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The stotra, or Sanskrit hymn of praise, has long been a popular form of Hindu literature. Stotras have a rich history in Kashmir, one of the most vibrant religious and literary centers in South Asia. In this talk, Hamsa Stainton will discuss how Hindus in Kashmir have used these hymns to preserve and adapt their own traditions during the dramatic changes that have occurred in this region

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An overly excited husband tries to cheer up his wife as they prepare to celebrate Fourth of July in their brand new home – complete with matching American flag T-shirts; but as the Indian-American couple adjust to life in the ‘burbs they are soon exposed to local ignorance and prejudice that threatens to dampen their spirits.

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In a ruling last month, the Indian Supreme Court gave Indians the right to choose their gender and created a “third gender” category for those who don’t identify as either male or female. Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks to two UI experts about the ruling: Philip Lutgendorf and Aniruddha Dutta.

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Thanks to the support of generous private donors, these UI students were able to study or conduct research abroad in the past year, gaining invaluable experiences and memories that enhanced their education and lives.

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Naveen Kishore, an Indian whose parents fled from Lahore at the time of Partition, will present a SASP seminar in the form of a dramatic monologue titled “My life in the arts, publishing and design—a brief rumination about nothing” on Monday, April 28 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre.

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A series of upcoming events, collectively titled “Saree Conversations,” will explore the art and tradition of Saree weaving in India. All events will be held Monday, April 21, 2014, at the University Capitol Centre (UCC). Admission is free and members of the community are encouraged to attend.

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Students who participated in the course “Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Medicine in India” during the 2013-2014 India Winterim study abroad program share their reflections on the course and their experiences abroad.

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Feminist scholar, activist, and novelist Jael Silliman, a former University of Iowa associate professor, will present a rich visual and cultural tour of the Calcutta Jewish community in an upcoming talk Monday, April 7, 2014, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre.

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Aya Ikegame, an anthropologist from the University of Edinburgh, will present a SASP seminar on Monday, March 31, at 4:00 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre, titled "Gurus and Overlapping Sovereignties: Informal Justice and Local Development in Rural Karnataka."

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"The exposure to the medical world that I received in India was unbelievable. It was like learning a foreign language: I do not think anyone could truly learn what I learned from a textbook or a lecture series."

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