Read the whole article by Hannah E. Haegland and Reema Verma on the website of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists here. Hannah is a South Asia MA alum (class of 2015), now working at the Stimson Center in Washington, DC.
UW Art History Professor and South Asia Faculty member Sonal Khullar‘s book Worldly Affiliations: Artistic Practice, National Identity, and Modernism in India, 1930-1990 (California, 2015), was just awarded the Bernard S. Cohn Book Prize, given annually by the South Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies. Congratulations to Professor Khullar.
The South Asia Center deepens engagement of students and the greater community with South Asia by providing access to rigorous academic courses, musical and cultural gatherings, and programming on current affairs featuring distinguished speakers and guests. This is all made possible through the generosity of community support.
We ask you to help support the activities of the Center with a tax-deductible gift. A donation to the Friends of South Asia Fund helps us to bring visitors to campus and expand our programming to wider sections of our community. A gift to the South Asia Students Fund or another of our student fellowships allows us to support our students as they prepare to join the next generation of scholars and professionals.
We’re excited to share highlights from 2016 with you:
The South Asia Center hosted two teacher workshops on The Ramayana and Other Tales, helping 20 K-12 school teachers enrich their curriculums and bring a unique experience into the classroom.
The Seattle South Asian Film Festival came to life on campus with a symposium and film screenings. It featured screenings of documentaries and feature films, as well as discussions among film makers, professors and the public.
We continued to provide academic excellence through new courses on environmental issues in Nepal, the history and philosophy of yoga, and the challenges facing South Asian cities. Students and faculty engaged with scholars and experts on South Asia from universities around the world.
Faisal Hossain, UW associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is helping farmers in Pakistan learn how to use NASA satellite data to better manage water supplies. Hossain said “Satellites up in space looking at how much water we have underground, in rivers or in the atmosphere are providing routine observations that can help policymakers and on-the-ground managers make informed decisions. From offering improved flood forecasting to indicating areas where groundwater resources are threatened, freely available satellite data can be an invaluable resource, particularly in dev
We have a full slate of great South Asia courses ready for your for winter quarter 2017. Registration is now open. See your options here: http://southasia.washington.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Winter-2017-All-SA-Courses.pdf
We have literature, history, anthropology and more.
A new exhibit in the University of Washington’s Allen Library explores South Asia through art, artifacts, manuscripts, music and more. “Envisaging South Asia: Images, Art and Scholarship” was curated by Deepa Banerjee, South Asia Studies librarian, and will be on view through Oct. 31.
Six public lectures will be offered in conjunction with the exhibit, all in the Allen library auditorium.
- Devdutt Patnaik, at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 29.
- Don Fels, at 3 p.m. on Oct. 24.
- Rekha Sood, at 3 p.m. on Oct. 25.
- Sonal Khullar, at 3 p.m. on Oct. 26.
- Alka Kurian, at 3 p.m. on Oct. 27.
- Bharti Kirchner, at 2 p.m. on Oct. 31.
The 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 awardees of the Frank F. Conlon Fellowship in South Asian Studies were honored at a luncheon today on campus. Taylor Rockhill, the 2016-2017 awardee, recently graduated from the Master of Arts in South Asian Studies program. Mr. Rockhill has focused on the Commonwealth of Nations and its changing role and composition in the 21st century. Deep Pal, the 2016-2017 awardee, is working on a history of India’s foreign relations.
The South Asian Studies Program was honored to host the major funders of the Frank F. Conlon Endowment in South Asian Studies, Frank F. and Joan Conlon, Ann Pryde, and Marc Pryde at the luncheon. We were joined by South Asia Program Chair Sunila S. Kale, South Asia Center Managing Director Keith Snodgrass, and Jackson School of International Studies Director Resat Kasaba.
The South Asia Center-sponsored Nepal Studies Initiative is hosting a seminar in Nepal this autumn. It will feature students from UW as well as from Nepal. They are featured in this article in the Seattle Times.
South Asia MA student Minnie Ray Chaudhury is a fellow at the International Policy Institute of the Jackson School, working on cybersecurity issues. In addition to writing this article, she presented at the May 23 BRICS on the Firewall: International Perspectives on Cybersecurity and Encryption event held at UW.