Bank Square Books presents a discussion of democracy, diversity, and violence featuring Bina Nepram, who is currently a visiting scholar at Connecticut College, and Martha Saxton. Nepram is the editor of the book Addressing Democracy, Diversity, Racial and Gender-Based Violence with Focus on Sexual Violence in Conflict Areas in India, of which Saxton is a contributor. Books will be available for purchase at the event, which is free and open to the public.
About Bina Nepram
Binalakshmi "Bina" Nepram is an award winning scholar and activist of international repute who is currently a visiting scholar at Connecticut College. Bina was born in Manipur State, currently located in India's Northeast region, next to Myanmar and is the founder of three women's organizations and the author of five books. Bina has represented Indian civil society and spoken in many meetings of the United Nations in both Geneva and New York
Bina is a recipient of Ashoka Fellowship, Dalai Lama Foundation's WISCOMP Scholar of Peace Award (2008), the Sean MacBride Peace Prize (2010), and the CNN IBN Real Heroes Award (2011).Forbes (India) listed Binalakshmi in 24 "Young Minds of India that Matter". Bina was named in October 2018 along with 2015 Nobel Literature Laureate from Belarus, Svetlana Alexievich as winner of Anna Politskovaya Award 2018. She regularly tweets at @BinaNepram and you can read more of her work,writings, speeches etc at www.binalakshminepram.com
Martha Saxton did her undergraduate work at the University of Chicago and after some years in publishing, became an independent scholar writing, reviews, articles, and biographies of Jayne Mansfield and Louisa May Alcott. The latter received the Boston GlobeBook Prize. In 1989, she completed doctorate in history at Columbia University, where she taught until she joined the History and Women's and Gender Studies Departments at Amherst College in 1996. There she taught U.S. and women’s history and human rights. She also participated for several years in the Inside/out Program, taking Amherst College students to the Northampton County Jail where they studied with incarcerated students.
In 2003, Hill and Wang published her study,Being Good: Women's Moral Values in Early America. With Frank Couvares, her colleague, she co-authored two revisions of Interpretations of American History, and in 2014, sheco-authored The Transformation of this World Depends on You with photographers Wendy Ewald and Fazal Sheik. Her latest project is a return to biography: The Widow Washington: The Life of Mary Washingtonand was just published, June 11, by Farrar Straus and Giroux.
She retired from Amherst College in 2016 and is currently editing a volume of historical essays about the College for its bicentennial, entitled Amherst in the World. She was a fellow for two years in Columbia’s Society of Fellows in the Humanities; she has received a Bunting Fellowship from Radcliffe College and had a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Writers and Scholars at the New York Public Library. In 2018, she traveled to New Delhi to give a paper at a conference on violence against women sponsored by the Control Arms Foundation founded by Binalakshmi Nepram.