Lecture Event Spotlights South Asian Culture, Art

A new lecture event will spotlight the art, culture, politics and history of South Asia.

The event, slated for 1-5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, in the Central Library Sixth Floor parlor, will feature a half-dozen UT Arlington faculty members offering insights and research on people groups on the other side of the globe. Topics include a look at Buddhist art, tourism, tribal politics and Indian comic books.

Archana Verma, a senior fellow in India’s Ministry of Culture, will deliver a keynote lecture, “Ways of Studying Art History: South Asia and the World,” at 3 p.m. A reception and book signing will follow. Verma is also the founding editor of South Asian Arts, a journal highlighting cultural expressions in South Asia.

Professor Mark Cichock (Political Science), who is director for the McDowell Center for Critical Languages and Area Studies, said focusing on South Asia is a “priority concern” for the university and critical language studies.

“We have a growing South Asian population in the U.S. and a vibrant community here at UTA,” he said. “Having some insight into the culture and issues prevalent in Pakistan, India and other parts of that region is more important than ever. A lecture event like this creates interest in a portion of the world that is often ignored.”

The event is sponsored by the McDowell Center and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Additional sponsors include the Anthropology Club, Indian Cultural Council and Lambda Alpha, the Anthropology honors society.


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