Invitation
Opening Night:
Shashi Tharoor + Somini Sengupta
Festival Schedule
Closing Night:
Preet Bharara
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Oct 8th Session 1A
Oct 8th Session 1B
Oct 8th Session 2A
Oct 8th Session 2B
Oct 8th Session 3A
Oct 8th Session 3B
Oct 8th Session 4A
Oct 8th Session 4B
Oct 8th Session 5A
Oct 8th Session 5B
 
Oct 9th Session 1A
Oct 9th Session 1B
Oct 9th Session 2A
Oct 9th Session 2B
Oct 9th Session 3A
Oct 9th Session 3B
Oct 9th Session 4A
Oct 9th Session 4B
Oct 9th Session 5A
 
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Past Festival
2015
  

THIRD ANNUAL IAAC LITERARY FESTIVAL
NYU Kimmel Center, 9th Floor, 60 Washington Square South, NYC
OCTOBER 7-9, 2016
 
Individual Session Tickets: $18; $15 IAAC members/NYU Faculty & Students - See Schedule below
 
Daily Pass (includes all daytime sessions on either the 8th or 9th): $50, $40 IAAC members/NYU Faculty & Students w/ID Buy Tickets
  
Festival Pass (includes all Lit Fest events and sessions) $150, $120 IAAC members/NYU Faculty & Students w/ID Buy Tickets
 
Breakout sessions will be in Classrooms 905, 907, Kimmel Hall, NYC
  
See Schedule Below
Opening Night Friday Oct 7, 2016. 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
NYU School of Journalism, 7th Floor, 20 Cooper Union Square, NYC
India Today; India Tomorrow Buy Tickets
Shashi Tharoor and Somini Sengupta in conversation with Suketu Mehta

Looking at Contemporary India - where it is in relation to where it should be? Could be? What are the reasons for its drive it in that particular direction? Are the people and the government in sync?
Tickets: $50; $45 IAAC Members, NYU Staff, Students w/ID $25 BUY Buy Tickets
 
Day 2 Saturday October 8, 2016
10 am - 11 am Registration
 
11:00 am - 12 noon AVID@IAAC
Session 1A - Husain's Raj: Visions of Empire and Nation Buy Tickets
Sumathi Ramaswamy in converation with Vidya Dehejia
Join Vidya Dehejia, Barbara Stoler Miller Professor of Indian and South Asian Art, Columbia University, and author, Sumathi Ramaswamy, Professor of History at Duke University for a discussion of a new monograph on Indiaís most famous Modernist, Maqbool Fida Husain. Titled Husainís Raj: Visions of Empire and Nation, the book focuses on the artistís playful pictorial vignettes of the British Empire in India, and argues that Husain shows us how it is possible, even necessary, to laugh while looking back at a painful and traumatic past.
 
11:00 am - 12 noon
Session 1B - Anglo - Indian Literature Buy Tickets
Reginald Shires in conversation with Blair Williams
The question, “How will posterity remember the Anglo-Indian community?”. Historically the Anglo-Indian community was defined by either English or Indian writers, and most of the descriptions were not complimentary - in fact many created (or reinforced) negative stereotypes of Anglo-Indian men and women. Meet Blair Williams, the founder of CTR books that has published 7 books, written by members of the community and those that knew them well, to provide a balanced view of the literature of this community.
 
12:15 pm -1:15 pm
Session 2A - The Secret Diary of Kasturba Gandhi Buy Tickets
Neelima Dalmia Adhar in conversation with Manreet Sodhi Someshwar
Kasturba Gandhi's diary tells of an overbearing, self-righteous, sexually driven husband and neglectful father - a very different man the world knew as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi: liberator of India, prophet of peace, beloved of his countrymen!
 
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Session 2B - Blueprints for Art and Social Change: A firsthand view of the power of arts for awareness, advocacy and justice in the Indian context. Buy Tickets
Gopika Jadeja, Priyanka Dasgupta, Amana Fontanello-Khan in conversation with Mick Minard
How is art breaking out of the gilded gallery to confront real issues on ground and inspire social change? What are the new blueprints for the 21st-century artist-activist dabbling in multiple genres including arts, writing, ecology, inclusion and politics? Join our speakers on their journeys, how to be heard in the internet age and make a difference through art.
 
LUNCH BREAK 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
 
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Session 3A - Young Adult Voyages - Spiritual and Historical Buy Tickets
Ram Sivasankaran, Rohit Gaur in conversation with Marina Budhos.
Marina Budhos discusses historical fiction and mystical spiritual adventures with two dreamers - writers who transport young adults to other domains.
 
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm TiE@IAAC
Session 3B - Shashi Kapoor: The Householder, the Star Buy Tickets
Aseem Chhabra in conversation with Tejaswini Ganti
The first biography of the dashing film legend Shashi Kapoor sheds light on the life of this enigmatic, charismatic personality: a devout family man, a thespian, and a commercial film idol. The discussion will be illustrated by clips of his films and anecdotes of his life.
 
3:45 pm - 4: 45 pm
Session 4A - This Unquiet Land: Stories from India's Fault Lines Buy Tickets
Barkha Dutt in conversation with Suketu Mehta
In her debut book, journalist Barkha Dutt reveals the truth about the most complex society on earth - India - its secrets and lies; its heroes and villains. Are her "fault lines" too black and white?
 
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm AVID@IAAC
Session 4B: Kashmir: Past, Present, Future.Buy Tickets
Rakesh Kaul, John Isaac in conversation with Manu Bhagavan
Examine the Idea of India/Pakistan/Kashmir: Origins, Evolution, Points of Views and Alternate Histories and the urgent need to catalogue and narrate memories and stories of the region along with contemporary movements and building people-to-people bridges. Question the role of alternate histories, stories not told by the media, personal tales and memoirs in retelling these stories and transferring the legacy to future generations.
 
5:00 pm - 6: 00 pm
Session 5A - Watched Buy Tickets
Marina Budhos in conversation with Aseem Chhabra
Marina Budhos' newest novel watched takes on a surveillance in our post 9/11 world, depicting a restless dreamy teenager cornered in a teenage act of rebellion by NYPD, and pressured into spying on his friends, his family and his community. A follow-up of her award winning novel "Ask me No Questions"
 
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Session 5B - Politics and Turmoil Buy Tickets
Salil Tripathi, Barkha Dutt, Kanchan Chandra in conversation with Chidanand Rajghatta
Political journalists and authors recount lives inescapably dependent on the politics and turbulence of the Indian sub-continent.
 
8:00 pm LITERARY PUB CRAWL, Greenwich Village, NYCBuy Tickets
Day 3 Sunday October 9, 2016
10 am - 11 am Registration
 
11:00 am - 12 noon
Session 1A - Understanding Mythology Buy Tickets
Devdutt Pattanaik
Devdutt illustrates how every culture, Indian or Western, religious or secular, modern or tribal, uses stories, symbols and rituals to convey its own truth, that is indifferent to rationality, over generation. Without myth there is no meaning, and without meaning, there is no culture.
 
11:00 am - 12 noon
Session 1B - Demystifying the digital universe - making literary work more accessible.
Sree Sreenivasan (Workshop) Buy Tickets
 
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Session 2A - Swimmer Among the Stars: The Trio of Tharoors Buy Tickets
Kanishk Tharoor, Ishaan Tharoor in conversation with Shashi Tharoor
Veteran author, diplomat and politician Shashi Tharoor will engage his twin sons Ishaan Tharoor and Kanishk Tharoor in a discussion about their journalistic and literary engagement with the world. Ishaan is a foreign affairs writer for the Washington Post, while Kanishk's debut work of fiction, Swimmer Among the Stars, will be published in the United States in March 2017.
 
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Session 2B - Family Dynamics Buy Tickets
Haris A. Durrani, Sriram Balasubramanian, in conversation with Veena Talwar Oldenburg
Discussion about the uneasy relationship between generations in the same household, life in the context of family: complications, aberrations and resolutions.
 
LUNCH BREAK 1: 15 pm - 2:15 pm
 
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Session 3A - Ramanujan's Legacy Buy Tickets
Ken Ono in conversation with Manjul Bhargava
Fields medal Mathematician Manjul Bhargava engages Ken Ono in a discussion about his life and work based on Mathematics prodigy Srinivas Ramanujan.
 
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Session 3B - Poetry Buy Tickets
Phinder Dulai, Neal Hall and H. Masud Taj in conversation with Meena Alexander
Dreams, reality, lives, nature and the cosmic universe move towards a common goal - to nourish the soul, to understand our being.
 
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
Session 4A: Fiction: Mystery and Romance Buy Tickets
Radha Vatsal, Falguni Kothari, Dhirendra Tiwari, Tamraparni Dasu in conversation with Parul Kapur Hinzen
Thrillers, romance, mystery & adventure entertain and hold you hostage to their stories.
 
3:45- 4:45 pm
Session 4B - The Hour with Publishers Buy Tickets
Jaya Chatterjee, Emer Flounders,Trish Daly in conversation with Priya Doraswamy
Moderated by a literary agent, panelists on this session include editors and a publicity manager from mid to large publishing houses. Attendees will learn about the entire publishing process from industry experts and walk away with valuable tips to better understanding complexities and nuances in publishing. From the editorial process to marketing and PR, these experts will explain how authors can improve their chances of being published by an established house, and what authors can do to successfully market books, once their books have been published.
 
5:00 - 6:00 pm
Session 5A - Calling the Shots Buy Tickets
Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri, Moni Chadha in conversation with Vikas Bajaj
Lives representing India in politics and diplomacy, discuss their personal and professional commitments.
 
Closing Night Sunday Oct 9, 2016. 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Rosenthal Pavilion, 10th Floor, NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, NYC
Politics and Corruption Buy Tickets
Preet Bharara in conversation with Seema Mody
Is Corruption endemic to politics? With Politics front and center in both India and the United States, US Attorney Preet Bharara discusses corruption in various avenues with CNBC Correspondant Seema Mody.
Tickets: $50 ; $45 IAAC Members, NYU Staff; Students w/ID $25Buy Tickets
 
 
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