India Association of MN (IAM) is pleased to announce the judges panel for the Essay Contest!

Dr. Bill Brendel

Dr. Bill Brendel is an Assistant Professor of Organization Development and Change at Penn State University and is the CEO of the Transformative Learning Institute.  Bill has over 20 years of experience as an organization development consultant, researcher, author and workshop facilitator. His research on mindful leadership and organizational change span academic journals and popular press. Bill received his Doctorate in Adult Learning and Leadership, and Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology at Columbia University in New York.


Marly Cornell  

Marly Cornell is an award-winning writer, artist, and social justice advocate. She has a BFA from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia and an MA from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. She has served as selection judge for national writing contests (Fairview Press), Midwest Book Awards, and Minnesota Magazine Publishers Association Excellence Awards. Her books include The Able Life of Cody Jane (2011), Seeds for Change: The Lives and Work of Suri and Edda Sehgal (2014), and Together We Empower: Rekindling Hope in Rural India (2016).


Dr. Raj Rajan

Dr. Raj Rajan is an environmental engineer with over 35 years of experience with water stewardship, greenhouse gas mitigation, and climate change adaptation in the private sector. He currently serves on many non-profit boards in Minnesota and was appointed by the Governor as the statewide business representative on the Clean Water Council in 2015. He has been telling the story of Mahatma Gandhi’s life, ideas and ideals through philately (postage stamps and postal history) for over 25 years. 


Prof. Anantanand Rambachan

Anantanand Rambachan is Professor of Religion at Saint Olaf College, Minnesota.  He was also Visiting Professor at the Academy for the Study of World Religions at the University of Hamburg in Germany (2013-2017). 

Professor Rambachan has taught courses at Saint Olaf on Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. Prof. Rambachan is the author of several books, book chapters, and essays in scholarly journals. His books include: Accomplishing the Accomplished: The Vedas as a Source of Valid Knowledge in Shankara, The Limits of Scripture: Vivekananda's Reinterpretation of the Authority of the Vedas, The Advaita Worldview: God, World and Humanity, and A Hindu Theology of Liberation and Theological Insights from the Hindu Tradition(Fortress: forthcoming).  


Ann Regan

Ann Regan is editor in chief at the Minnesota Historical Society Press, the oldest publisher in the state and the largest historical society press in the country, where she has worked for many years. She acquires books for the Press’s native studies, race & ethnic studies, and general history lists. She is the author of Irish in Minnesota and “A Sense of Place: Regional Books,” a chapter in Revising Your Dissertation: Advice from Leading Editors, edited by Beth Luey.


Dr. Ajay Skaria

Dr. Ajay Skaria is a professor at the Department of History, University of Minnesota.  He is the author and editor of many books and publications, including, Unconditional Equality: Gandhi's Religion of Resistance (2016) and Thinking Friendship with Gandhi (2020-forthcoming). 


Kate Towle

Ms. Towle has worked with schools and organizations to foster best practices for engaging youth in the challenges of our times.  Kate’s model for intercultural and intergenerational youth engagement won the St. Paul Foundation’s 2011 Facing Race Idea Challenge. Kate serves on the National Peace Literacy Committee for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation to advocate for peace literacy as a human right—a skill set as much as a goal.  

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