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South Asia Studies

Dr. Robert Clark, Director

Department of Modern Languages

Eisenhower 14A

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS 66506





Cultural and Natural Resources of India: Dec. 29 - Jan 25, 2012: faculty led study abroad.   India has an incredibly rich history and fabulous wildlife.  This trip provided a taste of a small slice of this remarkable and varied country for first-timers; even those who had been there previously encountered something new.  The trip was co-led by Ted Cable and Barry Michie.  Participants visited Delhi, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Bharatpur, Agra and Jim Corbett National Park that included 8 UNESCO World Heritage Cultural and Wildlife Sites, plus other activities.  Along with spectacular monuments from medieval through modern times, eg. the Taj Mahal & New Delhi, the group also enjoyed viewing spectacular scenery and wildlife: large, small, furred, scaled and feathered of all kinds. The associated class, FOR 641: Interpretation and Management of India's Cultural and Natural Resources, provided 3 credit hours. 


Engineering Summer Institute with Gujarat Technical University (GTU)- Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. Students from GTU are participating in two 8 week courses taught in the KSU Department of Electrical Engineering. Funded by the Government of Gujarat, this program comes under the agreement signed with GTU in 2011. Read more

September 8th - October 6th EXHIBITION: INDIA UNVEILED 

Vibha Jani, Interior Architecture is putting on an exhibition at the Manhattan Arts Center, 1520 Poyntz, from September 8th through October 6th. The opening is on Saturday, the 8th, with a reception from 4:00 - 6:00. 

The exhibit, "India Unveiled", explores and presents Indian designs, colors, patterns, dimensions of proportion and scale.  A large part will be textiles and interior architectural design.  There will be an Indian market during the reception to present ideas about cultural context, population density, spatial dimensions and many other design related issues.

Vibha would appreciate not only your coming but also getting the word out about this exhibition and the opening reception.  It would be great if everyone who has Indian clothing to wear it to the reception so the Manhattan Community can see different clothing and India at its best! 

Please do not hestiate to contact Vibha for further information:

Vibhavari Jani   Associate Professor Interior Architecture and Product Design  (785) 532-5992  vjani@ksu.edu

October 1st, 3:30pm Union Little Theater - Prof. Richard Marston Lecture: Science and Environment Security in Foreign Policy: A Year in the Jefferson Science Fellowship Program

Along with a discussion of the Jefferson Fellowship Program and his experience, Prof. Marston will also discuss international developments related to environmental security that involves water resources and geo-hazards -- including glacier changes in the Himalayas and construction of hydro-power dams.

Marston is part of a group working on a possible Global Dialogue on Emerging Science and Technology on Himalayan watershed management.