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Gayatri Spivak delivered a public lecture titled "The Rohingya Issue in a Global Context," on Monday, October 30, 2017 in Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall.

Gayatri Spivak is a founding member of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. She is a prominent literary theorist whose scholarship is grounded in deconstructivist theory, and ranges widely from critiques of post-colonial discourse to feminism, Marxism, and globalization. Her books include In Other Worlds (1987), Thinking Academic Freedom in Gendered Post-Coloniality (1993), Outside in the Teaching Machine (1993), Imperatives to Reimagine the Planet (1997), A Critique of Postcolonial Reason (1999), Death of a Discipline (2003), Other Asias (2007), An Aesthetic Education in the Age of Globalization (2012), Readings (2014), and Du Bois and the General Strike (forthcoming).

An activist as well as an educator, Spivak is involved in international women's movements and issues surrounding ecological agriculture. She has been deeply involved in rural education in Asia for nearly two decades, regarding education as a focused means of empowerment.