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Speaker on Sexual Violence Against Women in India on April 10

Posted Apr. 3, 2014


Kent State University at Stark proudly presents transmedia artist and journalist Thenmozhi Soundararajan and Asha Kowtal, general secretary of All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch, on Thursday, April 10 at 7 p.m. in the Kent State Stark Main Hall Auditorium, 6000 Frank Avenue NW in Jackson Township. The presentation, Sexual Violence Against Dalit (Outcastes) Women in India, is sponsored by the Kent State Stark Faculty Speakers Series. This event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. This presentation is intended for mature audiences only.
 
Soundararajan has been featured in Utne Reader as one of the Top Visionaries Under 30 and in The Source as one of the Top Ten Political Forces in hip hop for her musical talents. Growing up as an Indian “untouchable,” she was driven to tell the stories of marginalized communities. After graduating from University of California Berkeley, she founded the international media training organization, Third World Majority, for which she worked in the U.S., France, Tunisia, Venezuela, Brazil, South Africa and India. She also spent time in residence at the MIT Center for Reflective Community Practice, writing about storytelling, diversity and future technology. She later enrolled in the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.
 
Her films often explore interactivity and stereoscopic imagery, as well as use science fiction to examine societal issues. Soundararajan is currently preparing her 3D documentary, Touchable: The Journey from Untouchable to Dalit, and its related album, Broken People. Her work has been widely recognized by such prestigious organizations as the Producers Guild of America Diversity Program, the Annenberg Innovation Center, MIT Center for New Media Studies, the Sorbonne, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, International Children’s Festival and the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, among others.
 
For more information about this event, contact Cynthia Williams at 330-244-3262 or cdwillia@kent.edu