Boise State’s Campus Read will welcome women’s activist Keziah Wanjiru Sullivan to the Simplot Ballroom in the Student Union Building on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. She will give a presentation titled, “Redefining Culture: Advancing Opportunities for Women in Third World Countries.”
The event will focus on the 2013-2014 campus read, “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” written by Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.
Many classes incorporate the Campus Read into their curriculum, so students on campus have been exposed to the book for some time.
According to Boise State’s events website, the book “captures stories of women from around the world who are oppressed and remain in social and economic bondage, restrained and confined by cultural traditions and tribal customs.”
Kris Sansing, Boise State’s student affairs marketing coordinator, stated Keziah Sullivan was raised in a rural village in Kenya.
“She was able to break free of traditional village life, unlike most young women from that area,” Sansing said. “(She will) address the dynamics of cultural traditions and customary norm, which prevent women throughout the world from achieving true equality and financial success, and the possibilities for transforming oppression into opportunity.”
Sullivan currently works with the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence which, according to the Boise State website, focuses on violence against immigrant refugee women.
Sansing discussed why this lecture will be unique.
“This lecture is particularly exciting because we have the opportunity to hear, first hand, what it took for this woman to break out of the cultural norms of her village,” Sansig said.
The Boise State Campus Read program encourages students to engage in reading and talking about current events outside of the classroom.
“Opportunities to connect like that are a crucial part of the undergraduate experience,” Sansing said.