Studies Program website to learn more about program offerings and opportunities for students.


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