India expert, author and historian Ananya Vajpeyi will speak Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the University of Central Florida.

Vajpeyi will give a presentation entitled “India: Old Words, New World” at 3 p.m. in the Cape Florida Ballroom of the Student Union. The event, organized by the UCF Global Perspectives Office, is part of the 2012-2013 theme of “The Changing Face of Freedom in Today’s Turbulent Times.” It is free and open to the public, and is also a featured event of The India Center at UCF.

Vajpeyi is a visiting fellow with the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi, and a senior fellow with the American Institute of Indian Studies. She was born in New Delhi and raised there and in Mexico City. She was educated at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, at Oxford University in England, where she read as a Rhodes Scholar, and at the University of Chicago, where she earned her doctorate in South Asian languages and civilizations.

Her book, “Righteous Republic: The Political Foundations of Modern India,” will be released this fall.

In addition to the Global Perspectives Office, sponsors and partners include The India Center at UCF, The India Group, Anil and Chitra Deshpande India Program Endowed Fund, UCF Diplomacy Program, Lawrence J. Chastang and the Chastang Foundation, CliftonLarsonAllen, Orlando Area Committee on Foreign Relations, UCF International Services Center, UCF Political Science Department, UCF Women’s Studies Program, UCF Women’s Research Center, UCF LIFE, UCF Book Festival 2013 in association with the Morgridge International Reading Center and the Global Connections Foundation.