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"Islamism, Transformed?" Lecture on June 3

Boston University anthropologist Jenny White will deliver UCR's annual Holstein lecture in religious studies.

(May 22, 2008)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Jenny B. White, associate professor of anthropology at Boston University, will deliver the 2007-08 Holstein Family Community Lecture in Religious Studies at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, in Commons 355. Her topic is "Islamism, Transformed?"

Earlier in the day, at 12 noon, she will speak on "Gender and Islamic Reform in Contemporary Turkey" in room 3043 of the new Interdisciplinary building.

White is a former president of the Turkish Studies Association and of the American Anthropological Association Middle East Section, and sits on the board of the Institute of Turkish Studies. She has received numerous grants and fellowships from, among others, the Social Science Research Council, the MacArthur Foundation, the National Science Foundation, Fulbright-Hays and the Institute of Turkish Studies.

She is the author of "Islamist Mobilization in Turkey: A study in Vernacular Politics," which won the 2003 Douglass Prize for best book in Europeanist anthropology, and "Money Makes Us Relatives: Women's Labor in Urban Turkey." Aside from her scholarly work, she also has authored two historical detective novels set in 19th century Istanbul, "The Sultan's Seal" (2006) and "The Abyssinian Proof" (2008). "The Sultan's Seal" was named one of the top 10 historical novels of 2006 and one of the top 10 first novels of 2006 by the American Library Association�s Booklist magazine and was shortlisted for the 2006 CWA Ellis Peters Historical Crime Award.

White lectures internationally about political Islam, civil society, ethnic identity and gender issues, and has written many articles about Turkey.

Born in Germany, White came to the United States with her mother at the age of 7. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from City University of New York, a master's in social psychology from Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey, and her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin.

She joined the Boston University faculty in 1996 and taught previously at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Marmara University in Istanbul.

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