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Margaret Mills, professor and chair of the department of Near Eastern languages and cultures at Ohio State University, will speak at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 4, in the auditorium of Lafayette College’s Kirby Hall of Civil Rights. Her topic will be “Women of Afghanistan and the Taliban/Islam: Stereotypes and Human Rights.”

Sponsored by the department of religion and supported by the Lyman Coleman Fund, the lecture is free and open to the public. For information, call 610-330-5179.

In a career marked by accomplished scholarship and fieldwork, Mills has garnered extensive accolades for her work in Near Eastern folklore research and documentation. She has worked and traveled in several countries including Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan. Mills is the recipient of numerous grants and prizes including a Fulbright-Hays Group Faculty Training Seminars Grant and Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Fellowship, a John Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and a Smithsonian Institution Research Development Grant.

Mills is the author of numerous publications and articles. Her book Rhetoric and Politics in Afghan Traditional Storytelling, published in 1991 by the University of Pennsylvania Press, won the 1993 Chicago Folklore Prize for best academic book in folklore. Her forthcoming book Tale, Voice and Life is a life-history study of an Afghan woman storyteller before, during, and after the Afghan-Soviet war.

A member of several professional societies, including the American Anthropological Association, the American Folklore Society, and International Society for Folk Narrative Research, Mills holds a bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard University.

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