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Honors Colloquium

Fall 2009 Honors Colloquium

Tuesday evenings, 7:30 p.m.
September 15-December 8, 2009
Chafee Auditorium URI Kingston Campus

A Series of Public Programs at the University of Rhode Island presented by the URI Honors Program

Next week, Tuesday, December 8, we will be holding our final session in Edwards Auditorium.

Join us! The public is invited to attend this series of free events.

A land of mystery and paradox, India, depending on whom you ask, is a country of snake charmers or a land full of call centers. The 2009 Honors Colloquium will explore India through a range of topics as large and varied as the country itself.

Tuesday, December 1st
7:30 p.m.
Chafee 271
Environmental Impacts of India's Development: The Story of the Royal Bengal Tiger
Anurag Danda, World Wildlife Fund, India

Watch now!


Sept. 15 India and the World Edward Luce, Washington Bureau Chief, Financial Times, author In Spite of the Gods, The Strange Rise of Modern India.

Sept. 22 Turbulent Romance: The Trials and Triumphs of Cultural ImmersionJohn Jeffcoat, director, Outsourced, and partner, Shadowcatcher Entertainment, Seattle, Wash.

Sept. 29 Indian Modernity: Once Colonial, Now Global Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago.

Oct. 6 What Would Gandhi Globalize? India's Greatest Gift to the 21st Century Michael Nagler, professor emeritus of Classics and Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley; founder, Peace and Conflict Studies Program, UC Berkeley.

Oct. 13 India: A Revolution of Rising Expectations Aseema Sinha, associate professor of political science, University of Wisconsin.

Oct. 20 Women in Indian Society: Literary and Empirical Evidence Indira Parikh, Director FLAME, Pune, India, Minal Hajratwala, author.

Oct. 27 Indian Entrepreneurs Abroad: Business & Social Ventures Gururaj 'Desh' Deshpande, engineer, and co-founder and chairman of Sycamore Networks, Inc., Massachusetts, USA The Anthony J. Risica Endowed Lecture Series on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Nov. 3 Doing Business In India, With India: Panel Discussion Tobias Luehrig, Head of Strategy for KSPG, Stuttgart, Germany, John S. Struck, Managing Director, Wand Partners Inc., New York, Shivan S. Subramaniam, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, FM Global, R.I. USA The Anthony J. Risica Endowed Lecture Series on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Nov. 10 Reading from Unaccustomed Earth Jhumpa Lahiri, Pulitzer prize-winning author of Interpreter of Maladies, The Namesake, and Unaccustomed Earth.

Nov. 17 Bollywood and the World Rachel Dwyer, professor of Indian Cultures and Cinema, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and author of One Hundred Bollywood Films, Filming the Gods: Religion and Indian Cinema, and Bollywood's India: Hindi Cinema as a Guide to Modern India.

Nov. 19 The Sacred Image in Modern India Henry Glassie, professor of Folklore, Indiana University, Bloomington, and author, Art and Life in Bangladesh.
Daily Dress in Modern India Pravina Shukla, professor of Folklore, Indiana University, Bloomington, and author, The Grace of Four Moons: Dress, Adornment, and the Art of the Body in Modern India.

Nov. 24 thanksgiving week , no lecture

Dec. 1 Environmental Impacts of India's Development: The Story of the Royal Bengal Tiger Anurag Danda, Senior Programme Coordinator, Sunderbans Programme, World Wildlife Fund, India.

Dec. 8 Celebrating India through Dance: Divine Rhythms & Folk Expressions Edwards Auditorium. Divine Rhythms presented by Neena Gulati & the Triveni Ensemble, Folk Expressions presented by Boston Bhangra.

Additional India Events:

India Film Festival
Swan Hall Screening Rooms
Organized by Rebecca Romanow, URI Film Studies Program

India Textile Exhibit
Opening: September 28, 2009 at 4:30 p.m.
Organized by Margaret Ordo'ez and assisted by Kira Munroe, URI Textiles, Fashion Merchandising & Design Program
Textile Gallery, Quinn Hall

URI Diversity Week Workshop
Multicultural Center, Room 005
  • Talk on "American Karma: Race, Culture and Identity in the Indian Diaspora" by Sunil Bhatia, Connecticut College; Friday, October 2, 11:00-11:50 a.m.
  • Talk on "From Baghdad to Bombay, A Jewish Story" by Sam Shamoon; Friday, October 2, 1:00-1:50 p.m.
  • Talk on "Indian Textile Influence on American Design" by Dr. Margaret Ordonez and Kira Munroe; URI Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design Program; Monday, October 5, 2009, 2:00 to 3:20 pm

Cricket Demonstration & India Food Festival

Event canceled due to rain... To be rescheduled next week.

Saturday, October 3, 2009 URI Quad, 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM
(Raindate: Sunday, October 4, 2009)

South Asia Art Exhibit
Opening: October 12, 2009 at 3:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Center - Art Gallery
Organized by Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, URI Fine Arts Program
  • Exploring Borders Between Society and Technology: A South Asian Perspective
  • Hasan Elahi - Tracking Transience