MHC's Khory Talks about Her Academic Journey

Posted: February 12, 2007

As part of the Office of Academic Development's new series, A Known Way, A Safe Passage, associate professor of politics Kavita Khory will talk about the role that academic achievement and excellence have played in her career and life journey. She will speak at 6:30 pm Tuesday, February 13, in Room 305 in Kendade Hall.

Kavita Khory '84 focuses her work on international relations and comparative politics, especially in South Asia.

The Office of Academic Development has invited faculty, staff, and community leaders to deliver brief lectures, followed by Q&A sessions. Speakers will answer questions about the roles that academic achievement and excellence have played in their careers and life journeys, as well as the value that they place on academic achievement in their current work.

Khory is currently developing a comprehensive approach to what security means in South Asia and elsewhere. While traditional state-centric approaches focus strictly on military and strategic threats, Khory's approach seeks to broaden this conception of security and to incorporate such factors as ethnic conflict, environmental issues, and global economy. She is especially interested in exploring the links between security, resource allocation, and political identity.

In 1996, Khory introduced a new seminar in international security that examines emerging security issues since the end of the cold war. In addition, Khory teaches courses on world politics, South Asia, and ethnic conflict and nationalism. Khory values having international students in her classes, believing they enrich both the curriculum and campus life. Khory herself was an international student from Karachi, Pakistan.

Khory serves on the International Relations Program and the Five College Peace and World Security Studies Program.

"The series is one among several initiatives that the president and deans have developed to enhance high-level learning at Mount Holyoke," Lucas Wilson, director of academic development and associate professor of African American studies and economics, has said regarding the series that began this past fall. "Our hope is that by hearing school stories--good and bad--from adults who do a variety of different jobs in our community, students will realize that the scholarship of discovery can guide them through the college years, and give them the confidence that whatever life work they end up doing, they can find contentment in it."

"We also hope students will find the series to be a space on campus where they can get good answers to probing questions about the self and the possibilities open to each of us," Wilson added. "Isaiah Berlin said it best, 'Only barbarians are not curious about where they come from, how they came to be where they are, where they appear to be going, whether they wish to go there, and if so, why, and if not, why not.' This kind of opportunity is, in essence, what the series offers."

The series events are free and open to the public.

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