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A Cautionary Tale: Revisiting Ceausescu's Anti-Abortion Policies

A public lecture by GAIL KLIGMAN, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for European and Eurasian Studies at UCLA

Professor Kligman's expertise spans the domains of political sociology, gender studies, and cultural anthropology, with a focus on socialist and postsocialist Central East Europe. Professor Kligman is the author, co-author or co-editor of several books. Among them, Calus: Symbolic Transformation in Romanian Ritual received the  Chicago Folklore Prize in 1982; The Politics of Duplicity: Controlling Reproduction in Ceausescu's Romania was awarded the Heldt Prize of the Association for Women in Slavic Studies in 1998, as was The Politics of Gender after Socialism: A Comparative-Historical Essay, co-authored with Professor Susan Gal (Anthropology, University of Chicago) in 2001. She is currently working on a manuscript, together with Professor Katherine Verdery (Anthropology, CUNY), based on an extended ethnographic and archival project about the process of collectivizing property in Romania, 1949-1962.  Professor Kligman has received numerous  fellowships and grants from, for example, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Soros Foundation, the International Research and Exchanges Board, the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, and, most recently, the Russell Sage Foundation . At UCLA, Professor Kligman also serves on the Faculty Advisory Committee of the Honors College. She was the recipient of the Honors Program’s 2006 Eugen Weber Teaching Award.

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