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The Center for India Studies was the prinicipal advisor for the hour long documentary, "The Asian Indians in America" produced by Roman Brygeder for WLIW TV on Long Island and broadcast in all the major markets nationwide in 2004.

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Outreach Programs

In addition to teaching and research, a major thrust of the Center is Outreach. The Center conducts educational programs on India at the invitation of educational, cultural, and civic institutions, a selection of which is given below. The host institutions include colleges and universities, schools and school districts, museums and public libraries, ethnic cultural organizations, multi-faith centers, business and civic groups. The Center also has an “In-Reach” program, which assists campus in their India-related initiatives. We also teach non-credit courses open to the public on campus.

The Center provides an extensive range of services tailored to specific needs of institutions all over the New York metropolitan area and the United States. These services include, for example, language proficiency testing and placement for South Asian immigrant children in the region’s school districts; referrals to South Asian language interpreters for county and state government agencies, such as law courts, school boards, and social service agencies; referral of India experts for the media; briefing sessions for state and federal policy makers on India-related legislation and for candidates to state and national office; and assisting individuals with their informational needs about India.

In order to create a better awareness of the historical and contemporary significance of India in world affairs, the Center works closely with many academic and student services units on campus to promote India-related initiatives. This cooperation ranges from co-sponsorship (including financial assistance) assistance in planning and program design, identifying resource persons, and providing publicity. The following is a selected list of campus units with which the Center has co-sponsored programs, activities, and events:

2012: An Interactive Conversation on Kannada Culture

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AID (Aid India’s Development)
Center for Excellence & Innovation in Education
Charles B. Wang Center
Club India (Undergraduate Student Organization)
Club OM
Dean of Students Affairs
Department of Africana Studies
Department of Anthropology
Department of Asian & Asian American Studies
Department of Comparative Studies
Department of English
Department of Economics
Department of Linguistics
Department of Music
Department of Theater Arts
Department of Women’s Studies
Graduate School
Humanities Institute
Hillel Foundation for Jewish Life

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Indian Catholic Students Organization
Indian Graduate Students’ Organization
Interfaith Center
Office of International Academic Programs
Office of the Provost
Office of the President
South Asian Students Association (SASA)
Staller Center for Performing Arts
Technology Incubator
University Art Gallery
University Counseling Center
Project SAATHI: A web-based service to assist incoming students from India

Non-Credit Courses for the Community

Past Years:

Appreciating Indian Classical Music
Wellness: Best of East & West
Discovering India: a Children’s Odyssey

Beginning Sanskrit

Seminars at Universities & Colleges in the U.S. and in India

American Institute of Indian Studies, New Delhi
City University of New York Graduate Center
Columbia University Center for Bioethics
Columbia University Teachers College
Florida International University, Miami
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Hofstra University, Long Island
Hunter College, New York
Kingsboro Community College, Brooklyn
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
Molloy College, Rockville Center
Nassau Community College
New Horizin Educational Institution, Bangalore
New York University, New York
Queens College, New York
Rutgers University, New Jersey
Suffolk Community College
Surana College, Bangalore
Tuoro Law College, Huntington
University of Georgia at Athens
University of Houston, Houston,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
University of Pennsylvania
Yale University

Assistance to National and International Institutions

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American Institute of Indian Studies, Chicago and Delhi
American Library Association Annual Convention, New Orleans
American Museum of Natural History, New York
ENCARTA Dictionary and CD ROM (Bloomsbury, London and Microsoft)
New Horizon Educational Institution, Bangalore
Queens Historical Society, Queens
Shastri Institute of Indo-Canadian Studies, Vancouver, B.C.
South Asia Forum of Southern California, Los Angeles
World Millennium Kannada Conference, Houston

“An Afternoon of Indian Culture” Malloy College, Rockville Center, October 15, 2004
Talks on India’s contribution to World Culture by KKS, Classical and folk dance performances by Stony Brook students, Mehendi paintings, calligraphy and scripts of regional languages and Indian cuisine. Over 100 persons, including faculty, students, and general public attended.

Regional, Community and Civic Institutions
Arya Samaj, Queens
Asian American Higher Education Council (CUNY), New York
Association of Indians in America
Auburn Theological Seminary, Manhattan
Bhoomika (Kannada Literary and Theatre group), Maryland
Brookhaven National Laboratory India Association
Brooklyn Hospital, Brooklyn
City Hall, New York
Girl Scouts of Nassau County, Inc.
Indian American Intellectual Forum
India Association of Long Island
India Society at Stony Brook
Interfaith Center, New York, Manhattan and Chappaqua
Kannada Koota, New York, Inc.
Long Island Museum of Art, Stony Brook
NET-IP (Network of Indian Professionals
New Community Cinema, Huntington
Port Jefferson Documentary Series, 2010
Newsday Community Forum
RBC Radio Talk Series (10 weeks)                                                                                                                               Rotary Club of Babylon: ""Why Americans need to know about India" a talk by Prof. Sridhar

Prof. Sridhar at the Rotary Club of Babylon 2012 (L to Rotary Club President Kathy Moore, Dr Krishna Gujavarty, and Prof. S.N. Sridhar)

(Photo: October 17, 2012. L to R:  Club President Kathy Moor, Dr Krishna Gujavarty, and Prof. S.N. Sridhar) 

Shanti Fund, Long Island
Stony Brook Hadassah Unitarian Church, Stony Brook
Town of Huntington, Cultural Diversity Day
Westchester County India Day Celebration
Town of Hempstead, India Republic Day Celebration

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Seminars at Public Libraries
A number of slide and lecture presentations on topics such as, “India’s Contribution to World Civilization,” “Indian Children in American Schools,” “Teaching India in Public Schools,” “Sanskrit,” “India’s Pioneering Research on Language and Linguistics,” “Indian Languages in the U.S.,” “Science in India” and others have been given at numerous public libraries all over the New York metropolitan area, including, to name a few,

New York City Public Library
(Branches in Queens, Brooklyn)
Emma Clark Library, Setauket
Queensborough Public Library
Peninsula Public Library
Hewlitt Woodmere Public Library
Shoreham/Wading River Library

Seminars and Workshops at Schools, School Districts and Professional Forums
Workshops for teachers, teacher trainers, and administrators on the Language and Cultural Background of South Asian children

Nassau BOCES (about 30 projects)
Suffolk BOCES
New York City Board of Education
New York State TESOL Convention
Cedarhurst School District
East Northport School District

Outreach School Visit

Farmingville School District
Herrick School District
Hicksville Public Schools
Levitttown School District
Long Beach School District
Manhasset Junior High School
Merrick School District
Minneola Middle School
Patchogue School District
Port Jefferson School District
Ridge School District
Ross School, East Hampton, NY
Riverhead School District
Sachem School District
Sea Cliff School District
Searington School District
Shoreham-Wading River School District
Three Village School District
Valley Stream School District
Ward Melville High School
West Islip School District
Wyandanch School District

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Evaluation of Immigrant Language Proficiency and Language Programs of Institutions
The Center faculty assist schools and school districts in evaluating the language proficiency of incoming immigrant children from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Guyana, Trinidad, Fiji, and other countries, to ensure proper placement in schools.
Cedarhurst School District
Brooklyn School District
Hewlitt School District
Herricks High School, New Hyde Park
Levittown School District
Long Beach School District
Patchogue School District
Port Jefferson School District
Royal Society of Arts, Cambridge Certificate Course in TEFL, Manhattan
Ridge School District
Riverhead School District
Sea cliff School District
Searingtown School District
Shoreham-Wading River School District
Suffolk County Community College, Selden
Supreme Evaluations, Inc., Brooklyn
Three Village School District
Ward Melville High School
West Islip School District
WordNet, Boston
Wyandanch School District

Language Proficiency Tests for Stony Brook Students
The Center faculty members have also administered Foreign Language Proficiency Tests in Hindi,Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada to hundreds of Stony Brook students, graduate and undergraduate.

Workshops for Technology & Business Groups
Symposium on Doing business with India, co-sponsored with Long Island Import Export Council and the Consulate of India, New York Tech India Expo on Business Liaisons with India, co-sponsored with Long Island ListNet

Workshop on Indian Business Etiquette, Hawthorne, NY TN


South Asian Languages Translation and Interpretation Referral Service to Courts and Other Civic Bodies
The Center frequently assists from law courts and other civic bodies in finding suitable translators and interpreters of South Asian Languages, including Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali, Sinhala, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Marathi, and other languages.

Natural Disaster Relief Efforts
Gujarat Earthquake Victims Relief
Asian Tsunami Victims Relief
Hurricatae Katarina Victims Relief

Assistance to Media Organizations
The Center has assisted numerous media organizations in their reporting and analysis of India and Indian Americans, including, among many others, the following.

BBC, London
National Geographic
New Yorker
The Atlantic Monthly
Entertainment Weekly

References to the Center in the Media.

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New York Times                                                                                                                                                          The Times of India, Bombay                                                                                                                                        Sao Paulo Times                                                                                                                                                          Newsday

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PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly                                                                                                                             Sahara TV, Mumbai                                                                                                                                                                           Z TV, Bombay                                                                                                                                                           Vision of Asia TV/ITV                                                                                                                                                   Eye on Asia TV

ITV Interview with Prasad, Nusrat, Ashu, and Sridhar

News 12 Long Island                                                                                                                                            
CableVision TV, Long Island                                                                                                                                      India Abroad                                                                                                                                                                   News India-Times                                                                                                                                                      India Journal
India Post
India Tribune
India West
Indian Express Reporter
NRI India
India Monitor, New York
Hinduism Today 
RBC Radio 
Silicon India
The Village Times
RBC Radio, New York
Three Village Herald                                                                                                                                            Happenings, Stony Brook
Statesman                                                                                                                                                          Taranga (Bangalore)                                                                                                                                              Mayura (Bangalore)                                                                                                                                                  Vijaya E-Times

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Winter 2016


The Inaugural Rajesh & Sonali Kakani Distinguished Lecture

“Why Philosophy Must Go Global”


  Professor Jonardon Ganeri    Global Network Professor   Washington Square Fellow

New York University

Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 4PM  Charles B. Wang Center    

 Lecture Hall 2


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March 9, 2016






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