A forum sponsored by Colorado State University’s Office of International Programs will explore India and its neighboring states. The forum will take place Nov. 8 and will include presentations from nationally recognized speakers on topics including technology and outsourcing, Kashmir, history, politics and globalization.
India has more than one billion citizens, making it second only to China in population. It is considered the largest English-speaking country and the largest democracy in the world. During the past decade, U.S. companies have slashed payrolls and have moved software and technology jobs offshore, with India as the noted destination for many jobs. Vineet Buch from Oracle Corp. in San Francisco will talk about outsourcing and will present his perspective on what has happened in the U.S. since the advent of the technology boom in India.
The forum also will focus on Kashmir and the disputes between India and Pakistan. During the last five decades, these two feuding nations have gone to war three times. Two of those wars have been over Kashmir. Chitralekha Zutchi from the College of William and Mary will discuss her recent work, "Shrines, Divines and Patriots," on the Kashmiri situation. In addition, Latha Varadarajan of the University of Minnesota will talk about politics in India, Satadru Sen from Washington University will discuss historical perspectives and Dennis McGilvray from the University of Colorado-Boulder will provide context for the presentations.
The forum will be held from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in 103 Yates Auditorium on campus. Pre-registration is encouraged and on-site registration will start at 8 a.m. Cost for community members is $10 for pre-registration and $20 for on-site registration. Cost for Colorado State students, faculty, and K-12 students is $5 for pre-registration and $10 for on-site registration. Poudre School District teachers enter free.
The "Focus on India" series is organized by International Education, Office of International Programs at Colorado State, with cooperation and funding from the Colorado State University Asian Studies Advisory Board, Associated Students of Colorado State University, the Department of Design and Merchandising and Indian Student Association. Community co-sponsors include the India Association of Northern Colorado, Fort Fund, Colorado Endowment for the Humanities, Bohemia Fund, International Center and Poudre School District. The United States Department of Education also provided funding though a grant to International Programs.
For more information or to register, contact Martha Denney or Jacqueline Sene in International Education, Colorado State University, at 491-5719 or visit the Web at www.international.colostate.edu.