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Fulbright Senior Scholar to discuss Hispanics in India

Rajiv Saxena, a Fulbright Senior Scholar, will deliver, "The Growth and Challenges of Hispanic Studies in India," at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in Bentley Hall 129.

During the talk, he will discuss the challenges of studying a culture not native to a particular country. 

Saxena is an assistant professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. He also is the 2010 Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of California, Davis and Harvard University.

"Lectures such as this bring together nationalities that one wouldn't think are connected," said Brian Bridges, Ohio University vice provost for diversity, access and equity. "Hispanics in India isn't a topic you would normally consider," Bridges said. "But lectures such
as this illustrate the importance of understanding the shrinking nature of the world, as well the interconnectedness and interdependence of one culture on the other."

Saxena's lecture could also increase the number of study abroad programs offered at Ohio University. 

"It's a wonderful opportunity that could open up doors for future exchange programs," said Emilia Marks, a professor in the Ohio University Department of Modern Languages. "It will help us explore new ways of collaboration between the two institutions."

Marks, an associate professor of Spanish, is one of Saxena's primary contacts at the University.

"Students aren't aware of how wide open and accessible our world is, and the connections we can make with other countries," Marks said. "It's now possible for us to have a learning experience with countries across the world, regardless of geographic restrictions."

Bridges said the lecture will help develop students as world citizens.

"It helps us open our minds to accepting existing cultures in places not normally seen," Bridges said. "It helps us broaden our horizons and overturn preconceived notions."

The free lecture is sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program, the Center for International Studies, the Department of Modern Languages, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Office of Diversity, Access, and Equity.