University of Wisconsin-Stout

March 22, 2011

Lopamudra Basu has been named one of the 2011 UW System Outstanding Women of Color in Education.

Basu, a University of Wisconsin-Stout associate professor of English, will be honored along with 15 other women Saturday, March 26, at UW-Madison.

The 16th annual awards are being held in conjunction with the 35th annual Wisconsin Women’s Studies Conference and sixth annual LGBTQ Conference at the Pyle Center.

“I am very honored to be selected for this award and to join this group of wonderful women throughout the UW campuses. This award inspires me to continue to work hard to fulfill ideals of diversity, equity and justice that I care about deeply," Basu said.

Basu is assistant director of the University Honors Program at UW-Stout. She has infused texts by women writers of color into the school’s literature curriculum, especially the Honors Seminar in Literature.

Her scholarly work has included co-editing a volume of essays, in 2009, on Indian-American poet Meena Alexander. She has received two grants from UW-Milwaukee’s Institute on Race and Ethnicity to initiate campus reading groups on focused topics, such as Arab and Muslim identity.

Basu began teaching at UW-Stout in 2005.

She also is facilitator of the campus Sharing Community "Mother and Academic," which offers support to new mothers as they balance work and life, via the Nakatani Teaching and Learning Center. She has served on UW-Stout’s Race and Ethnic Studies Committee and was faculty adviser of STAND, a student group that worked to raise awareness of the catastrophe in Darfur, Sudan, and to raise money for victims of genocide.

For more information about the award, contact Basu at 715-232-1497, basul@uwstout.edu or go to http://wsc.uwsa.edu/events/woc/woc.htm.

Glenda Jones chosen for budget roundtable discussion

Glenda Jones of UW-Stout will be one of four speakers during the roundtable discussion, “Wisconsin Women and the Budget Repair Bill,” at 4:45 p.m. Saturday at the Pyle Center.

Jones is director of the Women and Gender Studies Program at UW-Stout and a professor in the English and philosophy department.

Other roundtable speakers will be Jane Collins, chair of Gender and Women’s Studies, UW-Madison; Lisa Subeck, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin; and Laura Dresser, associate director of the Center on Wisconsin Strategy, UW-Madison.

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