This Wednesday (3/27/24) at 5pm EST!

History reveals fascinating turning points: a compelling letter from Indian scientist Satyendra Nath Bose to Einstein addressed as “Dear Master” sparked a breakthrough that forever altered our understanding of light and matter…. and the universe.

Join the filmmaker Subha Das Mollick for a screening of Dear Master, a film exploring this pivotal moment in science. Ohio State University is proud to host the first international screening of the film followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker and Bose and Einstein’s descendants. Join this rare and special event on Zoom (sign up in advance here).

#FACON23!

The Fulbright Association Conference schedule is live! I’m honored to be jetting to Denver later this month to rep my alma mater NYU Tisch School of the Arts where I also teach part-time, and grateful to have received a Tisch Adjunct Professional Development Grant to attend. I’ll be giving a 60-minute talk entitled “Happy Accidents: How a Mistakenly Published Play Forced Reforms in British India”.

My abstract: In 1860s India, Bengali playwright Dinabandhu Mitra wrote the play Nil Darpan (Indigo Mirror), an exposé of violent abuses committed against malnourished Indian farm workers by powerful British indigo dealers. With help from a Christian missionary the play was translated into English and shared with the office of Bengal’s Lieutenant-Governor Sir John Peter Grant. Grant approved a few copies to be printed to share with colleagues; instead, hundreds were mistakenly printed and distributed to Parliament members in England, outraging and embarrassing the British Raj. But would the amusing debacle help bring positive change and food security to Indian laborers? These events are well-known but have often been mythologized and misrepresented. Stanley will provide his own findings from Indian, UK and US newspapers of the day.

Welcome, Abhijit

Congratulations, film director Abhijit Chowdhury, on becoming a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design in the Department of Cinema & Television starting in September. We couldn’t be happier to be hosting him.