News and Events


The Brown-India Initiative Spring 2013 Seminar Series presents Gyanendra Pandey, Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of History, Emory University. Professor Pandey will deliver a lecture titled “Modern Prejudice: ‘Vernacular’ and ‘Universal.’” Please join us on Friday, March 15, from 2:30-4:30 PM in Pembroke Hall, Room 305.

Ruby Lal, associate professor of Middle Eastern and South Asian studies at Emory University, will present her lecture "Coming of Age in Nineteenth-Century India: The Girl-Child and the Art of Playfulness" as part of the Brown-India Initiative Seminar series. Author of Domesticity and Power in the Early Mughal World, Lal is an expert on women and gender relations in Islamic societies in the precolonial and colonial world. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a discussion and reception. Please join us on Thursday, March 14, from 5:30-7:30 PM in the Petteruti Lounge, Stephen Robert '62 Center.

The next lecture of the Brown-India Initiative Spring 2013 Seminar Series will be delivered by Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner of the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. Please join us on Friday, March 8, from 2:30-4:30 PM in the Joukowsky Forum at the Watson Institute for International Studies for Kruks-Wisner’s talk titled “Citizen Claim-Making Strategies in Rural Rajasthan: Who Makes Demands for Public Services and How?”

Brown-India Initiative spoke with Mike Johnson '13 about his thesis research on land acquisition in Noida, India, as well as his focus on contemporary India in his undergraduate studies.

India Initiative and the Department of Literary Arts present a reading and discussion with two of India's foremost innovative writers and editors, Sharmistha Mohanty and Vivek Narayanan. Please join us on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 7:30 PM in the Englander Studio at the Granoff Center for the Arts, 154 Angell Street, Providence, RI.

Brown University Department of English and the Brown-India Initiative will co-sponsor an event Thursday, February 28, 2013. Isabel Hofmeyr, Professor of African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg will present a talk entitled "Gandhi's Printing Press."

Listen to a recent podcast from Almirah Radio featuring sociologist Devika Jayakumari of the Centre for Development Studies in Kerala, India.

Dr. Karthik Venkatesh, a post-doctoral research fellow at Brown's Alpert Medical school, presented last week at the 2013 Chennai ART Symposium. The international symposium is organized by the YRG Centre for AIDS Research and Education (YRGCARE). Dr. Venkatesh highlighted two decades of Brown funded collaborative research examining the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South India, on behalf of the medical school and the Office of International Affairs.

In his most recent column for the Indian Express, Professor Ashutosh Varshney enters into a debate with Harsh Gupta and Rajeev Mantri on minority rights and national identity. Professor Varshney cautions against the dangerous implications of an imposed singular national identity, and advocates for hyphenated Indian identities.

Please join us on Friday, February 15, from 2:30-4:30 PM in the Joukowsky Forum at the Watson Institute for International Studies as the Brown-India Initiative Spring 2013 Seminar Series presents Thad Dunning of Yale University for a talk titled “Parties, Caste, and Distribution in India: Grassroots Political Mobilization in Cross-State Perspective.” Discussion and reception will follow.