Women’s and Gender Studies hosts open house

Women’s and Gender Studies invites faculty, staff and students to meet Dr. Angela Kóczé, a visiting Fulbright Professor from Hungary. A reception with a Hungarian flavor will take place from 4:30–5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Women’s and Gender Studies Open House in the Tribble Hall Main Lobby. Also, find out more about the Women’s and Gender Studies program and events, and enjoy hors d’ oeuvres and refreshments.

Kóczé is one of Hungary’s most outspoken Roma rights advocates and was a guest of Wake Forest during the March 2012 Symposium, “Where Are You From?: A Symposium on Immigration, Mobility and Citizenship,” when she conducted a workshop on “Gender, Ethnicity and Class: Romani Women’s Political Activism and Social Struggle.”

Her work investigates the intersectionality between gender, ethnicity and class of Romani women as well as their political participation in Europe. While at Wake Forest, Kóczé will be teaching two courses for Women’s and Gender Studies and interacting with a number of units on campus.

Kóczé was the first executive director of the European Roma Information Office (ERIO), an NGO lobbying EU institutions. She was also the director of the human rights education programme at the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC). Dr. Kóczé holds two M.A.s — one in Human Rights and another in Ethnic and Minority Studies, from Central European University (Budapest) and the University of Eotvos Lorand (Budapest), respectively. She also holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Anthropology from the Central European University of Budapest.