The University of Montana will host a series of “India in Missoula” events March 1-9 to celebrate the country that gave the world the zero, the decimal system, chickens, cotton cloth and yoga.
India is home to one-sixth of humanity, the birthplace of four major religions and a rising global economy, said UM Professor Ruth Vanita. “India in Missoula” will allow the UM and Missoula communities to experience the history, science and culture of that country through a variety of events. UM students also will learn about opportunities to study abroad in India.
The University continues to focus its activities pertaining to India, including the development of new faculty-led study abroad programs and new means to welcome Indian students to study in Missoula. These efforts are important as India sends more students to study in the U.S. than any other country except for China, and an increasing number of American students choose to study abroad there.
“Given the immense and pressing changes occurring in the world, especially those brought by technological innovation, we need to be more aware of the cultural richness, history and current happenings in India as that country moves rapidly to respond to new opportunities,” said Arlene Walker-Andrews, associate provost for global century education at UM.
All “India in Missoula” events are free and open to the public. The schedule is as follows:
- Friday, March 1: “Connect with India,” a First Friday exhibit, watercolor by Kendahl Jan Jubb and photography by Ram Murphy, 5-7:30 p.m., Murphy-Jubb Fine Art, 210 N. Higgins Ave., Suite 300;
- Saturday, March 2: “The Traditional Medicine of India Meets Western Lifestyle: Optimize Your Health Through Ayurveda,” an interactive workshop where participants will learn to create a lifestyle and diet plan tailored to their individual health and wellbeing, 1-3 p.m., Skaggs Building Room 114;
- Monday, March 4: “The Common Cause: Postcolonial Ethics and the Practices of Democracy, 1900-1955,” Leela Gandhi, University of Chicago professor of English and great-granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, 3:10-4 p.m., Gallagher Business Building Room 123;
- Monday, March 4: “Gandhi after Gandhi: Globalizing Gandhian Ethics,” UM President’s Lecture Series, Leela Gandhi, 8 p.m., George and Jane Dennison Theatre;
- Thursday, March 7: “Study Abroad to India,” a presentation for UM students interested in studying abroad in India, 4-5:30 p.m., University Center Room 330;
- Thursday, March 7: “Bitter Seeds,” an Indian film about the controversy surrounding genetically modified seeds in a village, 7 p.m., University Center Theater;
- Friday, March 8: “East-West Fusion,” classical Indian vocalist Aditya Prakash will perform with tabla player Neelamjit Dhillon and pianist Julian Le, 4-6 p.m., Music Building Room 1;
- Saturday, March 9: “Classical Indian Vocalist Aditya Prakash,” Prakash will perform Hindu and Muslim devotional music, 4-6 p.m., Music Recital Hall.
“We encourage the entire campus and Missoula community to attend the events – presentations, lectures, art exhibits, film showings and musical concerts – all of which promise to be instructive, entertaining, inspiring and which will provide a large, open window to India’s fascinating culture, political scene and society,” said Jerry Fetz, acting director of the UM Office of International Programs.
For more information call OIP International Program Development Officer Peter Baker at 406-243-6142 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.