Still Playing With Fire?
Reflections on NGOs, Empowerment and  Activism Through a Journey of Sangtins
A conversation with Richa Singh, Surbala Vaish and Richa Nagar, three of the nine authors of Playing with Fire (PWF).  PWF emerged from close dialogue among eight NGO activists in Uttar Pradesh, India, and a professor and writer based primarily in the US. PWF interweaves stories about the lives of seven village-level NGO activists, beginning with their collective analysis of poverty, casteism, and communal untouchability in childhood; the abuses that frequently accompanied their marriages; to their triumphs as NGO workers; to a critique of this NGO and, more generally, of donor-driven empowerment. The book was first published as "Sangtin Yatra" in Hindi in India in 2004, and has subsequently spawned a social movement in the Sitapur District of Uttar Pradesh.

What Book Reading and Conversation 
When Thursday, April 19, 6:30PM 
Where Barbara Christian Room (Barrows 554), University of California Berkeley (map)
Presented by Asian American Studies, UCB; Friends of South Asia; Narika of the Alameda County & at Berkeley; & South Asia Studies, UCB
What Talk and Discussion
When Friday, April 20th, 6.30 p.m. (Refreshments will be served)
Where Cummings Art Building, Room 4, Stanford University (map)
Presented by Center for South Asia, Stanford University and Friends of South Asia
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This event is free and open to all.
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Friends of South Asia