October 15th and 16th
Tuesday October 15th
Katherine Boo Discusses Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Theater Coffman Memorial Union
Esther Freier Lecturer in Literature Katherine Boo will discuss her book Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (Random House), which won the 2012 National Book Award for nonfiction. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Boo spent three years researching in the Annawadi slum, outside Mumbai's International Airport. She found residents trying to raise families and move past a survival existence to some more secure place: her book recounts their struggles with rich characterizations and vivid detail. "Comparison to Dickens is not unwarranted," according to The New York Times' Janet Maslin. Presented by the Department of English and the Esther Freier Lectures in Literature.
Free and open to the public. A book signing and reception will follow the talk. Copies of Boo's book will be available for purchase.
Wednesday October 16th
Nasser Hussain Lecture on "Colonial War and Modernity"
710 Social Sciences, 267 19th Avenue S, Minneapolis
The term colonial war, in fact, entails some of the signal strategies of modern conflict and violence: racialized surveillance, winning hearts and minds, strategic aerial bombing. In the colonies there existed no clear demarcations between wartime and peacetime and between the control of populations and the destruction of enemies. This lecture will begin to explicate these themes by looking at the space of the camp and early programs of "humanitarian" air war.
Nasser Hussain is Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College
First of the South Asia Lecture Series for Fall 2013
Wednesday October 16th
Event with Indian Food Movement Leader Sheelu Francis
Bell Museum of Natural History, 10 Church St SE Minneapolis
The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and the Bell Museum of Natural History invite you to a World Food Day event featuring Sheelu Francis of the Tamil Nadu Women's Collective, honoree at the 2013 Food Sovereignty Prize.
The Tamil Nadu Women's Collective in southern India has organized over 100,000 marginalized women, many in unofficial worker unions or small collective farms, to strengthen their food sovereignty and thus their broader power. In addition to organizing locally and nationally on issues from their own families' food security to land rights to opposition to genetically modified seeds, the collective he encourages cultivation of native millet varieties--the hardy traditional grain is nutritious, drought-resistant and easier to grow in the region than wheat or rice. Our guest, Sheelu Francis, is the president of the collective and will be honored at the Food Sovereignty award ceremony on behalf of the collective in New York on October 15, 2013.
The United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) created World Food Day in 1979 to bring attention to the profound issues of hunger and malnutrition in the world. As the conditions that fuel hunger intensify, it is more vital than ever to find creative and constructive ways to engage people everywhere on the challenges of feeding and nourishing a world population of 7 billion in ways that are fair, sustainable, healthy and environmentally sound.
Event supported by IATP, the Bell Museum of Natural History, India Association of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota's Institute for Global Studies to celebrate World Food Day.