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Padma Venkataraman to speak on service Oct. 8 at BYU

Daughter of India's former president will discuss work with leper outcasts

Padma Venkataraman, the daughter of India's former president, will speak on “Making a Difference through Service and Humanitarian Outreach” at a Brigham Young University David M. Kennedy Center lecture Thursday, Oct. 8, at 1 p.m. in the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center.

During the lecture Venkataraman will discuss her personal experience working with leper outcasts in India.

Venkataraman, an economics graduate, is known throughout India for her pioneering work facilitating micro-finance projects in leprosy colonies. Currently, she is working with Rising Star Outreach, a humanitarian organization based in the U.S. that has championed her cause.

Prior to her partnership with Rising Star, she spent nearly 20 years with the U.N. in Vienna as a permanent representative of the All India Women’s Conference, president of the U.N. Women’s Guild, and vice president of the NGO Committee on Women. Venkataraman is a founding member and current vice president of the Women’s India Association.

This lecture will be archived online. For more information on events sponsored by the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies, see the calendar online at

For more information about this lecture, contact Lee Simons at (801) 422-2652.

Writer: Ricardo Castro


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