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AUGUSTANA FACULTY LED PROGRAM: Dharma: Life, Religion, and Literature in Contemporary India
Agra, India; Aurangabad, India; Delhi, India; Jaipur, India; Mumbai, India; Rishikesh, India; Varanasi, India
Program Terms: January Interim
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Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
Faculty-Led
 Language of Instruction:
English
 Course Leader:
Blank-Libra, Janet, Looney, Sandra
 Program Provider:
Augustana College
 Program Capacity:
20
 Additional Prerequisites:
Academic Good Standing, Dean of Students Approval
 Fulfills Gen Ed:
Area 3.6
 Major/Minor Credit:
English
 Additional Fees:
$150 IPO Administrative Fee
Program Description:
DHARMA:  Life, Religion and Literature in Contemporary India

Casey in India with snake  

Academic Overview
This travel seminar experiences the incredible sights and sounds of northern India.  We will study Hinduism on the banks of the Ganges and Buddhism at Sarnath.  We will study Ramayana and the Bhagavad Gita as foundation texts.

The seminar begins in Delhi, India's capital city, seeing the Moghul influence on old Delhi as well as the memorial museums of India's past leaders- Nehru, Indira Gandhi, and Mahatma Gandhi.  From Delhi we fly to Kolkata, the home of famous poets and artists, including national icon Rabindranath Tagore.  We will tour the city, the capital of British India until the beginning of the 20th century, visit the Kali Temple and Mother Teresa's Orphanage and Mission and meet Professor Anand Lal, son of the late P. Lal, at the Calcutta Writers Workshop.

In Varanasi, Shiva's holy city of pilgrimage, we will visit Hindu temples and observe the religious ceremonies along the Ganges and travel to Sarnath and the Deer Park, where Buddha delivered his first sermon.

In Haridwar and Rishikesh we will continue our study of Hindu temples, experience yoga classes and evening Aarti, the ceremony of lights, on the banks of the Ganges.  We will be introduced to Indian music, hear performing artists, and learn vocal music and history with Professor Bhatt of the Haridwar Classical Indian Studies Program.  We will plan outdoor activities, trekking, and an expedition into a national park here in the foothills of the Himalayas.  We will travel by train to Agra, home to the Taj Mahal and other Moghul sights. 

In Jaipur we are delegates to the Jaipur Literature Festival.  Sightseeing in this beautiful Moghul city will be part of our stay.  Returning to Delhi we will witness India's Republic Day Parade. Our trip concludes as guests of Sushil and Neelam Bansal for a farewell dinner, relaxation, and henna paintings at their home before our flight home.

Comprehensive Fee
Costs:  $4,600 plus $150 IPO Administrative Fee
Comprehensive Fee includes:  round trip airfare from Sioux Falls, transportation and course arrangements as indicated, and hotel accommodations in twin and triple rooms.  Meals are not included. 

Prerequisites
This course does not have any academic prerequisites.

Required Readings
The Bhagavad Gita.  Trans. Eknath Easwaran.  New York:  Vintage Spiritual Classics, 1985.

Eck, Diana L.  Darsan:  Seeing the Divine Image in India.  Third Edition.  New York:  Columbia University Press, 1998.

Narayan, R.K.  Malgudi Days.  New York:  Penguin Books, 1984.

The Ramayana:  A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic.  New York:  Penguin Classics, 1978.

Swami Bhaskarananda.  The Essentials of Hinduism.  Seattle:  Viveka Press, 2002.

Trainor, Kevin, ed.  Buddhism:  The Illustrated Guide.  New York:  Oxford University Press, 2001.

Texts to be announced:  Works by Indian novelists appearing at the Jaipur Literature Festival.

Reading handouts include poems from Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore, the parable of The Wish-Fulfilling Tree by P. Lal, and the essay "What has India Contributed to Human Welfare?" by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy.

Evaluation
20%  Group Discussions/Conversations
15%  Attitude, Punctuality, Interest and Discovery
35%  Short Answer Quizzes
30%  Final Evaluative Essay

Program Directors
Sandra Looney, Ph.D., Augustana College                605.274.5430
John Pennington, Ph.D., Augustana College            605.274.4607


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
January Interim 2015 10/01/2014** Rolling Admission 01/07/2015 01/27/2015
 NOTE: Program start and end dates are tentative. Contact Professor Looney for exact dates.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.