Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Office of
International Education will present its second International Women’s Day
Symposium on March 17, 2016. The theme of this year’s program is “Breaking the
Silence on Violence Against Women.”
The program will include a poster session from noon to
7:00 p.m. in the HUB Atrium, and the keynote presentation by Elora Halim
Chowdhury, associate professor and chair of Women’s and Gender Studies at the
University of Massachusetts (Boston), from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the HUB Ohio Room. The program is free and open to the
community. Parking in the Hadley Union Building parking lot is free after 5:00
p.m. Student vouchers will be available.
According to the World Health Organization, 35 percent
of women worldwide have been exposed to either physical or sexual violence at
least once in their lives.
Chowdhury’s areas of expertise include transnational
feminisms, critical development studies, gender violence, human rights
narrative, and advocacy with an emphasis on South Asia. She is widely published
in journals and textbooks in her field.
In 2005, she received a Mellon-Future of Minority Studies
Fellowship at Cornell University, and in 2006 she was selected to be a Future
of Minority Studies Post-doctoral Fellow in the Women’s and Gender Studies
Program at Syracuse University. In 2007, she served as a coprincipal
investigator to a multiyear grant from the Ford Foundation for the project
“Engaging Islam: Feminisms, Religiosities & Self-Determinations.”
Prior to joining UMass, Chowdhury held appointments at the Gender Resource
Center and the Rural Development Program in BRAC, a development organization
dedicated to alleviating poverty by empowering the poor (1996 to 1997); and the
Education, Knowledge, and Religion Program at the Ford Foundation, New York
(2000 to 2004). She also served as a feature writer for the Daily Star
She serves on the editorial/advisory boards of Studies in South Asian Film and Media, Journal of Feminist Scholarship,
Signs: Journal of Women in Culture
and Society, and the Bangladesh Development Initiative.