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Kahn Institute press release   Date: 10/12/10 Bookmark and Share

Longtime Women's Advocate to Speak in Kahn Project

As part of the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute’s long-term project “Why Educate Women? Global Perspectives on Equal Opportunity,” Hoon Eng Khoo, associate professor of biochemistry at Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore, will speak at Smith on Monday, Oct. 18.

Hoon Eng Khoo ’73

Khoo’s lecture, “Educating Young Women to Close the Gender Gap—a Personal Journey,” will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Neilson Browsing Room.

Khoo, a Smith alumna, Class of 1973, has been active her entire career in advocating for women. She served as the acting vice-chancellor and provost of the Asian University for Women from 2007 to this year, is a founding member of AWAM, a Malaysian women’s advocacy group, and participates in the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) and SAFE, a support group for family and friends of LGBT people in Singapore. She also serves on the Smith College Board of Trustees.

In her lecture, Khoo will describe her journey from a village in Malaysia to her current position at the University of Singapore, as well as the influences that have shaped her passion for women’s education. She will also discuss the important role she believes all-female schools will play in increasing the number of women scientists, and will share her vision for an Asia where girls grow up to lead in academia, business and political life.

“Why Educate Women?” is organized by Susan Bourque, the Esther B. Wiley Professor of Government, and Rosetta Cohen, the Sylvia Dlugasch Bauman Professor of Education and Child Study. The project analyzes the history and sociology of women’s education in the United States and worldwide, with attention to questions such as: How have women leaders addressed the issue of broader access to educational opportunity? How does religion impact women’s education worldwide? What is the future of women’s education and what role can Smith play in its evolution?

For more information, consult the Kahn Institute's project page.

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