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The mission of the Mattoo Center for India Studies is to promote a better appreciation of Indian thought, culture, civilization and contemporary issues by developing expertise and resources for studying India for the benefit of the University and the community. The Center aims to give Indian thought and culture its rightful place in schools, universities, public libraries, museums, media, and civic forums.

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From the Director

Dear Friends of the Center,

I hope you and your loved ones have been safe and well in the months we have been apart because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Since the shutdown began in March, we have all had to instantly master new ways to teach and learn, to conduct daily business, and to interact with one another.  These have been painful lessons, but the pain has been tempered by the kindness and caring of our community.

 As I write this message, Stony Brook University and the Mattoo Center for India Studies are preparing for a largely “remote” fall semester.

Fall Semester at the Center

 In preparing for the fall semester, we have been focusing on how best to connect with you.  While we will be severely limited in live encounters, our plans will include an array of remote and online events: lectures, panels, discussions and entertainment to bring us together in the pleasure of learning.  We cannot hold our annual Diwali celebration at the Wang Center, but we promise to find a way to celebrate with you.

 The Center will be open on a limited basis within the university’s safety guidelines, including social distancing, frequent hand washing and the wearing of face coverings.  We will not be able to host classes or allow study groups to gather, but we will make every effort to allow safe and timely access to our library and other resources.  The updated library catalog is available online.  We will institute a limited borrowing program so that students and faculty can have access to the Center’s books.

Center hours

Monday, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Wednesday, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

We ask that you call or email before you come:

Phone: 631-632-9742

Email: Frances.kelley@stonybrook.edu OR indiastudies@stonybrook.edu

For everyone’s health and safety, we will try to conduct most business by email, phone or Zoom. We will make every effort to answer emails the day they are received and promise to respond within 48 hours.

 We will begin to roll out our fall plans next month, but meanwhile, we would love to hear from you about what would be welcome or helpful to you in coming months. Please write to us at indiastudies@stonybrook.edu. If you are not already on our mailing list, please join today to stay informed of our developing plans.

Facing the challenges of these times, I have been focusing on questions of learning. Most urgently, I’ve learned to use technology to conduct classes and interact with students and colleagues. And I’ve learned the downside of physical distancing – missing both planned and chance encounters with students and colleagues on campus, missing social gatherings and face-to-face conversations. But I am grateful for the opportunities we do have, and I am sure we find ways to convert challenge into opportunities. I welcome your input and suggestions.

Wishing you a safe and productive semester,

Cordially,

S.N. Sridhar

Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 



 

Upcoming Events

Prof. Sridhar's talk to celebrate India's Teacher's Day, September 4, 2020, organized by the Consulate General of India, New York.

To view the video, click here.

Mattoo Center for India Studies Reopens

The Mattoo Center will be open on a limited basis within university safety guidelines.

Center hours for Fall 2020

Monday, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Wednesday, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Hours may vary.

Please call or email before you come:

Phone: 631-632-9742

Email: Frances.kelley@stonybrook.edu OR indiastudies@stonybrook.edu

In the interests of health and safety, we will conduct most business by email, phone, or Zoom. We will make every effort to answer emails the day they are received and will respond to all messages within 48 hours. We will offer safe and timely access to our library and other resources.