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Lecture series go ‘Beyond Bollywood’

VANCOUVER – Washington State University Vancouver announces the Fall 2006 Honors Lecture Series, “Beyond Bollywood: Social Films, Transnational Directors, Indian Scenarios,” talks on films from and about India.

All discussions will be 7 to 9 p.m. in the WSU Vancouver Multimedia Classroom building, Room 6. These events are free and open to the public.

Sept. 7
Pavithra Narayanan, assistant professor, WSU Vancouver, presents “A Reflection in the Water: Confronting Gender and Political Issues of India Through Cinema,” a discussion of Deepa Mehta’s film “Water.”

Sept. 21
Jigna Desai, assistant professor, University of Minnesota, presents “From Blackpool to Bollywood: British Asian Feminism in Bhaji on the Beach,” a discussion of Gurinder Chadha’s film “Bhaji on the Beach.”

Oct. 5
Kumi Silva, assistant professor, Northeastern University, Boston, presents, “Four Days, Five Stories: Monsoon Wedding and the Mythos of a ‘New’India,” a discussion of Mira Nair’s film “Monsoon Wedding.”

Oct. 19
Jon Hegglund, assistant professor, Washington State University, Pullman, presents, “The Stain of Race, the Bleach of Englishness, the Fabric Softener of Sexuality,” a discussion of Hanif Kureishi’s film “My Beautiful Laundrette.”

Nov. 2
Sangita Gopal, assistant professor, University of Oregon, presents, “Communal Love: Erotics and Politics in Recent Indian Cinema,” a discussion of Aparna Sen’s film “Mr. & Mrs. Iyer.”

WSU Vancouver offers 14 bachelor’s and nine master’s degrees in more than 35 fields of study. The campus is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave., east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205.

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