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Fulbright Scholar from Iceland Conducts Presentations to the Centenary Community

12/12/2013, 11:35 AM

Hackettstown, N.J.  – Dr. Thorgerdur Einarsdottir, a Professor of Gender Studies at the University of Iceland and a Fulbright Visiting Scholar, visited Centenary College recently to discuss her research on sexuality, transgender issues and the feminist movement in Iceland.  During her visit Dr. Einarsdottir spoke to five Centenary classes on topics such as poetry written by Icelandic female poet Ingibjorg Haraldsdottir, Icelandic women in politics, the women’s movement in the United States versus Iceland, and family policies and resources in her home country.

Dr. Einarsdottir stated “My visit with Centenary College was very successful.  Centenary is a wonderful college community located in such a beautiful part of the state.  Students were very engaged and participated in thought-provoking discussion.  I hope to return to Centenary in the future.”

Dr. Einarsdottir received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Goteborg in Sweden in 1997. She researches gender and the labor market, welfare and family policy, women in politics, gender equality policies and the feminist movement.  Her most recent research areas are the gendered dynamics of the financial crises and transgender issues.  She is spending the fall 2013 semester at Rutgers New Brunswick as a Fulbright research scholar, affiliated with the Institute for Research on Women.

“I am so pleased that Dr. Einarsdottir was able to join us for two days and provide our faculty, staff and students with insight about Icelandic social issues,” said Dr. Joseph Linskey, Dean of the School of International Programs at Centenary College.  “We were very fortunate to be able to have her as a guest at the College.”  This opportunity was made possible through Centenary College’s School of International Programs and the U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright Program. 

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary College is an independent, coeducational liberal arts and career studies college
distinguished by an accomplished faculty, small class size and diverse student body.  Centenary, the only baccalaureate and master degree granting institution in northwest New Jersey, is the fastest growing College in the State. 

Centenary College’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.  The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.

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