Program Schedule

Below you will find a listing of the different activities planned throughout the 2017-2018 academic year as part of Kennesaw State University's Year of India.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Summer 2017

  • International Yoga Day Kickoff Event

    Wednesday, June 21, 2017
    11:00 am - 12:15 pm & 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
    Convocation Center Rooms 2010/2013

    This event will introduce participants to basic principles, philosophies, and practices of yoga and will include introductory activities that combine strength, flexibility and balance.

Fall 2017

  • Savitri

    August 25th - 26th @ 8:00 pm

    August 27th @ 3:00 pm
    Onyx Theatre (Wilson Building Annex)

    $5 students
    $10 general admission

    A one act Opera by Gustav Holst presented by the KSU College of the Arts Departments of Dance and Opera Theater. One of Hinduism’s most beloved heroines, Savitri uses her unparalleled devotion, charm, and quick thinking to win back the life of her deceased husband from the god of death, Yama


  • Rabble-Rousing Anti-Colonialists: Indians in America at the Turn of the 20th Century

    Tuesday, August 29th, 2017
    9:30 am
    Carmichael Student Center Leadership Room

    Featuring Roopa Singh, founder of SAAPYA (South Asian Arts and Perspectives on Yoga and America)

    • Indian Cinema Film Series

      August 30th - November 29th

      Every Wednesday
      English Building Room 102

      Films in order of appearance:

      • Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015),
      • PK (2014),
      • 3 Idiots (2009),
      • Om Shanti Om (2007),
      • The Namesake (2006),
      • Monsoon Wedding (2001),
      • Ghare Baire (1984),
      • Mr. India (1987),
      • Gandhi (1982),
      • Deewaar (1975),
      • Mughal-E-Azam (1960),
      • Awaara (1951). 

      Available only to Kennesaw State students, faculty, and staff.

      • Indian American Community Tour

        Saturday, September 2nd, 2017
        Saturday, October 7th, 2017
        Saturday, November 4th, 2017

        There will be two main stops on the tour – the Global Mall (includes vegetarian lunch) and the Lilburn Swaminarayan Temple.

        Sign-Up in advance on Year of India Website. Limited space available for KSU faculty, staff & students only. Vans depart KSU at 9:30 am and return at 2:30 pm.

      • Men, Women and Family Conflicts in India

        Thursday, September 14, 2017
        5:00 - 6:15 pm
        English Building Room 102

        Featuring Srimati Basu, Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Kentucky

        • Year of India Festival

          Wednesday, September 20, 2017
          12:30 - 2:00 pm
          Kennesaw Campus Green

          Featuring performances, henna hand-painting, food tasting, and other activities showcasing Indian cultural traditions.

          In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the alternate location, the Carmichael Student Center University Rooms A & B.

          • A Conversation with Jaya Kamlani

            Thursday, September 21, 2017
            12:30 pm
            Sturgis Library Room 101

            Featuring Jaya Kamlani, award-winning author of To India, with Tough Love

            • India Awakes: Documentary Film

              Friday, September 29, 2017
              2:00 pm
              Carmichael Student Center University Rooms A & B

              In India Awakes noted Swedish author, commentator, and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg explores an inherited British bureaucracy which created layers of rules and regulations. However, globalization and economic liberalization have created fluidity between classes – and greater ambition. Norberg follows three individuals who are working to improve their lives, and in doing so, are breaking down the centuries old caste system.

              • Ragas Under the Stars

                Saturday, October 14th, 2017
                8:00 pm
                Bailey Performance Center Morgan Hall

                "Malhar" style concert event featuring renowned artists Pritam Bhattacharjee (vocal) and Ustad Shahid Parvez (sitar), both accompanied by Prithwiraj Bhattacharjee (tabla).

                Tickets can be purchased online.

                • Yoga as Civic Engagement

                  Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
                  9:30 am
                  Clendendin Building Room 1009

                  Featuring Anneliese Singh, Associate Professor, Department of Counseling and Human Development Services, University of Georgia and Sonali Sadequee, certified Purna yoga teacher and registered Yoga Alliance teacher with Enerchi Yoga

                  • Two Lectures on the Contemporary Indian Economy

                    Monday, October 30, 2017
                    Carmichael Student Center University Rooms A & B

                    Economic Freedom of the States of India
                    11:00 am - 11:50 am

                    How the Indian Elephant became an Asian Tiger 
                    2:15 - 3:15 pm

                    Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar, Research Fellow, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, CATO Institute

                    • A Conversation with Deepika Bahri

                      Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
                      12:30 pm
                      Sturgis Library Room 101

                      Featuring Deepika Bahri, Associate Professor of English, Emory University

                      • The Siegel Institute Year of India Book Discussion - A Life Worth Breathing: A Yoga Master’s Handbook of Strength, Grace, and Healing

                        Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
                        12:30 - 2:00 pm
                        Kennesaw Hall Room 1203

                        Discussion facilitated by Dr. Linda M. Johnston. Lunch provided. The educational goals for this event include a better understanding of Indian culture, inspiring interest in Indian studies, and creating connections across disciplines with a shared interest in Indian studies research. The Siegel Institute has a rich history and reputation for facilitating and hosting engaging book discussions that inspire further knowledge seeking and follow-up dialogue with others. Limited space available. Registration opens on September 11th at 8:00.

                      • Perspectives on the Kashmir Conflict (Tentative Title)

                        Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
                        5:00 pm
                        Social Sciences 2034

                        Featuring Cabeiri Robinson, Associate Professor, International Studies, Comparative Religions, and South Asian Studies, University of Washington.

                        • Science, Technology and India’s Development

                          Tuesday, November 14th, 2017
                          2:00 - 3:15 pm
                          Education Building Room 166

                          Geeta Patel, Associate Professor, Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures and Women, Gender & Sexuality, University of Virginia

                          • Aakaar Puppet Theatre Workshop

                            Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
                            3:30 - 4:45 pm
                            Onyx Theatre (Wilson Building Annex)

                            Featuring the work of master puppeteer, Puran Bhat, and his exquisite marionettes, combining the traditional style and telling rhythmic sagas of 17th century India with contemporary interpretations

                            Spring 2018

                            • Grounding Human Rights in the Indian Context

                              Thursday, January 11th, 2018
                              12:30 - 1:45 pm
                              Location TBA

                              Featuring Monika Kirloskar-Steinbach, Professor of Philosophy, University of Konstanz 

                              • Multicultural India: A Visual Journey

                                January 16th - March 8th, 2018
                                Social Sciences Atrium

                                Exhibit featuring the photography of Robert Arnett.

                                Opening reception Thursday, January 18th at 5 pm.

                                • Indian American Community Tour

                                  Saturday, February 3rd, 2018
                                  Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
                                  Saturday, April 14th, 2018

                                  There will be two main stops on the tour – the Global Mall (includes vegetarian lunch) and the Lilburn Swaminarayan Temple.

                                  Sign-Up in advance on Year of India Website. Limited space available for KSU faculty, staff & students only. Vans depart KSU at 9:30 am and return at 2:30 pm.

                                • Geography and the Politics of Land in India

                                  Monday, February 5th, 2018
                                  9:30 am
                                  Location TBD

                                  Featuring Sarasij Majumder, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Kennesaw State University

                                  • Gender, Nationalism and Identity in Colonial India

                                    February 8th, 2018
                                    9:30 am
                                    Location TBA

                                    Featuring Mrinalini Sinha, Alice Freeman Palmer Professor of History, University of Michigan

                                    • A Conversation with Radhika Gajjala

                                      Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
                                      12:30 pm
                                      Sturgis Library Room 101

                                      Featuring Radhika Gajjala, Professor of Media and Communication, Bowling Green State University

                                      • Archaeological Projects in India: Decolonizing Archaeological Research

                                        Thursday, March 1, 2018
                                        Location and Time TBA

                                        Featuring Uzma Rizvi, Associate Professor Social Science & Cultural Studies, Pratt Institute

                                        • Envisioning the Future and Understanding the Realities of India’s Urban Ecologies:

                                          March 15th - 17th, 2018

                                          An Interdisciplinary Conference hosted by Kennesaw State University and Georgia State University in partnership with the Consulate of India, Atlanta

                                        • Race, labor and the Indian Diaspora in Germany (Tentative Title)

                                          March (date TBA), 2018
                                          Burruss Building 152, 5:00pm

                                          Featuring Sareeta Amrute, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington. 

                                          • Social Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Value Creation in India

                                            April 9th - 13th, 2018

                                            Tata Institute of Social Sciences Residency

                                            • Introduction to Indian Puppet Theatre

                                              Monday, April 16th, 2018
                                              Regular classtimes throughout the day
                                              Stillwell Theatre

                                              Featuring Dr. Kathy Foley, Department of Theatre Arts, University of California, and an internationally recognized expert on puppet theatre. Dr. Foley, will guest lecture in TPS 1107: Theatre in Society general education classes.

                                              Dr. Foley’s presentation will provide audience members with a new understanding of this singular performance style as well as exposure to a unique form of critical academic practice.