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Feminist Jurisprudence Day Generates Dialogue on Gender and the State


Nearly one hundred attendees gathered at Hamline University on April 11 for the Feminist Jurisprudence Day. The day began with a sobering discussion about women and trafficking in Minnesota facilitated by Aliona Cara (shown at left) , a Fulbright scholar and law professor from Moldova who has spent the 2007-08 academic year at Hamline doing PhD research on human trafficking. Other panels explored issues about women who are incarcerated in Minnesota, as well as Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and the State, and Reproductive Health Care and the State. Ahmed E. Souaiaia, professor of Arabic, Islamic and international studies at the University of Iowa, provided the luncheon keynote address: Contesting Justice: Women, Islam, Law and Society." A recording of Professor Souaiaia's presentation can be found on Hamline's website.