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A Year in Review: 2021-22 | Highlights

June 28, 2022

Dear All,

As the academic year comes to a close, I want to express my utmost gratitude for all the ways, small and large, in which you participated in and enriched our community at a time that continues to be marked by uncertainty and difficulty. We hosted several stimulating and well-attended talks this year, but a particular highlight was a mini-conference that showcased the incredible research projects of our graduate students. I thank our graduate students, the heart and soul of our community, for sharing their work with us, and look forward to seeing how their projects take shape. I would also like to express deep appreciation for Nick Gottschall, the Managing Director of the Center, whose vision, enthusiasm, and infinite patience play a key role in making the Center an intellectually and socially nourishing space. Finally, a huge thank you to Professor Anand Yang, who will be taking over as Interim Director of the Center in 2022-2023 while I am on sabbatical. Have a wonderful summer, everyone!

Radhika Govindrajan
Director, South Asia Center
Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Studies

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A Community of Scholars and Students

Graduate Student Workshop
May 2022

The South Asia Center’s Graduate Student Workshop featured presentations from UW graduate students on a range of topics and disciplines in South Asia Studies. Eight students presented their work to and received valuable feedback from a group of faculty, students, and staff associated with the South Asia Center.

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Congratulations, Graduates!

The South Asia Center congratulates the 2022 graduates of the M.A. in International Studies (South Asia) and affiliated South Asia Studies programs!

Sukhmann Bajwa, M.A. in South Asia Studies
Karishma Manglani, M.A. in South Asia Studies
Ilsa Razzak, M.A. in South Asia Studies
Sauharda Rai, Ph.D. in International Studies

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HIGHLIGHTS: Community and K-14 Outreach

High School Course on India and South Asia
Summer 2021

With support from the South Asia Center’s National Resource Center grant and guidance from Prof. Sunila Kale, Issaquah High School social studies teacher and South Asia Studies MA alum Rachel Heilman designed a new high school course, India and South Asia: From Area Studies to Ethnic Studies, to be taught in 2022-23. The course materials are publicly available as a resource for other teachers.

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Nepali Language Program
July 2021

With 41 participants from 7 countries, the Summer 2021 Nepali Language Program was one of the largest global gatherings for Nepali language training … ever!

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Upcoming: Summer Nepali 2022 →

Community College Master Teacher Institute
July 2021

Into the abyss or taking flight – what’s the ‘new normal’ in our post-pandemic world? This was the focus of conversation and debate for 29 faculty from 12 community colleges across the country and guest speakers at CCMTI 2021. Participants explored the impact of the past year and COVID-19 on teaching and learning through a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

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Upcoming: CCMTI 2022 →

Tasveer Fest Symposium: Underrepresented Muslim Voices in Mainstream Global Media
October 2021

Featuring a panel of artists, journalists, and scholars, and moderated by South Asia Center Director Radhika Govindrajan, this Symposium explored the systematic invisibilization, racial profiling and stereotyping of Muslims in the mainstream global media.

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Upcoming: Tasveer Fest 2022 →

Conversation and Workshop with Author Shobha Rao
April 2022

Critically acclaimed author Shobha Rao joined the South Asia Center for two events on gender, politics, and literature in South Asia and the diaspora:

HIGHLIGHTS: Colloquia and Speaker Series

The South Asia Center’s speaker series and scholarly colloquia sparked discussions on critical issues in and on South Asia.

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In Memoriam

The South Asia Center marked the passing of two members of the University of Washington South Asia Studies community. We offer condolences to their families and loved ones.

Karl Potter, 1927–2022
Emeritus Professor of Philosophy
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Professor Paul Brass wearing rectangular silver framed glasses, a loose striped shirt, and jeans, seated.

Paul Brass, 1936–2022
Emeritus Professor of International Studies and Political Science
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