South Asia Center Current Newsletter

Spring 2017

Spring 2017 South Asia Center NewsletterA selection of articles from the current issue of the Current Newsletter is available below. Copies of newsletters dating from 1994-2010 are available by request.


From the Director's Desk

Director Carol Babiracki talks about creativity and community during her visit to Jharkhand, India. 


A New Face at the South Asia Center

Sudipta Ghosh, Raman Post-Doctoral Fellow, fell in love with anthropology during her undergraduate studies and was intrigued by biological anthropology because of its ability to address pressing public health issues. 


Reflections on Nautanki Performance: Mission Suhani

Syracuse University students and faculty got to experience nautanki, a genre of North Indian musical theater. 

Searching for Buddhist Followers, Finding Kindness & Humility

Malloy Hennigar, PhD Candidate in Religion, talks about her experience living with young Buddhists in Nagpur and at the Buddhist training center, Nagaloka.


Innumerable Stories Leading to Knowledge

Jesse Nichols, A&S '16, talks about his experience living, studying, and exploring the city of Jaipur. 


My Relationship with Tamil, Madurai's Beloved Mother- Tongue

Julie Edelstein, MA Student in Religion, talks about her AIIS Study Abroad experience and studying the Tamil language in Madurai, India. 


Exciting Hindi Collaboration Brings SU and NY6 Together

The South Asia Center and the Department of Languages, Literature, and Linguistics teamed up with NY6 to offer Hindi to their students through a synchronous video connection.


Becoming a Tailoring Apprentice

Alisa Weinstein, PhD Candidate in Anthropology, talks about her desire to understand how local tailors are responding to increasingly globally informed consumer tastes and access to designer-branded and affordable ready-made clothing.


Merasi Performance Transforms Syracuse University

Merasi performers took the stage at the Slocum Auditorium, performing a combination of local Rajasthani folk songs, Sufi classics, and Hindu bhajans.


Living in Language Immersion in Lucknow

Jeff Marshall, Master of Public Diplomacy Candidate, talks about his 5-month adventure as a Boren Fellow in Lucknow, India.


South Asian Cultures - Food, Family, and Healthcare Systems

Dr. Sudha Raj talks her experience instructing a course abroad in India to help students understand the regional and religious diversity of families in a multilingual, multi-faith Indian society given the wider global, socio-cultural, political and economic forces influencing Indian society. 


Faculty Updates

Read the latest updates of the South Asia Center's faculty members