Past Events

The Surprising Power of Social Connection
How can we stay emotionally connected while social distancing? Social psychologist Nicholas Epley explores the science behind meaningful interactions.

Virtual Tour of The Oriental Institute Museum

All day
Through December 31, 2020

Mar. 17

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago is a leading research center for the ancient Middle East. The museum houses some 350,000 artifacts—around 5,000 of which are on display—excavated mainly by OI archaeologists. Founded in 1919, at a time when the Middle East was called the Orient, the OI has pioneered innovative excavations and comprehensive dictionary projects that chronicle ancient civilizations.

Counselor Workshop Undergraduate Admissions

Through February 29, 2020
UChicago Center in Delhi

Feb. 28

UChicago welcomed high school counselors and EducationUSA advisors to the UChicago Center in Delhi from February 28-29 2020, in partnership with Johns Hopkins University and Barnard College.

The Center will be hosting a reception for newly admitted Class of 2021 LLM students and LLM alumni. Director of Graduate Programs, Mr. Justin Swinsick, will be speaking to the group via video conference while attendees will have the chance to interact, learn more about the LLM program, life at the Law School and reconnect with the UChicago Law community.

In India especially, there is a widespread belief that social impact careers mean low pay, self-sacrifice, and diminished social status. But this does not take into account the dramatic evolution of the social sector in recent years. Today, there are myriad options – from social enterprises to impact investing and fellowship programs to highly effective and professionalized NGOs.  

Creative Entrepreneurship: How I Became a Bestseller

5:00–6:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi


The Wharton Club of Delhi, UChicago Alumni Club of India and Yale Club of India will be hosting a talk on "Creative Entrepreneurship: How I Became a Bestseller" by a renowned author Mr Ashwin Sanghi.  

Navigating Doctor-Patient Relationships in India

Through February 16, 2020
UChicago Center in Delhi

Feb. 15

This two-day symposium seeks to better understand and examine the trust deficit in the doctor-patient relationship in India. The program will focus on building trust and building networks through a a series of discussions with patients’ rights groups, doctors, other healthcare practitioners, researchers, and policy makers.

India is among the most rapidly urbanising countries in the world. Large scale migration from rural to urban areas is significantly transforming the urban landscape, cities are expanding, and new, planned cities are being developed by actors in both state and private sectors. Rapidly growing urban areas are both sites of opportunity and of challenge. They are engines of modernisation, economic growth, social innovation and cultural development and offer the potential to provide a higher quality of life for their residents. But they also face tremendous challenges in terms of infrastructure, affordable housing, social and cultural integration and promoting equity and inclusion in the context of increasing disparities in wealth and income.


As part of a broader global process of urbanization, a number of cities around the world are engaged in bold urban restructuring efforts focused on eradicating slum areas and reshaping the urban landscape, in part in order to better compete as “global cities.” The city of Mumbai is in many ways emblematic of these efforts. Massive slum clearance and redevelopment efforts are underway in the service of expanding and upgrading the city’s infrastructure and opening space for corporate, commercial, and housing development. Foundational to this restructuring is the demolition of many of the city’s informal settlements and the resettlement of residents to newly built housing complexes. Although there has been a good deal of research about slum communities and the broad processes of urbanization and urban restructuring policy in Mumbai, there has been relatively less empirical research on the lived experiences of former slum dwellers post-resettlement or on the nature of the communities into which they have been moved. 

Limits of Archives: Mapping Urban Spaces in Modern South Asia

All day
Seminar Room 2, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta


Modern cities and urban spaces have set unique challenges to archivists and archival practices globally. Archivists, in response, have reimagined their institutional mandates, articulated new categories, reconfigured their own internal hierarchies, learned methodologically from quotidian urban practices such as flânerie to understand and map urban formations. Engagements with archives have led to the articulation of new categories and such categories have critically informed the way we look at cities and suburban spaces. Archives thus underpin both modes of surveillance and resistance, and the agenda of research and agitation. However, self-reflexive archivists are acutely aware of the limits of their explanatory powers and this sense of lack has often pushed them to redesign the very material infrastructure of archives, and legislate new institutional norms of use and access. Consequently, these redefinitions have led archivists to engage with newer technologies and the emergent legal regimes that seek to govern them. Here, the local context comes to critically define an otherwise global phenomenon, and the registers of identitarian differences such as race, caste, gender, and class inflect and play on these processes.

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