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March 22, 2007

International Festival speaker to discuss life in India


A visiting professor from India will speak at a series of events as part of the upcoming Purdue International Festival.

Sarada Sreedeviamma will speak at three events on Monday (March 26). She is an associate professor at the Cochin University of Science and Technology in Kerala, India. A clinical psychologist, she lectures widely and has served as a United Nations resource person for the sub-regional consultation on trafficking of women and children in South Asia.

Sreedeviamma became an advocate for these "scarlet daughters" when the United Nations brought this trafficking to light in 1998. She has interviewed hundreds of these women and children and writes and lectures around the world about their plight.

Her lecture schedule will include:

* 9:30-10:20 a.m. and 10:30-11:20 a.m. "Couple and Family Relationships in Indian Society." Lilly Hall, Room 3410. Sreedeviamma will talk with students in two child development and family studies classes about Indian family relationships.

* 11:30 a.m. "Status of Children in India." University Lutheran Church, 100 S. Chauncey Ave. As part of an Asha fundraiser, Sreedeviamma will talk about the educational needs of children of India. Asha is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to promoting literacy among children, particularly the poor and underprivileged, in India. A home-cooked Indian meal will be served. Admission to the event is $7.

* 5:30 p.m. Study Abroad in India. Young Hall, Room 105. Students can learn about study abroad options in India, the world's largest democracy and one of the century's emerging powers. Featured programs will include Child Development and Family Studies Abroad in India and Institute for the International Education of Students, or IES, Delhi. Judith Myers-Walls, associate professor of development studies and Purdue Extension specialist, and Sreedeviamma will lead the discussion. Time for informal questions and answers will be provided.

The Purdue International Festival will take place from March 25 to April 14.

Writer: Christy Jones, (765) 494-1089,

Source: Christopher Klein, publications and marketing coordinator for the Programs for Study Abroad, (765) 494-9866,

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