Come hear from Illinois alumna Ismat Shah, who started a school for girls in Pakistan after 9/11, and Tara McGovern, a student in the Department of Anthropology who established an English language school in Lumbisi, Ecuador.
Tara McGovern will graduate in May with a B.A. in socio-cultural and linguistic anthropology, and minors in Spanish and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. A recipient of the Illinois International Undergraduate Achievement Award, it honors McGovern’s research and volunteer activities in Ecuador, where she helped found a free English school for adolescents and children in her host community. She has also worked to promote both study abroad and international education at the University of Illinois through her involvement and leadership in the Illinois Anthropology club.
Dr. S. Ismat Shah holds a joint appointment as professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Delaware. He earned his Ph.D. in material science and engineering at Illinois in 1986. He is the 2012 recipient of the Madhuri and Jagdish Sheth International Alumni Award for Exceptional Achievement. The award honors his humanitarian efforts in helping to raise funds and resources for Pakistani and Afghan refugees displaced by natural disaster and war; his promotion of higher education in Pakistan by building schools, providing equipment, delivering lectures and workshops; and advancing the use of alternative energy sources in developing nations from Eastern Europe to South Asia. The award also honors his long-standing commitment to promoting dialogue and fostering cross-cultural understanding between the Muslim community and other religious and social groups in Delaware, particularly after 9/11.