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Bengali Theater and History: Creative Encounters at Notre Dame

Author: Gourab Ghosh

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Dr. Sharmistha Saha gave a talk on October 24, 2017 titled, “Creative Encounters, Artistic Practices and Its Public: Lessons from Colonial India” as part of the Less Commonly Taught Languages (Bengali) program at CSLC. Dr Saha teaches at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in IIT Bombay, one of the premier educational institutes of India. Her presentation discussed how “creative encounters” could create possible political consciousness or interventions in theater and performances. She took examples from Jatra, which is a popular performance form of West Bengal in India (also performed in Bangladesh). She used archival records and texts from colonial Bengal and opened up the discussion to look at performance and spectatorship within our common parlance of performance. The talk was well attended by the students from different departments, and also by the Indian diaspora. The talk was supported by the Liu Institute for Asia & Asian Studies, the GeNDer Studies Program, the Department of Political Science, the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (Performance Analysis Class) and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.

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EAP Workshop: “They Ask ‘How Are You?’ But Then Walk Away”: How to Socialize with Americans

Author: Brandon Cook

Each nation and culture has a unique set of norms, expectations, and natural rhythms when it comes to socializing and making connections with other people. The United States is no different. In this workshop participants recognized and addressed some of the particularities of interpersonal relations and patterns of socialization that international students often find most challenging about U.S. American culture. Participants came away with a better understanding of how to relate to their U.S. American colleagues and Americans in general. The slides and video recording of the workshop are also available here.

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