Spring 2017 Continuing Ed Online Course: Exploring South Asia through Children’s and YA Literature

This course examines recently published books that reflect stories, characters, and cultures from South Asia for grades pre K through high school. Due to the growing number of books published on this unique region; and the growing number of patrons in our libraries and schools seeking materials that reflect their heritage, this course will offer tools to plan specialized programing and collection development to fulfill this need.

Instructors: Svetha Hetzler is the director of the Sun Prairie (WI) Public Library and has served as the chair of the South Asia Book Award (SABA) committee. Rachel Weiss is the student services coordinator at the UW-Madison Asian Languages and Culture department and the founder of SABA. The course begins February 27 and ends on March 24, 2017.

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UW Madison Graduate Piyali Bhattacharya publishes “Good Girls Marry Doctors”


We are pleased to announce that Piyali Bhattacharya, recent graduate from UW-Madison’s MFA program, will be reading from her new anthology Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion. The book launch and discussion will take place this Thursday, October 20th at 7pm at the Dragonfly Lounge (401 E. Washington Ave.) Please note that this event coincides with the Annual Conference on South Asia, though it is not part of it.

To learn more about the book and the author, visit the website. You can also read an interview with the author on NBC News.

UW-Madison Students Create Hindi-Urdu Language Association

UW-Madison language students have come together to create the Hindi-Urdu Language Association (HULA).The mission of HULA is to provide students interested in Hindi/Urdu with opportunities to speak and learn about the language, as well as opportunities to connect with other students. These goals are met through biweekly language tables, and through events such as movie screenings that develop appreciation for the language and surrounding culture of Hindi/Urdu. The organization is open to both graduate and undergraduate students. To find out more about upcoming events, contact Elizabeth Thill or visit the HULA facebook page


Fall 2016 Annual News Report


The Fall 2016 Annual News Report is out! We, at the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Center for South Asia, would like to welcome you to this issue of our newsletter. We hope it provides an opportunity to learn more about our current activities and initiatives. View the pdf version of the newsletter here.

Bhopal: Law, Accidents, and Disasters in India–A Digital Archive

On Oct.19, the UW Law School will host a special half-day event for the launch of its new online archive, “Bhopal: Law, Accidents, and Disasters in India–A Digital Archive initiated by Marc Galanter.” The day will feature a keynote lecture by Prof. Jayanth Krishnan (Indiana University) on the contributions of Marc Galanter to legal studies scholarship on India, and a panel on “Law and Accidents in South Asia,” featuring Maryam Khan (IDEAS, Pakistan), Kim Fortun (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), and Chaumtoli Huq (attorney and founder of Law@theMargins). The preliminary program is available online.  

UW-Madison Welcomes Artist in Residence Meeta Mastani

The University of Wisconsin–Madison Arts Institute (presenter), the Department of Art History (host) and co-sponsors Art Department, Design Studies Department, the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection and the Center for South Asia welcome Meeta Mastani as the Interdisciplinary Artist in Residence for the Fall 2016 semester. Professor Henry Drewal, Department of Art History, is the lead faculty for this residency.
The UW–Madison Arts Institute’s Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program brings innovative artists to campus to teach semester-long, interdepartmental courses and to publicly present their work for campus and community audiences.
Meeta Mastani (Meeta is her preferred and first name) is an internationally known print/dye artist, design specialist and community development advocate. For the last 25 years, she has worked at the intersection of sustainable development, culture, craft, design, arts and retail, helping to generate livelihoods for marginalized individuals and communities. She is the co-founder of Bindaas Unlimited, a sustainable, fair trade textile and craft business. Her work was recently shown in the exhibition “The Fabric of India” at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.  
During her residency at UW–Madison, Meeta will teach “Tactile Textiles – From 2D to 3D” to give students an opportunity to learn about the art of painting, printing and dyeing in non-toxic colors along with learning about the global artistry of draping and ancient craft traditions in South Asia. Her students and campus collaborators will present an inter-disciplinary installation and performance at the end of the semester. There will also be guest artists speaking at public events and working with students throughout the semester. To read more about Meeta and her work and to see a list of scheduled public events, please visit the website

Center for South Asia Selected to host Fulbright Pakistan Seminar

The Center for South Asia has been selected to host Fulbright Pakistan’s Fall entry seminar. This November, CSA will host over 160 masters and doctoral students before they depart to their respective campuses across the US. Their stay will include cultural excursions in and around the Madison area, as well as academic seminars and discussions on social movements in the US.

Focus on India


UW-Madison’s International Division and Center for South Asia have partnered to bring you “Focus on India,” a semester-long program highlighting, encouraging, and catalyzing the current and potential collaborative work being done between UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students and Indian institutions and individuals. The Kickoff Reception will be on Thursday, September 22 from 5:00-7:00PM at the University Club at 803 State St. on Library Mall. If you have any questions about this event or about Focus on India, please contact Anjali Sridharan at asridhar@international.wisc.edu or (608) 263-1392, otherwise please RSVP by September 15 via the evite so that we can welcome you on that date.

Read more about the initiative online

South Asia Book Awards Winners Announced

The SABA award committee is delighted to announce our highly committed titles for 2016!


A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic by Lisa Papademetriou (Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)

Crane Boy by Diana Cohn, illustrated by Youme (Cinco Puntos Press)

My Friend is Hindu by Khadija Ejaz (Purple Toad Publishing)

Sona and the Wedding Game by Kashmira Sheth, illustrations by Yoshiko Jaeggi (Peacetree Publishers)

Visit the SABA website for more information!


3rd Annual South Madison International Community Night


On June 2nd, 5-8 pm, at Villager Mall (2234 S. Park Street), the Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium at UW-Madison, in collaboration with the UW-Madison South Madison Partnership office, and the Urban League of Greater Madison, is pleased to bring you this annual, family-friendly, internationally-focused community event. South Madison International Community Night will showcase four performances, community-sponsored activity tables, and a variety of information booths. Madison’s “Let’s Eat Out,” coalition of independently-owned food carts, will provide a number of international food options.

Events will include perfromances by Tani Diakite & DanzTrad:

Tani Diakite is a musical force who has inspired an entire community of artists. With his Kamale n’goni, a West African ancestor to the banjo, and his plaintive singing, he never fails to drop
the deepest blues around. 

DanzTrad: Danza Tradicional Mexicana will perform passionate versions of traditional Mexican folk dances, promoting the fusion of cultures, music, and traditions of Mexico.

Check out the article below on last year’s South Madison International Community Night: http://news.wisc.edu/south-madison-international-community-night/

For more information about the event, contact Rachel Weiss at rweiss@southasia.wisc.edu or call (608) 262-9224. See the event page on Facebook here

When: June 2nd, 5-8 pm