South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

India – Country at the Cross Roads - Seminar at the UT Forum

Fri, January 10, 2014 | Thompson Conference Center

11:00 AM

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Continuing and Innovative Education

University of Texas at Austin

Winter 2014 Session: January 10 to February 14, 2014

Session Dates: January 10, 17, 24, and 31, February 7 and 14, 2014 (Friday of each week)

Time: 11am to 12.30pm

Venue: Thompson Conference Center, 2405 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin, TX 78712

Overall Seminar Objective: Help FORUM members gain deeper knowledge and appreciation of the diversity

of India through an exploration of its history, religions, language and cultures, foreign relations, and socio-

economic issues.

Overall seminar description: India has been at the cross-roads of numerous major historical events over

the last 5,000 years. This continuous and vigorous interaction with the rest of world influenced India’s own

civilization and also resulted in Indian influence on many countries near and far. Today India again stands

at cross-roads on the world stage as well as its own economic and social development, making choices

and taking new directions. This seminar will explore a few inter-related aspects of Indian people, culture,

society and governance to provide a brief introduction to India and its civilization. The seminar’s 6 lectures

are organized as follows:




India – People and Animals in India throughout its History

Sumit Guha, Professor, Francis Higginbotham Nalle Chair, Department of History, UT Austin.

January 10, 2014

The Global and the Local: India, South Asia and Beyond

Paula Newberg, Professor and Fellow of Wilson Chair, Department of Government, UT Austin.

January 17, 2014

Languages and Cultures of India

Rupert Snell, Professor and Director, Hindi-Urdu Flagship Program, Department of Asian Studies, UT Austin.

January 24, 2014

Indian Women – their role in society; Issues and Achievements

Gail Minault, Professor, Department of History, UT Austin.

January 31, 2014

Religions of India

Leah Renold, Associate Professor, Department of History, Texas State University.

February 7, 2014

India – Country at cross-roads – A Brief Glimpse into Indian Socio-economic Issues

Anand Kruttiventi

Member, UT Forum

February 14, 2014


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