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Honors Colloquium

Indira Parikh & Minal Hajratwala - Women in Indian Society: Literary and Empirical Evidence

Tuesday evening, 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
October 20, 2009
Chafee Auditorium URI Kingston Campus

Topic for this evening is “Women in Indian Society: Literary and Empirical Evidence”. Two eminent women with India links - Indira Parikh, a distinguished academician from Pune, India; and Minal Hajaratwala, an author who traced the long history of her India diaspora family - will give their views of women and Indian society.

INDIRA PARIKH: Prof. Indira Parikh is the Founder President of Foundation for Liberal And Management Education, Pune, India. Earlier she was Dean of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad from 2002 to 2005 and Professor in the Organizational Behaviour Area at the Institute. She has held the positions of the Chairperson of Organizational Behaviour Area, Fellow Programme in Management (FPM), Postgraduate Diploma in Management Program (PGP), Placement Committee and Alumni Relations and Activity Committee. She is the Founder Member of Sumedhas: The Academy for Human Context. She is on the Board of Indian Oil Corporation Limited and several other organizational and academic boards.

The current focus of work is on transformation of organizations and corporate boards. She has designed management development programmes in institution building, Leadership effectiveness, issues of role and identity, and Organizational renewal. She has conducted programmes in various countries in Africa, South East Asia, South Asia and in Dubai, Netherlands and the USA. She has conducted programmes on issues related to women, primarily managerial and leadership roles, in various countries across the globe

She is involved in Organization Design and Development studies as well as assessment of individuals and organizations. Prof. Parikh has taught at INSEAD, Fontainbleau, France and Texas A & M University, USA. She has done consulting at national and international settings with many donor agencies. Published books on Profiles in Identity (Co-author), Indian Women - An Inner Dialogue, Young Managers at Cross -Roads (Co-author), Corporate Culture in India (Co-author), Cross Roads of Culture (Co-author) and numerous papers in national and international journals.

Prof. Parikh has been awarded Lifetime Achievement Award for Best Teacher in Management by Ascent in World HRD Congress, 2001. Has been awarded Lifetime Achievement Award for the Contributions to HR by Indira Group of Institutes, Pune, 2003. Has been awarded Lifetime Achievement Award by PGP Students, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (2003-05 Batch). She was also awarded The 16th Business School Affaire and Dewang Mehta Business School Award for Lifetime Achievement. She has recently been awarded Visionary Leader Award by DNA & Stars of the Industry Group. She has also been awarded The Achievers Award by the University of Pune.

MINAL HAJRATWALA: Minal Hajratwala is the author of 'Leaving India: My Family’s Journey From Five Villages to Five Continents' (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009), which has been called “incomparable” by Alice Walker and “searingly honest” by the Washington Post. She spent seven years researching and writing the book, traveling the world to interview more than seventy-five members of her extended family. She is also a poet, performer, and queer activist based in San Francisco, where she was born before being whisked off to be raised in New Zealand and suburban Michigan. Her creative work has appeared in numerous journals, anthologies, and theater spaces, and has received recognition and support from the Sundance Institute, the Jon Sims Center for the Arts, the SerpentSource Foundation, and the Hedgebrook writing retreat for women, where she currently serves on the Alumnae Leadership Council. Her one-woman show, “Avatars: Gods for a New Millennium,” was commissioned by the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco for World AIDS Day in 1999. As a journalist, she worked at the San Jose Mercury News for eight years, was a board member of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, and was a National Arts Journalism Program fellow at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2000-01. She is a graduate of Stanford University.

Minal Hajaratwala maintains a blog at this site about her book "Leaving India"....
A slide show of the images of the Minal Hajratwala family, leaving India and spreading into various parts of the world...

Colloquium Coordinators:

Professor Ruby Roy Dholakia
College of Business Administration
Professor Nikhilesh Dholakia,
College of Business Administration
Professor Arun Shukla
College of Engineering

Related Sites:

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IndiaAtURI on YouTube
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IndianAtURI on Sakai


Questions, contact the Honors Center at 401.874.2381, or Deb Gardiner. or