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SU Distinguished Faculty Speak Wednesdays, February 9-23

SALISBURY, MD---Salisbury University continues its “India and the Sub-Continent” cultural events focus in its Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series on Wednesdays from February 9-23.

All lectures are at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall of Holloway Hall.

Dr. Victoria Hutchinson, chair of SU’s Department of Theatre and Dance, inaugurates the series on February 9 with “The Rhythmic Play of Kathak Dance.” The classical dance form originated in northern India in areas that are now part of Pakistan. Hutchinson studied Kathak in India as an Indo-American Fellow. During her talk, she demonstrates the footwork and rhythmic syllables of the “turka,” a short composition incorporating the dance.

Dr. Joerg Tuske, associate professor of philosophy, speaks on “Mysticism and Rationality in Indian Philosophy” on February 16. His talk sheds some light on India’s religious practices and argues that, while mysticism occupies an important place in Indian philosophy, Indian thinkers are committed to rational thinking and tackle many of the same questions discussed by Western philosophers.

Dr. Michael Lewis, associate professor of history, concludes the series with “Saving the Tiger?: Conservation Lessons From India” on February 23. This talk examines the history of large mammal conservation in India, focusing especially upon tigers and the lessons that India offers for global conservation in the 21st century.

Sponsored by the Office of Cultural Affairs, admission is free and the public is invited. For more information call 410-543-6271 or visit the SU Web site at