Lecture to address the role of language in a globalizing world

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Center for Global Studies is hosting Richard Delacy, preceptor of Hindu-Urdu studies at Harvard University, for a talk about the study of language in a globalizing world, from 3 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 16 in 157 Hosler Building.

During the talk, “Studying a Foreign Language in a Globalizing World: The Case of Hindi-Urdu,” Delacy will cover the importance of continued language study as cultures, societies and economies continue to globalize. Hindi plays a special role because of its place in one of the fastest growing economies of the world. His talk will examine the meaning of English to India and other non-English speaking countries as the world continues to globalize.

In addition to teaching, Delacy writes about contemporary South Asian culture and society, in particular literary fiction and Bollywood cinema. He completed a doctorate from the University of Chicago in South Asian languages and civilizations and before this a master's in Indian history in Australia, where he was born and raised before settling in the US. He has authored several books related to the teaching of Hindi and Urdu, including a Hindi-English/English-Hindi dictionary, and is currently working on a book on commercial Hindi cinema (Bollywood), as well as one on the contemporary Hindi literary novel.

For more information, contact Sarah Lyall-Combs at 814-867-4697 or cgsinfo@psu.edu.

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Last Updated February 12, 2018