Postponed: Conference of the Islamic Council

Postponed: Conference of the Islamic Council of New England at UMass Dartmouth on October 6 Due to the tragic events of September 11 in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania and to security concerns, The17th Annual Conference of the Islamic Council of New England will postpone its October 6 conference at UMass Dartmouth. The theme of the event is "Guiding Light: Defining the Future of Our Children as Muslim Youth in Western Societies." A new date has not been established.

September 25, 2001 

Postponed: Conference of the Islamic Council of New England at UMass Dartmouth on October 6 

Due to the tragic events of September 11 in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania and to security concerns, The17th Annual Conference of the Islamic Council of New England will postpone its October 6 conference at UMass Dartmouth. The theme of the event is Guiding Light: Defining the Future of Our Children as Muslim Youth in Western Societies. A new date has not been established. 

Scheduled, new location: Center for Indic Studies at UMass Dartmouth inaugural Oct 1 and 6, commemorating the birth of Mahatma Gandhi 

The formal inauguration of the Center for Indic Studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth will be held October 6 to coincide with the week of Mahatma Gandhi's 132nd birth anniversary on October 2. 

A seminar presentation by Professor Makarand Paranjape of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, on Altered Desti/Nations: Mahatma Gandhi and Postcolonial Cultures will precede the inauguration on October 1 from 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. in the UMass Dartmouth Library Browsing Area ( Parking Lot - 13) 

Dr. Paranjape, author of several books both in poetry and fiction, will cover issues pertaining to modernity, globalization, and postcolonial cultures by suggesting that Gandhian ideas of 
non-violence, satyagraha (truth force), and swaraj (self rule) are an alternate paradigm of human rationality and action. 

The formal inauguration program will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 6, in the Main Auditorium. Admission is free and includes lunch and dinner. For further information, telephone 508-910-6630. 

At the inauguration, UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack will welcome the students, faculty, and community members, followed by traditional lighting of lamp by Yogi Satyam, who will also give the Benedictory address. The Consul General of India, Mrs. Shashi Tripathy, will speak on behalf of the Indian government, and the keynote speaker will Dr. David Frawley, an Indologist. 

After lunch, there will be a slide show by Robert Arnett, author of India Unveiled at 2:30 p.m., followed by a panel discussion on How Indic Traditions of Pluralism and Tolerance Can Help Reduce Global Conflicts and Violence 

The evening session will begin with a talk by Pandita Indrani Rampersad, a journalist and Professor, on Role of Women or Family System in the Diasporic Indian Community at 5 p.m. The talk will be followed by light classical songs and bhajans by Miss Kavita Paudwal's musical group. Dinner will be served after the musical program.


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