LACS is a four-day residential seminar exclusively for students or recent graduates ofmedia, literature, performing & creative arts. Students discuss and debate variety of dynamics and intricacies of economic, political, artistic, cultural and personal freedom in relation to the individual, the society and the state.
It is a platform to explore ideas in a rigorous four days where YOU do the talking; get to know REALITY with your own eyes; watch documentaries; have interactive discussions with experts and chit-chat over coffee and food!
Lectures by artists, writers, journalists and development professionals: Juliet Reynolds, K Jayasankar & Anjali Monteiro, Siddarth Bhatia, Dadi Pudumjee, Anand Patwardhan, Shohini Ghosh, Angelie Multani, Ritu Menon, Raza Haider, Pramada Menon, Dilip Simeon, Tyler Cowen, Syeda Imam
Documentary screenings : "War & Peace" by Anand Patwardhan, "License Permit Raj: A View from Below" by Madhu Kishwar; "Sex, Drugs & Consulting Adults" and "Role of Greed in Society" by John Stossel
Working groups : Small groups encourage participation, creativity and expression
Let's Talk Liberty: Explore freedom in relation to self, society and the state
Censorship in Literature : Reading and discussion of banned text
What is seen and what is unseen : Role play performed by three groups on a journalist deputed to write a story
Researching Reality Field Exercise: First hand research on vendors, cycle-rickshaw pullers, autowallahs, shop owners, coolies, construction worker
How to participate?
Eligibility: College students currently enrolled in an undergraduate/ post-graduate program or recent graduates from any of the following streams: media, literature, performing arts or creative arts. We are looking for an open mind, loads of enthusiasm and a strong Desire for CHANGE!
Application process: 40 students are selected through an application process.
Participants will bear travel costs to the venue. Room & board will be provided by CCS!
Getting geared up for LACS.see what you think about issues, take the FREEDOMETER and read articles related to LACS themes, download the LACS Reader
LACS Grads Speak.
"I have a lot of questions that are left unanswered, but this seminar has taught me to search the answers myself. Thanks."
Ranjana Kumari, LACS Delhi 2005 z
"I got a chance to be damn honest and have learnt to welcome others' opinions."
Somolekha Sur, LACS Kolkata 2004
"A worthwhile experience with lots to gain, profuse intellectual discourse and great people to meet- that's what LACS experience is all about."
Pranav Prakash, LACS Delhi 2004
"Wake up, look around, question, and make your difference."
Swati Chawla, LACS Delhi 2004
"It not only showed me the way to develop India, but developed me individually as well."
Rohit Raman, LACS Delhi 2004
"LACS Kolkata 2004 was an enriching, informative experience that prompted us to think beyond the apparent and obvious."
Chintan Girish Modi, LACS Kolkata 2004
"I am leaving with many questions unanswered, but the point is, now at least I have questions and I am sure I will find the answers. Thank you very much."