University of Toronto Faculty Club Lunch and Learn Featuring:
Barbara Kay and Aruna Papp, authors of Unworthy Creature: A Punjabi Daughter’s Memoir of Honour, Shame and Love Monday April 16th, 2013 12:00 p.m at the Faculty Club
($20.00 + tax and 15% gratuity for club members, $27.00 plus tax and 15% gratuity for non-members)
Barbara Kay is a journalist and author. Writing on a wide range of political, cultural and literary issues, she has been a weekly columnist with Canada’s National Post newspaper since 2003. Barbara recently co-authored Unworthy Creature: A Punjabi Daughter’s Memoir of Honour, Shame and Love (2011). She holds an Honours English Language and Literature degree from the University of Toronto and an M.A. from McGill University. Barbara is a Woodrow Wilson Fellowand was awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal for “excellence in journalism” (2012).
Aruna Papp has worked as a counselor, trainer, educator and policy consultant for the past 30 years. She immigrated to Canada in 1972 with a 3rd grade education, two young girls and an abusive husband. Aruna holds two Masters Degrees and founded three agencies which assist abused women. She is also a columnist with two magazines aimed at new immigrants and a research associate with The Frontier Center for Public Policy. She co- authored Unworthy Creature: A Punjabi Daughter's Memoir of Honour, Shame and Love. In March, 2013, Aruna represented Canada as a delegate at the 57th session of the United Nations in New York.
About the book:
Unworthy Creature: A Punjabi Daughter's Memoir of Honour, Shame and Love shows rather than tells what it is like to grow up in a culture where girls and women bear the burden of their family's honour. In a culture obsessed with the primacy of sons, daughters are valued for nothing other than their reproductive functions. Aruna Papp speaks out for the thousands of South Asian girls and women who suffer in silence within this retrograde cultural matrix, not only in the first but in the second and third generations- and goes where feminists and multiculturalists fear, out of political correctness, to tread.
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