November 1, 2013 at 5:30 am

Cursed by the Double Shift: Single Mother Tobacco Workers in Nicaragua, Nov. 13

During International Education Week Latin American Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and the Department of Modern Languages are bringing to campus Gary Ruchwarger, author of two books on Nicaragua’s recent history and the founder of a new research institute in Esteli, Nicaragua, the Instituto Segoviano para Eruditos Norteamericanos.

Ruchwarger also is working with a local elementary school to support the school and its bi-lingual program. He will give a public lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 4 p.m. in Baker 240 on “Cursed by the Double Shift: Single Mother Tobacco Workers in Esteli, Nicaragua.”

The talk will draw extensively from his research into the lives and experiences of women, particularly single mothers, who work in the state owned tobacco factories of Esteli. During International Education Week LAS and the Organización LatinoAmericana, OLA are holding a book drive to help Ruchwarger’s efforts in establishing a bi-lingual library in the elementary school La Renovación, as well as the research library in his own institute.

Dr. Tom Walker, retired professor in the department of Political Science is also assisting Ruchwarger in his efforts by holding a private fundraising event at his home on Tuesday night.

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