2018 Sidhartha Maitra Memorial Lecture


Diplomacy & the Feminist Voice featuring Nirupama Menon Rao: Ambassador, Foreign Secretary, Scholar, Poet

Ambassador Rao will examine the history of Women in Diplomacy, the idea of Feminist Foreign Policy as an approach to global affairs, and how Public Diplomacy through Social Media transcends gender in foreign affairs.

The Maitra Lecture Series was established by UC Santa Cruz Foundation Trustee Anuradha Luther Maitra in memory of her husband, Sidhartha—a scientist, entrepreneur, and admirer of humanist, rationalist, modernist thinkers. The lecture is a signature campus gathering, and integral to the intellectual life of the campus.

Nirupama Menon Rao is a retired Indian diplomat, Foreign Secretary, and Ambassador. During her four–decade–long diplomatic career she held several important assignments. She was India’s first woman spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, the first woman high commissioner from her country to Sri Lanka, and the first Indian woman ambassador to the People’s Republic of China. She served as India’s Foreign Secretary 2009–11 and as India’s Ambassador to the United States 2011–13.

On her retirement from active diplomatic service, Ambassador Rao entered the world of Academics with an appointment as Meera and Vikram Gandhi Fellow at the India Initiative at Brown University and is currently a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center in Washington D.C. She is also on the Advisory Council of the Women in Public Service Project, as well as an accomplished poet and musician.

Colleges Nine/Ten Multi-purpose Room
Invited Audience: 
Event dates: 
02/23/2018 - 7:30pm