Past Events: 2015

Nuclear Power and India’s Energy Needs: Lessons from History

6:00–7:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Dec.
23

Nuclear power has been held out as a potentially important source of energy in the country. The Intended Nationally Determined Contribution document (INDC) submitted ahead of the Climate meeting in Paris talks about it as one of the many steps being undertaken to lower emissions and an installed capacity of 63 gigawatts by the year 2032. Much larger installed capacities are envisioned for the longer term future. This talk evaluated the likelihood of these expectations being met by considering the history of over six decades of atomic energy in the country and the lessons one can learn from the experiences with building multiple nuclear reactors.


Chicago Model United Nations Conference India

All day
Through December 23, 2015
UChicago Center in Delhi

Begins
Dec. 21

The Centre collaborated with ChoMUN, an academic student organization at the University of Chicago to host the second installation of Chicago Model United Nations—India edition.  ChoMUN is responsible for organizing UChicago’s annual college MUN conference and works with UChicago’s travelling competitive MUN team, which is the best in the world.


Tuberculosis, Human Rights, and The Law: A Judicial Workshop

Through December 20, 2015
UChicago Center in Delhi

Begins
Dec. 19

Our goal for this workshop, comprised of judges and other legal professionals, was to familiarize the legal community in India and other Commonwealth jurisdictions with the legal and human rights issues associated with TB. The workshop provided an opportunity for judges and legal professionals to exchange ideas and discuss their experiences and knowledge toward the goal of developing informed legal strategies and informed judicial approaches to TB. Along with judges and  lawyers,  presenters  and  participants included  medical  and  public  health  experts, civil society, and people living with TB and former TB patients.


International Innovation Corps Information Session Webinar

5:30–6:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Dec.
19

The International Innovation Corps offers a unique opportunity for bright, young minds to play an active role in building and implementing innovative solutions to some of India’s toughest social problems. The IIC aims to jump start the process of problem-driven innovation in the Indian public sector by connecting teams of bright, talented and committed graduates from Indian universities and the University of Chicago with Indian public sector enterprises for paid, 13-month assignments that tackle discrete and tractable but important social challenges. The IIC trains its fellows in the US and India, organizes them into teams based on skills, and places teams at Indian public sector host institutions. Each IIC team works with the host institution to complete a project that impacts social outcomes. In the process, teams learn how to rapidly innovate and implement solutions in complex settings.


Networks, Modeling, and Public Health Decision Making

5:00–7:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Dec.
19

Mathematical models provide one powerful approach to marry decision making with scientific rigor. The computer is a mathematical modeler’s laboratory, where different inputs can be synthesized, and scenarios experimented with. Constructing and validating good models remains a challenge, but as data science, the study of networks and computing have all progressed, making to possible to harness these methods to rigorously assess prevention targets, and optimal use of existing resources. Some of the data and network collection procedures that go into modeling approaches were discussed at this talk.  Additionally, mathematical modeling approaches that are influencing decision making, and ways forward to improve prevention of HIV among men at high-risk for HIV in India, including novel biomedical prevention were also discussed.


Sen's book Nation at Play: A History of Sport in India was launched by Bishan Singh Bedi, former Captain of the Indian Cricket Team, and followed by a panel discussion on Indian sports.


Images and Imaging in South Asia

All day
Through December 17, 2015
UChicago Center in Delhi

Begins
Dec. 16

This workshop explored three general areas, through roundtable discussions: rich descriptions of images, collections for collaborative digitization, and intersections of images with other digital objects.


In this talk co-hosted with The Jindal Global Law School, Professor Ginsburg drew on his upcoming book Judicial Reputation: A Comparative Theory and traced the global focus in recent years on systems for selecting, appointing and disciplining judges. Addressing the key question — the degree to which judges have autonomy over their own affairs Professor Ginsburg drew on contemporary debates about Judicial Independence globally and in the Indian context.


International Conference on the Supreme Court of India and Progressive Social Change

All day
Through December 12, 2015
UChicago Center in Delhi

Begins
Dec. 11

The aim of this Conference was to examine the empirical effects of decisions of the Indian Supreme Court on the everyday lives of marginalised citizens. There was a widespread belief among Indian academics, political activists, and journalists that the Indian Supreme Court is not only an effective agent of politically progressive social change, but also, perhaps the only governmental institution capable of furthering the interests of the relatively disadvantaged. The conference was designed to explore this belief.


What 2016 Holds for India-US Relations

6:00–7:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delh

Dec.
4

This panel discussion was hosted in collaboration with Brookings India and International Houses Worldwide and examined the recent developments in the bilateral relationship between India and the United States following Prime Minister Modi’s September 2015 visit to the US. With the United States of America heading towards Presidential elections in November 2016, the panelists discussed and debated on what the coming years hold for the India-US Partnership.


Dec.
1

Delhi’s rapid urbanization is a key driver of economic prosperity. But with unprecedented growth comes formidable energy- and environment-related challenges – including air pollution, a leading public health challenge. The University of Chicago and Delhi Government kicked off a competition to award up to Rs. 2 crore toward the best local ideas to meet future energy needs while confronting high pollution. The Urban Labs Innovation Challenge: Delhi will put the winning ideas to the test to build lasting policy solutions toward a cleaner, more prosperous Delhi.


The International Innovation Corps offers a unique opportunity for bright, young minds to play an active role in building and implementing innovative solutions to some of India’s toughest social problems. The IIC aims to jump start the process of problem-driven innovation in the Indian public sector by connecting teams of bright, talented and committed graduates from Indian universities and the University of Chicago with Indian public sector enterprises for paid, 13-month assignments that tackle discrete and tractable but important social challenges. The IIC trains its fellows in the US and India, organizes them into teams based on skills, and places teams at Indian public sector host institutions. Each IIC team works with the host institution to complete a project that impacts social outcomes. In the process, teams learn how to rapidly innovate and implement solutions in complex settings.


Along with the report launch, an interactive panel discussion on the topic “Corporate volunteerism Creating a culture of collaboration, deliberate leadership and shared value to tackle wicked problems” was hosted. This discussion, moderated by Ms. Gayle Peterson, drew upon the experience and perspectives of leading academics, nonprofit advocates and corporate leaders to showcase how partnerships and close collaborations through structured corporate volunteering programmes result in unique leadership and skills development amongst employees from corporates and non-profits alike.


Talk by Shweta Kulkarni on Watching Power Supply in India

3:30–5:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Nov.
20

Electricity consumers in India often face poor quality supply in the form of frequent interruptions, blackouts, and low voltage levels. This forces them to invest heavily in alternative power supply sources and voltage stabilizing devices or suffer inconvenience and loss of productivity. The problem is more severe in rural and semi-urban areas. The electric utilities continue to justify large capital expenditure and consequent tariff increase by citing the goal of improvement in supply quality. There is no independent mechanism to monitor the supply quality and hold electric utilities accountable for their performance. Through the electricity supply monitoring initiative (ESMI), Prayas is working to make available in the public domain the electricity supply quality data for a few hundred locations across the country.


Nov.
19

The basis for this talk deals with the religious performances and rituals of ordinary people in a village in West Bengal.


Two Poets: Part II

5:00–7:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Nov.
18

Following a successful poetry reading and roundtable discussion on contemporary Anglophone Indian poetry at the Center last year, this event expanded and extended the dialogue with Indian literary scholars and poets in Delhi over the coming years.


An Afternoon Commemorating the Life & Work of Daniel Pearl

3:00–6:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Nov.
17

This event jointly hosted by the Embassy of Israel and the Embassy of the United States of America commemorated the life and work of the Wall Street Journal correspondent Daniel Pearl (1963-2002).


Harper Lecture with David Meltzer on The Doctor-Patient Relationship and Health Care

5:00–7:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi (Nov. 16 event) & Four Seasons Hotel in Mumbai (Nov. 18 event)

Nov.
16

Medicine has grown highly specialized, raising concerns that excess specialization might increase costs and problems in care coordination, and compromise relationships between doctors and patients. New research explores whether care improves when physicians rearrange their practices to allow them to treat patients both in clinics and in hospitals, reducing coordination problems between inpatient and outpatient care and leveraging the potential of the doctor-patient relationship.


Nov.
6

This event featured a discussion on art, politics, and the traveling life of culture around the novel The Firebird with Saikat Majumdar and Jonathan Gil Harris.


This event was an Information Session to learn more about the UChicago Postgraduate Arts and Sciences Bridge Program. This is a one year, full-time master’s degree program embedded in the interdisciplinary study of arts and sciences that also allows students to specialize in a specific disciplinary track while receiving exposure to the traditional liberal arts (physical and biological sciences, social sciences and humanities). Students who successfully complete all program requirements receive a Master of Liberal Arts degree from the University of Chicago.


This two-week intensive onsite program will offer students rigorous training in the critical thinking, reading, writing, and discussion skills that are essential for students in U.S. universities and colleges. These skills are embodied in the famous General Education Core sequences in the College at the University of Chicago: small, discussion-based classes that encourage wide-ranging conversations across cultures and time periods, tackling big problems and fundamental questions in the University’s unique interdisciplinary style.


Information Session: UChicago Postgraduate Arts and Sciences Bridge Program

11:30 am–12:30 pm
Botany Lecture Theater (Room No. 145), Miranda House, Delhi University

Nov.
3

This was an information session to learn more about the UChicago Postgraduate Arts and Sciences Bridge Program. This is a one year, full-time master’s degree program embedded in the interdisciplinary study of arts and sciences that also allows students to specialize in a specific disciplinary track while receiving exposure to the traditional liberal arts (physical and biological sciences, social sciences and humanities). Students who successfully complete all program requirements receive a Master of Liberal Arts degree from the University of Chicago.


The Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy hosted a talk as part of it's 'Great Cases' series by Mr. Mohan Parasaran, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India on the Vodafone tax case (Vodafone International Holdings v Union of India). At the event, Mr. Parasaran spoke about his experiences as the counsel arguing the case.


Drawing on India’s long tradition of documentary photography, Looking Askance considered contemporary photographic works from the University of Chicago that responded to current events and media imagery. These works complicated what it means to “bear witness” by proposing a problematic relationship to the utopic premise that photographs can shift the social and political conditions they picture. The exhibition’s curator, acclaimed photographer Laura Letinsky, as well as two artists featured in the show, Anna Elise Johnson and Marco G. Ferrari, discussed photography’s relationship to the production and dissemination of historical truth. Casting suspicion on the possibility of an absolute historical narrative, these artists examined our shifting understanding of documentary photography. Presented by The University of Chicago Center in Delhi and Logan Center Exhibitions.


The Open Showcase

Through November 10, 2015
UChicago Center in Delhi

Begins
Oct. 19

Explore the works and engage with faculty at the University of Chicago Center in Delhi!


Looking Askance: Gallery Walk and Opening Reception

Through October 29, 2015
GALLERYSKE

Begins
Oct. 16

Drawing on India’s long tradition of documentary photography, Looking Askance considered contemporary photographic work from the University of Chicago that responded to current events and media imagery. These works complicated what it meant to “bear witness” by proposing a problematic relationship to the utopic premise that photographs can shift the social and political conditions they picture. From Matthew Connors’ photographs of Cairo made during the Arab Spring, to Valerie Snobeck’s video projection of the meticulous dismantling and recomposition of time, literally in the form of a watch; from Marco G. Ferrari’s video installation featuring footage of the Costa Concordia still halfsubmerged long after the cruise ship capsized in Italy in 2012, to Anna Elise Johnson’s window installation that responded to the liberalization of India’s markets and their move toward open foreign investment and privatization, Looking Askance addressed photography’s relationship to the production and dissemination of historical truth. Casting suspicion on the possibility of an absolute historical narrative, these artists examined our shifting understanding of documentary photography.


Celebrating Diaspora for Development

2:00–4:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Oct.
15

This event co-hosted with USAID/India and organized in support of the Global Diaspora Week, celebrated  Indian-Americans and Indians educated or trained abroad who have returned to India to contribute to the country’s social and economic development.  Through a moderated discussion, we examined what motivates this dedicated group of entrepreneurs, how we can determine impact, and together address the challenges that returning diaspora face in advancing social enterprises.


Education Investing Roundtable

9:00 am–2:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Oct.
14

An investor focused roundtable on “K-12 Education,” jointly hosted by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF) and Impact Investors Council (IIC).


Pan India Booth Alumni Retreat (PIBAR ‘15)

All day
Through October 11, 2015
Bengaluru

Begins
Oct. 10

PIBAR (Pan India Booth Alumni Retreat) was an annual event where alums from across India got together over a 2 day period to make meaningful connections with each other.


Booth Executive MBA Information Sessions

6:30–8:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi (Oct. 6 event) & Bengaluru (Oct. 8 event)

Oct.
6

Executive MBA Program Information Session provided an opportunity to meet our staff, current students, and alumni and to learn how the Booth Executive MBA Program provides experienced executives with an unmatched business education and international networking opportunities like no other programs can.  Each info session featured a short presentation and Q&A session.


Matthew T. Kapstein specializes in the history of Buddhist philosophy in India and Tibet, as well as in the cultural history of Tibetan Buddhism more generally.  Kapstein has published over a dozen books and numerous articles, among the most recent of which are a general introduction to Tibetan cultural history, The Tibetans (Oxford 2006), an edited volume on Sino-Tibetan religious relations, Buddhism Between Tibet and China (Boston 2009), and a translation of an eleventh-century philosophical allegory in the acclaimed Clay Sanskrit Series, The Rise of Wisdom Moon (New York 2009). With Kurtis Schaeffer (University of Virginia) and Gray Tuttle (Columbia), he has completed Sources of Tibetan Traditions, published in the Columbia University Press Sources of Asian Traditions series in 2013.


Dr. C. Raja Mohan is a Distinguished Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation and leads the Strategic Studies Initiative of the Foundation.


Talk by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus

10:15–11:15 pm
University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Harper Center, Room 104, 5807 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL

Sep.
25

Join Nobel laureate and acclaimed economist Muhammad Yunus for an in-depth discussion of the challenges of, and solutions to, global poverty. Widely considered the father of both social business and microcredit, Yunus won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for his founding of pioneering microfinance institution Grameen Bank. He is the author of numerous books, including Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Enterprise and Capitalism and Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism that Serves Humanities Most Pressing Needs. Fortune magazine has named him “one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time.”


Phoenixphest 2015

6:30–10:00 pm
New Delhi

Sep.
24

Phoenixphest Delhi 2015 was hosted by the Alumni Club of India. It was a chance to rekindle old friendships, make new connections, and welcome UChicago’s newest graduates to the local and global alumni community.

Event was open to UChicago Alums only.


Faculty member Rochona Majumdar provided information on the University of Chicago's MAPH Program.


UChicago, Johns Hopkins, Rice, and Vanderbilt Information Sessions

7:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi (Sep. 22 event) & Education USA - New Delhi (Sep. 23 event)

Sep.
22

Representatives from UChicago, Johns Hopkins, and Rice University presented on the admissions process for US colleges.


Sep.
22

The Sanskrit language and its literature are especially important in offering access to an unusually long and rich record of the past history of human thought and experience.  This status carries with it a burden equally distinctive in its magnitude, that of the growing difficulty of contributing to the ever-increasing wealth of the Sanskrit corpus in ways that are vital enhancements, rather than merely preserving a static collection of knowledge.  At the Sanyukta Chaudhri Memorial Lecture Series, Guest Speaker, Professor Tubb provided a brief examination of the development of a single theme within several famous examples of the mahakavya genre which may help to illuminate some of the ways in which the greatest poets have made the already immense Sanskrit literary tradition into something more, by reinterpreting and reinvigorating elements of that tradition.


Education Counselors Program 2015

All day
Through September 18, 2015
UChicago Center in Delhi

Begins
Sep. 17

Johns Hopkins University, Rice University, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Chicago welcomed secondary school counselors from schools around India to the Center in Delhi. School counselors participated in workshops on the U.S. admissions process and financial aid.


Worldwide Booth Night

All day
Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, & Mumbai

Sep.
11

Worldwide Booth Night began with a pair of Booth students who had a simple idea and the enterprise to make it a reality. The first event was held in Chicago in 2001, and it soon inspired a movement that grew to reach distant cities all over the world.


Talk by British artist and visual practitioner Bharti Kher

5:00–7:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Sep.
10

In this talk, the British Artist and visual practitioner spoke on the significance of body and casting in her practice.


This talk was based on Dr. Sen’s book titled “Your History gets in the Way of My Memory,” published by Harper Collins in 2012. Taking from the book, this talk was first delivered at the National Museum, focusing on the lives and work of artists Manjit Bawa, M.F. Husain, Ganesh Pyne, S.H. Raza, Nilima Sheikh and Anupam Sud.


Sep.
3

The Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health and the University of Chicago Center in Delhi  hosted a workshop to bring together allies working on projects using digital storytelling/narrative, reproductive health and family planning among youth, and art within communities. Ci3 aimed to map and understand the challenges and obstacles and best practices for programs in India, specifically in the state of Uttar Pradesh.  We hope that by bringing together organizations working in such close proximity on similar issues, we will create a network of support for all. By sharing challenges and implementation strategies that work, all of our organizations can thrive together. The workshop established new partnerships and ideas and introduced attendees to a group with non-traditional approaches for tackling challenging social issues.


Indian New Wave Cinema Revisited: Workshop and Screenings

All day
Through August 29, 2015
UChicago Center in Delhi

Begins
Aug. 27

Over two days of screenings and a one-day workshop session, film scholars analyze a controversial period of Indian cinema's history: the 'new' cinemas of the 1970s-80s. Radical experiments with the film form accompanied the emergence of new themes in different regions of the country.  Envisioning novel political alignments cinema in these years engaged, transformed and extended formal practices, some of which were derived from literature, photography, and theater.  The emergence of these cinematic practices led to debates that opened up new frontiers for arguments around the State, national history,  political action, indigenism, and realism. A return to that history today poses new historiographic challenges and new archival responsibilities.


At the event, Mr. Divan will discuss his reflections on both cases, which have had a lasting impact on LGBT rights.


How can we create environmental regulation that is most effective and how might these co-benefits matter for policy design? How can regulatory policy create incentives for polluters to adopt any actions that reduce pollution levels, including efficiency enhancements. This talk explored these questions through the lens of ongoing environmental policy reforms and using results from a unique engineering-economic analysis of the costs of pollution abatement to industries.


Aug.
18

The Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), launched in 2008, is India’s flagship health insurance scheme for the poor providing coverage to nearly 150 million individuals. Recently, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) has begun the process of reforming RSBY to expand access to free and affordable healthcare services to many millions more. Different Indian states have experimented with various models to provide such healthcare access, the State of Karnataka in particular has had remarkable success with the Suvarna Surkasha Arogyasiri Trust and the Yeshaswini Trust Models as well as RSBY. This workshop brought together policymakers from the Central and State Governments, practitioners and academics to discuss the best reform path forward for the RSBY through the lens of Karnataka.


International Innovation Corps Training Program

All day
Through August 28, 2015
UChicago Center in Delhi

Begins
Aug. 17

The International Innovation Corps (IIC) will conduct a two week training program at the Center in Delhi. This training program is led by staff from the University of Chicago as well as local experts and Government officials.


India is now governed by a strong Modi-led majority party. A peaceful transference of power in terms of parties and structure as a consequence of India’s 16th national election highlights a notable degree of political maturity. The replacement of the Congress-led coalition after 10 years with a Bharatiya Janata Party clear majority is one obvious result of what can be considered a historic election. As a consequence of the 2014 elections, the emergence of a strong leader and a strong party coupled with continuing regionalism may provide a version of the state-nation system. It remains to be seen to what extent the new political structure coupled with India’s diversity will shape society, politics and governance during the next five years. Rich in empirical and quantitative data, this volume, along with the four previous volumes, comprise the best set of national- and state-level studies for understanding India’s politics in depth.


Booth MBA Information Sessions in Delhi, Mumbai & Bangalore

Through August 5, 2015
Delhi, Mumbai & Bengaluru

Begins
Aug. 3

Get an in-depth overview of the MBA program from admissions staff, followed by a networking reception with local alumni.


IIC Annual Workshop: Scaling Impact

9:45 am–7:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Jul.
30

Development is challenging. Creating effective, scalable solutions that can take hold in a complex context like India is even more challenging. At the International Innovation Corps at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy’s Annual Workshop: Scaling Impact, leaders from the government, private industry, non-profits, and development agencies as well as IIC fellows shared their experiences tackling these challenges and discussed unique insights and proven best practices that translate across specific project and issue areas.

The July event, co-hosted by the University of Chicago Center in Delhi, marked the culmination of the IIC’s first project cycle. 2014 IIC fellows, who spent the past year working at the intersection of scalability and impact on a diverse array of projects, presented valuable takeaways alongside major actors in the development space.


International Innovation Corps Training Program

All day
Through July 31, 2015
UChicago Center in Delhi

Begins
Jul. 20

The International Innovation Corps (IIC) conducted a two week training program at the Center. This training program was led by faculty and staff from the University of Chicago, as well as local experts and Government officials. Three IIC teams participated in the training. The three teams will be working on 13-month projects with Tata Trusts and the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai; Tata Trusts and the Energy Policy Institute at Chicago – India; and Millennium Alliance, respectively.


Philippe Guyot-Sionnest on Colloidal Nanoparticle Research

4:00–6:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Jun.
23

In this lecture, after a broad introduction of this exciting field at the interface of chemistry and physics, Professor Philippe Guyot-Sionnest described two promising research directions in his laboratory, on magnetic colloidal quantum dots and infrared photodetection.


David Friedman on Law Without the State

5:00–7:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Jun.
22

The Centre for Civil Society, in collaboration with South Asia Students for Liberty, hosted a public lecture on 'Law without the State' by David Friedman (PhD'71) on 22 June 2015 at the UChicago Center in Delhi, DLF Capitol Point, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi. Making the case for anarcho-capitalism over government monopoly over law, Friedman discussed how private sources can produce more efficient laws than governments.


This talk examined the mobilization of state ideology in two popular anticorruption films from China and India, arguing that they look to assuage the social pains incurred by the increased pace of modernization and globalization by presenting citizens with nostalgic solutions based in the founding principles of each nation.


Ten-Day Course on Financial Mathemathics

All day
Through June 6, 2015
UChicago Center in Delhi

Begins
May 27

The University of Chicago offered a ten day course on Financial Mathematics at the Centre in Delhi in the summer of 2015. The program ran from May 27th to June 6th and was offered to a select group of students already chosen by the instructor.


YES Institute Smart Urbanization Series

9:30 am–1:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

May
26

The YES Institute Smart Urbanization Series is a platform for convening government officials, international investors, civil society leaders, entrepreneurs, academicians, think-tanks and Multilaterals to bring smart city ideas to life.  The series attracts a premier inter-disciplinary gathering of experts to nurture the eco-system for the growth and development of Urban India.  Yes Bank established Yes Institute as a private sector global think tank to channel private sector capital toward India's development.


Karuna Nundy on Shreya Singhal v. Union of India

5:30–7:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

May
8

The Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy hosted the third talk in their 'Great Cases' series, by Advocate, Ms. Karuna Nundy on the recent Supreme Court decision of Shreya Singhal v. Union of India that struck down Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 and dealt with larger issues of freedom of speech and censorship. In the aforementioned case, Ms. Nundy appeared on behalf of the People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), an NGO that defends civil liberties and human rights.
 


When the Bird Became a Wave….A Journey with Kumar Shahani

5:00–7:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

May
1

MR Rajan’s docu-film on noted filmmaker Kumar Shahani, When the Bird Became a Wave… is a beautiful tribute to the great director by a sensitive artist. Rajan has interpreted Shahani’s life, work and words with great understanding and imagination.


UChicago Center in Delhi hosted Undergraduate Admissions Information Session with Barnard College, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Chicago.
 


Trevor Price on Speciation

5:30–7:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Apr.
21

Trevor Price is a Professor in the Department of Ecology & Evolution, working with the Committee on Evolutionary Biology and the Committee on Genetics, Genomics & Systems Biology. The current focus of his research is on the determinants of bird species diversity along the Himalayas, notably the question of why there are twice as many species in the eastern Himalayas as the west.


There is a need for focused discussions on ‘women in business’ and ‘women leadership styles’, so as to create more awareness about the sub-conscious (and sometimes conscious) biases that exist in the minds of both men and women. Pushing towards such a dialogue, Chicago Booth will host an invite only working group on “Leadership Experience Exploration and Advancing Women at Work: Breaking through Stereotypes”.


Clean India: Stimulating Behavior Change and Usage

9:00 am–8:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Apr.
17

The University of Chicago Center in Delhi, in conjunction with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business’s Social Enterprise Initiative and nonprofit Toilet Hackers, brought the best minds together in 2015 to convene on the topic, facilitated by resource partner Samhita Social Ventures.


An Evening with Pradeep K. Chintagunta and Richard H. Thaler, moderated by Luis Miranda.  This event was part of Chicago Booth's Global Leadership Series.


Ronnie Screwvala on “Dream With Your Eyes Open”

5:30–7:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Apr.
8

The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE) Delhi-NCR hosted an interactive session with UTV founder Ronnie Screwvala on his new book "Dream With Your Eyes Open". 


Connections Series: Following the Box

3:30–5:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Apr.
1

Following the Box is an exhibit about time, an exploration of an India that has changed dramatically in some areas and stayed the same in others.  It is also about America's brief military presence in India toward the the end of World War II.  Above all, it the story of two American artists who found a box of photographs made in India in 1945 by an anonymous U.S. serviceman and their attempts to unravel a mystery.


Mar.
27

At the UChicago Center in Delhi on March 27, 2015, members of the Indian Parliament, Jairam Ramesh, and four other eminent panelists discussed Ramesh’s book “Green Signals: Ecology, Growth, and Democracy in India.” Panelists included Bahar Dutt, wildlife conservationist and journalist; Senior Advocate Shyam Divan; Tejpreet Chopra, CEO, Bharat Light and Power; and Anant Sudarshan, India Director, Energy Policy Institute at Chicago. The event was co-sponsored by Oxford University Press, the Bharti Institute of Public Policy at the Indian School of Business, and the Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC).


Professor Laura Letinsky and Professor Sumantra Sengupta carried a discussion about artists and their presence in society.


Begins
Mar. 23

This meeting initiated a conversation between cancer researchers at the University of Chicago and at various Indian institutions to identify and to catalyze strategic partnerships in cancer research and capacity-building. The emphasis was on pooling intellectual, infrastructural and tissue resources to understand the biology of cancer with an aim to translate and target pathways for prevention or containment of cancer progression and metastasis.


Professor Martha Nussbaum on Anger and Revolutionary Justice

5:00–6:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Mar.
21

UChicago Center in Delhi and UNESCO MGIEP hosted Third Distinguished Lecture on ‘Anger and Revolutionary Justice’ by Professor Martha Nussbaum from the University of Chicago.


Future of the Liberal Arts in India 2015 Meeting

All day
UChicago Center in Delhi

Mar.
21

This meeting built on the successes of the 2014 conference on the Future of the Liberal Arts in India. While preserving the open-ended contemplation of the future of liberal arts in India, the meeting brought together academic leaders and professors, social entrepreneurs and leaders of industry to create new partnerships that can harness the creativity and energy of India to develop students who are capable of inventing India’s new future.


Authors Raj Kamal Jha & Vu Tran on Why We Tell Stories

5:30–7:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Mar.
20

'Why We Tell Stories: Finding your voice, the importance of plot, the choice of place in fiction' - a discussion by Professor Vu Tran and Raj Kamal Jha.


Mar.
17

This session in association with the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network deep dived into the current international developments in the social investment sector as well as explore the Indian social investment sector.


The Past for Sale: Protecting India’s Cultural Heritage

All day
Through March 17, 2015
UChicago Center in Delhi

Begins
Mar. 16

This conference brought together anthropologists, archaeologists, art historians, and cultural heritage scholars and activists to discuss contemporary threats to India's ancient cultural patrimony.


Anna Lise Seastrand on Re-visioning the Sacred Geography of Early Modern Tamil Nadu

4:30–6:30 pm
Chennai: Roja Muthiah Research Library

Mar.
13

This talk explored how visual, oral, and written texts themselves re-visioned the sacred geography of early modern Tamilnadu.


Accelerating International Collaboration and Science Through Connective Computation

All day
Through March 11, 2015
UChicago Center in Delhi

Begins
Mar. 10

This workshop explored opportunities for accelerating international science and collaboration through shared, connective computing environments. The focus was on leveraging services and practices already in production in the global science community, with examples taken from fields such as high energy physics and genomics, and to explore possibilities for future cyber-initiatives between the U.S. and India.


Make in India: Manufacturing a Success Story

5:00–7:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Mar.
3

Amitabh Kant, Secretary DIPP, Government of India, and Adil Zainulbhai, Chairman Quality Council of India and Global Advisory Board Member at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago discussed manufacturing in India.  Luis Miranda, Senior Advisor, Morgan Stanley Infrastructure & Global Advisory Board Member at the Booth School of Business moderated the discussion.


The discussion featured Dr. David M. Malone, Rector, United Nations University (UNU) and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Ambassador Shyam Saran, Chairman, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS).


A Talk by Vikas Swarup, A Diplomat Who Writes

5:00–7:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Feb.
12

A talk by Mr. Vikas Swarup


Robert Chaskin on Remaking the Inner City

5:00–7:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Feb.
3

Professor Robert Chaskin gave a lecture on 'Remaking the Inner city: Integrationist aims and ends in large-scale public housing reform'.