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Lectures to focus on social changes in Afghanistan, Nov. 2-4

series of lectures titled "Afghanistan on the Threshold of the 21st Century: Changes in Values and Social Practices" is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday, Nov. 2-4, in 101 McCormick.

Micheline Centlivres-Demont, professor of anthropology at the University of Neuchatel in Switzerland, will speak on "Afghan Women Before and After the Taliban: Neither Shari'ah nor Women's Lib" on Nov. 2. Centlivres-Demont is the author of "Popular Art in Afghanistan: Paintings on Trucks, Mosques and Tea-Houses."

Pierre Centlivres, professor emeritus of anthropology and former director of the Institute for Ethnology at the University of Neuchatel, will deliver lectures titled "Afghan Exiles: From Marginality to Reintegration?" on Nov. 3 and "Iconomania and Inconophobia in Afghanistan: Religious and Political Images, From Zaher Shah to bin Laden" on Nov. 4. Centlivres is the author of "Popular Imageries in Islam" and "And If One Spoke on Afghanistan?: Grounds and Texts, 1964-1980."

The lectures are part of the Leon Poullada Memorial Lecture Series sponsored by the Program in Near Eastern Studies . For more information, contact Kate Fischer , (609) 258-4272.

Contact: Ruth Stevens (609) 258-3601

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