Barefoot College Founder, Bunker Roy, to Visit SU in April

The SU Humanities Center, in conjunction with the South Asia Center and Cornell University’s South Asia Program, will be bringing Sanjit “Bunker” Roy, founder of the Barefoot College, and Meagan Fallone, CEO of Barefoot College International, to campus on April 21 and 22, 2016 as part of the Syracuse Symposium’s focus on “Networks.” The Barefoot College, located in Tilonia, Rajasthan, is the only college built by and for the rural poor with a focus on decentralizing and demystifying technology, placing it in the hands of those most in need. Its "Barefoot Approach” to empowering communities towards self-sufficiency is grounded on the lifestyle and work of Mahatma Gandhi. The college has successfully trained grandmoth-ers from throughout the developing world to be solar engineers so that they can bring electricity to their remote villages.

Roy and Fallone will give a public lecture on Thursday, April 21 at 5:30 pm in Maxwell Auditorium. They will share some of the “barefoot solutions” that have transformed the lives of more than 3 million rural people across 75 countries in the developing world--“solutions” that center on solar ener-gy, water, education, connectivity, health care, handicrafts and the empowerment of women. They will also conduct a seminar on Friday, April 22nd at 10 am in 304 Tolley, about the “barefoot solutions” that have transformed rural people—especially women—into powerful agents of change.

This event would not have been made possible without the efforts of Romita Ray, associate professor of art history. She initiated the proposal for the Humanities Center and has worked tirelessly to bring together the College of Arts and Sciences, David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, School of Architecture, School of Education, Whitman School of Management, Department of Philosophy Undergrad-uate Ethics Program, Department of Geography, Department of Art and Music Histories, Rene e Crown Honors Program, Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) and the Democratizing Knowledge project, in partnership with Cornell University and SUNY ESF who are also cosponsoring the event.Sanjit Bunker Roy and Meagan Fallone