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The Cornell International Fair

August 30th, 2017 - 11:30AM-2:00PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: First Floor Terrace

The Cornell International Fair showcases the many options for students to internationalize their Cornell experience. It invites undergraduate and graduate students to explore international and global study on campus and abroad. Students will be able to talk with faculty and staff about study abroad, exchanges, language study, international majors/minors, fellowships, internships, courses with inte...

Tagore Lecture, "Writing Myself into the Diaspora" by Shyam Selvadurai

September 8th, 2017 - 4:30PM-8:00PM

Location: Kahin Center

Shyam Selvadurai reads from his novels Funny Boy and The Hungry Ghosts, and talks about what it means to be a writer working from the hyphen between Sri Lankan and Canadian. Shyam Selvadurai was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in 1965. He came to Canada with his family at the age of nineteen. He has studied creative writing and theatre and has a BFA from York University, as well as an MFA in Creati...

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...

Voice & Visions in Contemporary Black Media: Aymar Jean Christian (Northwestern University)

September 14th, 2017 - 4:30PM-7:00PM

Location: Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

Room: Film Forum

Aymar Jean “AJ” Christian (Northwestern University) will speak as part of the Voice & Visions in Contemporary Black Media speaker series on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 4:30pm in the Film Forum. Aymar Jean “AJ” Christian is an assistant professor of communication studies at Northwestern University and a Fellow at the Peabody Media Center. Dr. Christian’s fir...

The Bombay Poets' Archive: An Inaugural Symposium

September 15th, 2017 - 9:00AM-5:00PM

Location: A. D. White House

Room: Guerlac Room

A daylong symposium on archives and the city, with keynote events by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra and Prs Vijaya Chitre, and presentations on the various archives of/on/in Mumbai by: Anupama Rao (Barnard College); Vinay Dharwadker (University of Wisconsin, Madison), Meheli Sen (Rutgers University), Svati Shah (University of Massachussetts- Amherst), Emma Bird (University of Warwick), and Anjali Nerl...

The Big Sick

September 15th, 2017 - 7:00PM-9:04PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

2017 > USA > Directed by Michael Showalter With Zoe Kazan, Kumail Nanjiani, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano Based on comedian Kumail Nanjiani's real-life relationship, this romantic comedy stars Nanjiani as a Pakistani-American stand-up comedian who falls for someone against his parents' wishes, and must deal with the cultural clash when she falls seriously ill. More at

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 Hall

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...

A Gentleman

September 23rd, 2017 - 5:00PM-7:00PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

Ithaca Premiere! w/free samosas and chai 2017 > India > Directed by Krishna D.K. & Raj Nidimoru With Jacqueline Fernandez, Sidharth Malhotra Bollywood's summer action comedy follows a simple guy looking to settle down with his girl when he gets mixed up with some high-level criminals in a case of mistaken identity - or is it? The movie stars Sidharth Malhotra as a Bollywood Jame...

"Evolving Strategic Contours in the Indian Ocean: A Sri Lankan Perspective" Professor Gamini Keerawella

September 25th, 2017 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

The Indian Ocean is a critical variable in defence-strategic thinking of its littorals throughout. However, its weight varies in line with the developments in the defence architecture and underlying strategic contours in the Indian Ocean. The naval strategic contours in the Indian Ocean underwent a fundamental change with the establishment of Portuguese thalassocracy in the 16th century. The decli...

SAP Seminar Series: "Khoon Diy Baarav (Blood Leaves its Trail)" by Iffat Fatima

October 3rd, 2017 - 4:30PM-6:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

The film Khoon Diy Baarav enters the vexed political scenario in Kashmir through the lives of families of the victims of enforced disappearances. The film is a non-sequential account of personal narratives and reminiscences ruptured by violence, undermined by erasure and over-ridden by official documents that challenge truth. Made over nine years it explores memory as a mode of resistance, constan...

Sri Lanka Graduate Student Conference, "Sri Lanka: Critical Reflections on Legacies of Authority and Difference"

October 13th, 2017 - 9:00AM-2:30PM

Location: Physical Sciences Building

Room: 401 & 403

The 2017 Sri Lanka Graduate Conference will be held on October 13-14 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Hosted for the first time by Cornell’s South Asia Program, the conference is co-sponsored by the American Institute for Sri Lanka Studies. As in years prior, this workshop will bring together graduate students in both the final writing-up stage and pre-research/planning stages from...

SAP Seminar Series: "Forest Land, Forced Dispossession, and Fantasy Constitutions" by Anand Vaidya

October 16th, 2017 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

Nearly a quarter of India’s land area is government forest land, and uncounted hundreds of thousands of people live on this land without legal rights to it. This talk draws on work both in the Supreme Court and with landless Dalit and Adivasi forest dwellers engaged in a struggle for land rights to look at competing visions of the Constitution that have animated both the Court’s dispos...

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...

SAP Seminar Series: "Jihad as Grand Strategy - Islamist Militancy, National Security, and the Pakistani State" by S. Paul Kapur

November 6th, 2017 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

Islamist militants based in Pakistan have played a major role in terrorism around the world, and pose a significant threat to regional and international security. Although the Pakistan-militant connection has received widespread attention only in recent years, it is not a new phenomenon. Pakistan has, since its inception in the wake of World War II, used Islamist militants to wage jihad in order t...

SAP Seminar Series: "Overcoming the Ghosts of the Asian Green Revolution - towards a sustainable & nutrition secure future", by Prabhu Pingali

November 13th, 2017 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

Prabhu Pingali is a Professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University, with a joint appointment in the Division of Nutritional Sciences, and the Founding Director of the Tata-Cornell Agriculture and Nutrition Institute (TCI). Prior to joining Cornell, he was the Deputy Director, Agricultural Development Division of the Bill & Melinda Gates Found...

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