Shawnee State University to hold Indian Cultural Heritage in the Global Age Conference

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – Shawnee State University will be hosting the Indian Cultural Heritage in the Global Age Conference on October 29 and 30 at the Sodexho Ballroom at the University Center on campus.

The conference will include three separate panel discussions throughout the 2-day conference, as well as two keynote speakers, Dr. Parakala Prabhakar, Chief Advisor to the Government of Andhra, India, and Dr. Ved Nanda, Evans University Professor Thompson G. Marsh, Professor of Law Strum College of Law, University of Denver and the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law.

Dr. Prabhakar will speak on “India’s Emergence as Political and Economic Powerhouse of Asia” and Dr. Nanda will speak on “Dharma Traditions of India: Peace and Tolerance.”

The first part of the conference will be held October 29 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the second part will be on October 30 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The cost of registration for the conference is $100 for the public and $25 for SSU students.

SSU was awarded a grant for conducting a conference on Indian Culture and History from the Uberoi Foundation for Religious Studies. The Uberoi Foundation supports conferences and academic activities through grants annually for higher educational institutions all across America. The Uberoi Foundation for Religious Studies serves to raise awareness of the four major Dharmic religions of Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Sikhism, in an effort to promote understanding, communication, tolerance and peace among the diverse people of the world.

Dr. Lavanya Vemsani, Professor of History and Religious Studies and Editor of International Journal of Hindu and Dharma Studies, and Dr. Chris Kacir, Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Department of Social Sciences, organized the conference for SSU.

“We are honored to host the Uberoi Seminar on India at SSU. The conference includes presentations of international scholars on a variety of subjects related to India, which provides an opportunity for the SSU campus community, as well as the public in this area, to learn about India,” said Dr. Vemsani.

To register for the Indian Cultural Heritage Conference, go to

For more information about the conference, contact SSU Professor Lavanya Vemsani at

For questions regarding registration, contact the SSU Event & Conference Services at 740-351-3390 or by e-mail at event&