Kavita Ramdas, 2011 Peter Lee Memorial Speaker

Peter Lee Memorial Lecture: Kavita Ramdas

Kavita Ramdas, 2011 Peter Lee Memorial Speaker

Kavita Ramdas

Date: November 1, 2011

Time: Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Location: University Theater in Hugh Gillis Hall

Summary: The 2011 Peter Lee Memorial Lecture speaker will be Kavita Ramdas, recent president and CEO of the Global Fund for Women. The SJSU Salzburg Program will host the event, preceding but in celebration of International Week beginning Nov. 14.

Ramdas will present “Nothing Short of a Revolution: How Women’s Movements Are Changing Our World.” The Global Fund for Women is the largest grantmaking foundation in the world focused exclusively on supporting international women’s human rights. She extends her expertise in women’s human rights, social justice philanthropy, and international development to a diverse array of professional affiliations.

For example, she serves as a member of the Board of Trustees at Princeton University and at Mount Holyoke College, as well as a member of the Advisory Panel for the Global Development Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She received her academic training at Hindu College, Delhi University, Mount Holyoke College, and Princeton University, where she earned a master’s degree in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

The SJSU Salzburg Program

The SJSU Salzburg Program was initiated in 2005 to help students, faculty, staff and administrators expand their awareness of global citizenship and critical world issues. Each month, the program holds informational events on international affairs, global fluency, national security and corporate sustainability.

The Peter Lee Memorial Lecture

Established in 2007, this event honors the late Dr. Peter C. Lee, an SJSU associate vice president for faculty affairs and professor of social work. Lee was one of the first two Salzburg Fellows from SJSU and served as director for the Center for Human Services Research and Development within the School of Social Work.

— Submitted by Donna Kosanovich, Dwight Bental Hall Communications