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India and Russia: Does the Tiger Still Like the Bear? (Rockland Public Library)

Rockland Public Library 80 Union Street, Rockland, ME, United States

It appears, at times, yes. But as India rises and Russia declines, the formerly close relationship between these two giants has clearly changed, going from admiration to transactional. A long mutual attraction has turned stale. What happened, and what does this evolution mean for the United States and the global order?

India’s Architecture, Perspectives from Past and Present (Zoom)

Cushing Public Library 39 Cross Road, Cushing, ME, United States

Beginning with historic context and significant sites, and followed with a focus on living environments, architects Brooke Harrington and Judy Bing present their explorations of India’s vast, diverse, rich – and sometimes overwhelming – built culture.

From Maine to India:  Protecting Source Water Systems with Water Funds (Camden Public Library)

Camden Public Library 55 Main Street, Camden, ME, United States

Girija Godbole, director of the Ghod River Water Fund in southwest India, will speak directly from India on Zoom about the work of her team in Maharashtra, southeast of Mumbai. Introducing her and explaining water funds and Maine’s connection to the project will be Kate Dempsey, State Director of The Nature Conservancy in Maine.

ISSUES OF INCLUSION IN INDIAN EDUCATION: GENDER, CASTE, DISABILITY (Auburn Public Library and ZOOM)

Auburn Public Library 49 Spring Street, Auburn, ME, United States

The Camden Conference and the Auburn Public Library invite you to a talk by Dr. Anita Charles. In this talk, Dr. Charles will discuss her experiences in India, particularly focused on topics of social justice around gender, caste, and disability. She will give details of a research project around inclusion and disability in Indian schools and will share anecdotal stories and pictures of her time in India.

Caste: A Crash Course (Rockport Public Library)

Rockport Public Library 1 Limerock St., Rockport

Professor Sonja Thomas will deliver a presentation about the caste system in India on Wednesday, February 7 at 6:00 pm at the Rockport Public Library. This event is free and open to all.

BOOK DISCUSSION — MIDNIGHT’S BORDERS: A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF MODERN INDIA by Suchitra Vijayan (Auburn Public Library)

Auburn Public Library 49 Spring Street, Auburn, ME, United States

“Sharing borders with six countries and spanning a geography that extends from Pakistan to Myanmar, India is the world’s largest democracy and second-most populous country. It is also the site of the world’s biggest crisis of statelessness, as it strips citizenship from hundreds of thousands of its people – especially those living in disputed border regions. … In this stunning work of narrative reportage … we hear from those whose stories are never told…” (from book jacket)