Center for Global Studies hosting lecture titled 'Why South Asia and Why Hindi?'

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Gabriela Ilieva, clinical professor of Asian studies at New York University, will present a lecture titled "Why South Asia and Why Hindi?" at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22, in 124 Sparks Building at University Park. The lecture, hosted by the Center for Global Studies at Penn State, is free and open to the public.

Ilieva is also coordinator of NYU's Hindi and Urdu programs. Her research focuses on gender and pragmatics in Hindi and Sanskrit, medieval Indian poetics, historical Indo-Aryan linguistics, and foreign language pedagogy. 

During her lecture, Ilieva will discuss the unique intellectual features of ancient South Asia as found in ancient texts such as the Rig Veda and the Natya Shastra. She also will talk about the Hindi boom in India and the United States as it relates to diaspora, local and professional needs, and internet presence.

Additional information about this and other events hosted by the Center for Global Studies can be found the center's website at, by calling 814-867-4697, or by emailing

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Last Updated March 13, 2017