A Conversation with Aamina Ahmad

The Yadunandan Center for India Studies at Cal State Long Beach is proud to present:
A Conversation with Aamina Ahmad
Aamina Ahmad’s first novel, The Return of Faraz Ali, was named a notable New York Times and National Public Radio pick for 2023 and went on to win the Art Siedenbaum Los Angeles Times First Book Prize, The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain First Book Prize, and the Gordon Bowker Volcano Prize.
Aamina Ahmad is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, she has been a recipient of a Stegner Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award. She is also the author of a play, The Dishonored. She teaches creative writing at the University of Minnesota.
The event will take place on Zoom on March 21st at 6:00PM


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Fighting Freedom Inc.: Imagining Individual Freedom Beyond Global Capitalism in New Indian Literature and Culture

Join us October 30th at 5:30 PM In the Antatol Center! Where Dr. Mangharam will draw on her newest work, which explores the ways in which lineages of liberation remain present in a wide range of texts in South Asia including the Dalit memoir, film, and the realist novel, works that offer fuller notions of autonomy and agency than those that appear in conventional imaginaries of freedom

2023 Annual Solanki Lecture: In the Realm of Untamed Waters – Thoughts on the Deep Ecology of the Ganges Delta

Please see attached flyer for the Annual Solanki Lecture with Sudipta Sen on April 17.

Reception/Dinner will start at 6pm and lecture at 7pm.

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Reading Women, Translating Cultures—a discussion on Geetanjali Shree’s Tomb of Sand

The Yadunandan Center for India Studies is proud to present a talk by

Pravina Cooper and Jason Grunebaum :

“Reading Women, Translating Cultures—a discussion on Geetanjali Shree’s Tomb of Sand

Jason Grunebaum teaches Hindi and literary translation at the University of Chicago.  translations from Hindi include Uday Prakash’s The Girl with the Golden ParasolThe Walls of Delhi, and, with Ulrike Stark, Manzoor Ahtesham’s The Tale of the Missing Man. He also helped establish the Armory Square Prize for South Asian Literature in Translation, the first prize for literature in translation from South Asia.15).

The conversation will take place on Zoom on February 16th at 6:00 PM.

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“At the Limits of Cure” A Lecture by Bharat Venkat

The Yadunandan Center for India Studies is proud to present a talk by Bharat Venkat from UCLA’s Institute for Society & Genetics and Department of History titled:

“At the Limits of Cure”


In 1950s Madras, an international team of researchers demonstrated that antibiotics were effective in treating tuberculosis. But just half a century later, reports out of Mumbai stoked fears about the spread of totally drug-resistant strains of the disease. Had the curable become incurable? Through an anthropological history of tuberculosis treatment in India, Dr. Venkat’s presentation will examine what it means to be cured, and what it means for a cure to come undone.


The conversation will take place at the Anatol Center on September 20th at 5:30PM.


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Lecture by RUKMINI S. 10/07/21 “Deaths, Data and Democracy: India’s Pandemic Reckoning”

Rukmini S. is a data journalist. She served as the first Data Editor for The Hindu and later as the Data & Innovation Editor for the Huffington Post India. She has written for The Times of India, India Today, The Guardian, and the South China Morning Post. Since March, she has also hosted a podcast about the pandemic called “The Moving Curve.”

The conversation took place via Zoom on Thursday, October 7th at 6:30PM (PST). If you would like to view a recording of the event, please use the link below: 

2/23/2021 Book Discussion: Salman Rushdie’s Quichotte: Don Quixote in the Postcolonial 21st Century

The Yadunandan Center for India Studies presents a webinar on Salman Rushdie’s latest work Quichotte (2019). In this novel inspired by Cervantes’s 17thcentury class Don Quixote, Sam Duchamp sets off on a picaresque quest across America with his son Sancho with hilarious results. Prof. Norbert Schürer (English) and Prof. Pravina Cooper (Comparative Literature) will discuss Quichotte with an eye towards the quixotic tradition, postcolonial literature, and Salman Rushdie’s oeuvre.

The book discussion will take place via Zoom. The zoom link for the event is: https://csulb.zoom.us/j/81830343394 

Salman Rushdie with his book, Quichotte


This talk will look at the demographic changes throughout the Central Valley. While new populations increasingly call the region home, many of the same inequities and inequalities that have long plagued the region still exist, and have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet new coalitions are opening possibilities for change. From the rise of integrated voter engagement tools to new forms of civic engagement, this talk will explore technologies and techniques being deployed to create long-term changes in the region.

Naindeep Singh is the Executive Director of the Jakara Movement, the nation’s largest Punjabi Sikh youth organization, dedicated to redistributing power to marginalized and vulnerable communities in the Central Valley of California. He also currently serves as a School Board Trustee member for Central Unified in Fresno County.

Naindeep Singh

Naindeep Singh

The lecture and discussion will take place on October 28th at 6:00pm on Zoom. If you are interested in attending please click here to RSVP and we will send you a reminder and the Zoom link closer to the date of the event. If you have any questions about the event (or if the link does not work), please email us at: indiastudies@csulb.edu

Lecture 2/4/2021: “Generations of South Asians in the US: Generation Z and Competition in the New Millennium” By Shalini Shankar

As South Asian Americans gain unprecedented levels of educational and professional success, their visibility and presence has come under increasing scrutiny and even critique. This talk explores how being a “Tiger Parent” today epitomizes a type of Asian immigrant intensity that may even exceed Amy Chua’s original “Tiger Mother” character. Drawing on research conducted at spelling bees with Generation Z spellers (born 1997-2012), I explore how “Bee Parents” who raise Indian American spelling bee champions leverage their educational training as Asian immigrants and envision their children’s futures in an increasingly competitive youth world.

Shalini Shankar

Shalini Shankar

Shalini Shankar is a Professor of Anthropology and Asian American Studies at Northwestern University. She is the author of three books, including Beeline: What Spelling Bees Reveal about Generation Z’s New Path to Success. She is a cultural and linguistic anthropologist whose ethnographic research focuses on youth, media, language use, race & ethnicity, and Asian diasporas. She is the mother of two Gen Z children.

The lecture and discussion will take place on February 4th, 2021 at 6:00pm on Zoom. If you are interested in attending please click here to RSVP and we will send you a reminder and the Zoom link closer to the date of the event. If you have any questions about the event (or if the link does not work), please email us at: indiastudies@csulb.edu 

“Reporting Against the Machine: Covering the World’s Largest Election,” a Lecture by Raghu Karnad, October 10th, 2019, 5:00-7:00 PM

Please join us for a lecture by Raghu Karnad, Bureau Chief of the Wire.in, on October 10th, from 5:00-7:00 PM, in the Karl Anatol Center on the campus of CSULB.

Raghu Karnad is an author and journalist, and a recipient of a 2019 Windham-Campbell Prize from Yale University. His book, Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War, received the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar in 2016 and was shortlisted for the PEN Hessel-Tiltman History Prize.

He is chief of bureau at theWire.in, a news website he helped to found in 2015. His reporting and essays have been published in the Guardian, Granta, n+1, the New York Times and online at the New Yorker and the Atlantic, and have won several international prizes.

A poster with the details of the event is attached below:

Karnad Poster 2 Fall 2019

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