India Studies Events

India Studies Lecture

The India Studies Distinguished Lecture is an annual CSAMES event. The India Studies Lecture is part of the larger goal of expanding Indian Studies at the University of Illinois with additional course offerings and faculty appointments, through the India Studies Fund, which is made possible by the generous contributions of donors in the community. If you would like to be a part of this goal, please visit our giving page.

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Muhammad Yunus: "Social Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century"

Monday, March 1, 2010 • 7pm • Foellinger Auditorium

Muhammad Yunus received the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for his pioneering concept of banking without collateral for the poorest of the poor along with Grameen Bank, which he founded in 1983, to offer small loans for self-employment for the rural poor, especially poor women. Bob Easter, the interim chancellor at Illinois, presented the University’s Presidential Award and Medallion to Yunus. The award and medallion is given to recognize those who "support and bring distinction to the university in profound ways." The presentation ceremony began at 7 p.m. at Foellinger, 709 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana. Yunus spoke after the ceremony and took audience questions after his remarks.

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India 60

November 2-3, 2007 • 210 Illini Union

2007 marked the 60th anniversary of India's independence. As India reflected on its past, it was also left to consider a future marked with a burgeoning population and critical questions about nutrition and water quality, technology, its cultural heritage, and its national security. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was honored to embrace and examine these critical issues in India and around the world. With its extensive record of partnership and engagement with the people of India, Illinois was proud to host India Sixty: The Critical Questions, a symposium designed to look at solutions to India's future challenges, on Nov. 2-3, 2007. Along with faculty experts and researchers from Illinois, authorities and dignitaries from around the U.S. and India convened in six panel discussions looking at these issues.

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