In celebration of International Women’s Day, on Monday, March 8, Roja Singh will speak at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Singh, professor of women’s and gender studies at St. John Fisher College, conducts ongoing research in the field of Dalit women’s oral narratives, songs, life stories and memoirs. “Dalit” is a designation for a group of individuals in India typically regarded as low caste, although the caste system has officially been banished.
As president of the Dalit Solidarity Forum in the U.S., founded by her husband and HWS Board of Trustee member the Rev. Dr. Prince Singh, Roja is particularly interested in the complex co-existence of Dalit women’s struggles, leadership capacities and their role of sustaining Dalit culture and history, particularly in South India. Much of her work focuses on ongoing discrimination toward those who would be considered Dalits. She contends there are still lingering effects of discrimination toward Dalits and travels widely in the United States creating awareness among various groups of people about the Dalit struggle, culture and history.
She holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Rutgers University. Her lecture will take place in the Office of Intercultural Affairs at 5 p.m.