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November 2020

CCMTI: Talking about South Asian Culture and History through Earth

November 12, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
1155 Observatory Dr, Madison, WI 53706
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Community College Master Teacher Institute: In celebration of International Education Week 2020, the IRIS International Film Club is sponsoring four talks for community college instructors on teaching international studies through film. K-12 teachers are also…

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South Asia Book Awards: Meenal Patel

November 12, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
1155 Observatory Dr, Madison, WI 53706
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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South Asia Book Awards Meet the Winners Discussion Series with Meenal Patel, author of Priya Dreams of Marigolds and Masala

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IRIS Book Club Virtual Meeting

November 16, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Zoom Webinar, 1155 Observatory Dr, Madison, WI 53706
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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IRIS Book Club Virtual Meeting – The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani Discussion led by Zara Chowdhary (Lecturer, Hindi, UW-Madison) Zoom access coming soon

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CSA Fall Lecture Series: Ramya Ramanath

November 19, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Zoom Webinar, 1155 Observatory Dr, Madison, WI 53706
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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The contents of the built environment that silhouette an urban terrain may be nowhere more in flux than in Mumbai, India. In her book, A Place to Call Home: Women as Agents of Change in Mumbai, Ramya Ramanath, Associate Professor of International Public Service at DePaul University in Chicago, foregrounds experiences of a diverse group of 120 women recently displaced from the slums of Mumbai and resettled in high-rise public housing to show how a history of tumultuous urban planning decisions can help and hinder an under-heeded population of those who call the city home. Extracts of conversations with the women, documented at various stages in their pre- and post-resettlement experiences, richly illustrate the nuances and aspirations of their everyday lives to shade our understanding of personal, familial and extrafamilial change. Through four core chapters, the women recollect their first homes in the city’s slums followed by their responses to the forced disruption from massive government-led demolitions, their negotiations with state and non-state actors, and their eventual move into secure high-rise housing. The book concludes with descriptions of how they are proactively reconstructing their post-settlement lives and livelihoods and advocating for reconsideration of their new surroundings and ways of life. Their call for the full, continual and differentiated engagement of their ideas and actions has implications for future planning, design, monitoring, and evaluation of place-making processes, particularly now when the exigency to build a more inclusive, viable and homey life is felt in neighborhoods and cities across the globe.

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South Asia Book Awards: Padma Venaktraman

November 19, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
1155 Observatory Dr, Madison, WI 53706
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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South Asia Book Awards Meet the Winners Discussion Series with Padma Venaktraman, author of The Bridge Home

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December 2020

CSA Fall Lecture Series: Vasugi Kailasam

December 3, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Zoom Webinar, 1155 Observatory Dr, Madison, WI 53706
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Through this talk, I want to trace the mobile genre of the “refugee narrative” in Sri Lankan Tamil writing. By looking at the Sri Lankan Tamil novel Mmm written by the author Shoba Shakthi, translated into English as Traitor, this talk examines if the Tamil refugee narrative can embody ideas of displacement and belonging in terms of both thematic and formal elements which might, in turn contribute to the creation of a uniquely Sri Lankan subjecthood that can frame discourses of statehood and reconciliation.

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February 2021

Spring Lecture Series: Ravi Mariwala (Founder and CEO of Smaart Water), “Sustainable Water in India: Challenges on the Ground”

February 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Zoom Webinar, 1155 Observatory Dr, Madison, WI 53706
Madison, WI 53706 United States

Typical water sources in Rural India India receives abundant water through a fairly predictable and periodic monsoon every year. However, the ground realities are quite different. Majority of the households do not have tap water…

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Analyzing the Impacts of COVID-19 & Beyond in India

February 13 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
1155 Observatory Dr, Madison, WI 53706
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Join the Bangalore, New Delhi and Mumbai chapters of the Wisconsin Alumni Association along with the CII Young Indians for a free virtual alumni panel discussion and Q&A session analyzing the current and lasting impacts…

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Spring Lecture Series: Yashica Dutt, “Indian Matchmaking, Caste, and the South Asian Diaspora”

February 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Zoom Webinar, 1155 Observatory Dr, Madison, WI 53706
Madison, WI 53706 United States

Yashica Dutt is a leading anti-caste journalist and the author of Coming Out as Dalit. She spent a decade covering arts, culture, and fashion in New Delhi and a lifetime hiding her Dalitness to pass as…

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March 2021

Spring Lecture Series: Lomarsh Roopnarine, “Indo-Caribbean Migration, Cultural Continuity, Change and Identity Formation”

March 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Zoom Webinar, 1155 Observatory Dr, Madison, WI 53706
Madison, WI 53706 United States

Between 1838 and 1920 western colonial governments transported about 500,000 indentured Asians from India to the Caribbean. The arrival of these indentured laborers was in response to a labor shortage emerging from the gradual withdrawal…

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