November 21, 2015: A Teacher Training Workshop on Sri Lanka

Saturday November 21, 10:00am – 12:30pm
A talk by Neil DeVotta (Wake Forest University)
“Civil War and Aftermath in Sri Lanka”

Moderated by S. Akbar Zaidi (Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, and the School of International and Public Affairs)

Neil DeVotta is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Wake Forest University.  His research interests include South Asian security and politics, ethnicity and nationalism, ethnic conflict resolution, and democratic transition and consolidation.  He is the author of Blowback: Linguistic Nationalism, Institutional Decay, and Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2004).  In addition to coauthoring and editing books on Sri Lanka and India, respectively, his publications have appeared in Nations and Nationalism, Journal of Democracy, Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, Journal of International Affairs, and Contemporary South Asia.  His current research examines the links between nationalist ideologies and communal violence in South Asia.

9:30am:  coffee, tea, and bagels
10:00am:  Introduction by S. Akbar Zaidi
10:15 – 11:15:  Talk by Neil DeVotta 
11:30am – 12:30:  Q & A discussion with moderator and speaker
11:30am:  Response by Akbar Zaidi and discussion
Copies of the following books will be distributed at the workshop to all participants:
Sri Lanka in the Modern Age: A History by Nira Wickramasinghe
Sources of Indian Traditions: Modern India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh (Introduction to Asian Civilizations) (Volume 2, Third edition)
Participants must be K-12 teachers, two- or four-year college instructors or students enrolled in graduate education degree programs. If you would like to register for either workshop, or have questions, please contact William Carrick at <>.   Participants may register for one or both workshops.
To register, please send an email to which includes your name, school affiliation, level of students taught, and subjects taught. Student registrants should include their school and degree program, anticipated graduation date, and a very brief statement of career goals.
There is no registration fee to attend the workshop.  All books and materials will be provided to participants at no cost. 
For additional information, please contact William Carrick at <> or by phone at (212) 854-4565.