Spring 2003 Lyceum Visiting Scholar

Suad JosephDr. Suad Joseph is a leading scholar of Middle East Women's Studies.  She is respected nationally and internationally for her work in bridging Women's Studies in the U.S. and the Arab world. A Professor of Anthropology and Women's Studies at the University of California, Davis, Dr. Joseph has carried out extensive field work in her native Lebanon on the politicization of religion, local communities, family systems, child socialization, citizenship and human rights. 

She is General Editor of the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, founder and first President of the Association for Middle East Women's Studies; founder and first Coordinator for the Middle East Research Group in Anthropology; founder and Coordinator for the Arab Families Working Group; founder and Facilitator for the American University in Beirut, American University in Cairo, Lebanese American University, University of California Collaborative Initiatives.  She has published five edited and co-edited books and has two in preparation.  Her numerous articles cover subjects ranging from politics of Arab American citizenship to women's rights, children's socialization, and family/state relations in the Middle East.


For more information about Dr Joseph and other Lyceum information please call 316.978.3731 or e-mail us at lyceum@wichita.edu.

Public Lecture:


Women and Power in the Middle East seems like an oxymoron, given the mainstream American view of women in the Middle East. 
However, Middle Eastern women have enormous power in their families and economies. Dr. Joseph explores the tension between women's domestic power and lack of public power in state and family relations.

  • DATE:    Monday,  March 31, 2003
  • TIME:     7:00 - 8:00 PM
  • VENUE:  Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex 

     For more information please call 316.978.3731 or e-mail lyceum@wichita.edu

    Faculty - Student Forum:


    The ways in which Middle Easterners are seen as different - Dr. Joseph will explore the subject of "difference."  
    She will compare Arab concepts of citizenship, self and gender with those in the Western tradition.  She will also critically examine the portrait of Arabs held in mainstream America, particularly the media, and its impact on Arab citizens in the U.S.

  • DATE:    Tuesday,  April 1, 2003
  • TIME:     9:30 - 10:30 AM
  • VENUE:  200 Ahlberg Hall

    For more information please call 316.978.3731 or e-mail lyceum@wichita.edu