I give lectures and conduct briefings on critiques of humanitarianism, disaster politics, gender and violence, human rights, gender and activism, political violence, countering violent extremism, and the position of women within contemporary struggles.

For all speaking inquiries, please contact Elaine Trevorrow at the EMT Agency.

Contact me for other requests.

Some Recent Talks:

September 13, 2017: “Emissaries of Empowerment”, Report Launch, Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Engagement.

May 5, 2017: “Women and War”, PEN World Voices Festival, New York.

July 4, 2016: “On Culture & Context” FETNA Tamil American Pioneer Awards and Youth Workshop. July 4, 2016.

June 2016: “Building Beyond Superficial Solidarities”, Sakhi Activist Collective.

June 19, 2016: “Rape and Radicalization for Female Fighters”, United States Institute of Peace.

June 9, 2016: Witness Testimony “U.S. Congressional Hearing on the Future of US-Sri Lanka Relations“.

April 1/2 2016: Institute for International and Regional Studies, Princeton University”Gendered Violence: Old Challenges, New Challenges”

December 7, 2015: AFRICOM/United Nations Women, Peace, and Security, “Linking Countering Violent Extremism and Sexual Violence Programming”, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

December 5, 2015: Bodies of Revolution: Women Rise Against the Violence of Police, States ,and Empire. Columbia Law School, New York.

August 30/31 2015: Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University “Transitional Justice: Success, Failure, and the Case of Sri Lanka”

May 1, 2015: N. Sivalingam Memorial Lecture York Centre for Asia Research, York University Toronto

April 30, 2015: Understanding the Female Fighter, Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, University Club, New York. (youtube video)

March 25, 2015: L.J. Kutten Lecture, Claremont McKenna College

March 20, 2015: Center for Conflict Negotiation and Recovery, Central European University, Budapest

February 4, 2015: Understanding the Female Fighter: Women of ISIS , World Affairs Council Lecture, Vassar College.

November 1, 2014: Columbia Law School, The African American Policy Forum and the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies. “In Plain Sight: Towards Engendering the Fight for Racial Justice in the 21st Century”

October 23, 2014: Loyal Marymount University. Asia Media Featured Lecture. ” Gender and Geopolitical Clash in South Asia: The Impact of China’s Intervention on Women in Sri Lanka.” See Full video and condensed version.

October 23, 2014: University of Southern California. Religious Studies and Political Science Sponsored Lecture. “Women and War.Full video here.

October 20, 2014: Columbia University Andrew Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies “The War in Syria: A View from the Ground Up”

“The Politics of Sexual Violence”, Private event, Conversation with Gloria Steinem and Ruchira Gupta (Apne Aap), New York, NY. September 25, 2014.

“Critiques of Intervention in Human Trafficking”, Panel discussion of Not My Life Film with World Affairs Council, Poughkeepsie NY. September 22, 2014.

“Militarization and Gender: Re-thinking U.S. Policy”, Sri Lanka Caucus Launch, United States Congress. February 2014.

“Militarizing Her” South Asia Forum, Uppsala University. December 2014.

“A Measure of Impunity: Gender and Violence in South Asia” Rubin Museum. September 2013.

“Gender & State Violence” Yale University. October 2011.

“The Intersection Between Women’s Rights and Political Movements” Yale Law School. February 2011.

“Gender and Displacement”, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.
February 2010.

“Politics of Aid: The Grassroots Impact of Pakistan Floods” Yale Law School. October 27, 2010.

“Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka: A Gendered Perspective” Vassar College. March 2010.

“ The Grassroots Impact of Counter-terrorism: Sri Lanka’s Political Crisis” Yale Law School.
February 2010.

“Militarization, Displacement, and Resistance: Understandings of Gender and Conflict in Sri Lanka” Washington Coalition for Comfort Women. July 2009.

“Humanitarian Perspective on the International Criminal Court” Swarthmore University. April 2009.

“Crisis in Sri Lanka: A Gendered Perspective”Global Fund for Women. April 2009.

“NGO Perspective on the Material Support for Terrorism Laws” OMB Watch U.S. Congressional Briefing. July 2008.

“Youth Community Mobilization in South Asia” Four Rivers Teachers-Activists Seminar, hosted by Riverkeepers. April 2008.

“Culture & Trauma: Culturally Appropriate Responses to Disaster American Red Cross Conference on Psychosocial Interventions. January 2008.


*** Artwork supplied courtesy of Chitra Ganesh.