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08-25-2014

Clarkson University's S.N. Nyeck Invited to South Africa to Speak about Social Justice

S.N. Nyeck, assistant professor of political science at Clarkson University, has been invited to attend a pan-African consultative meeting on Human Sexuality, Religion and Equality to be held in Durban, South Africa, August 28-31. While there, she will deliver a presentation on “Politics, Religion and Human Sexuality.”

S.N. NyeckThe consultative meeting is sponsored by the World Council of Churches in partnership with the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

 “The issue of human sexuality has become highly contentious across the globe and there must be an African conversation led by African scholars and thought leaders on this topic…so, we are delighted to invite you to participate in the creation of [a] new narrative," wrote Rev. Kapya Kaoma and Michael Adee in an invitation to Nyeck. "One goal is to bring together scholars to discuss human sexuality, religion, and equality. Another goal is to produce a special edition of the Journal of Theology for southern Africa.”

Nyeck is the co-editor of Sexual Diversity in Africa: Politics, Theory and Citizenship (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013). The collected essays in this book critically discuss the connection between sexuality, politics and citizenship in Africa today. This multi-disciplinary collaboration between scholars based in Africa, Europe, and America highlights the importance of scholarship in controversial debates beyond media reports.

Nyeck’s research interests include entrepreneurship in the public sector, public-private partnerships, government contracting, comparative institutional and historical analysis, government spending, and public sector reform. She also examines sexuality and politics, contentious politics, law and culture, and politics and literature. Nyeck has also just completed another book manuscript on government outsourcing in Africa.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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