What makes a champion?
Leading feminist Cynthia Enloe, a Connecticut College alumna and research professor of international development, community and environment at Clark University, has been selected to give the keynote address at Connecticut College's 93rd Commencement on May 22, 2010. In announcing the selection, Connecticut College President Leo I. Higdon Jr. said, "Professor Enloe's work embodies Connecticut College's multidimensional, interdisciplinary approach to education as well as the internationalization of our curriculum.
Her career has been built on intellectual curiosity and independent thinking." Higdon added, "She exemplifies two central Connecticut College values - excellence in teaching and research." 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 is part of the Connecticut College's yearlong centennial celebration, which also includes special programming and events during Reunion, Fall Weekend and Founders Day.