India 50 celebration continues
The Program in South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies is sponsoring a lecture by R. Parthasarathy, director of the Program in Asian Studies, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Parthasarathy will discuss "The Indian Writer and Tradition" at 10 a.m. July 12 in 210 Illini Union. The presentation is part of India 50, a series of events celebrating 50 years of Indian independence.
Lectures in the India 50 series are cosponsored by the Center for Advanced Study, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, International Programs and Studies, the Program in Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security, the Program for the Study of Religion, the Indian Student Association, the Indian Cultural Society of Champaign-Urbana, and the departments of anthropology, comparative literature, history, linguistics and political science.
Chief controversy to be featured on 'P.O.V.' on WILL
A local documentary will air on public television stations across the country this month. The film, produced by Jay Rosenstein, a multimedia producer at the UI who also teaches at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, focuses on the controversy involving Native American symbols used in sports contexts - namely the UI's Chief Illiniwek. Rosenstein submitted the documentary to "P.O.V." (Point of View), which features non-fiction films by independent filmmakers each season on PBS.
"In Whose Honor?," airing at 7 p.m. July 15 on "P.O.V.," tells of the struggles of former UI graduate student Charlene Teters, a Spokane Indian, who maintains that Chief Illiniwek denigrates American Indians.
Immediately following the documentary at 8 p.m., WILL will simulcast a "Talking Point Special" on WILL-Channel 12 and WILL-AM (580). Viewers and listeners may call with questions or comments on the Chief Illiniwek issue. Guests on the program will include Joseph Gone, a Native American graduate student at the UI; Jeff Machoda, a member of a Champaign-Urbana community action group involved in the issue; and Susan Gravenhorst, a member of the UI Board of Trustees.
In addition, viewers can use their own video camera to tape a response (about 30 seconds) for the Talking Back segment on "P.O.V." Viewers who don't have access to a video camera may stop by the WILL-TV studio, 1110 W. Main St., Urbana, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or from 4 to 6 p.m. July 16. Local production staff members will tape video letters during these hours only. "P.O.V." will select some of the video letters for use later in the summer.
Host families needed
Local families are needed this summer to host Japanese college students attending the UI's Intensive English Institute. The students attend three- to four-week sessions between July 26 and Aug. 30. Students live in campus residence halls, but are free to take outings with family hosts to learn more about the American family.
The IEI, a unit of the Division of English as an International Language, also has programs year-round for international students. For information, contact Anna Kasten at 333-6598 or 244-6573, or firstname.lastname@example.org.