The College of Liberal Arts’ Asian Initiative Committee is presenting a series of events, titled “Year of India,” including a faculty workshop Saturday on the country’s history, culture and rise as an international power. The series is co-sponsored by the Office of International Programs, Townsend School of Music, Campus Ministries and the Columbus Roberts Department of Christianity. Among the events are films, lectures and cultural events.
On Friday, the student group Indian Cultural Exchange will also sponsor an Indian Dinner in Connell Conference Room 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale in the Connell lobby for $5.
Saturday, the fourth Asia initiative faculty development workshop, “India: Issues and Images,” will be held in the Stetson School of Business and Economics. Presenters include Dr. Penelope Prime and Dr. Vijaya Subrahmanyam, professors in the Stetson School of Business and Economics, on “Indian Economic Progress: Advances and Prospects”; Dr. Beth Stewart, professor of art in the College of Liberal Arts, on “Highlights of Indian Art”; and Dr. Meera Sehgal, of Carleton College, speaking about her research on “Women of the Hindu Right In India: Feminized Siege Mentalities, Paramilitary Camps and Motherhood.”
Oct. 2 is an important date in Indian history as it is the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. To commemorate the day, Dr. Subramanyam will offer a special reading and an introduction and demonstration of Indian dance. An Indian buffet lunch will be served.
“This is the longest list of related events the Asian Initiative Committee has put together yet, and it’s thanks, in part, to all the other groups and departments also sponsoring events,” said Dr. Stewart, who is one of the organizers. “It was a fortunate coincidence that so many are thinking of India this year.”
Other events in the series include a Sanskrit reading group, held Mondays at 10 a.m. in Hardeman Hall Room 201; the Magic Lantern Show of India, presented by Deborah van Broekhoven on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Peyton Anderson Auditorium in the Science and Engineering Building; a showing of the film, Slum Dog Millionaire, on Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Medical School Auditorium; and Rangoli: the 5th Annual South Asian Dance Competition at the Grand Opera House on Oct. 23 at 6 p.m.
In November, social entrepreneur Leena Lavanya, founder of ServeTrust in Andhra Pradesh, India, will speak about her experiences working with the marginalized in Indian society. Lavanya will deliver an evening lecture on Nov. 2 and will be the featured speaker at University Worship at 10 a.m. on Nov. 3 in Newton Chapel.
The spring events in the series include several film showings and a mini-workshop. In addition, on April 8, the Rhythm Riders present Tabla Ecstasy at noon in Fickling Recital Hall.