The University of Iowa

Women at the Heart of Development in South Asia is Theme of Two Lectures Nov. 4 and 11

October 28th, 2010

Two related lectures on women’s activism in postcolonial South Asia will be presented by visiting scholars Nov. 4 and 11 as part of the UI South Asian Studies Program (SASP) lecture series.

Shahnaz Khan will present “Native Informing and the Muslim Woman” at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, in 1117 University Capitol Centre (UCC), and Jael Silliman will present “Making Women Safe in India: Innovative Campaigns, Diverse Audiences and New Initiatives” at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, in 2520D UCC.

The scholars will raise questions about the role of the state, non-profit organizations and globalization in the increasingly urgent calls to “invest” in women. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

Khan is an associate professor of women’s and gender studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada. Silliman is a former faculty member in women’s studies in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a former program officer for the Ford Foundation in New York. She currently lives in Kolkata, India.

Sponsorship for the lectures is provided by SASP, UI International Programs and a grant from the Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language program.

For more information, contact Meena Khandelwal at or 319-335-2496.