Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

January 24, 2006

Great Decisions Series to Feature Feb. 9 Lecture,
"China and India: Partners or Competitors?"

The 49th annual Great Decisions Lecture Series at Whitworth College features five speakers who will focus on current political, cultural and economic subjects of interest to the international community. The public is invited to attend the lectures free of charge.

The first lecture of the series will feature Vandana Asthana, Ph.D., who will present a lecture, "China and India: Partners or Competitors?," on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre, Weyerhaeuser Hall, at Whitworth. A background book that covers the lecture series, Great Decisions 2006, will be available for purchase at the Whitworth bookstore. Whitworth students may earn one semester credit for attending the series. For more information, please call (509) 777-3270.

Vandana Asthana holds a doctorate in political science from the University of Kanpur, India. She is head of the Christ Church College Political Science Department and Environmental Studies Unit, in Kanpur. Her areas of specialization are international relations and environmental security. Asthana is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she is researching water conflicts and security with special reference to corporatization and commodification of water.

Asthana has been associated with the India chapter of the Ford Foundation-funded project RCSS, Sri Lanka, on environment and security in South Asia, and she has completed a project for the government of India on the water security of India. Her publications include Security in South Asia: Trends and Directions (2004), India's Foreign Policy and Sub-continental Politics (1999), and Theory of International Politics (1996).

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Contacts:

Barbara Brodrick, academic program assistant, politics and history department, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3270 or bbrodrick@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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