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INTERNATIONAL HINDI CONFERENCE

APRIL 3-5, 2015
AGENDA
Theme: The Expanding World of Hindi: Possibilities and Challenges

FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 5-8PM: REGISTRATION AND INAUGURATION

5:00 - 6:00 PM
Registration

6:00 - 7:00 PM
Introduction and Welcome Conducted by Dr. Manoj Kumar Mahapatr, DCG, Consulate General of India, New York

Welcome remarks: Rutgers University South Asian Program Director Asher Ghetner and AMESALL Chairman (introduction by Prof Shaheen Parveen)
Hindi Sangam ORGANIZING COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVES; (Introduction by Ashok Ojha, Dr. Naveen Mehta, Dr. P. Jayaraman and Deepak Dave)

GUEST SPEAKERS
1. Inauguration: TBD
2. Chief Guests: (PROPOSED) Shatrughan Sinha, Member, Lok Sabha, Former Minister, Govt of India; Hrivansh, Member Rajya Sabha, Dr. KK. Goyanka, and KL Verma (presentation of bouquet), NJ ASSEMBLYMAN RAJ MUKHERJEE, Ex NJ Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula,
3. Guest of Honor: Ambassador Dnyaneshwar Mulay,
Guest of Honor: Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr.;
Other speakers: Assemblyman Raj Mukherjee and Ex Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula

VENUE: VAN DYCK HALL, College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ
7:00 - 8:00 PM

Cultural Presentations followed by Reception/Dinner


SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 9-5 PM

9:00 - 10:30 AM
Plenary Session: The Expanding World of Hindi: Possibilities and Challenges

Focus Area: Hindi in Higher Education
Prof. Gabriela Nik Ilieva, New York University, NY, introduces the theme, topic and speakers from USA and India.

Key-note speeches:
Dr. Mary Curran, Associate Dean, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers: Promotion of Hindi Teaching: A Local-Global Partnership
Dr. Mahendra Verma, York University, UK (Teaching of Hindi: Global & Local Perspectives)
Prof. Keshri Lal Verma, Chairman, Commission for Scientific & Technical Terminology & Director, Central Hindi Directorate (Hindi in Higher Education: Official perspective from India)


10:30 - 10:45 AM
Tea Break


10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Open Session-1

Language for Professional Purposes: Business, Health, Banking :

Chairperson and Main speaker: Dr. Surendra Gambhir, Univ of Penn (Business Communication in India).

Other Speakers:
2. Anand Dwivedi and Haimanti Banerjee with students from Lauder School of Business, UPenn
3. Ashok Garg (CEO, Bank of Baroda, US Operations): Hindi in Banking Sector: Possibilities and Challenges


12:15 - 1:30 PM
Lunch

1:30 - 3:00 PM
Round Table-1
TECHNOLOGY AND HINDI
Chair: Rajni Bhargava, Director, Hindi STARTALK Program, West Windsor, NJ

Speakers:
1. Prakash Hindustani, Journalist and Blogger, India
2. Dr. Rekha sethi and HarshBala Sharma, IP College, Delhi (Communicative Language Teaching Methodology)

Round Table-2:
HINDI IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Chair: Dr. Rakesh Ranjan, Columbia University

Speakers:
1. Dr. Mohan, Central Hindi Institute, Agra: Production of Teaching Material in India.
2. Dr. Warsi
3. Nilakshi Phukan: Pedagogical implications of using audio-video materials to model quasi real life communication and to engage students in interactive activities at different ACTFL levels


3:00 - 3:15PM
Tea Break


3:15 - 4:45 PM
Round Table-3
State of Contemporary Literature

Chair: Dr. Susham Bedi, Columbia University

Speakers:
1. Dr. Kamal Kishor Goyanaka, Vice President, Central Hindi Institute, Delhi
2. Anil Prabha
3. Dr. Shailaja Saxena;
4. Dr. Navin Mehta;
5. Anup Bhargava

Round Table-4
The National Standards For Learning Hindi: Theory and Application
Chair: Dr. Vijay Gambhir

Speakers:
1. Dr. Vijay Gambhir
2. Dr. Sungok Hong, UMN
3. Dr. Shaheen Parveen, Rutgers University


5:00 - 5:30 PM
Why am I Learning Hindi: Debate Pro and Against by High School Students. Moderated by a Rutgers Volunteer

Creative Writing Competition Results and Prize Distribution by Consul General.
Moderator: Sushma Malhotra, New York Board of Education, NY


5:30 - 6:00 PM
Tea Break


6:00 - 9:00 PM
Kavi Sammelan Conducted by: Dr. Bijoya Mehta and Bindu Agarwal (NYU) 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Dinner: 8:00 - 9:00 PM

NOTE: Venue must be vacated by 9 PM

SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 9-12PM

9:00 - 10:30 AM
Open Session-1
Where Do We Go From Here: Hindi Center; From Concept to Reality
Topic introduction and moderation by Ashok Ojha,

Main Speakers:
1. Ved Chaudhury
2. Dr. Navin Mehta
3. Dr. L P Yarlagadda, Member, Hindi Samiti, India
4. Upendra Chivukula, ex-NJAssemblyman
5. Dr. Surendra Gambhir

Concluding Remarks: Consul General Dnyaneshwar Mulay


10:30 - 10:45 AM
Tea Break


10:45 -12:15 PM
Round Table 4
Hindi Learning in US Schools: Innovative Approaches
Chair: Sushma Malhotra, NY

Presenters:
1. Vidya Nahar, Chicago
2. Madhu Agarwal, CA
3. Neelam Mishra, NJ

Round Table 5
Hindi Learning in Community Setting: Role of STARTALK

Chair:
1. YHS 2. Educators Society 3. Sushma Kumar
2. Archana Kumar/ Ruchita Singh, Hindi USA
3. Purnima Desa


12:30 - 1:30 PM
Concluding Session and Recommendations of the Conference


1:30 - 3:30 PM
Kahani Manch Workshop

Chairs: Dr. Susham Bedi, Columbia University and Seema Khurana, Yale University
STARTALK Workshop


A reading and talk by Rohini Mohan on her new book on the aftermath of Sri Lanka's Civil War. October 29th, 4:30pm, Graduate Student Lounge, 126 College Ave, Rutgers University, New Brunswick.

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Home Life vs. Home Rule: The Embrace of the Secular in Non-Brahmin Political Theory
A Talk by Dr. Matthew H. Baxter
Friday, October 24, 4:30pm
202AB, Livingston Student Center, 61 Joyce Kilmer Ave, Piscataway, NJ

Non-Brahmins in late colonial India were concerned that Gandhian self-rule would extend, rather than erase, forms of hierarchy they associated with "Brahminism." The "secular" seemed to offer an instrument to oppose such Brahminism, yet the multiple ways in which "secular" was translated into Tamil by Non-Brahmins reveal levels of political theorizing far beyond simple opposition. This presentation looks at two such translations. I argue that the more common (cultivating scientific reason) was also the most fraught, while the less common (refiguring home life) better captured the goal of Non-Brahmin political theory: self-respect.

Dr. Matthew H. Baxter received his PhD from the Department of Political Science at UC Berkeley in 2013 with a dissertation titled For SubContinental Political Theory: On the Non-Brahmin Self-Respect Critique of Gandhian Self-Rule. He works on questions of comparative political theory, with a particular focus on engagements between Tamil-speaking South India and the wider world as they relate to opportunities for or obstacles to liberation. He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers.

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