Award-winning International Journalist Teaches at UMF as Prestigious Libra Professor

FARMINGTON, ME (February 26, 2013)—University of Maine at Farmington is proud to announce that Sudip Mazumdar, award-winning international journalist, has been named a Libra Professor at UMF for the 2013 spring

Sudip Mazumdar

Sudip Mazumdar (UMF photo)

semester. The Libra Professorship Program brings scholars of national and international prominence to University of Maine System campuses to provide students and members of the community with outstanding faculty models for teaching, research and public service.

Considered one of the most important and influential reporters in the Indian journalistic scene, Mazumdar is teaching a political science course at UMF and presenting a series of public lectures and films on India and Tibet.

Mazumdar has been a special correspondent and bureau chief for Newsweek in India. Since joining Newsweek in 1984, Mazumdar has covered stories of global and national importance from India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan. His work has included in-depth coverage of stories from the assassination of Indira Gandhi, the chemical disaster in Bhopal, India’s liberalization program, and terrorism to the global appeal of Bollywood.

Prior to his work with Newsweek, Mazumdar worked as an investigative reporter with the Indian Express, a multi-edition national daily newspaper based in New Delhi. There he pursued long-term investigations of numerous social and human rights issues, many of which led to legal reform, with two being taken up by the Indian Supreme Court.

“We are thrilled to have Sudip at UMF this semester,” said Gretchen Legler, UMF professor of creative writing. “He is well-respected not only for his award-winning reporting, but also for his keen knowledge of the politics and history of contemporary South and Central Asia. What better way to have our campus and local community expand their understanding of that region than to have an Indian intellectual and cultural critic such as Sudip on our campus.”

A champion of civil rights for the disenfranchised, for women and those who live in poverty in rural India, Mazumdar was awarded the prestigious Statesman award for reporting in rural India. His article “Man Bites ‘Slumdog,’” published in Newsweek in 2009, reveals his personal experience in India’s slums as a young man and how his dogged persistence and love of learning helped change his life.

Mazumdar graduated from the International Institute of Journalism in West Berlin. He was a fellow of the World Press Institute in St. Paul, Minn., and is a member of the India International Center and a member of the Overseas Press Club of America. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Society for Political Studies, a New Delhi think-tank.

The Libra Professorship Program was established in 1989 by the University of Maine System through a generous gift from Elizabeth B. Noyce. The following events are sponsored by the UMF Libra Professorship and the Arts Institute of Western Maine.

“India and Tibet: Glimpses of Modern Day India and the Vanishing Culture in Tibet”

Why India Can Never Be a Hindu Theocracy
Presentation by Sudip Mazumdar
Friday, March 1
12-1 p.m.
North Dining Hall A, UMF Olsen Student Center

The Crisis in Tibet
Tenzin Dorjee, executive director of Students for a Free Tibet
Monday, March 4,
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
Lincoln Auditorium, Roberts Learning Center
6 p.m., documentary film and discussion
Thomas Auditorium, UMF Preble and Ricker Hall

Tibetan Buddhism and Its Relevance Today
The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi, director of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT
Tuesday, March 5
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., presentation and discussion
North Dining Hall C, UMF Olsen Student Center
6 p.m., documentary film and discussion
Nordica Auditorium, UMF Merrill Hall

Indian Classical Music
Maestro Tabla Player Aditya Kalyanpur
Sunday, March 17
7:30 p.m., Emery Community Arts Center

“Slumdog Millionaire”
Tuesday, March 26
9 p.m., The Landing, UMF Olsen Student Center

Growing Up in India’s Slums
Documentary film and discussion “The Real Slumdogs” presented by Sudip Mazumdar
Wednesday, March 27
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., North Dining Hall A, UMF Olsen Student Center

The Other Side of Outsourcing
Documentary film by Thomas Friedman followed by a discussion on the impact of the current global trend of outsourcing on India and the U.S. by Sudip Mazumdar, UMF Libra Professor; John Messier, UMF associate professor of economics and Waleck Dalpour, UMF professor of business.
Tuesday, April 9
6:30-9 p.m., Lincoln Auditorium, UMF Roberts Learning Center

Wednesday, April 10
8 p.m., The Landing, UMF Olsen Student Center

For more information, please contact Gretchen Legler, UMF professor of creative writing, 207-778-7182, or

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Media Contact: Gretchen Legler, UMF professor of creative writing, 207-778-7182, or

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