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Anu Radha Verma Wins 2007 Women’s Studies Award
March 3, 2007

Trent University’s Women’s Studies program chair Professor Margaret Hobbs announced on March 7 that student Anu Radha Verma is the winner of the 2007 Women’s Studies Award.

This award is presented to an outstanding student in women’s studies heading into their last undergraduate year of study.  Ms. Verma received this honour in recognition of her scholarship and strong talent as a creative writer.

Award-winner Anu Radha Verma (left) with fellow student Kambili Husbands (right)"I'm honoured to receive this award and to be recognized by a community group that is dedicated to helping girls and women reach their full potential,” said Ms. Verma.  “Being commended for my work as an emerging writer is especially encouraging as it legitimates forms of knowledge production outside of the academy, something integral to women's studies."

Described as an emerging writer of South Asian descent, Ms. Verma’s academic interests and personal struggles merge in the realm of her writing, where she takes on such topics as immigration, diaspora, identity, family, education and much else.

The award presentation took place during yesterday’s third annual Women’s Studies Research Day event.  As a special feature of this event, Ms. Verma performed a reading of her creative work with fellow student Kambili Husbands, which was very well received by the audience.

During this year’s Women’s Studies Research Day, Professors, associated community researchers and upper year students presented their new scholarship looking at women’s experiences from the perspectives of many different disciplines, including history, politics and sociology.  Women's studies explores gender relations and women's lives throughout history, across cultural, religious, political and economic divides, and in every site of human interaction.

For further information, please visit their website: http://www.trentu.ca/academic/ws/news.html

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Award-winner Anu Radha Verma (left) with fellow student Kambili Husbands (right).