We’ve tried to establish a new tradition at Brandeis — a yearly, informal gathering of everyone around campus with interest in South Asia. Faculty members, graduate students, parents, and community members have all attended past receptions. This year, we partnered with the South Asian Students Association (SASA) to hold the fall 2010 reception in the Mandel Center Atrium, which took place Thursday night, October 14. Around 40 – 50 people from around campus attended.
The SASA group helped make the Mandel Center Atrium look even better than it already does — they decorated it with the flags of South Asian countries and with colorful fabrics. They also prepared a slide show of photos from the region and a music play-list. On November 20, SASA will host MELA, their annual cultural extravaganza featuring dancing, poetry reading, and much more.
This year, we also had a presentation from Anushka Aqil, co-founder of the new Brandeis student efforts to provide flood relief to Pakistan. The organization recently raised over $1,000 at a dinner fund-raising event, and is planning more events for the year.
We were also excited to see old friends — like former Brandeis admissions counselor (now retired) Nicholas Senecal, and many recent alumni now living in the Boston area.
The event was co-sponsored by the South Asian Studies Program, an interdisciplinary academic minor at Brandeis.