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Geetanjali Tiwari, Ph.D.

Coordinator for South Asian Studies, CGIS
Coordinator for Hindi Language Program
Coordinator for India Study Abroad Programs (Environmental Studies and Hindi Immersion)
Primary office:
Bailey Hall
Room 211


Geetanjali Tiwari, PhD, is Coordinator of the South Asian Studies Program, CGIS. Tiwari developed the KU Hindi foreign language program in 2009. With graduate degrees in cultural anthropology and wildlife biology, she travels frequently to her native country to enhance and develop new collaborations, study abroad programs, and other diverse projects related to culture, environment, and the arts. She has created three successful study abroad programs to India. In 2010 she led 11 students for a 6-week environmental studies program to south India. She created the Hindi Language Immersion Program for 6-weeks to central India for this summer. She has created a 3-week Cultural Heritage of India study abroad program in collaboration with Prof. Patrick Suzeau. Tiwari teaches culture courses on South Asia, organizes talks by invited speakers and artists, and coordinates South Asian cultural events across the KU campus and in the greater Kansas area.  She founded a branch of Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (SPIC-MACAY) at KU that hosts Indian dance and music performances.  She serves as faculty advisor for SPIC-MACAY as well as for the KU Cultural India Club. Born and raised in India, she has worked on various research projects in India and has published in various journals, including a chapter in Intimacies (University of Columbia Press).


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The School of Languages & Cultures serves as a gateway to understanding the diversity of the world, through learning languages, literatures, and cultures, past and present. Through its research and teaching, the SLLC offers students opportunities for deep engagement with a wide range of languages, literatures, and cultures that provide the knowledge and skills to interact with and understand the world. The faculty and students who teach, research, and learn in the SLLC consider issues of diversity fundamental to all of our work. The study of others' languages, literatures, and cultures enables us to develop deep empathy and perspective informs the way that we approach issues before us, whether on a personal, local, regional, national, or global scale. Therefore take it as axiomatic that the SLLC stands for a campus that is committed to the meaningful sharing, contemplation, and discussion of ideas that emerge from multiple cultural perspectives and experiences. We continually rededicate ourselves to the principle of diversity. We strive to create an atmosphere where all students and faculty feel comfortable and welcome to express their views as well as work together to solve conflict. Further, we view our mission as a center of diversity on a flagship campus as requiring us to lead by example.

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