Interaction with Mr Aman Ali – March 3, 2017
The Asian College of Journalism hosted an interactive session with former USA Today Reporter and New York based stand-up comedian Mr Aman Ali, on March 3, 2017 on the role of a journalist as an effective storyteller.
Cultural Affairs Officer of the U.S. Consulate General, Chennai, Eric Lund introduced the speaker as one who creatively infuses humour into storytelling. Mr Ali said that “if you cannot tell a compelling story, you cannot be a journalist”. He says that every individual has incredible stories to tell and we just need to listen to them. He provided tips to students on how to be a creative and socially responsible storyteller-cum-journalist. He feels that the journalist has to go deeper beyond the headlines and sound bytes, ask the unasked questions and tell quality stories.
Screening of Farewell My Indian Soldier - February 28, 2017
The Asian College of Journalism, in association with Alliance Francaise of Madras, is organizing a screening of Farewell My Indian Soldier by filmmaker Vijay Singh at 7 p.m. on February 28, 2017. The screening, at the Edouard Michelin Auditorium in Alliance Francaise of Madras, Nungambakkam, Chennai, will be followed by an interaction between the filmmaker, and poet and dancer Tishani Doshi.
Interaction with Ms Nilita Vachani - February 27, 2017
The Asian College of Journalism hosted a screening of When Mother Comes Home for Christmasby filmmaker and ACJ Adjunct Faculty Nilita Vachani on February 27, 2017. She interacted with students on this award winning documentary.
Nordic Ambassadors Visit ACJ - February 22 2017
Students of ACJ made an effective presentation to Nordic Ambassadors on "Freedom of Expression" with specific reference to the Indian media on February 22, 2017 at the Asian College of Journalism. The Ambassadors interacted with students, shared examples from their countries and spoke on government subsidy to media in Nordic Countries.
Indian and Chinese strategic ambitions in the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific – Lecture by Dr. David Brewster and Dr. W. Lawrence S. Prabhakar - February 10, 2017
Dr. David Brewster (National Security College, Australian National University, Canberra) and Dr. W. Lawrence S. Prabhakar (Associate Professor, International Relations & Strategic Studies, Department of Political Science, Madras Christian College) addressed students on 'Indian and Chinese strategic ambitions in the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific' at the Asian College of Journalism on February 10, 2017.
ACJ Mourns Nirmal Sekhar – February 2nd 2017
A condolence meeting was held at ACJ on February 2 , 2017, for Nirmal Sekhar ,Senior Sports Journalist and Adjunct Faculty with the ACJ, who passed away on February 1 2017 . Tributes were paid by the staff, faculty and students.
Damaging the National Interest through Willful Media Coverage – Reference Kashmir- Lecture by Wajahat Habibullah- February 3 2017
Wajahat Habibullah (Former Governor of Jammu and Kashmir), addressed students on the Topic “Damaging the National Interest through Willful Media Coverage – Reference Kashmir” at the Asian College of Journalism on February 3 2017.
Interactive Session with Dean Steve Coll -Wednesday, January 11, 2017
The Asian College of Journalism hosted an interactive session with the Dean of the Journalism School of Columbia, Steve Coll on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. His session was a panel discussion on the theme 'Public Interest Journalism in the Digital Age'. Sashi Kumar, Chairman, Asian College of Journalism moderated the discussion.
N.Ram, Chairman, Kasturi & Sons Ltd ; and students of ACJ Navmi Krishna and Meghna Majumdar were panellists.
The Malcolm Adiseshiah Award for Distinguished Contributions to Development Studies & Memorial Lecture – 21 November 2016
The Malcolm and Elizabeth Adiseshiah Trust presented the “Malcolm Adiseshiah Award for Distinguished Contributions to Development Studies” to Prof S. Mahadev, Director and Vice-Chancellor, Indira Gandhi Institute for Development Research, Mumbai on 21, November, 2016 at the Asian College of Journalism, Taramani, Chennai. Prof. U. Shankar ( Chairman, Malcolm and Elizabeth Adiseshiah Trust) presented the award and delivered the Chairman’s Address. Prof. Mahadev presented the Malcolm Adiseshiah Memorial Lecture “The Problem of Inequality” . Prof. R.Srinivasan ,Trustee of the Trust introduced the Awardee. Mr. Sashi Kumar (Chairman, Asian College of Journalism) welcomed the gathering. Prof. Geetha Sridharan , Trustee, proposed a Vote of Thanks.
“ Water Forum” reportage by ACJ Students
The Asian College of Journalism in association with Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan on Monday November 14, 2016 hosted a presentation of student’s coverage of the “Chennai Water Forum” which was held in October . It covered reportage by students of the Print, Radio, New Media and Television streams of ACJ.
TRAVELLING FILM SOUTH ASIA 2016 – (TFSA 2016) AT ACJ
The Asian College of Journalism, in association with Film South Asia, hosted screening of the Travelling Film South Asia (TFSA) -2016 package of 11 exceptional non-fiction productions of the last two years on Saturday and Sunday October 15 and 16, 2016.
The films were selected from the 42 documentary and non-fiction films in the competitive section of Film South Asia 2015, held in Kathmandu.
The TFSA tradition started with the first Film South Asia festival held in Kathmandu in September 1997. Since then, following each biennial ‘mother festival’, a selection of films has been packaged and screened regionally and globally. TFSA 2016 has a flavour of the Subcontinent with films from Nepal, Myanamar, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The package includes the award winners at FSA 2015 as well as other films selected to showcase the variety, treatment and intensity that mark the world of South Asian documentary and non-fiction.
US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION - INTERACTIVE SESSION
Alexis Wolff, Information Officer, US Consulate - General in Chennai, interacted with students on the US presidential Elections at the Asian College of Journalism on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.
“Understanding sexual violence as a public health problem” – Panel Discussion
The Asian College of Journalism, in collaboration with UNICEF and Tulir – Centre for the prevention and healing of child sexual abuse organized a panel discussion on April 4,2016 on Understanding Sexual violence as a public health problem.
“To End a Civil War: Norway’s Peace Engagement in Sri Lanka” by Mark Salter – Panel Discussion
The Asian College of Journalism in association with the Madras Book Club on Tuesday 8 March 2016 organized a panel discussion on Former BBC journalist and writer Mark Salter’s book “ To End a Civil War: Norway’s Peace Engagement in Sri Lanka “.The panel discussion was held in the Lecture Hall at the Asian College of Journalism, Taramani, Chennai. Former West Bengal Governor Gopalakrishna Gandhi moderated the session and the panelists were Erik Solheim , former Norwegian Development Minister and Special Envoy to Sri Lanka; N.Ram, Chairman of Kasturi and Sons Ltd; and Mark Salter. Sashi Kumar , Chairman, Asian College of Journalism presented the concluding remarks and proposed a vote of thanks.
Roping Adivasis into Media – Interactive Session with Shubhranshu Choudhary- February 1 2016
Journalist Shubhranshu Choudhary , Founder, CG Net Swara, interacted with students on the journalistic experiments of his firm at the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai on February 1, 2016
“Not Poor but Pauperized” - Lecture by Professor J.C Breman- January 27, 2016
Professor J C Breman (Emeritus Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Amsterdam) addressed students on the topic “Not Poor, but Pauperized” at the Asian College of Journalism on January 27, 2016.
T.G. Narayanan Memorial Lecture on Social Deprivation delivered by writer Madhusree Mukerjee - 17 December, 2015
Writer Madhusree Mukerjee delivered the Asian College of Journalism’s fifth T.G. Narayanan Memorial Lecture on Social Deprivation titled "A Plague of Locusts” on 17 December, 2015, at SPACES No.1, Elliots Beach Road, Besant Nagar, Chennai.
The Malcolm Adiseshiah Award for Distinguished Contributions to Development Studies & Memorial Lecture – 21 November 2015
The Malcolm and Elizabeth Adiseshiah Trust presented the “Malcolm Adiseshiah Award for Distinguished Contributions to Development Studies” to Jayati Ghosh, Professor, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi on 21, November, 2015 at the Asian College of Journalism, Taramani, Chennai. Prof. U. Shankar ( Chairman, Malcolm and Elizabeth Adiseshiah Trust) presented the award and delivered the Chairman’s Address. Prof. Ghosh presented the Malcolm Adiseshiah Memorial Lecture “Emerging Markets and Development: Is there a Contradiction”. Prof. C. Selvaraj ,Trustee of the Trust introduced the Awardee. Mr. Sashi Kumar (Chairman, Asian College of Journalism) welcomed the gathering. Prof. Geetha Sridharan , Trustee, proposed a Vote of Thanks.
25 Years After – Germany/ In Europe / In India – Panel Discussion
The Consulate General of Federal Republic of Germany, Chennai, Goethe – Institute Chennai and Max Mueller Bhavan in cooperation with the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai organized a panel discussion to mark 25 years of German Unity. The panel discussion was held in the Lecture Hall at the Asian College of Journalism, Taramani, Chennai on 16 October, 2015 at 5:30 PM. The topic of this discussion was “25 Years After – Germany/ In Europe / In India”. Mr Sashi Kumar Menon , Chairman, Asian College of Journalism, moderated the session. The panelists were Prof. Arvind Sivaramakrishnan ( Professor of Philosophy, IIT-Madras), Mr. Cesare Onestini ( Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union to India), Dr Markus Speiker ( South Asia Correspondent ,German TV Channel ARD, New Delhi), Dr. Sudharshan Padmanabhan ( Associate Professor of Philosophy, IIT- Madras)and Prof. Ummu Salma Bava (Centre for European Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi).
A symposium on EDITORIAL ART and an exhibition of CARTOONS “IS THE ERA OF THE POLITICAL CARTOON OVER?’ on April 6, 2015
The Asian College of Journalism in association with The Times of India on April 6, 2015 organized a day -long symposium from 9:30 AM to 6PM on Editorial Art and an exhibition of Cartoons in memory of R.K. Laxman and Rajinder Puri. The symposium featured three panel discussions on Political cartooning. The participating editorial artistes were Ajit Ninan Mathew, E.P. Unny, Keshav, Surendra, Madhan, Sandeep Adhwaryu, Manjul, Gokul Gopalakrishnan and Sundar Ramnatha Iyer. The event was anchored by Sadanand Menon ( Arts & Culture Critic) . For the occasion, students of the Asian College of Journalism had compiled an exhibition of the works of distinguished cartoonists, with a tribute section to Laxman and Puri. The symposium concluded with a hands-on workshop conducted by the participating artistes for the students.
Launch of “The Indian Constitution and Social Revolution Right to Property since Independence” by V.Krishna Ananth on Friday, February 13, 2015
The Asian College of Journalism and Sage Publications on Friday, February 13, 2015 hosted the release and discussion of Political Historian Dr V. Krishna Ananth’s book “The Indian Constitution and Social Revolution Right to Property since Independence”. The book was released by Mr. N. Ravi (former Editor-in-Chief, The Hindu). The discussion was chaired by Dr K. Nagaraj, ( Adjunct Faculty, ACJ) and the discussants were Mr N. Ravi and Dr V. Krishna Ananth.
Reading of “When Godavari Comes: People’s History of a River (Journeys in the Zone of the Dispossessed)” by Dr. R. Umamaheshwari. on Friday, February 6, 2015
The Asian College of Journalism on Friday, February 6 , 2015 organized a reading of the book “When Godavari Comes: People’s History of a River (Journeys in the Zone of the Dispossessed)” by Dr. R. Umamaheshwari . This book has essentially brought to the forefront people’s perceptions of the Godavari River . The author has worked with the people those who live by and along the river or whom the river touches in direct and indirect ways.
About the author
Dr. R. Umamaheshwari has a PhD in History from JNU for work on the Tamil Jaina social history. She is currently Fellow at IIAS (Indian Institute of Advanced Study) and has worked for many years as an independent freelance journalist. The Prem Bhatia Memorial Scholarship for Journalism, the NFI Media Fellowship, FES-Infochangeindia Media fellowship and few other academic fellowships (including Nehru Trust V&A Museum UK Visiting Fellowship, SRTT National Fellowship and post-doc fellowship at IIT-Madras) supported her engagement with the Godavari-Polavaram dam issue since year 2006.
Launch of “Third Man Recollections from a Life in Cricket” by V. Ramnarayan on February 4th 2015
The Asian College of Journalism and Westland LTD. on Wednesday February 4th , 2015 hosted the release of Former Ranji Cricketer V. Ramnarayan’s book “Third Man Recollections from a Life in Cricket”. The book was released by Mr. Partab Ramchand (senior journalist and writer). Mr. Ramchand presented copies to Dr Nalini Rajan, Dean, ACJ, Mr Sreekumar Menon, Head, Print Stream, ACJ & Mr Sampath Kumar, Head, Radio Stream, ACJ. The book release was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Mr. Ramchand and the panelists were Mr V. Sivaramakrishnan (former Tamil Nadu cricketer)Mr P. Mukund (former Tamil Nadu cricketer) and Mr K. Bharath Kumar (former Tamil Nadu cricketer).
T.G. Narayanan Memorial Lecture on Social Deprivation delivered by Prof. Jayati Ghosh- 11th December, 2014
Prof. Jayati Ghosh (Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University) delivered the Asian College of Journalism’s fourth T.G. Narayanan Memorial Lecture on Social Deprivation titled "Time poverty and the poverty of economics"at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture, Chennai.
Poetry with Prakriti 2014 - "Noises from the Sabarmati III"
5 December, 2014
The 8th edition of Poetry with Prakriti, presented by The Hindu Lit for Life 2015 as a precursor to the literary festival was a week-long festival of poetry being held in Chennai to coincide with the famed ‘Chennai season.’
As part of the festival ACJ was the venue for this panel discussion:
Gujarati Dalit Poetry Panel - Noises from the Sabarmati III moderated by Gopika Jadeja - The panelists were Jayant Parmar, Jitendra Vasava and Vaishakh Rathod.
About the Panelists:
Jayant Parmar (b. 1954) is a bilingual poet writing in Gujarati and Urdu. He learnt Urdu at the age of 30 and began to write poetry in the language. He is a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award for Urdu in 2008 for his collection Pencil AurDoosriNazmein. He lives and works in Ahmedabad.
Jitendra Vasava (b. 1979) works at the Adivasi Academy in Tejgadh and edits the journal of Adivasi writing, Lakhaaroas well as a journal on education.
Vaishakh Rathod is an actor, poet and teacher. He works with Budhan Theatre in Ahmedabad and has a collection titled Budhankegeet in Hindi to his credit.
Gopika Jadeja edits and publishes the printed journal and a series of pamphlets for a performance-publishing project called Five Issues. She teaches at the United World College of South East Asia in Singapore. She has organised and convened a school-specific festivals of arts and has collaborated on short term and long term projects on writing for Poets Against War (India), DNA newspaper and NID-Ahmedabad. She is currently working on an anthology of translations of poetry from Gujarat and a another collection of poetry.
The Malcolm Adiseshiah Memorial Lecture, "Macro Economic Reversal in India" by Prof. Pulapre Balakrishnan
21 November, 2014
Prof Pulapre Balakrishnan was awarded the Malcolm Adiseshiah Award for Distinguished Contributions to Development Studies. This was followed by Mr. N. Ram releasing the book, Development Perspectives.Prof Pulapre Balakrishnan also delivered the Malcolm Adiseshiah Memorial lecture, Macro Economic Reversal in India.
Travelling Film Southasia (TFSA) 2014−Chennai Edition
15-16 November, 2014
Documentaries, features, shorts and discussions that encapsulate a flavour of the Subcontinent
Documentary Screening, *WHEN THE BIRD BECAME A WAVE...Directed by M R Rajan
11 November, 2014
Documentary | English | Digital | 72 min. | 2014
The film is a journey with the film maker Kumar Shahani across Kerala, recorded over a span of four years starting from 2010. In the film, Kumar discuss history, cinema, music, performing arts, politics, growth of the market, traditional trade relationships across the country and the globe. He examines human survival through philosophical questions and theories.
Both Kumar Shahani and the director, M.R. Rajan were present for the screening and the discussion that followed.
PUCL - K.G. Kannabiran Memorial Lecture
9 November, 2014
Justice Wigneswaran, Chief Minister, Northern Provinces, Sri Lanka and Former Judge, Supreme Court, Sri Lanka, delivered the K.G. Kannabiraman Memorial Lecture, "Safeguarding Security and Sovereignty" at the public auditorium in Vidyodaya School on Sunday, November 9 morning.
The event was covered and disseminated online live by students of ACJ through digital multimedia tools via Twitter, live blogging, live internet radio and video streaming.
Watch the video streaming of the K.G. Kannabiran Memorial Lecture,delivered by Justice Wigneswaran.
Video Link 1 | Video Link 2 | Video Link 3 | Video Link 4 | Video Link 5
A lecture on US-India Relations Post 2014 by Michael Kugelman, Senior program associate for South and Southeast Asia,
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
7 November, 2014
After a renaissance in the 1990s and early 2000s, bilateral relations have frequently struggled in recent years—and particularly over the last few months. Some argue they’ve experienced a period of drift as the Obama administration focused on the war in Afghanistan and intensified engagement with Islamabad. The U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan has significant implications for U.S.-India ties. It provides Washington an opportunity to redirect its strategic lens to India. If stability deteriorates in Afghanistan and militancy increases in the region, opportunities will arise for deeper U.S.-India counterterrorism cooperation. At the same time, lingering bilateral tensions, if left unaddressed, could jeopardize deeper cooperation post-2014.
A panel discussion titled FLATLAND: THIS WORLD/OTHER WORLDS
3 November, 2014
Panelists included Sadanand Menon, Arts Editor and Adjunct Faculty at Asian College of Journalism and IIT(M) and Jaret Vadera, Artist and Cultural Producer. The discussion was moderated by Meenakshi Thirukode, Creative Director, DakshinaChitra Museum.
FLATLAND: THIS WORLD/OTHER WORLDS focused on the various challenges and potential opportunities when art and ideas shift across cultural-contexts. The discussion focused predominantly on artists living in India or the diaspora and on the ways in which curation, academia, and audience shape the ways in which their artwork is presented, and received. Reductive binaries of identity including West / East; Nation / Diaspora were also discussed.
The panel takes its title from Edwin A. Abbott's Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions. The novel is a "first-person" account of a two-dimensional square who comes to appreciate a three-dimensional world. The story centers on the idea of vision and reveals the biases with which we 'see', and thereby create our understanding of the world and each other.
A lecture "Warming Up to the Climate Change Challenge" by Jairam Ramesh, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha and Senior Visiting Fellow, The Hindu Centre
24 October, 2014
Screening PASSIVE EUTHANASIA:KAHAANI KARUNA KI Directed by Chetan Shah
14 October, 2014
India | 52 mins | English; Concept: Pinki Virani; Direction: Chetan Shah; Produced by Public Service Broadcast Trust
In March 2011, India’s Supreme Court passed an historic judgement permitting Passive Euthanasia. This 52-minute documentary details the landmark-law which gives terminally-ill patients, doctors and caregivers, the choice of limiting artificial life support, and opting for non-escalation of medical care.
The film is in 3 parts. Part 1 ‘A Prayer for Dying’ tracks Pinki Virani’s motivation to make a legal plea that Aruna Shanbaug who has been in a persistent vegetative state for 40 years, be relieved from her suffering. It recounts Pinki’s efforts to find a lawyer, and the resistance she faced from the pro-life lobby.
Part 2 ‘Konkan Katha’ tells Aruna’s story with the aid of stylised sequences. It alludes to how a determined young Aruna arrived in Bombay to become a nurse, her tragic rape and the resulting medical condition she is in. Pinki Virani’s public interest plea to permit Aruna to die gave impetus to an ongoing debate on broader end-of-life issues.
Part 3 ‘Fate Vs Free Will’ probes into the issue of End-of-Life choices including limitation of artificial life support. It explores the idea of advance directives, such as a Living Will, that provide clarity on the patient’s preferences, and allow caregivers to make informed choices, while cautioning the need for safeguards against abuse.
About the Director
CHETAN SHAH (Director) graduated in Philosophy from Cambridge UK. He makes documentaries, ads, corporate & training videos, and TV serials. ‘Next Year in Jerusalem’ – a documentary on the Jewish community in Cochin was screened at the Oberhausen Film Festival in Germany. He has produced films for leading corporate houses, Doordarshan, Govt of India departments and international agencies. Chetan has directed a fiction TV serial based on Customs and Central Excise cases - ‘Sunghursh’; one on Music and Dance in Cinema - ‘Baaje Payal’; he contributed to Girish Karnad’s 50 Years of Independence serial - ‘Swarajnama’. His documentary ‘The Open Frame’ on painter SG Vasudev was screened in the competition section of the International Documentary Festival of Kerala. Chetan’s interest extends to theatre. He has written three plays, and contributes articles on Cricket, Science and the Arts. He has also written and directed a feature film in English titled ‘Framed’.
The screening was followed by a discussion with the Director.
Book Launch "Public-Interest Journalism: a Guide for Students" by Dr. Arvind Sivaramakrishnan
26 September, 2014
Public-Interest Journalism: a Guide for Students by Dr.Arvind Sivaramakrishnan is the second in a series Studies in Journalism edited by Nalini Rajan and published by Orient Blackswan.
The book was launched by Art and Culture Critic, Sadanand Menon followed by a discussion on Public Interest Journalism by Mr Sadanand Menon, Dr Milind Brahme, Department of Humanities, IIT Madras and Mr. Ramesh Gopalskrishnan, Adjunct Faculty (Asian College of Journalism) and the author, Dr.Arvind Sivaramakrishnan, faculty at the Asian College of Journalism.
Book Launch "Off the Record - Untold Stories from a Reporter’s Diary" by Ajith Pillai
5 September, 2014
Asian College of Journalism was the venue for the launch of “Off the Record- Untold Stories From a Reporter’s Diary' written by veteran journalist Mr. Ajith Pillai.
The book is about the author’s experiences in the field of reporting over 35 years in places mainly Delhi, Mumbai and Kashmir.
After the book release, Mr. Pillai took part in a panel discussion on “Reporting Challenges in 21st Century” along with other guests R. Vijayasankar, Editor, The Frontline, Sadanand Menon, Arts and Culture critic and A.S. Paneerselavan, Readers Editor,The Hindu. They discussed the evolution of journalism from 60s and 70s print media to the Television broadcast and digital media of today and the challenges and problems it has brought.
The emergence of lifestyle reporting, declining revenue model in print medium, paid news, corporates deciding stories to be covered by the journalists have all affected independent journalism.
Talking about his book, Mr.Pillai said that it was all about the situations he faced when covering
stories and the excitement and adventures of news gathering in his time. He recalled a meeting that he had helped set up between celebrated author V.S.Naipaul and a Hindu gang in Mumbai when the former wanted to do some research on the Mumbai underworld for one of his books.
Book Launch “A Guide to Some Urban Fauna of India” by Preston Ahimaz
23 August, 2014
As part of the Madras Week Celebrations, the Madras Naturalists' Society (MNS), released the book “A Guide to Some Urban Fauna of India” by Preston Ahimaz. The book aims to create awareness among the urban youth.
Book Launch "The Last Wave" by Pankaj Sekhsaria
22 August, 2014
The Asian College of Journalism, on Friday, 22 August hosted the release of Pankaj Sekhsaria’s novel, “The Last Wave”. The novel talks about the Jarawa Community which inhabits the tropical rainforests of the Andaman Islands, their culture and ecology and the various challenges the community faces for its survival.
Nityanand Jayaraman, writer and social activist was in conversation with the author. During the course of the interview the author revealed how he had extensively travelled in the Andaman and Nicobar islands for nearly 20 years as part of his work with the environment action group, Kalpavriksh. The 2004 tsunami and its impact on the community triggered the author to write this novel.
“The book’s name symbolises the history of the Jarawa Communtiy which suddenly ended with the huge destructive waves of the tsunami”, said Sekhsaria. He also added that the book was a metaphor of his experience and helplessness as an activist working in the Andaman region.
The author mentioned how he was shedding light on the plight of various tribes across the world through this novel. He even read out excerpts from the book to further reiterate his point. The conversation was followed by a discussion with the students.
Sekhsaria, apart from being an author is also a researcher, writer, photographer, campaigner and academic and this is his debut novel.
Screening of KAYA TARAN (Hindi with English subtitles/107 mins) Directed by Sashi Kumar
13 August, 2014
The film straddles two traumatic events in recent Indian history: the 1984 anti-Sikh carnage following the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and the anti Muslim riots in Gujarat in 2002. But it does not frontally engage with either. The film essentially deals with the dilemma of identity in a multicultural society that, every so often, turns volatile. Many aspects of the highly charged contemporary discourse find resonances in the film: the religious divide, the tyranny of the majority, the issue of religious conversions, the alienation of tribal people from their hereditary land….
Through all this the abiding theme is faith in humanness and the humaneness of faith. There is, too, an undercurrent of self-reflexivity about contemporary media. The journalistic ‘story’ transfigures the story on which the film is based into a non-linear experience that is poised between a docu-feature and a celluloid fable. Categories of filmic genres are blurred as the frames lend themselves to multiple readings. For more on the film visit www.kayataran.com
The screening of the film was followed by an open discussion with the Director.
‘Interrogating the UID and the National Population Register’
7 August, 2014
A talk by Usha Ramanathan ‘Interrogating the UID and the National Population Register’ chaired and moderated by Geeta Ramaseshan
A talk "International Relations and India’s Nuclear Policy" by S. P. Udayakumar
1 August, 2014
S.P. Udayakumar, a Ph.D. in Political Science and Government at University of Hawaii, talked about India’s Nuclear Policy and how it affects International Relations. He is a teacher, Gandhian, writer and anti-nuclear activist from Tamil Nadu, India and is the convener of the People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE), which is protesting against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant project and is campaigning for nuclear-free world. He has taught in Monmouth University, New Jersey, United States.
'FACT AS DEMOCRATIC VALUE'
7 July, 2014
Inaugural Lecture for the Class of 2015 'FACT AS DEMOCRATIC VALUE' by Prof Aijaz Ahmad.
"Unmediated: Essays on Media, Culture, Cinema"
2 May, 2014
Madras Book Club along with Tulika Books launched "Unmediated: Essays on Media, Culture, Cinema" by Sashi Kumar, Chairman, Asian College of Journalism.
Malcolm and Adiseshiah Trust launched "Development Narratives: The Political Economy of Tamil Nadu
2 April, 2014
Malcolm and Adiseshiah Trust launched "Development Narratives: The Political Economy of Tamil Nadu" edited by V.K. Nataraj and A. Vaidyanathan and published by Academic Foundation, New Delhi. The book was released by Mr. Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Former Governor,West Bengal and the first copy was received by Mr. Sashi Kumar, Chairman, Asian College of Journalism.
"The End of Growth" a lecture by Mansoor Khan, author of "The Third Curve"
10 March, 2014
Mansoor Khan -- An alumnus of IIT Bombay, Cornell University and MIT, Khan started his career as a film-maker and went on to make four feature films including Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. He currently lives on a farm and cheese factory in Coonoor.
If all things grow, decay and die, how is it that we are being sold a story about unlimited growth? The unthinking assumption that we can and will continue to grow is leading us away from understanding the civilisational problem at our doorsteps. What is the relationship between money and energy, capital and resources, concept and reality? Mansoor Khan helps us understand the follies in our deluded chase for infinite economic growth through finite resources.
The lecture began with a screening of u-ra-mi-li by Anushka Meenakshi and Iswar Srikumaran.
Joys and Dangers of being a Foreign Correspondent
24 February, 2014
Ranjan Roy, Editor, Times News Network spoke to the students of the ACJ about the 'Joys and Dangers of being a Foreign Correspondent'
22 February, 2014
The ACJ in collaboration with the BRITISH COUNCIL screened ALGORITHMS (India | 2012 | HDV | B&W | 96 mins English, Hindi, Tamil, Odiya with English subtitles) directed by Ian McDonald and Produced by Geetha J. this was followed by a discussion with the director, producer and Bhardawaj Rangan.