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Alumna Cynthia Enloe, research professor of International Development, Community and Environment at Clark University, will give the keynote address at Connecticut College's 93rd Commencement on May 22, 2011, Connecticut College President Leo I. Higdon Jr. announced in an email to the campus community.
"Professor Enloe's work embodies Connecticut College's multidimensional, interdisciplinary approach to education as well as the internationalization of our curriculum," Higdon said. "Her career has been built on intellectual curiosity and independent thinking.
"She exemplifies two central Connecticut College values - excellence in teaching and research," he added.
A member of the Connecticut College Class of 1960, Enloe is the author of 12 books that offer a feminist analysis of the complex connections between military culture, armed conflict, globalization and economic development. She is well known for her scholarly work, which is both cutting-edge and highly topical.
Enloe received the Susan B. Northcutt Award in 2008 and the Susan Strange Award in 2007, recognition by the International Studies Association of her work in international studies and advancing issues of importance to women and other minorities. She has completed Fulbrights in Malaysia and Guyana and guest professorships in Japan, Britain and Canada. She has also lectured in Sweden, Norway, Germany, Korea and Turkey, as well as at colleges and universities around the U.S.
The 2011 Commencement ceremony will be part of the College's yearlong Centennial celebration. The celebration will include special Centennial events and programming throughout the year, including during Commencement, Reunion, Fall Weekend and Founders Day.