Upcoming Events

The Department of Liberal Studies 2018 Speaker Series


Dr. Philip Lutgendorf  ~  Chai Why?  The Making of the Indian "National Drink"

 Dr Lutgendorf standing with Monkey on his shoulder
Date: Thursday, April 19th, 2018
Time: 4 pm
Place: CF 115




This illustrated talk details the promotion and spread of tea-drinking in 20th century India. Drawing on both archival and field research, it focuses on the mass popularization of “chai” through innovations in marketing and manufacturing, as well as changes in eating habits and social networks, and gives special emphasis to the role played by advertising and large and small-scale commerce in transmitting the “tea habit” to Indians, both before and after Independence in 1947.


Philip Lutgendorf is Professor of Hindi and Modern Indian Studies and has taught in the University of Iowa’s Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literature since 1985. His book on the performance of the Hindi Ramayana, The Life of a Text (1991) won the A. K. Coomaraswamy Prize of the Association for Asian Studies. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship for research on the popular Hindu deity Hanuman, which appeared as Hanuman’s Tale, The Messages of a Divine Monkey (2007). His interests include epic performance traditions, folklore and popular culture, and mass media. He maintains a website devoted to Hindi popular cinema, a.k.a. “Bollywood” (http://www.uiowa.edu/indiancinema/ ). His research on the cultural history of “chai” was supported by a Fulbright-Hays Senior Overseas Research Fellowship (2010-11). He is presently translating the Ramcharitmanas of Tulsidas, in seven dual-language volumes, for the Murty Classical Library of India (http://www.murtylibrary.com/volumes.php ). He has served, since 2010, as President of the American Institute of Indian Studies (http://www.indiastudies.org/ ).  For more information click here.




Leadership Team Info & Movie Night

Date: Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Time: 5:00 pm to end of movie

Place: Bond Hall 159 (Seminar Room)


We will be watching a film titled "Samsara", which is a non-verbal documentary that "explores the wonders of our world from the mundane to the miraculous".  This film features shots from twenty-five countries and is accompanied by original music composed by Michael Stearns, Lisa Gerrard, and Marcello De Francisci. 


2018 Liberal Studies Alumni Weekend (formerly Back2Bellingham) & Scholars Symposium

Date: Friday, May 18th, 2018
Time: 4:00pm
Place: Bellingham Cruise Terminal, Bellingham