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Past Events of Fall 2005

Distinguished Lecture Series
Radhika Coomaraswamy will present her paper
"Being Tamil in a Different Way: a Feminist Critique of the Tamil Nation"
(doc)
Date: Monday, October 31st, 2005
Time: 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Place: International Affairs Building, Room 1512

Brown Bag Lunch Talk
Filmmakers Sedika Mojadidi and Erica Soehngen on Dangerous Journey
"A documentary on the crisis in women’s health in Afghanistan"
Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Time: 12:30 – 2pm
Place: Room 1134, International Affairs Building, 420 West 118th Street,
11th Floor, New York, NY 10027

A woman dies in Afghanistan every 30 minutes from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth, making the country’s maternal death rate the highest in the world outside Africa. Soon to be broadcast on PBS, Dangerous Journey provides a rare look into this ongoing tragedy through one Afghan American doctor’s struggle to make a difference in a place where, he says, “the most dangerous thing a woman can do is get pregnant.”

Director Sedika Mojadidi and Producer Erica Soehngen will show clips from Dangerous Journey and discuss their experiences in Afghanistan as well as the broader crisis in women’s health in the country.

Ms. Mojadidi is an Afghan American filmmaker whose work has been shown on PBS, The Learning Channel, The Discovery Channel, and at various festivals around the world. Ms. Soehngen co-produced the recent HBO documentary on the start of the Air America radio network. Her work has also aired on National Geographic, CourtTV, ESPN, and VH1.


Dr. Narendra Jadhav on "Untouchables: My Family's Triumphant Journey Out of the Caste System in Modern India"
Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Time: 12:30 – 2pm
Place: Room 1118, International Affairs Building, 420 West 118th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10027

Dr. Narendra Jadhav is principal adviser and chief economist at the Reserve Bank of India. He is also the author of an acclaimed memoir whose American edition, entitled “Untouchables: My Family's Triumphant Journey Out of the Caste System in Modern India,” will be released next week by Simon & Schuster. “Untouchables” relates how Dr. Jadhav's parents struggled against the oppressive caste system that continues to condemn millions of Indians to lives of humiliation, fear, and abuse.

Kirkus Reviews called the book “a loving paean to courageous parents, and an indicting portrait of prejudice in modern-day India.”

Dr. Jadhav holds a B.Sc. in Statistics and an M.A. in Economics from the University of Mumbai and a Ph.D in Economics from Indiana University.


Brown Bag Lunch Talk
Malcolm McLean
"Why Did Ramprasad Call His Goddess a Bitch? How Deities Function in Tantra"
Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Time: 12:30 - 2pm
Place: Room 1134, Southern Asian Institute, 420 West 118th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10027

Malcolm McLean recently retired as professor of religious studies at the University of Otago in New Zealand, where he taught for twenty-five years. His research centers on Ramakrishna and Ramprasad. In addition, he is the author of "Devoted to the Goddess: The Life and Work of Ramprasad" (New York: SUNY Press, 1998).


A Talk With:
Christophe Jaffrelot
“India, the new strategic ally of the US in Asia”
Date: Thursday, September 29, 2005
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm
Place: Lindsay Rogers Room, 7th floor, 420 West 118th Street, New York, NY 10027

The Alliance Program and the Institute for the Study of Europe present Christophe Jaffrelot, Director of the Center for International Studies and Research at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris. He holds a PhD in political science from Sciences Po, where he lectures on South Asian politics. His recent works include “India’s Silent Revolution: The Rise of the Lower Castes” and “The Sangh Parivar: A Reader.”


Brown Bag Lunch Film Screening
The Terrorist
directed by Santosh Sivan
Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Time: 12:30 – 2pm
Place: Room 1134, Southern Asian Institute, 420 West 118th Street,
11th Floor, New York, NY 10027

A young woman volunteers for a suicide mission planned by an extremist group. Will she complete the task or will she falter? Based roughly on the assassination of Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi by the LTTE and starring Ayesha Dharker. The New York Times called the film “remarkable... almost unbearably suspenseful,” and added, “Mr. Sivan has accomplished something extraordinary: he has given political extremism a human face.”


Meet and Greet
1st Official Meet and Greet
Date: Monday, September 12th, 2005
Time: 6pm
Place: Room 1134, Southern Asian Institute, 420 West 118th Street,
11th Floor, New York, NY 10027

Please join the Southern Asian Institute in kicking off the new academic year with our first Meet and Greet! Come chat with students and professors from many different disciplines who all share an interest in South Asia. Samosas, wine and soft drinks will be served. See you soon!


Distinguished Lecture Series
Nivedita Menon
Reader (Associate Prof) in the Department of Political Science, Delhi University; Center Fellow at International Center of Advanced Studies, NYU
Date: Thursday, September 15th, 2005
Time: 4pm - 6pm
Place: Room 1512, International Affairs Building, 420 West 118th Street,
15th Floor, New York, NY 10027

"Citizenship and the Passive Revolution: Interpreting the First Amendment to the Indian Constitution". Light refreshments will be served prior to talk.


Brown Bag Lunch Panel
Summer in South Asia - Stories from the Field
Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Time: 12:30 – 2pm
Place: Room 1134, Southern Asian Institute, 420 West 118th Street,
11th Floor, New York, NY 10027

Come hear SIPA students who spent the summer working in South Asia talk about their experience. The speakers represent a wide variety of internships, including stints with Grameen Bank, UNICEF, the Centre for Microfinance Research, and more. All are welcome!


 

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