The University of Iowa

South Asian Studies Program fall lecture series concludes Nov. 18-19

November 9th, 2010

Two upcoming lectures from visiting professors will wrap up the UI South Asian Studies Program (SASP) fall lecture series. Both are free and open to the public.

Kathleen O’Reilly will present “Toward a Political Ecology of Sanitation in Rural India,” Thursday, Nov. 18, at 4 p.m. in 315 Phillips Hall. She will discuss a research project that seeks to identify the international policies, socio-economic factors and environmental conditions that influence the building and use of latrines in rural India.

Hans Henrich Hock will present “Appropriating the Past: Language, Archaeology and Ideology in South Asia and the Diaspora,” Friday, Nov. 19, at 4 p.m. in 315 Phillips Hall. He will address the impact of linguistic misrepresentation in modern South Asian identity movements with specific regard to the recent claim by members of the Indian diaspora in California that the Aryans are indigenous to South Asia.

O’Reilly is an assistant professor of geography at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Hock is professor emeritus of linguistics, Sanskrit, classics and Germanic languages at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

SASP and UI International Programs sponsor these lectures.

For more information, contact Paul Greenough at or 319-335-2222.