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.

The Cornell- 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?” 

The 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 Symposium.

Following 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 the public.

Ambassador Touquir Hussain Dr. Walter Anderson