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The keynote speaker for the symposium was Dr. Bipasha Baruah, associate director of Yadunandan India Studies Center and assistant professor of geography at California State University, Long Beach. A specialist on gender issues, nongovernmental organizations, and the cultural geography of South Asia, Baruah earned her Ph.D. at York University in Canada and recently completed a book entitled Sisters Doing It for Themselves: Challenges and Opportunities in Landed Property Ownership for Informal Sector Women in India.

The topic of her speech and the symposium’s agenda were especially timely with the recent announcement that Bangladeshi Muhammad Yunnus, founder of the Grameen Bank, has been awarded the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for advancing economic and social opportunities for the poor, especially women, through pioneering micro-credit work.

The symposium was facilitated by Dr. Marc Gilbert, HPU’s NEH Endowed Chair in World History and a specialist on history of South and Southeast Asia.

“ The symposium was a dynamic and rewarding experience for the HPU community,” said Dr. Carlos Juarez, dean of the College of International Studies, “and brought together students from a range of disciplines, including participants in the First-Year Seminar program, and undergraduate and graduate students interested in global studies. Small discussion groups, facilitated by faculty and student leaders, and a large group discussion enabled students to share action plans for engaging and making a difference in a globalizing world,” Juarez added

Baruah gave a related talk open to the public at the East-West Center Oct. 26, and she met with groups of students, faculty, and staff Oct. 27, as part of the three-day program on global learning.



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