EFTI (Educators for Teaching India) is pleased to announce that our second annual one-day "Why Teach India" conference is now open for registration. Thanks in large part to suggestions from last year's conference, our subject this year is Caste and Its Controversies. Issues and practices around India's caste system can challenge even the most knowledgeable of teachers. Yet all of us who teach India must, in one way or another, answer questions such as "What is caste?", "What are its origins?", "What form does caste take in contemporary India?", and "What are some of the best ways to teach caste?". Our aim at this conference is to provide some answers to these questions and offer practical tips on how to teach caste in secondary school classrooms.
The conference keynote address will be followed by two break-out sessions and a wrap-up meeting at the end of the day. We are pleased that professor Mridu Rai of Yale University will join us as keynote speaker, to address the general question, "What is caste?" and discuss what caste looks like in India today. Break-out sessions will address more specific issues, such as the origins of caste, and its manifestations in Indian literature and film. Another of our break-out sessions will address the topic of taking students to India for the purposes of cultural tourism or service-learning. Lunch will be provided.
Registration for this year's conference is via our website (www.teachingindia.org), but please send your registration fee through the mail (see the website for specific directions). Our aim again this year has been to keep the registration fee reasonable in order to attract as many participants as possible. The generosity of Phillips Academy, the Winsor School and Harvard's South Asia Initiative has allowed us to keep these registration costs low while providing high quality speakers and facilities.
Brian Didier and Indu Chugani
Indu Chugani, Brian Didier
South Asia Initiative | Harvard University
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