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Professor Jan Feldman to Speak on the Fate of Women in a Democratic Tunisia

Jan Feldman, professor of political science, will give the second in the 2012-2013 College of Arts and Sciences Full Professor Lecture Series on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 4 p.m. in the Waterman Memorial Lounge. Her talk, "Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution: Will Democracy Betray Women?" addresses increasing concerns that the Arab Spring and the entrenchment of Islamic law through democratic elections may ironically reverse legal, social and economic rights for women. The lecture is free and open to the public and will also be videotaped and available on the CAS homepage.

Feldman has been a member of the UVM Political Science Department since 1982. Her research has taken her to Russia, Kuwait, Israel, Tunisia and Morocco. She has held fellowships at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. Feldman is the author of two books, Lubavitchers as Citizens: A Paradox of Liberal Democracy and Citizenship, Faith, and Feminism: Jewish and Muslim Women Reclaim Their Rights.