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Upcoming events address India

indiaThere are three upcoming events at Smith College in the coming days that have to do with India.

First, on Tuesday, September 24, Maya Joshi, associate professor in the Department of English at Lady Shri Ram College for Women in New Delhi, will give a talk entitled Missionaries in Colonial India: The Case of Satyanand Stokes at 4 p.m. in the Dewey Common Room. Joshi will discuss the influence of missionaries on the intellectual and religious life of indigenous populations in modern India. A luncheon talk earlier in the day addressed Caste, Class, and Religion in India.

Next week, the South Asia Concentration and the Smith College Alumnae Association will be hosting “The Tryst Betrayed: Social Justice Programs and Indian Democracy”, a public lecture by alumna Aditi Mehta ’75, whose 34-year career in the Indian Administrative Service focused on social development sectors, including rural crafts and performing arts, health, local self government, and social justice and empowerment. The event will take place on Monday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Seelye 106.

Finally, those interested in spending J-term in India studying Tibetan philosophy and culture may attend an info session on Tuesday, October 1. The three-credit course runs from runs from December 27, 2013, to January 22, 2014 and is for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Participating students from the Five Colleges will live and study on the campus of the Central University of Tibetan Studies in Sarnath and visit Hindu temples and museums, attend classical Indian music concerts, and participate in other cultural events.

In addition to the informational session at Smith (Tuesday, October 1, at noon in Campus Center 205), there will also be a session at Hampshire College at 7 p.m. in Franklin Patterson Hall 107.

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