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The Light Millennium, in collaboration with the College of Arts and Letters
at Stevens Institute of Technology, jointly presented – a panel discussion on:
Empowering Women and Gender Equality: Minority and Discrimination
For the 11th Anniversary Celebration of The Light Millennium Monday, Nov. 14, 2011

At Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey
On Monday, November 14, 2011 ~ 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
The Light Millennium:
The College of Arts & Letters at Stevens:

Brief Bios of the Participants:

Prof. Lisa Dolling
Prof. Lisa M. Dolling, Ph.D., Dean, College of Arts and Letters, Stevens Institute of Technology - Opening Remarks
In addition to serving as Dean, Lisa Dolling is Associate Professor of Philosophy in the College of Arts and Letters at Stevens Institute of Technology. Her areas of expertise include the philosophy of science (specifically quantum theory), aesthetics, and feminist philosophy. She was the founding director of the Women’s Studies program at St. John’s University in NYC as well as the Gender and Cultural Studies program at Stevens. Dolling has published on such varied topics as the philosophical writings of Niels Bohr, Edith Stein, Simone Weil, and Ayn Rand. She Is the co-editor of The Tests of Time: Readings on the Development of Physical Theory (Princeton University Press) and has recently edited the volume Science, Technology and the Humanities: A New Synthesis. Dolling is currently working on a book-length project that focuses on the philosophical writings of American conservationist and scholar George Perkins Marsh.

Prof. Edward Foster
Prof. Edward Foster, College of Arts & Letters, Stevens Institute of Technology - Moderator
Edward Foster is a professor of history and American Studies in the College of Arts and Letters. Former department head, director of humanities, and associate dean, he has also been a visiting professor at Drew University Graduate Faculty and Beykent University (Istanbul) and was a Fulbright lecturer at Haceteppe University in Ankara, Turkey, and at the University of Istanbul. Foster is the founding editor of Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, Talisman House, Publishers, and Jensen/Daniels, Publishers. He is a widely published critic, essayist, and poet, and his poetry has been translated into, and published in, many languages, including single-author volumes in Slovenian, Romanian, and Russian. His most recent publications, among more than twenty books and monographs, include his selected poems, What He Ought to Know and The Beginning of Sorrows. A new collection of his poetry, Dire Straits, is scheduled for publication this spring.



Diakhoumba Gassama is the Special Assistant to the Director of the UNDP Gender Team. (Key Note Speaker) Until October 2010, Diakhoumba was working for UNIFEM (now UN Women) as the Coordinator of the African-Spanish Women’s Network for a Better World in Las Palmas, Spain. From 2006 to 2008 she was the Focal Point for Women’s Rights and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights at the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Before then Associate Legal Advisor and Legal Researcher in the Office of the Prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania. She supported the prosecution cases working extensively with rape survivors.
Diakhoumba has worked with multilateral and bilateral agencies as well as Government, NGOs and INGOs on various development, legal and human rights issues. In the course of her working career as a human rights lawyer and international civil servant, she has gained useful experience in public advocacy, partnership building, communication, strategic planning, policy development and analysis and in empowering women’s rights organizations and activists in Africa and Spain. As an activist she has worked extensively and passionately in defending women’s rights in Africa and beyond
*** Ms. Gassama, delivered her speech on behalf of Ms. Winnie Byanyima, Director, Gender Team, Bureau for Development Policy, UNDP and Ms. Ngone Diop, Head, Poverty and MGD Cluster, United Nations Development Program

Dr. Kohona
Dr. Palitha T. B. Kohona, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the U.N. - Key Note Speaker
Dr. Kohona served as the Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka until his appointment as Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. Prior to this he served as the Secretary-General of the Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) established by the Government of Sri Lanka. Dr. Kohona was a member of the Sri Lanka delegation to the UN General Assembly from 2006 to 2010. He has led official level delegations to a wide range of countries on bilateral matters. He is currently the Co-Chair of the UN Ad-Hoc Working Group on Marine Resources beyond National Jurisdiction and is the Chairman of the Ad-Hoc Committee on the Indian Ocean. He is the Chair of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and other Arabs of the Territories Occupied since 1967. He is also a Patron of the Sustainability Inc. and a Patron of the U Thant Institute. During his tenure as the Secretary-General of the Government Peace Secretariat (2006), he participated in several rounds of peace negotiations with the LTTE in Geneva and led the delegation to talks in Oslo.
Joycelyn Gill-Campbell
Joycelyn Gill-Campbell, Organizational Coordinator, Domestic Workers United - Panelist
Ms. Gill-Campbell is the Organizational Coordinator with Domestic Workers United (DWU). She has been a member of DWU since 2002 and is a former nanny. She advocates against the exploitation and abuses that women face in the domestic industry and is currently working relentlessly in the Campaign for the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights. Ms. Gill-Campbell is a strong advocate for women’s rights and has spoken across the country on human rights and workers’ rights issues. A graduate of the Social Justice Leadership Foundations of Organizing Training Program and a current student at Cornell University, Ms. Gill-Campbell also serves on the Coordinating Committee of Grassroots Global Justice, a national alliance of grassroots organizations dedicated to building a transformative social justice movement across borders.
Prof. Surendra Kaushik
Prof. Surendra K. Kaushik, Founder, Kaushik Women’s College in India - Panelist
Dr. Kaushik is chairman of the Helena Kaushik Education Foundation in New York, and founded the Mrs. Helena Kaushik Women’s College ( in India in 1999. The College is affiliated with the University of Rajasthan. The college has grown on a new 30-acre campus, and has graduated over 900 students with degrees like B.A. B. Sc, B. Sc in Biotechnology, B.Ed., M.A., and M.Sc. in Biotechnology. A documentary on the College can be viewed on the web under the name Mrs. Helena Kaushik Women’s College in four parts. Dr. Kaushik earned his Ph.D. in economics at Boston University in 1976 and has taught since 1981 at Pace University in New York, where he is a Professor of Finance in the Lubin School of Business. His list of awards and complete biography are is available at
Sorosh Rohan
Dr. Sorosh Roshan, M.D., MPH, FACOG President, International Health Awareness Network, NGO Rep. - Panelist
Dr. Roshan, a native of Iran, is Founding President of the International Health Awareness Notwork (www.ihan.orgis), and a Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist with a Master’s Degree in Public Hhealth from New York University.  She has served as Attending Physician at Overlook Hospital, Summit, NJ for 30 years, as Vice President of the  International Council of Women, as President of the National Council of Women/U.S.A., and, currently, as Director of the  Lehman College foundation. She is also on the Board of OICI, the Organization of Industrialization Centers International. As a Non-Governmental Organization's delegate to the United Nations since 1985, she has been on the forefront of issues affecting women throughout the world. Further, her fundraising efforts with the International Health Awareness Network have made it possible to conduct significant field projects in and for Kenya, Jordan, Ethiopia, Romania, Brooklyn, Ghana, Bangladesh, South Africa and Somaliland.
Bircan Unver
Ms. Bircan Ünver, a Turkish native, is Originator (1999) and Founding President of The Light Millennium (LM, 2001), which is a public benefit and multi-media organization. She has been the executive producer and director of the LM, and LMTV programs since its inception, and is the permanent representative of the organization to the UN DPI since 2006. As an advocate for “freedom of expression” and “public benefit media,” she has compiled and e-published over 50 e-issues and produced over 75 original television programs, garnering several awards. She is also the founder of the ISIKBINYILI.ORG based in Istanbul, Turkey (January 2010), as a sister organization to the LM. Bircan holds a Master’s Degree in Media Studies of the New School University. Her thesis project was a half-hour video documentary titled “ALL IDEAS: Freedom of Expression in Turkey” (1999).

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