Hello Culture Lab family,
We live in interesting times and it is relevant now more than ever to reflect on the idea of censorship. Professor William Mazzarella, from the University of Chicago, spoke at our Culture Lab in December on censorship in cinema and the many subliminal messages the act of censorship carries. The video of the talk has just gone up on our website, and we urge you all to watch it.
Our next event looks closely at the nation through a historical lens. We are collaborating with Godrej Archives and the MIT Club of Bombay to host a lecture by Professor Ross Bassett on how a group of MIT-educated Indians, in a span of a hundred years, changed the future of India. Don’t forget to RSVP.
From looking forward to looking back. Last month we hosted the lovable, prolific, award-winning writer Stephen Alter at our Lab. We have mined the best quotes from his amazing lecture. With all the adjectives you just read, you might have realized that we love him (and if you missed the talk) read this blog post so you can fall in love with him too!
We have focused on gender and sexuality as a theme at our Lab over the past few months. To celebrate Women’s Day we have compiled a playlist on our YouTube channel for you to watch. Either watch all of them in one go or pick and choose. Like that infamous ad said - it’s your choice!
Lastly, in this newsletter we also have two great photo essays from our #VivaVikhroli. The first is of our beautiful campus from our #ILoveGodrejOne contest where we asked Godrej employees to send their best pictures of Godrej One, the headquarters of our Culture Lab. The second is from our amazing mangroves visit where we took a small group of people from Godrej for a walk through the private Godrej mangroves. Working here is so much fun!
Kevin + Culture Lab team