This semester’s International Focus Series at Colorado State University features dance, film, history and art that highlight the many wonders of South Asia, with a specific emphasis on India. Activities and exhibits will run through Dec. 12 on campus and in the community.
Highlights include a free exhibit of exquisite Indian saris (women’s traditional dress) titled "Divya Vastra," or heavenly garments, displayed in the Curfman Gallery Nov. 3- Dec. 12. A forum on Nov. 8 titled "Politics and Globalization in Contemporary India" will feature nationally recognized speakers on the technology boom and U.S. outsourcing to India; history; and politics. Students, community members and faculty who teach about India are encouraged to participate. The event runs from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Pre-registration is $10 for community members and $5 for Colorado State students, Colorado State faculty and Poudre School District students. To register for the forum, call the International Programs Office at (970) 491-5917. Pre-registration is encouraged.
India Night, a program featuring music and dance by the CSU Indian Student Association, will take place at 6 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Lory Student Center Theater.
Other programs include the critically acclaimed film "Mr. and Mrs. Iyer," which will be shown as part of the Cinema CSU program at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Lory Student Center Theatre. A recent Indian documentary film, "…The Play Is On," will be screened with introductory remarks and a question and answer session led by filmmaker Pankaj Rishi Kumar at 5 p.m. Oct. 30 in Room 100 Engineering Building on campus. "1947 Earth," a film that tells the story of the partition of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh from the point of view of a young Parsi girl, will be shown as part of the FilmMatters series at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Lory Student Center Theatre.
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, contact Martha Denney or Jacqueline Sene in International Education at (970) 491-5719 or visit the Web at www.international.colostate.edu.