Global Insights program discusses Indian culture

Published: March 10, 2016

AQUINAS PHOTO / MICHAEL MAZZUCA / PRESENTERS SAGAR Gupta, Balavignesh Balaji and Ashly Augustine discussed different aspects of Indian life that responded to stereotypes.

AQUINAS PHOTO / MICHAEL MAZZUCA / PRESENTERS SAGAR Gupta, Balavignesh Balaji and Ashly Augustine discussed different aspects of Indian life that responded to stereotypes.

MICHAEL MAZZUCA
Staff Writer

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services coordinated the second Global Insights program of the academic year on Tuesday morning in Leahy Hall. Three speakers from India described Indian culture to attendees who munched on Indian cuisine.

The event began at 11:30 a.m., and speakers were introduced by Director of International Student and Scholar Services Huey Shi Chew after 15 minutes.

Foods included different kinds of rice and meat and a form of coconut water was served with it.

Chew was pleased to see a larger audience than the inaugural Global Insights presentation on the fourth floor of DeNaples Center. She said more people knew about the program this spring.

Chew also said “students are more aware of (Indian) culture than other cultures” because of comical media. Junior Bejay Chakrabarty attended Tuesday’s event.He is aware that an Indian Cultural Association used to exist on campus and wants it to return. He is of Indian descent, and often enjoys the various events on campus.

“Each person was passionate about what they had to say and chose to speak about” Chakrabarty said. “Today’s event was a great event.”

The presenters divided their presentation into holidays, festivals, Indian cultural stories and Indian statistics and facts.

The second speaker talked about the Indian flag. He said the three colors, blue spokes in the middle of the flag and the blue circle are meant to symbolize the cultural idea that “together we are one.”

Junior Zackary Tamimi learned a lot more about India’s culture.

“I am looking forward to next year,” Tamimi said.

Chew said she was grateful The University community is interested in learning more through the Global Insights program.

“My vision is that this will grow and grow and be part of The University of Scranton Culture. People will (say) ‘okay, once a month, I can visit another country without leaving campus.’”

Contact the writer: michael.mazzuca@scranton.edu

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