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Maya Soetoro-Ng to Discuss "Building a Life of Global Engagement" at Pomona College Founders Day

Maya Soetoro-Ng, an education specialist and sister of U.S. President Barack Obama, will discuss “Building a Life of Global Engagement: Connection, Community, Civic Engagement and Communications,” as part of Pomona College’s 124th Founders Day celebration on Wednesday, October 12.

The event, which is open only to members of the Claremont Colleges community, will begin at 4 p.m. in the Edmunds Ballroom of the Smith Campus Center. College IDs may be checked.

Soetoro-Ng is the author of the children’s book Ladder to the Moon (2011), which begins with a young child’s question, “What was Grandma Annie like?” What follows is the girl’s dream journey to the moon and a tale of compassion and responsibility. The daughter of S. Ann Dunham, an economic anthropologist and rural development consultant, Soetoro-Ng also played a role in bringing her mother’s dissertation to publication. Surviving Against the Odds: Village Industry in Indonesia was published in 2009 by Duke University Press.

An assistant professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa College of Education, Soetoro-Ng was born in Indonesia and attended Punahou School in Honolulu for high school. She earned her B.A. from Barnard College, an M.A. in secondary language studies and an M.A. in English from NYU, and her Ph.D. in international comparative education from the University of Hawaii. Her doctoral research focused on qualitative differences between an international school in Indonesia and a school in New York.

During her career as an educator, Soetoro-Ng has also taught at La Pietra Hawaii School for Girls and the Education Laboratory School, both in Hawaii, and at the Learning Project, an alternative middle school in New York City. Soetoro-Ng is married and has two daughters.