LSA India in the World, Winter 2014

The campus-wide India in the World Theme Semester is centered in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and is coordinated by the Center for South Asian Studies, and a faculty Steering Committee and a Student Advisory Board. The Theme Semester would not be possible without the generous support of the Office of the Dean, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; the International Institute; the Office of the Vice-Provost for Global and Engaged Education; and the many participating schools, centers, and departments.

India in the World will be co-sponsoring five exhibitions on campus: one on the South Asian diaspora in the US (Hatcher Gallery Space, early March–April 21), another of South Asia maps at the Clark Library (opening January 16), two at the Museum of Natural History that will include wonderful material from South Asia, and a fifth at the Matthei Botanical Gardens on plants related to India.

We are very pleased to be working with the University Museum of Modern Art and the Penny Stamps School of Art and Design to bring three influential contemporary South Asian artists to campus this Theme Semester. On March 14, we will be hosting Nilima Sheikh; On April 3, we will be hosting Shazia Sikander; and on April 11, we will hear from Mithu Sen.

In conjunction with the Theme Semester Media Series, we will be hosting two of India’s leading documentary filmmakers and screening their films: Safina Uberoi (February 21), My Mother India; and Sanjay Kak (March 17), Maati ke Lal. The semester will also bring a number of leading scholars and activists to campus.

A range of courses, additional exhibitions, performances, films, lectures, discussions, symposia and conferences and more will take place from January through April 2014. Most events are free. All are open to the public.