The following essay, written by Dr. Nyla Ali Khan explores and compares the similar political, economic and social obstacles women, in particular minority women, in both Kashmir and Oklahoma encounter. She reaffirms the Oklahoma Academy's mission of raising awareness and involving citizens in public policy discourse and development and asserts that women have a vital role to play in contributing to meaningful, effective democratic decision making.
Dr. Kahn is a visiting professor at the University of Oklahoma and a former professor at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. She is the author of two books, including The Fiction of Nationality in an Era of Transnationalism and Islam, Women, and Violence in Kashmir: Between Indian and Pakistan, and several articles that focus heavily on the political issues and strife of her homeland, Jammu and Kashmir, India.
Jennifer Engleman | Oct 11, 2016
The 23rd Annual Oklahoma Academy Salute, the organization?s only fundraiser, was Friday, August 19. By all accounts, the event was a success. Over 520 people gathered at the Tulsa Southern Hills Marriott for an evening of networking, recognition, and entertainment. After the Celebrity Reception, the evening opened with Honorary Evening Chairs Joan and Phil Albert and Oklahoma Academy Chairman John Harper welcoming guests to the event. Evening Masters of Ceremony Mike Turpen and Governor Frank Keating kept the evening moving right along. Both gentlemen grew up in Tulsa, so guests were entertained by Turpen pressing Keating for stories of his youthful escapades! The Capitol Steps perfectly parodied Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and more. Of course, they have ample material to work with this year.
The Oklahoma Key Contributor Award was presented to Jennifer Engleman | Sep 13, 2016