Keynote Speaker
The keynote speaker for this year is Dr. Valentine Moghadam, Professor of Sociology and Women’s studies at Purdue University. Professor Moghadam has made significant contributions to research in pertaining to issues of social change and gender dynamics in a globalizing world in the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan. She is a well published author and her third book Globalizing Women: Transnational Feminist Networks received the American Political Science Association’s Victoria Schuck Award for the Best Book on Women and Politics in 2005. She is a founding member and past president of the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies and a founding contributor to the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies. From 2004-2006 she served as Chief of the Section on Gender Equality and Development in the Social and Human Sciences Sector of UNESCO, in Paris, France.  More information on Professor Moghadam’s work can be obtained from her homepage at Purdue University (http://www.cla.purdue.edu/sociology/directory/?p=Valentine_Moghadam).