Bollywood’s impact on the patriarchal society in India

Rijutha & Shreya discuss the portrayal of women in Bollywood films and how it may be affecting day-to-day life for women in India.

Rijutha Garimella is a senior at the University of Oklahoma majoring in Economics and minoring in Political Science & Chemistry. She hopes to be a part of the medical world one day, but also hopes to fuel her curious spirit by learning about the world around her. Rijutha strives to make an impact on the community and is involved with Class Council, Student Alumni Association, and the Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth on campus. In her free time, you can find Rijutha cooking for her family and friends, dancing, or reading. She loves making people laugh, aspires to travel the world, and learn as many languages as possible.

Shreya is an undergraduate senior at the University of Oklahoma studying Economics and Computer Science. Through her studies at OU, she has found an interest in social inequalities in non-Western countries. As a first-generation Indian immigrant, she has a passion for revealing social and gender issues regarding her own homeland which has led her to underta

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Jennifer Barnes On Imaginary Friends and Real-World Consequences: Parasocial Relationships

Dr. Barnes creates characters as a YA author and studies people as a psychologist, leading her to ask: what are the consequences of the emotions we feel about people who aren’t real?

Dr. Jennifer Barnes lives a double life: by day, she’s a professor of psychology, and by night she’s a YA novelist. These passions have lead her to study the intersection of fiction and cognition.

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Bobby Gruenewald On The Responsibility of Technology

Listed by Fast Company as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2011, Bobby (@bobbygwald) is one of the leading voices in the Church as it relates to innovation and the use of technology. He frequently writes and speaks on the topic, and has been featured in the Washington Post, TechCrunch, CNN, CBS, NPR, and more. He serves as pastor, innovation leader at, and co-founder of the YouVersion Bible App, installed on tens of millions devices globally.

Ken Parker On How Community + Technology Enhances Education

A lifelong learner and optimist, Parker developed software for Martin Marietta Aerospace and JPMorgan. He then co-founded financial risk technology company, RiskMetrics Group, unique among Wall Street with the mantra: Change the World, Have Fun and Make Money — In That Order. His next move? He is now CEO of a tech startup called NextThought, an education platform built to connect learners with quality content, a social community, and an environment that encourages and enhances collaboration.