Free lecture to explore effects of new media in India

William Hessert
September 15, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Sunetra Sen Narayan, a Penn State alumna, and Shalini Narayanan will deliver a lecture titled “New Media in India: From Fad to Fundamental?” at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, in Pattee Library’s Foster Auditorium on the University Park campus of Penn State. The lecture, which will explore the effects of new media in the world’s largest democracy, is free and open to the public.

Sen Narayan has more than 25 years of experience in various aspects of communications, including serving as editor of Communicator, India’s oldest scholarly communications journal.  She studied economics at Delhi University and then earned her master’s degree in telecommunications studies and doctorate in mass communications from Penn State.

Narayanan is now an independent communications consultant after being part of the Indian civil service for 23 years. During her years of civil service, she worked with public broadcaster Prasar Bharati as well as the Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity (DAVP), the central government’s advertising agency; she was also editor of Employment News, the only government-run newspaper in India.

In addition to the lecture, the pair will make a series of classroom visits while visiting the University Park campus Oct. 3-6. Their lecture and visits are co-hosted by the Center for Global Studies in the College of the Liberal Arts and the Institute for Information Policy in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications.

For more information about this event, contact Sarah Lyall-Combs at 814-867-4697 or by email at

  • Sunetra Narayan

    Penn State alumna Sunetra Sen Narayan (above) and Shalini Narayanan will deliver a lecture titled “New Media in India: From Fad to Fundamental?” at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 5 in Pattee Library’s Foster Auditorium.

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Last Updated September 21, 2017