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India: The World's Next Superpower

Fall 2013 Program


Join some of Canada's most respected experts for:

•Six evening lectures

•Six episodes of the BBC documentary "The Story of India"

•Five morning seminars

•A Feast of Food and Film


India is home to 1.2 billion people, 23 official languages, and all the world's major religions.


Today it is emerging as the world's fastest growing free-market democracy.


Its artists, writers, and filmmakers are taking their rightful place in the world.


How do we understand this land of astonishing diversity and entrepreneurial energy?


"The most important country for the future of the world"

 E.P. Thompson, British historian


Six lectures

 Thursday evenings at the Columbus Community Centre, Cobourg

 7:30–9:30 pm, October 24–November 28, 2013


Six films before the lectures

 "The Story of India" – a dazzling six-hour documentary from PBS and BBC

 Thursday evenings at the Columbus Community Centre, Cobourg

 6:00–7:00 pm, October 24–November 28, 2013


Five seminars

 Friday mornings at the Port Hope Public Library

 9:00–11:00 am, October 25–November 22, 2013


A feast of food and film

 Sunday, November 3 at the Capitol Theatre, Port Hope

 12:30–4:30 pm


Lectures and Seminars:


Thursday, October 24

Why India matters – Kasi Rao, Vice-President Asia Pacific Foundation


Friday, October 25 (seminar)

Moving the Canada-India relationship from Why? to How? – Kasi Rao


Thursday, October 31

Bazaar practices – Ritu Birla, Director, Centre for South Asian Studies at the University of Toronto


Friday, November 1 (seminar)

The Meaning of Yoga – Ram Murty, Head, Department of mathematics and statistics, Queen's University


Thursday, November 7

Rival visions – Joseph Wong, Director, Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto


Friday, November 8 (seminar)

Indian Music and Dance: A new ancient tradition – Margaret Walker, Director, School of Music, Queen's University


Thursday, November 14

Four millennia, four religions – Mathieu Boisvert, Professor, Département de sciences des religions, Université du Québec à Montreal


Friday, November 15 (seminar)

South Asian Political Conflicts and Religion – Mathieu Boisvert


Thursday, November 21

Culture of innovation – Dilip Soman, Professor of marketing at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto


Friday, November 22 (seminar)

Modern Indian prose and poetry – Shobna Nijhawan, Associate professor in the department of languages, literatures and linguistics, York University


Thursday, November 28

Art and patronage in India – Stephen Inglis, Curator, Maharajah exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario


Six "Story of India" films before the lectures

Beginnings October 24

The Power of Ideas October 31

Spice Routes and Silk Roads November 7

Ages of Gold November 14

The Meeting of Two Oceans November 21

Freedom and Liberation November 28


A feast of food and film

Sunday, November 3

The food – a sumptuous 3-course luncheon prepared by Meena Mohammed, host of Cobourg's Northumberland Heights Inn


The film – "Three Idiots," a comedy-drama that is the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time, introduced by Ken Prue, owner of Northumberland Mall Theatres.


Each lecture includes a presentation by the speaker, an opportunity to ask questions, and refreshments. Held from 7:30pm to approximately 9:30pm at the Columbus Community Centre, 232 Spencer Street East, Cobourg (north of King Street E., just west of D'Arcy Street).


Each seminar includes a discussion led by the speaker, and refreshments. Held from 9:00am to 11:00am in the Program Room at the Port Hope Public Library, 31 Queen Street, Port Hope.