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Jan. 18, 2016
For Immediate Release

BRANTFORD – Wilfrid Laurier University and the Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa continue the Nelson Mandela lecture series with a lecture by Susanne Klausen titled, “From Rights to Justice: The Ongoing Struggle for Reproductive Freedom in Post-Apartheid South Africa.” The lecture takes place at Laurier’s Brantford campus on Thursday, Jan. 21 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in room RCW 002. Admission to this event is free and all are welcome.

Klausen is an associate professor of history at Carleton University in Ottawa. Her research focuses on nationalism and sexuality, the history of reproductive health services in South Africa and movements for reproductive rights in a transitional perspective. She is the author of Race, Maternity, and the Politics of Birth Control in South Africa, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2004. More recently, her book Abortion Under Apartheid: Nationalism, Sexuality, and Women’s Reproductive Rights in South Africa, was published by Oxford University Press in 2015. Klausen’s other recent work has appeared in the Journal of Southern African Studies, Medical History and Journal of Women’s History. She holds a PhD in history from Queen’s University.

The mission of the Tshepo Institute is to promote global awareness and excellence in knowledge development on African issues with the aim of inspiring positive transformation. It serves as a hub for knowledge mobilization and student and faculty enrichment that can inform transformative policies and emphasize causes for hope.

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Oliver Masakure, Director
Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.756.8228 x5704


Beth Gurney, Associate Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.756.8228 x5753



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