The 2013 Women’s Caucus Luncheon and Lecture  at the 56th ASA Annual Meeting in Baltimore  was held on Saturday November 23rd 2013. The lecture was given  Professor Ngwarsungu Chiwengo, who gave a riveting contextual account of the ongoing violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and its impact on women. The lecture was recorded. Click here to watch the video

Ngwarsungu Chiwengo is a Professor of English at Creighton University, and is a native of Congo (DRC). She obtained her Bachelor’s at the National University of Zaire (currently UNILU) and her Ph.D. at SUNY/Buffalo. As a Fulbright grantee, she taught at the University of Alabama Tuscaloosa for two years prior to her return to Congo (DRC), where she taught at The University of Lubumbashi for nine years as Assistant and Associate Professor, and chaired the English Department. During the Mobutu transition, she was respectively Federal and Vice-president of The Democratic Christian Social Party (PDSC) and later its USA representative. Upon her return to the United States, she taught at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, for four years and is currently teaching at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where she is currently the Director of the World Literature Program, and Acting Director of African and Black Studies. She is also currently Director of Black Studies and Board member, of the Great Plains Black Museum.

Her scholarly work has appeared in journals such as the South Atlantic Quarterly, Journal of Black Studies, La revue de l’université de Moncton, and Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. In her book Understanding “Cry, the Beloved Country,” (Greenwood Press, 2007), she analyzes the literary and historical background of Alan Paton’s 1948 novel about racial tensions in South Africa.