MISSOULA – From Mahatma Gandhi’s concept of nonviolence to the mastery of Indian classical music, the upcoming India in Missoula event will offer a multifaceted experience of a vibrant and diverse culture.
Arranged for the third year in a row by the University of Montana’s India Advisory Council, the March 2-7 free series of events seeks to engage students, faculty and staff from all disciplines, as well as members of the community.
“Indian civilization has had many long-lived and lively traditions,” said council chair Bradley Clough, a liberal studies associate professor at UM. “We are trying to expose UM and the community to some of the richest and most sophisticated cultures in world history.”
The weeklong series kicks off Monday, March 2, with a guest lecture by J. Barton Scott titled “Gandhi and the Global Travels of Nonviolence.” The lecture will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Turner Hall Dell Brown Room. Scott, whose work focuses on the intersection of religion and politics in South Asia, is an assistant professor in the Department of History and Philosophy at Montana State University.
Tuesday, March 3, the public is invited to a lunchtime interactive demonstration of how spices can be used to optimize health. It will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the University Center Room 329.
Thursday, March 5, Keith Bosak, of UM’s College of Forestry and Conservation, will present on UM’s participation in the Obama Singh Initiative to strengthen collaboration between U.S. and Indian institutions of higher education. The lecture will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in The Payne Family Native American Center Room 009.
A classical concert will be the grand finale of India in Missoula. It will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 7, in the Performing Arts and Radio Television Center’s Masquer Theatre. It will feature sarod master Alam Khan and tabla master Javad Butah.
UM has faculty members of Indian origin in departments as varied as mathematics, political science and pharmacy. Last year approximately 40 UM students participated in study abroad programs in India.
India in Missoula is supported by UM’s South and Southeast Asia Studies, African-American Studies, Liberal Studies and Religious Studies, as well as by the Office of International Programs, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the Mansfield Center, the Mansfield Program in Ethics and Public Affairs, the Faculty Professional Enhancement Program, Foreign Student and Scholar Services and Missoula’s Days Inn.