For Immediate Release

Contact:Deborah Gilleran
732.987.2266
gillerand@georgian.edu

Embark on a Spiritual Journey to Bolivia through the Eyes of a GCU Professor

Lakewood, N.J., March 24, 2008—Georgian Court University invites you to a rich trilogy of lectures that promises to transport you to the colorful spiritual depths of the Bolivian culture. GCU sociology professor Kasturi “Rumu” DasGupta, Ph.D., spent six months in the South American country of Bolivia as part of a sabbatical experience in 2007. Join her as she presents three lectures that highlight her experiences and research into the diverse culture and history of that nation on selected dates in April.

“Bolivia Not Oblivia”

Monday, April 7, 9:30 a.m.

Bolivia, a landlocked country in central South America, has also been locked in oblivion for too long. It is a country of enormous physical beauty, with people of great spiritual depth. Three-quarters of the people are indigenous, including Aymara, Quechua, Guarani, and at least 36 other tribes, who made history by choosing an indigenous to be their president in 2005. Learn about the world Dr. DasGupta stepped into when she arrived in Bolivia—a transforming and transcendental experience.

“The Carnaval and Other Fiestas”

Tuesday, April 15, 7:00 p.m.

The Carnaval in Bolivia is different from its more famous Brazilian counterpart. Here it is rooted in the Andean cosmic vision, in mythology, and in the experiences of the silver miner's life. Dr. DasGupta was privileged to participate in the Carnaval in the western state of Oruro, where music, dances, and fireworks made for an unforgettable encounter with humanity.

“Casa de Dios y Puerta del Cielo”

Wednesday, April 23, 2:00 p.m.

In the third part of her Bolivia series, Dr. DasGupta will talk about the Bolivian mission towns. There, Franciscan and Jesuit missionaries established sanctuaries to protect the Indians from the brutalities of Spanish conquistadors in the late 1700s. Dr. DasGupta will describe her discovery of the restored churches of these towns, experiencing the wonder and mystery of these places of unearthly beauty.

All the lectures will be held in the Little Theatre on the Lakewood campus and are free and open to the public. Reservations are required; for these or more information, please contact the Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or specialevents@georgian.edu.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge and at Coastal Communiversity in Wall and Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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