Kathleen O’Brien Wicker Endowed Lecture Presents Professor Musa Dube

Professor Musa Dube, this year’s Kathleen O’Brien Wicker Endowed Lecture speaker, will present “The No. 1 Lady Detective Meets Rahab for a Cup of Bush Tea: A Postcolonial Feminist Analysis of Translation” on Wednesday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Scripps College’s Malott Commons Hampton Room. The event is free and open to the public.

Professor Dube says, “In this

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the biblical Rahab and I will pay a visit to Mma. Ramotswe for cup of bush tea! That is, the narrative of Rahab will provide a reading grid to analyze a Botswana woman character, Mma. Ramotswe, popularized by Alexander McCall’s novel, The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.” This postcolonial feminist reading of the novel will analyze the characterization of Mma. Ramotswe through Rahab’s prism, highlighting how McCall serves as a spy, who investigates, reports, and translates Botswana cultures for the Western world by using Mma. Ramotswe as his mouthpiece.

Dube taught theology and biblical studies at the University of Botswana before coming to Scripps College in 2004 as professor of religious studies and chair of the department of religious studies. In 2005, she rejoined the department of theology and religious studies of the University of Botswana. Professor Dube has published numerous academic articles in journals, books, and magazines, and has edited several volumes. Her research and writing is focused on postcolonial feminist interpretations of the Bible.

Doors to the Hampton Room will open at 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact the Malott Commons Office at 909.607.9372.

The Kathleen O’Brien Wicker Endowment was established at Scripps College by trustees, alumnae, and friends of Kathleen Wicker, professor emerita of religious studies. The endowment honors her as a teacher, role model, scholar, and humanist. It was conceived to continue in perpetuity her interdisciplinary and multicultural approach to feminist Biblical studies. Each year, the endowment invites a distinguished scholar in religious studies to speak on campus.


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