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SAP Seminar Series: "The Paradox of Vinod Kumar Shukla", by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

September 11th, 2017 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

Vinod Kumar Shukla was born in 1937, in Rajnandgaon, and after attending local schools he went to university in Jabalpur, where he studied agricultural science. For most of his working life, he taught at Indira Gandhi Agricultural University, Raipur, from where he retired as associate professor in 1996. His subject was agricultural extension, which meant travelling to the surrounding vil...


SAP Seminar Series: "Interpreting Low and Falling Female Labor Force Participation in India: a Puzzle within a Puzzle", by Professor Alaka Basu

September 18th, 2017 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

The global developmental urge to push women into paid employment is challenged in places like India where female labor force participation rates are stubbornly low and even falling. I review the literature on the explanations of and solutions for this low female work participation to conclude that a common underlying assumption in this literature is that women not working reflects only involuntary...


SAP Seminar Series: "The Tiger and the Tube-well: Malevolent Environments in Rural India", by A.R. Vasavi

September 19th, 2017 - 4:30PM-6:30PM

Location: Uris

Room: G08

In the extant and deep depredations that rural India is experiencing, the tiger and the tube-well have become significant icons. The tiger as an endangered species that needs to be rescued and conserved, and the tube-well that is promoted to enhance agricultural productivity have both become sources of counter-conservation and counter-growth. A range of conditions; from depletion of forests, the d...


SAP Seminar Series: "Two Frameworks of Religio-philosophical Pluralism" by Rajeev Bhargava

October 23rd, 2017 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

Rajeev Bhargava examines two frameworks of religio-philosophical pluralism, one in which an ensemble of doctrinally bounded religious/philosophical communities live together somewhat reluctantly, and another in which, given porous boundaries and fluidity of movement between communities, there is acceptance and mutual respect. He also discusses the theological, social and political conditions that...


SAP Seminar Series: "A Case of Exploding Markets: Latin American and South Asian Literary 'Booms' in a Comparative Perspective" by Roanne Kantor

October 30th, 2017 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

At the climax of Mohammad Hanif’s A Case of Exploding Mangoes, a Pakistani air force cadet becomes fatally absorbed in a copy of Gabriel García Márquez’s Crónica de una muerte anunciada. At the climax of Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, a Pakistani financial analyst faces an ethical crisis in the former Valparaíso home of Pablo Neruda. Self...

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