2018 Spring Lecture Series

Lecture Series History /Podcast

Thursday, January 25
Development Challenges in Asia and the Role of Asian Development Bank
Bart W. Édes (Asian Development Bank)
Time: Noon – 1:15 PM
Location: 206 Ingraham Hall

Thursday, February 1
“Kalidasa’s Shakuntala in World Literature Today”
Vinay Dharwadker (Professor, Comparative Literature and Folklore, UW-Madison) & Welcome Lunch
Time: 11:45AM – 1:oo PM
Location: 206 Ingraham Hall

Thursday, February 8
“Fleeting Access: Racialized and Class Exclusion through Higher Education Enrollment Management”
Prabhdeep Kehal (Graduate Fellow, Sociology, Brown University)
Time: Noon – 1:oo PM
Location: 206 Ingraham Hall

Thursday, February 15
“There’s Nothing Naive About Teasing Eve: Sexual Harassment Culture in North India”
Lalita du Perron (Associate Director, Center for South Asia, UW-Madison)
Time: Noon – 1:oo PM
Location: 206 Ingraham Hall

Thursday, February 22
“Namaste Nation: Postcolonial Orientalism and the American Yoga Industry”
Rumya Putcha (Assistant Professor, Performance Studies, Texas A&M University)
Time: Noon – 1:oo PM
Location: 206 Ingraham Hall

Friday, February 23
“Shakuntala: Comparison and Critical Revaluation in the Twenty-first Century”
A Seminar Led by Vinay Dharwadker
Time: 3:00-4:30PM
Location: 206 Ingraham Hall

Thursday, March 1
“Illicit Sex in a ‘Globalizing’ World: Gender, Mobility, and Law in Eighteenth-Century Marwar”
Divya Cherian (Assistant Professor, History, Princeton University)
Time: Noon – 1:oo PM
Location: 206 Ingraham Hall

Thursday, March 8
Dominant Parties and the Origins of India’s Weakly Institutionalized Party System”
Gareth Nellis (Postdoctoral Fellow, Evidence in Governance and Politics, UC-Berkeley)
Time: Noon – 1:oo PM
Location: 206 Ingraham Hall

Thursday, March 15
“Crowdsourcing Oral Histories: A New Approach to Public History and Gathering Data”
Dr. Guneeta Singh Bhalla (Founder and Executive Director, The 1947 Partition Archive)
Time: Noon – 1:oo PM
Location: 206 Ingraham Hall

Thursday, April 5
“‘Queen of the East’: Urdu Literature in Karachi within an Indian Ocean World, 1940-1947”
Andrew Amstutz (A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, UW-Madison)
Time: Noon – 1:oo PM
Location: 206 Ingraham Hall

Thursday, April 12
“Power Play in the Formation of the Sikh Canon”
Pashaura Singh (Professor, Sikh and Punjabi Studies, University of California, Riverside)
Time: Noon – 1:oo PM
Location: 206 Ingraham Hall

Thursday, April 12
Special Community Event in Celebration of Baisakhi
Tour of “Preserving the Word: World Religions in Our Library” with Todd Michelson-Ambelang (South Asia Bibliographer)
“Scripture as Guru in the Sikh Tradition”, Pashaura Singh (Professor, Sikh and Punjabi Studies, University of California, Riverside)
Time: 4:00PM, Tour; 4:45, Refreshments; 5:00 Lecture and Discussion
Location: Memorial Library: Tour in Special Collections, Refreshments and Lecture in Memorial Commons

Thursday, April 19
“Melancholia and Melodrama: Approaching Indian Film History through Cinematic Lives of Devdas”
Rini Bhattacharya Mehta (Assistant Professor, Comparative and World Literatures, University of Illinois)
Time: Noon – 1:oo PM
Location: 206 Ingraham Hall


Wednesday, April 25
Faisal Tirmizi, Consul General of Pakistan
Undergraduate Career Discussion
Time: Noon – 1:00 PM
Location: 53 Bascom

“Contours of Pakistan-U.S. Relations”
Time: 5:00-6:30 PM
Location: AT&T Lounge, Pyle Center


Thursday, April 26
“A Garland of Songs: Radio Ceylon and the Making of a Hindi Film Audience”
Isabel Huacuja Alonso (Assistant Professor, History, California State University, San Bernardino)
Time: Noon – 1:oo PM
Location: 206 Ingraham Hall

Thursday, May 3
End of Semester Lunch
Time: Noon – 1:oo PM
Location: 206 Ingraham Hall