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Alumni Speakers Series: Rekha Kurup MA, Women’s Spirituality

July 10, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Sofia University Alumni Speaker Series Proudly Presents Rekha Kurup, MA Women’s Spirituality Thursday, July 10, 2014 Sofia University room 1059A 6:00pm to 7:30pm Admission is FREE and open to the public! Reclaiming Embodied Sexuality through Matriarchal Her-Stories In the backdrop of a globalized, sexualized, capitalistic social fabric of modern life reflecting a steep rise in sexual violence towards women and girls, Rekha Kurup, a modern-day city-bred daughter of Kerala, India, and also a graduate of our Women’s Spirituality program, makes a journey into her indigenous matriarchal past through the memories of her grandmothers in an effort to redefine, reclaim and re-inform her female sexuality through the discovery and investigation of matrilineal Nayar practices. In her journey to womanhood, she began to question everything—gender perceptions, cultural and social conditioning, the “do’s and “don’ts of a feminine identity, the age-old dogmas defining womanhood, the shame, disgust and silence surrounding body and sexuality, and most importantly the direct and indirect influences of mother-centered and father-centered cultures on my relationship with body and sexuality. Rekha Kurup is a former Computer Science Engineer with a decade of experience working in the IT industry. In 2006 she quit her career to pursue her dream of working within the nonprofit field. For years Rekha volunteered with Art of Living Foundation, visiting colleges and universities in the Bay Area addressing stress, depression and suicides in students. She organized and taught many workshops to students and faculty to deal with stress, depression and emotions. Starting 2009 she took up the position of Executive Director for International Association for Human Values educational initiative of YES! for Schools. Under her leadership the program was championed and implemented in the public classrooms of many elementary, middle and high schools of California and around the country. Come and listen to Rekha as she shares her journey to Sofia University! For more information please visit:


July 10, 2014
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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