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Literary Arts Expert Named UH Citizens Chair

Lecture to be presented at the Honolulu Academy of Arts

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
David Baker, (808) 956-9405
Professor of English
Kristen Cabral, (808) 956-5039
External Affairs & University Relations
Posted: Mar 17, 2003

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa‘s English department‘s Citizens‘ Chair, will present a lecture entitled "The Humanities in the 21st Century," on Sunday, March 23, at 2 p.m. at the Honolulu Academy of Arts.

The Citizens‘ Chair, created by the state legislature for the purpose of promoting the literary arts among the people of Hawaiʻi, is a position that attracts outstanding scholars and writers to the university who can speak not only to students, but also to the community at large. Spivak represents literary art internationally and is the Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. Her areas of specialization include 19th-century literature, Marxism, Feminism, and Post-structuralism.

Recognized as a scholar of deconstructive textual analysis of verbal, visual, and social texts, and as a global feminist Marxist, Spivak's work has been translated into all the major European and Asian languages. "A Critique of Postcolonial Reason: Toward a History of the Vanishing Present" and "Red Thread" have appeared in the Harvard University Press.

Spivak received her B.A. at the University of Calcutta (1959) and her M.A. (1962) and Ph.D. (1967) from Cornell University. She has taught at Brown University, University of Texas at Austin, UC Santa Cruz, UniversitÚ Paul ValÚry, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Stanford University, University of British Columbia, Goethe Universitńt in Frankfurt, Riydah University, and Emory University.

Before arriving at Columbia in 1991, she was the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. She has been named a fellow in several organizations including the National Humanities Institute, the Center for the Humanities at Wesleyan, the Humanities Research Center at the Australian National University, the Center for the Study of the Social Sciences (Calcutta), the Davis Center for Historical Studies (Princeton), and the Rockefeller Foundation (Bellagio). She has also been a Kent Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow.

Spivak is active in rural literacy teacher training at the grassroots level in Aboriginal India and Bangladesh. Among her publications are "Of Grammatology," "Imaginary Maps," "Breast Stories," "In Other Worlds," "The Post-Colonial Critic," and "Outside in the Teaching Machine." She gives yearly seminars in art with the Independent Study program at the Museum of American Art in New York, and has lectured extensively around the world in Japan, Austria, Germany, South Africa, Korea, and Switzerland.

In addition to speaking at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, Spivak will also be part of a panel presentation entitled "Two Worlds Meeting: Lilikalā Kame‘eleihiwa and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Conversations on Indigenous Issues and Settler Viewpoints." The event will take place at Halau o Haumea Auditorium at the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at UH Mānoa on Tuesday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact David Baker at 956-9405.