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.

Spring 2018

  • Ramabai, Gandhi, Ambedkar: Exploring the Potential of a Relational Self in Grounding Human Rights

    Thursday, January 11th, 2018
    Time: 12:30 - 1:45 pm
    Social Science Building, Room 1021

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

    • Multicultural India: A Visual Journey

      January 18th - March 8th, 2018
      Social Sciences Atrium

      Exhibit featuring the photography of Robert Arnett.

      Opening reception has been changed to Tuesday, January 23rd at 5 pm.

      • Indian American Community Tour

        Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 (FULL)
        Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 (FULL)
        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.

      • Many Meanings of Development: India vs. Bharat

        Monday, February 5th, 2018
        9:30 am
        Bagwell Education Building, Room 131

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

        • Anatomy of a Protest: The Abolition of Indian Indentured Labor in the British Empire

          February 8th, 2018
          9:30 am
          Social Sciences Building, Room 3021

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

          • Philanthropy 2.0 and Digital Subalternity:Reproducing Dominance without Hegemony

            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
            2:00 pm
            Social Science Building, Room 2025

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

            • Beauty in Money: Numismatic Art of South India

              Sunday, March 4, 2018
              Wilson Building, Room 103

              Featuring author Sethuramen Suresh on his lecturing tour for the Archaeological Institute of America.

              • 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

                • Tabla Master Zakir Hussain with Rakesh Chaurasia, Bansuri

                  March 17, 2018 at 8 p.m. 
                  Morgan Concert Hall

                  This very special performance features Zakir Hussain, tabla virtuoso and internationally acclaimed percussionist and world musician, with bansuri player Rakesh Chaurasia. This event is a collaboration between the KSU School of Music and KSU's Division of Global Affairs. 

                • 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.

                    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)
                        • Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
                        • 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
                                  7:00 pm
                                  Bailey Performance Center Morgan Hall

                                  A rare opportunity to enjoy classical Indian music featuring renowned artists Ustad Shahid Parvez (sitar), and Pritam Bhattacharjee (vocal), both accompanied by Prithwiraj Bhattacharjee (tabla). Indian cuisine will be available for sale prior to the start of the concert beginning at 6:00 pm.

                                  Tickets can be purchased online at:

                                  • 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, Professor of English, Emory University

                                        • A Personal History of Women in India

                                          Friday, November 3rd, 2017
                                          2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
                                          Social Science Building, Room 2038

                                          On November 3 (SO 2038 at 2:30), Sucheta Rawal will be the Honored Lecturer for American Association of University Women and Psychology Global Girl Talk Learning Community students concerning her humanitarian efforts in India and to inspire students to continue their efforts to support the Savers India Shelter in Chandigarh for Abused and Abandoned Women. KSU campus is welcome to attend. 

                                          Please click here for information on Sucheta Rawal

                                          • 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.

                                          • Disaster, Humanitarianism, and the Emergence of a Post-Conflict Tourist Industry on the Indo-Pak Border

                                            Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
                                            5:00 pm
                                            Social Sciences Room 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
                                              Event has been moved from Burrus Building Room151, to English Building 166

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

                                              • PAVAKATHAKALI: The Traditional Glove-Puppet Play of Kerala

                                                Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
                                                4:00 - 5:00 pm
                                                Onyx Theatre (Wilson Building Annex)

                                                Featuring Natana Kairali - Research and Performing Centre for Traditional Arts

                                                Free Event Open to the Public

                                                • Doing Business in India Roundtable

                                                  Wednesday, November 15, 2017

                                                  3:30 to 4:30pm

                                                  Burruss Building Room 151, Kennesaw Campus

                                                  Coles College Year of India College Spotlight Event

                                                   Featuring Terri Bresenham, president and chief executive of Sustainable Healthcare Solutions, a unit of GE Healthcare in Bengaluru, India.