India’s Hindi film industry, Bollywood, is the largest film industry in the world. Bollywood produces over 1,200 films and sells nearly 3 billion tickets worldwide each year. Located in Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay – hence the nickname Bollywood, the Hindi language film industry is known for its glamor, color, big budget shoots, fantastic locales and most importantly its song and dance sequences. Dr. Rucha Ambikar, assistant professor of sociology at Bemidji State University, will explore this vibrant world of Hindi cinema Dec. 2 as part of the university’s Honors Council Lecture Series.
It’s not every day that you get a chance to meet the daughter of the President of the United States. Jennifer Thiesen, a programmer in Bemidji State University’s programming, networking and servers office, had that opportunity on Nov. 20, along with two members of the Girls Who Code club she founded at Bemidji State in the fall of 2014.
Bemidji State University’s Ojibwe Language Summer Camp — Ojibwemowin Niibinishi Gabeshi — which offers a unique opportunity for students to become immersed in Ojibwe culture, has won the Innovative Award for Non-Credit Programs from the North American Association of Summer Sessions.