case western reserve university



Programs and Events: 2010-2011 Academic Year

Most recent events listed first - click links for additional information

Announcing A Free Public Lecture Series


India: The Migration of Religion,

People and Ideas


All lectures held at
4:30 p.m.
Clark Hall, Room 309
11130 Bellflower Road

Visitor Parking: Visitor Central Garage (below Severance Hall, entrance on East Blvd.) and metered parking at corner of Euclid and Ford, and on Bellflower Road.


Who Speaks for South Asian Americans?
Religion, Ethnicity, and Political Formation


Prema Kurien’s current research examines how religion influences, both directly, and indirectly, the way different South Asian American groups and interests have coalesced and emerged in the public sphere. In particular on the interaction between first and second generation South Asian American political mobilization based on three types of identities: nation-of-origin, pan-ethnic, and religious.

Kurien is Associate Professor of Sociology at Syracuse University, the Graduate Director of Sociology, and the Director of the Asian/Asian American Studies program. She is the author of two books, Kaleidoscopic Ethnicity: International Migration and the Reconstruction of Community Identities in India (2002) and A Place at the Multicultural Table: The Development of an American Hinduism (2007) and over thirty articles.


The Political Impact of International Migration from India


Devesh Kapur is the Madan Lal Sobti Associate Professor for the Study of Contemporary India, Director, Center for Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania and Non-Resident fellow at the Center for Global Development, Washington D.C. Prior to joining the University of Pennsylvania he held appointments at the Brookings Institution, Harvard University and University of Texas, Austin. He is the coauthor of The World Bank: Its First Half Century; Give us your Best and Brightest: The Global Hunt for Talent and Its Impact on the Developing World; Public Institutions in India: Performance and Design. His most recent book is Diaspora, Democracy and Development: The Impact of International Migration from India on India (Princeton University Press, 2010). He has a B. Tech and M.S. in chemical engineering and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Princeton University.


Tibet, America, and the Book of the Dead


The Tibetan Book of the Dead, edited by W. Y. Evans Wentz, was published in 1927 and became an instant classic, passing through numerous editions, and subsequent versions by other authors.  This lecture will tell the story of how a relatively obscure Tibetan work became the most famous Buddhist text in the western world.

Donald Lopez is the Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan, where he serves as chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and chair of the Michigan Society of Fellows. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2000. His most recent book is: The Tibetan Book of the Dead: A Biography (Princeton, 2011).



To be added to the mailing list for the printed series announcement please click here , type INDIA in the subject line, and include your mailing address in the body of the email.  Thank you!



Earlier this year:

First Annual Friends of Art Lecture in Asian Art

Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at 6:00 P.M. in the Recital Hall of The Cleveland Museum of Art

"Early Collectors of Asian Art in Europe and the United States"
Presented by Stan Abe, Professor of Art History, Duke University

This lecture is also supported by the Baker Nord Center for the Humanities.

Awash in Debt: State Liabilities and the Future of the Chinese Economy
Sponsored by the Center for Policy Studies

Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 4:30 - 6:00 PM in Mandel Center Building, Room 115

Victor Shih, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University Dr. Shih is interested in political economy in developing countries broadly, and how politics affect economic outcomes in China specifically. His book, Factions and Finance in China: Elite Conflict and Inflation (NY: Cambridge University Press, 2008) explores the timely question of how politics affects the large volume of underperforming loans on the books of Chinese banks. His on-going projects investigate the performance of Chinese banks, signaling in elite politics, and elite selection in China. Victor Shih received his Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Public Affairs Discussion Group: Unrest in Kyrgyzstan and Its Implications for the War in Afghanistan

Friday, November 12, 2010 12:30-1:30 - Inamori Center Crawford Hall, Room 9

Kelly McMann, Associate Professor of Political Science, will discuss unrest in Kyrgyzstan and its implications for the war in Afghanistan.




The Kassen Lecture for 2010 - Department of Anthropology

Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 4:15 - 5:30 PM in Mather Memorial, Room 201

Sarah Lamb, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology at Brandeis University
"Abandonment and Freedom: Elder-Care Institutions, Individualizing Subjectivities and the Ethics of Aging in Contemporary India"




Daoism and Deliberative Dialogue" - A lecture by Dr. Jim Highland

Friday, October 1, 2010 at 12:30 PM in Clark Hall