Kathy Hargrove, India

Kathy Hargrove, former associate dean for academic affairs at the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, has received the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship to work in India during fall and winter 2011. She is at Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD), a young university in Delhi, which is establishing its school of education. Her project, “Unwrapping India’s Gifts,” centers on children and youth with exceptional gifts and talents. She returns to her faculty position after completing the fellowship.

River journey

We have been enjoying new friends and experiences on board a little river vessel on the Brahmaputra River.  Our dinner table conversations were especially interesting. For example, there is always a lot in the papers about Kashmere.  As you probably know, it is supposed to be very beautiful, but it continues to be a “hot spot” and problem area between India and Pakistan.  This topic brought us to Partition, which has surprised me because of the sense of immediacy about it, even though it happened more than 50 years ago.  It reminds me of visiting England 30 years ago when people talked about “the war” as if it had just ended a week or so in the past. There is hardly a [...]

2012-01-24T21:58:38+00:00 January 10th, 2012|Kathy Hargrove, India|

Tughlaqabad Fort

Last week we visited still another ruined fort, Tughlaqabad Fort. This was built by Ghiya-ud-di, the founder of the Tughlaq dynasty, in 1327.  Legend has it that on a walk with his Khilji master, the king, it was suggested that he build a great fort in the location. Just six years later, Ghazi Malik drove away the Khiljis and became the king himself, beginning the Tughlaq dynasty. He planned the huge fort to keep away the Mughal raiders, and in order to build it, he issued an order that all laborers in Delhi must work on the fort.  Unfortunately, a Sufi saint and mystic, Nizamuddin Auliya, resented the fact that there were no laborers to work on his well, and he [...]

2011-12-23T22:20:46+00:00 December 21st, 2011|Kathy Hargrove, India|

A chance to hear the Dalai Lama

Our friends got us tickets to see the Dalai Lama at the Indian Cultural Center. We arrived about 30 minutes early to find a long line already formed.  The event was supposed to begin at 2:30, but by the time they got as many people in as possible, it was later than that.  Every seat, lower floor and balcony, was taken.  As everywhere in India, there was a lot of security, and of course, the Dalai Lama himself had a big entourage. His topic was the "Art of Happiness." He spoke from a podium with a young monk at his side. He spoke without notes. After about 45 minutes, the representative of the sponsor, Penguin Books India, announced that he [...]

2011-12-23T22:33:45+00:00 December 7th, 2011|Kathy Hargrove, India|

Journey to Safdarjung’s tomb

Kathy Hargrove, former associate dean for academic affairs at the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, has received the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship to work in India during fall and winter 2011. She is at Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD), a young university in Delhi, which is establishing its school of education. Her project, “Unwrapping India’s Gifts,” centers on children and youth with exceptional gifts and talents. She returns to her faculty position after completing the fellowship.

2011-11-16T22:08:15+00:00 November 10th, 2011|Kathy Hargrove, India|