Priya Kumar to present Paideia guest lecture Nov. 10

Nov. 2, 2009

Priya Kumar, University of Iowa associate professor of English, will speak on “Gender, Violence and Injustice in Amrita Pritam’s ‘Pinjar,’” Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life main hall.     

Kumar’s lecture, a Paideia I guest lecture, is open to the public with no charge for admission.   

Kumar will discuss Amrita Pritam’s novel “Pinjar,” an examination of the tragic and violent impact the partitioning of India and Pakistan had on the lives of women.     

Kumar, a leading specialist in women’s literature, holds the bachelor of arts degree from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University, India; the master of arts degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; and the doctoral degree from McGill University, Montreal.     

She specializes in postcolonial studies with an emphasis on South Asian literature and culture.  She is the author of the book “Limiting Secularism: The Ethics of Coexistence in Indian Literature and Film” and has published numerous essays on the partition of the Indian subcontinent, Hindi cinema, and South Asian writers in English.    

Kumar has received numerous awards and recognitions for her teaching, including the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching Award, the John C. Gerber Award for Teaching Excellence, and the Margaret Gillett Graduate Research Award.