Program at WFU Will Focus on India and Pakistan

India and Pakistan will be the focus of a cross-cultural communication program at Wake Forest University on Sunday, Nov. 15.

The program, “India and Pakistan: What They See and What We See,” will be from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Benson University Center’s Pugh Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

The program will focus on how Indians and Pakistanis perceive their country, as well as how the United States and other countries perceive the two nations.

Excerpts from two films about Calcutta will be viewed and discussed: “City of Joy” by French director Roland Joffe and “Mahanagar (The Big City)” by Indian director Satyajit Ray.

A discussion following the film clips will be led by Michael Hazen and Samuel Gladding. Hazen, Wake Forest professor and chair of communication, specializes in cross-cultural communication. Gladding, the university’s associate provost, led a student trip to Calcutta to work with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.

Balkrishna Gokhale, Charles Kennedy and Abijit Sen will participate in a discussion of India and Pakistan’s nuclear capabilities. Gokhale, professor emeritus of history and Asian studies at Wake Forest, specializes in Indian history.

Kennedy, professor of politics, is director of the American Institute of Pakistan Studies at Wake Forest. Sen is an assistant professor of mass communications at Winston-Salem State University whose expertise focuses on international communication.

Each discussion will be moderated by Ananda Mitra, assistant professor of communication at Wake Forest.

The India and Pakistan program is part of a series of events during Wake Forest’s Year of Globalization and Diversity, a yearlong look at the world’s development into a more global community. For more information, call 336-758-5788 or visit

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