On Friday, March 2 at 4 p.m. in GDH 303, Indira S. Somani, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at Washington and Lee University and ’92 Knox alum, will speak about her recent research in India that explores a “dual frame of reference” or “dual identity” among specific cohorts of the Asian Indian diaspora. Somani’s research indicates that both American and Indian television programs play a role in shaping this cohort’s identity. Asian Indians identify with Indian traditional values, language and characters in the programs, but they also reject some of the common threads developed in the Indian entertainment and news programs. Somani’s research in India, funded by a Fulbright-Nehru fellowship, allowed her to conduct interviews with various writers, producers and news executives in the entertainment and news industry to understand the changing face of India’s media.
Robert Hellenga (George Appleton Lawrence Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of English) will present a paper on the South Midland Dialect at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference and Bookfair in Chicago Feb. 29-March 3. A book signing will be held.