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Forum to examine gender and technology in US, Sweden

A pair of discussions with faculty and students from MIT and the Lulea University of Technology in Sweden will be held at MIT to examine issues of women and engineering in the two countries.

"Comparative Perspectives on Women and Engineering: Sweden and USA -- A Graduate Student Round-table" will take place Tuesday, Oct. 14 from 4:30-6:30pm in Rm 51-095, while "Gender and Technoscience: A Faculty Roundtable" will be held Wednesday, Oct. 15 from noon-2pm in the Mezzanine Lounge in the Student Center. The sessions are sponsored by the Program in Women's Studies; the Program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS); and the Dean of Engineering.

Participants from Sweden will be Ingegerd Palmer, president of Lulea and founder of its Graduate School for Women; Lena Trojer, director of the university's Department of Gender and Technology; and Arne Jernelov, secretary general of the Swedish Council for Planning and Coordination of Research.

The MIT panelists will be three STS faculty members -- Professors Evelyn Fox Keller and Sherry Turkle and Assistant Professor Evelynn Hammonds -- and Associate Professor Lynn Stein of electrical engineering and computer science.

The Graduate School for Women at Lulea, established two years ago, is the first graduate school for women in Swe-den. Its goal is to increase the number of female research supervisors, professors and leaders in technoscience and to support the recruitment of women to higher technical education and research.

The panel discussions are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Program in Women's Studies at x3-8844 or see the Web page at <>.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 8, 1997.

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