Rajika is available as a keynote speaker and to moderate discussions on topics such as international higher education; international and foreign students; access and equity issues in education; women and education; being a skilled immigrant in the U.S.; and international exchanges between the U.S. and India. Contact her here for an event.

Virtual Book Launch Week for America Calling Sep. 13 - 16, 2021


Monday, Sep. 13, 7:00-8:00 PM EST/4:00-5:00PM Pacific: Pre-launch event organized by the Irvington Public Library and the Village Bookstore. I was in conversation with Reyna Grande, best-selling author of A Dream Called Home, and where we discussed the themes of migration, immigration and education in our books.

PUB DAY! Tuesday, Sep. 14, 12:00 noon - 1pm EST/9-10am Pacific/9:30 - 10:30 pm IST: Launch event hosted by the Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration. I was in conversation with Chronicle of Higher Education reporter, Karin Fischer, followed by a panel discussion on the way forward for international students in the U.S. with: Jorge G. Gonzalez, President of Kalamazoo College; Fanta Aw, Vice President of Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence, American University; Stephanie Kim, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Georgetown University; and Miriam Feldblum, Executive Director of the Presidents' Alliance. View the recording here.

PUB DAY! Tuesday, Sep. 14, 2021, 6:45 PM EST/3:45 PM Pacific: Evening launch event hosted by Engage Asia where I was in conversation with David Janes, Chair of the Board of Engage Asia. We discussed my book, international educational exchange, and educational diplomacy especially between the U.S. and Asia.


Book Tour and Events for America Calling

  • Keynote, American International Recruitment Council (AIRC) Annual Conference, Miami, Florida, Dec. 9, 2021

  • Book talk, in conversation with Vinod Busjeet, author of Silent Winds, Dry Seas, hosted by Duende Books, Dec. 7 2021


  • Book talk hosted by the U.S.-India Education Foundation (the Fulbright Commission), Nov. 16 2021, during International Education Week.

  • Book talk, Society for Intercultural Training and Research (SEITAR), DC Chapter, Sep. 22, 2021

  • Keynote, Understanding the "other": The Power of Education. Bronx Book Fair, 4:30pm EST, July 31, 2021




Podcasts featuring America Calling

Select Speaking Engagements

  • Commencement Speaker, Masters in International Education Program, George Washington University, May 15, 2021.

  • Moderator and Host, A. Noam Chomsky Global Connections Awards and Closing Ceremony, STAR Scholars Network 2020 Conference. Special address by Professor Noam Chomsky on his 92nd birthday, Dec. 8, 2020.

  • Keynote, The role of higher education in promoting diversity in education abroad. A Catalyst for Change: Promoting health equity in global medical education in the post-COVID-19 era conference organized by Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar and the American Association of Medical Colleges, Dec. 4, 2020.

  • Invited panelist, Times of India Mission Admission:  Options for Indian students seeking an international education. May 2020.

  • Panelist, Access to quality: how higher education competes for talent, WISE Summit, Doha, Nov. 19-21, 2019.

  • Plenary speaker, Pathways and Trends for Global Education, 2019 National Chinese Language Conference, organized by the Asia Society and the College Board, San Diego, May 2019.

  • Invited speaker, panel on International Students and Global STEM Talent: Implications for Science and Innovation, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Policy Forum, Washington DC, May 2019.


  • Keynote panel, National Science Foundation (NSF) Workshop on International Center-Level Collaborations to Enhance Research and Workforce Development, Washington DC, April 2019.

  • Invited speaker, International students: Institutional strategies in difficult times. American Council on Education (ACE) Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, March 2019.

  • Invited speaker, Global academic mobility and knowledge flows: Megatrends, challenges and opportunities, National Science Foundation (NSF) Distinguished Speaker Series, Washington, DC, Dec. 2018.


  • Invited speaker, Symposium on Intelligent Internationalization: The shape of things to come. Boston College Center for International Higher Education, Boston, Nov. 2018.


  • Panelist, launch of the 2018 UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report, United Nations, New York City, Nov. 2018.

  • Invited speaker, Research, Evaluation and Learning Summit, Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, Washington DC, Feb. 2018.

  • Panelist, Economic impacts of international exchange: a Capitol Hill briefing on trends in student mobility. IIE Washington Forum and the House International Exchange Caucus, Washington DC, Jan. 2018.

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Book Talks and Events for The Raj on the Move

  • Moderator, panel on Historical Fiction: Shared Histories, Modern Interpretations, Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) Literary Festival, New York City, 2015.

  • Moderator, panel on Fiction, Indo-American Arts Council Literary Festival, New York City, 2014.

  • Panelist, Unpacking the Empire: Colonial Histories and Modern Interpretations. Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) Literary Festival, New York City, 2014.

  • Book Talk, The Raj on the Move: Story of the Dak Bungalow. Institute of International Education, New York, April 2013.

  • Book launch & reading, The Raj on the Move: Story of the Dak Bungalow. CMYK Bookstore, New Delhi, India, January 2013.

  • Book launch & reading, The Raj on the Move: Story of the Dak Bungalow. Indo-American Arts Council, New York City, December 2012.