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Celebrate the Richness of India at Georgian Court

Lakewood, N.J., Sept. 24, 2010—Enjoy three days packed full of events and lectures by Georgian Court University faculty that highlight the culture and peoples of India. The programs offered by Georgian Court faculty from Wednesday, September 29, through Friday, October 1, will touch on diverse aspects of Indian culture, geography, and politics.

“Middlesex, Monmouth, and Mercer counties have all seen a growing population of people of Indian heritage,” says Kasturi DasGupta, Ph.D., professor of sociology and one of the planners of the event. “So there is a keen local interest in that culture, from Bollywood to native cooking traditions and nontraditional medicines.”

All programs will take place in the Little Theatre in the Arts and Science Center unless otherwise indicated. The programs are free and open to the public, but reservations are required by calling the GCU Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or by e-mailing

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, September 29

11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.: From the Himalayas to Kanyakumari: A Travel Log
Presented by Kasturi DasGupta, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology

3:30–4:30 p.m.: Satyagraha: A Discussion on Gandhi’s Eight-Step Method
Presented by Scott H. Bennett, Ph.D., Professor of History

4:30–5:30 p.m.: Gandhi’s Spiritual Descendants
Presented by Kasturi DasGupta, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology

7:00–8:30 p.m.: India’s Spectacular Role in Science and Technology
Presented by Prasad S. Lakkaraju, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry; Parvathi Murthy, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry; Sarita Nemani, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mathematics; and Murali Temburni, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology

Thursday, September 30

11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.: Indian Cooking Demonstration: Sample a Taste of India and Henna Hand Painting
North Dining Room

4:00–5:30 p.m.: India’s Experience with Terrorism
Presented by Robert Louden, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Criminal Justice, and Divya Sharma, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

7:00–8:30 p.m.: Dances of India
Performed by the Kalamandir Dance Company
Casino Building

Friday, October 1

10:00 a.m.: Prayer, Chants, and Devotional Songs
In Remembrance of the International Day of Nonviolence, Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday (October 2)
Peace Pole

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Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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