J. Jobe and Marguerite Jacqmin Soffa Lecture

The J. Jobe and Marguerite Jacqmin Soffa Lecture supports regular lectures on contemporary issues of global significance. For more than a decade, this fund has brought renowned women from across the globe to lecture and meet with classes. Holders of the lectureship have included well-known “grassroots” leaders in the struggle for human rights and international understanding.

2022 Lecture

Keynote speaker: Ma Thida, human rights activist, surgeon, and writer

“Back to the road to Democracy: Getting out of the maze or getting rid of its walls?”

Current situations in either Myanmar and the world makes it seem like the road to democracy gets lost in a maze and walls of structural, socioeconomic, and cultural obstacles. The question is what do we do: get out of the maze or get rid of its walls?

4 p.m., Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Alumni Lounge, Pyle Center

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Prior registration by Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, is requested to facilitate planning. This event will be hybrid. Please let indicate whether you plan to attend in-person or virtually when registering. Walk-ins are welcome. 

About the lecture

Marguerite Jacqmin Soffa ’46 established this fund to support an annual public lecture on a contemporary issue of global significance by a distinguished woman in international public life. The lecture is sponsored by the International Division, with current co-sponsors including the Human Rights Program, and Global Legal Studies Center.

Past speakers

2021: Sakena Yacoobi, “As Women Rise, so Does the Nation”
2020-2021: Wanjiku Kabira,”Shifting The Center Of Gravity: Women’s Movement And Constitution-Making In Kenya”
2019: Charlotte Bunch, “The Dance of Feminism with Human Rights: Reflections on Three Decades of Global Women’s Human Rights Organizing”
2019: Brigitte Baptiste, “Queering Ecology”
2018: May Sabe Phyu, “Gender Inclusion for Lasting Peace”
2017: Vandana Shiva, “Women Lead the Way: From Violence to Non-Violence, from Greed to Sharing, From Hate to Love”
2015: Renana Jhavala, “Structural Inequalities and Poverty: Organizing for Economic Rights in India”
2014: Jean Geran, “Right to Identity: Child Abandonment, Trafficking, Migration and Protection”
2013: Sahar Elmougy, “Resurgence of the Feminine: Transformation of Egyptian Psyche,”
2012: Fatima Sadiqi, “North African Women’s Rights in the Aftermath of the Arab Spring”
2012: Thulisile Madonsela, “Righting State Wrongs: Enforcing the South African Constitution through the office of the Public Protector”
2010: Luz María de la Mora Sánchez, “Latin America’s New Stature in the Global Economy”
2010: Yakin Ertürk, “Universalizing Women’s Human Rights: The Quest for Gender-Just Peace”