Contemporary South Asian Politics to be focus of CU-SU Symposium
The South Asia Center joins with the rest of the Maxwell
community to celebrate Maxwell's 90 anniversary. and also the 50th anniversary
of South Asian Studies at SU. We are hosting two connected events that honor
South Asia while also reaching out to the student and local communities,
and colleagues at nearby colleges.
Syracuse South Asia Consortium will host their annual symposium at Syracuse on
Friday, April 24th. The theme of this year’s conference is Examining
Contemporary Politics in South Asia. The symposium will feature two keynote
speeches addressing key issues followed by a round table discussion. Ambassador Touqir Hussain, who teaches as part of the Maxwell-in-Washington in addition to other
work in higher education and consulting, will address “Pakistan's Dilemma:
Finding a Balance between Geopolitics and Internal Stability.” Walter Andersen, the Director of the South Asia
Studies Program at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns
Hopkins University will provide insights on current politics in India. His talk
is titled, “India: Are Modi's Goals Sustainable and Credible?”
other participants, who will serve as respondents, are Navine Murshid,
Assistant Professor of Political Science at Colgate; Vikash Yadav, Associate
Professor of Political Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Feisal
Khan, Associate Professor of Economics at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
The Symposium starts at 3:00 pm in 220 Eggers. There
will be a reception following the
the reception there will be a screening of Promise Land (2013, Kevin Dalvi, director) at 6:30 pm in
Maxwell Auditorium. Promise Land is a brilliant, intense and engaging
drama about the lives of a few individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds.
The film weaves together three compelling narratives that focus on immigration
issues. Inspired by real life stories, the plot revolves around South Asian
immigrants living in Chicago and the people they encounter. It's about their
unique struggles, triumphs, conflicts and challenges. It's funny, touching,
heart-warming, and more importantly, it is a film with a powerful social
message that relates to current events. One of the producers of the film is
Faris Khan (PhD Anthropology 2014). Dalvi and Khan will be present for a post-film discussion with the audience.
Both the Symposium and film screening are free and open to