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)
      • 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.

                                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

                                      • 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

                                        • 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

                                            • "adding.sleep (): Race and Refusal in the Indian Tech Diaspora"

                                              March 21, 2018
                                              3:30 - 4:45 pm
                                              Social Sciences Building, Room 2038

                                              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.