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 Photographic Display Photographic Display
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Mon. - Fri. Aug. 19 - Sept. 30, 2002
Spiva Art Gallery on campus
Admission: free

A large photographic display of 40 panels and other accompanying materials prepared by the Gandhi Memorial Foundation, Washington, D.C., and originally sponsored by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations, New Delhi, depict the Mahatma Gandhi's life.

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The Gandhian Initiative
10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2002
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free
Speaker: Srimati Kamala

Srimati Kamala, president of the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Foundation and the director of the Gandhi Memorial Center in Washington, D.C., spoke on "The Gandhian Initiative," referencing the meaning and standard of the peace that the Mahatma sought. While looking at the experiences from Gandhi's own life in the context of India's freedom struggle, she explained how those practices of Gandhi can become practices in people's daily lives. Her conviction for the past 27 years as head of the Gandhi Memorial Foundation is that the Mahatma's ideals are neither foreign nor remote to our contemporary issues. How does Gandhi's philosophy meet the challenge of the violence of September 11th one year ago? On the anniversary of our national tragedy, her subject is provocative.

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From Kandahar to Kerala: The Diversity of South Asian Islam
11:00 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, 2002
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free
Speaker: Dr. Bruce B.Lawrence

Dr. Lawrence looked at the immense internal difference that marks South Asian Muslims, from race and language to culture and religious observance, in the first lecture. He began with an overview of the huge countries — India, Pakistan and Bangladesh — as well as the smaller but still important countries of Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.

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Martyrs to Love: The Enduring Legacy of Indo-Persian Sufism
11:00 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, 2002
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free
Speaker: Dr. Bruce B. Lawrence

In the second lecture, Dr. Lawrence payed close attention to institutional Sufism — its formation beyond India, its development within first Sultanate, then Mughal, British and post-Partition, India, and now its modern global significance.

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Gockel International Symposium: "India and South Asia: Conflict, Crisis, and Kashmir"
Thursday, September 26, 2002
Taylor Performing Arts Center
Admission: free

Morning Discussion - 9:30 a.m. Thursday, September 26, 2002

"Did the Decade of India Last Four Years?"
Dr. Stephen P. Cohen

Evening Discussion - 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 26, 2002

"Kashmir: A Human Tragedy, a Strategic Nightmare"
Dr. Ayesha Jalal

"Kashmir: Everybody's Failure"
Dr. Stephen P. Cohen

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Celebrate the Diwali
india7:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, 2002
Location: Phinney Recital Hall
Admission: $10

Celebrate the Diwali, a Hindu festival that unites the whole of India. It is traditionally known as the Festival of Lights. Guests sampled authentic Indian cuisine prepared by native chefs from The Star of India restaurant in Springdale, Ark., and met members of the Natya Dance Theatre.

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Doing Business in India
11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002
Billingsly Student Center 310
Admission: $10.00

The International Trade and Quality Center sponsored a seminar on "Doing Business in India." A panel of experts discussed business language and usage, the do's and don'ts of business transactions, important cultural aspects, marketing success factors, the impact of terrorism, and e-commerce opportunities. An ethnic meal was served.

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How U.S. companies improved their foothold in India
9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, 2002
Matthews Hall Auditorium
Admission: free
Speakers: Dr. Bo Strombom, Suneel Dhawan, and Pavani Dammalapati

Dr. Bo Strombom, Suneel Dhawan, and Pavani Dammalapati spoke on "How U.S. companies improved their foothold in India." Since 1990, the Indian government has attempted to reduce the barriers and disincentives that discouraged American companies from setting up and operating in India. They provided examples of how the new attitudes impacted certain multinational firms in India, some with names common in the United States. Dr. Strombom, a former visiting professor of international business at Missouri Southern and a senior executive of international business firms in Europe and Latin America, is currently a consultant to international organizations and multinational enterprises. He is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. Suneel Dhawan and Pavani Dammalapati are senior accounting majors from India.

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Mid America India Association - Celebrate Diwali
5:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002
Memorial Hall
407 S. Garrison
Carthage, Missouri
Admission: free

Mid America India Association invited you, your family and friends to celebrate Diwali. Social hour began at 5:00 p.m. The musical program, provided by Raja, Mohan and Alka, began at 6:00 p.m. The dinner, catered from India Palace of Tulsa, Oklahoma, started at 8:30, followed by Ras-Garba.

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Colonialism in Context: The Tarakeswar Murder Case of 1873
11:00 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free
Speaker: Dr. Geraldine Forbes

Dr. Geraldine Forbes, chair of the Department of History at State University of New York College at Oswego, spoke on "Colonialism in Context: The Tarakeswar Murder Case of 1873." Sometimes referred to as the O.J. Simpson case of 19th century Bengal because it caught the attention of thousands of people, the case resulted in the publication of over 50 original plays (some were hits on the stage), reams of newspaper articles, discourses on the law, and innumerable paintings and woodcuts. In 1873 Nobin murdered his young wife Elokeshi because she was having an affair with the Mohunt (chief priest) of the Shiv temple at Tarakeswar. Nobin was tried for murder and the Mohunt was tried for adultery. Both were found guilty and both were imprisoned. Dr. Forbes' lecture was illustrated by slides made of paintings and woodcuts of the time.

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Displacing Manstrocities: Indian Women on Their Own Terms
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free
Speaker: Dr. Geraldine Forbes

Dr. Geraldine Forbes delivered her second lecture at Missouri Southern, titled "Displacing Manstrocities: Indian Women on Their Own Terms." Despite the ability of Indian women to articulate salient issues, Western authors such as Katherine Mayo and Mary Daly have portrayed them as the victims of "manstrocities," a term for patriarchal violence that includes everything from sati to child marriage and dowry murder. Dr. Forbes examined the Western construction of Indian women as victims of "manstrocities" and contrast it to the way Indian feminists have articulated their issues.

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Monsoon Wedding  Monsoon Wedding
7:00 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, 2002
Webster Hall 105
Admission: free

The Contemporary Foreign Film Series presented the Indian film Monsoon Wedding, directed by Mira Nair.

A reception at Pizza By Stout at 20th and Range Line, Joplin, followed the film.

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The Sensuous and the Sacred: Within Common Boundaries
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free
Speaker: Dr. Vidya Dehejia

Dr. Vidya Dehejia, formerly the chief curator of the Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, which jointly form the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Asian Art, spoke on "The Sensuous and the Sacred: Within Common Boundaries." A discussion of the human body as leitmotif in India's artistic tradition leads to an exploration of the manner in which the sensuous and the sacred coexisted easily within the same boundaries. The further paradox of the "sensuous sacred image," an apparent contradiction in terms, is also examined.

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Curating Devi: The Great Goddess
10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free
Speaker: Dr. Vidya Dehejia

Dr. Vidya Dehejia delivered her second lecture at Missouri Southern, titled "Curating Devi: The Great Goddess." Focusing on a major 1999 exhibition on the Goddess that she curated at the Smithsonian, Dr. Dehejia spoke of the politics of display and the strategy of mounting exhibitions of Indian art. During her eight years at the Smithsonian, she managed the operations of the museum where she reconfigured the galleries' curatorial and education departments. Dr. Dehejia also curated several major exhibitions at the Freer and Sackler galleries, accompanied by substantive catalogues, including "India Through the Lens: Photography 1840-1911" (2000) and her latest exhibition, "The Sensuous and the Sacred: Chola Bronzes from South India," which opened in November 2002 at the Sackler Gallery.

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