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Gwynn Thomas, a University at Buffalo professor, will give a talk about how women presidents in Chile, Argentina, Costa Rica and Brazil are challenging the status quo at 4 p.m. Friday as part of the “Scholars@Hallwalls Series,” Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 341 Delaware Ave.

“It’s a real shift in how we think about political power,” said

Thomas.

She said there is such a long

history of men as political leaders

that the shift toward female leader-

ship in Latin America is worth exploring.

“How can we bring more women into positions of political power?” Thomas asked.

“We might learn some important lessons in Latin America,” she said.

Thomas is an associate professor of global gender studies in the transnational studies department.

Her research and teaching focus on feminist theory, women and politics, and global women’s movements.

Her current book project, “When a Woman Leads,” analyzes women presidents in Latin America.

The Scholars lecture series at Hallwalls, on select Fridays through the month of May, features members of the UB faculty discussing humanities-related subjects.

For the full schedule, check humanitiesinstitute.buffalo.edu.