South Asian Forum aspires to provide a forum for students, faculty and staff, and surrounding community to discuss South Asian contours in the global context.
Given the recent changes in the geo-politics in the world and the important role of South Asia in it, it is critical that as a community we raise our awareness about the region. Towards that goal, we would like to hold a series of seminars and panel discussions on the campus relating to South Asia. These seminars will aim to inform, educate and engage students and Lesley community on issues that are surrounding South Asia.
Some of the topics that we have identified as themes for our seminars are:
One of our activities will focus on various cultural activities on the campus. Movies or short film has shown that they can capture issues and has been used as educational tools. We intend to hold two or three "movie nights" throughout the year. The selection of movie could be based on certain issues or aspect around the region. The movie would be followed by a discussion involving students on the content of the movie and the learning experience. Faculty or student will moderate the discussion.
Student Study Abroad
A three-week study abroad experience in South Asia. This will include a week in each country: Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. Students will be exposed to the culture and traditions of the region. Possible topics of study might include a comparative study of themes under religion, culture, education, art or youth citizenship in the three countries; for e.g. the practice of Islam in the three countries; similarities and differences, what does youth civic engagement look like in the three countries, science education, etc.
Exchanges and Collaborations with Universities
Opportunities of having faculty exchanges for a semester of teaching in related fields, between Lesley University and Universities in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. This will open the way for collaborative research and writing.
Open House Events
Possible Open Houses for the different programs as Lesley in the three countries.
South Asian Forum
South Asia at a Glance