September 17, 2009

By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The women's and gender studies program at Bucknell University will host a series of events examining the lives of Indian widows and the Indian women's movement on Sept. 23 and 24. All events are free and open to the public.

Photography Exhibit
Artist/photographer Erik Boker will discuss his photographic exhibit, "Widows of Vrindavan," on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 5 p.m. in Arches Lounges, located on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center. His exhibit may be seen in the lobby of the Samek Art Gallery through Oct. 9.

Controversial film on Indian widows
The Academy Award-nominated film, "Water," will be shown on Wednesday, Sept 23, at 8 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre, located on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center. Bucknell professor Karline McLain, along with students from the South Asian Students Association, will give an introduction before the film and lead a post-viewing discussion.

The film by Deepa Mehta examines the plight of a group of widows forced into poverty at a temple in the holy city of Varanasi. It focuses on a relationship between one of the widows, who wants to escape the social restrictions imposed on widows, and a man who is from the highest caste and a follower of Mahatma Gandhi.

Women's struggles and women's rights movement in India
Renowned women's and human rights activist V. Mohini Giri will give a lecture, "Women's Struggles in India: Historical Precedents, Contemporary Actions," on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre, Elaine Langone Center. Giri is former chair of the Indian National Commission for Women and founder of non-governmental organizations working to empower Indian women.

"The women's and gender studies program is honored to present these three events that examine important aspects of women's lives and women's advocacy in India," said Coralynn Davis, associate professor of women's and gender studies and anthropology, and director of the women's and gender studies program.

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