Making Chai With a Fulbright


October 4, 2013 - 12:00pm


University Capitol Centre, International Commons (Room 1117)

Contact Name: 

Sonia Gunderson

Bring your lunch, and learn from alumni and current grantees about their Fulbright experiences. Presentations will last 20–30 minutes, allowing time for discussion and socializing.

“Making Chai With a Fulbright” will be presented by Philip Lutgendorf, professor of Hindi and Modern Indian Studies at the UI. Dr. Lutgendorf was in India during 2010–11 as a Fulbright–Hays Senior Overseas Research Fellow. His research topic was the popularization of tea drinking in India, and its evolution into the country’s (invented) “national drink”—chai, a distinctive spiced tea. This topic necessarily touches on colonialera and post–Independence history, the rise of advertising, marketing, and visual culture, and changes in manufacturing, commerce, lifestyle, and eating habits.