Past Events: 2016

The University of Chicago (UChicago), led by the Harris School of Public Policy and its Tata Center for Development, sealed a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Telecom Sector Skill Council of India (TSSC) in the presence of senior Government of India Minister Shri P.P Chaudhary (Hon’ble Minister of State for Law & Justice, Electronics and Information Technology).


The EPIC-India Seminar Series is run every month, and looks to provide a platform for researchers, policy makers and the public at large to discuss and debate important questions facing the energy and environment sectors in India. The Seminar Series is supported by the Tata Trusts, as a project under the Tata Center for Development.


XIX International Conference- Materialities-Objects, Matters, Things

Through December 21, 2016
Doon University, Dehradun

Begins
Dec. 18

Jointly Organized by The Forum on Contemporary Theory, Baroda (A Member of the Consortium of the Humanities Centers and Institutes) & Department of English Doon University, Dehradun.


Prejudice, Stigma, Discrimination: Combatting Exclusions Through Policy and Law

All day
Through December 18, 2016
UChicago Center in Delhi

Begins
Dec. 16

All known societies exclude and stigmatize one or more minority groups. Frequently these exclusions were underwritten with a rhetoric of disgust: people of a certain group, it was alleged, were filthy, hyper-animal, not fit to share such facilities as drinking water, food, and public swimming pools with the “clean” “fully human” majority. Psychologists and scholars have made considerable progress in recent decades in understanding and charting the mechanisms by which disgust leads to social and legal stigma. But these exclusions vary in their scope and also in the specific disgust-ideologies underlying them. Thus legal and social remedies must engage in a comparative study of stigma and prejudice, learning from history and from the experience of other societies, and choosing social, legal, and institutional policies in the light of that learning.


Dec.
15

The Road Ahead: How Election 2016 Will Shape the U.S. Role in the World


Photo - Sensitive: Locating Photography Today

9:30 am–6:00 pm
Alliance Francaise De Delhi

Dec.
9

Photography Seminar with UChicago Faculty Laura Letinsky and others.


With the focus on understanding and application, the development of learners’ capacity for critical thinking and inquiry, and their understanding of the rational justification (evidence, arguments) for the concepts and statements of knowledge, get overlooked. As a result, learners get habituated to accepting assertions of the elders (experts, textbook writers, and teachers) on blind faith.


In Her Eyes

6:00–8:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Dec.
1

Inspired by Grimm's Snow White and the Secret History of the Mongols Queens, the two solo pieces express the positions and representations of women and power.


International Innovation Corps Information Session

4:30–6:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Nov.
25

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.


Nov.
24

The UChicago Center in Delhi welcomes proposals for collaborative research projects and related activities for the 2017-2018 academic year.  Proposals are due December 16 for projects beginning in July 2017 or later.


Riding the tiger: How to execute business strategy in India

5:25–6:25 pm
The Leela, Ambience Island, Gurgaon

Nov.
18

The University of Chicago Harris Public Policy, Roland Berger, Institute for Competitiveness, UChicago Center in Delhi, Tata Centre for Development and Penguin Randomhouse together hosted an event with author Wilfried Aulbur and Amit Kapoor on their book "Riding the tiger: How to execute business strategy in India?".


Mumbai Harper Lecture: Dealing in Desire: Intimacy and Economic Transactions

7:30–9:30 pm
Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai, 1/136, Dr. E. Moses Road, Worli, Mumbai

Nov.
17

As Vietnam finds its place on the global stage, physical intimacy has become a vital form of currency in its economic relations. To write her book Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex Work, sociologist Kimberly Kay Hoang worked as a bartender and hostess for five years in Ho Chi Minh City. The result is an ethnographic study of the stratified sex industry, taking an in-depth and often personal look at sex workers and their clients. Examining the industry from a regional and ultimately international perspective, Hoang will discuss her book and the interconnections of high finance, charitable giving to sex workers, and the intimate spheres of the informal economy.


Nov.
16

This half-day workshop bringed together work by EPIC researchers in Chicago and Delhi on the costs of climate change. These include costs of extreme events as well as incremental increases in temperature on industrial productivity. The workshop was capped by a panel discussion with researchers from other leading think tanks on costs of climate change adaptation in India.


As Vietnam finds its place on the global stage, physical intimacy has become a vital form of currency in its economic relations. To write her book Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex Work, sociologist Kimberly Kay Hoang worked as a bartender and hostess for five years in Ho Chi Minh City. The result is an ethnographic study of the stratified sex industry, taking an in-depth and often personal look at sex workers and their clients. Examining the industry from a regional and ultimately international perspective, Hoang discussed her book and the interconnections of high finance, charitable giving to sex workers, and the intimate spheres of the informal economy.


A webinar on Information Session for International Innovation Corps (IIC) taken by Rohan Sandhu, Enagagement Manager, IIC on November 15th from 6:00PM-7:00PM.


Ranjan Daniels, Associate Dean and Executive Director of Executive Education at the Harris School of Public Policy of the University of Chicago, interacted with students and young professionals in India to better understand the public policy space in India from their perspectives.


India is among the most polluted countries in the world, and a majority of its population lives in areas with poor air quality. Paradoxically, the quantity of data on urban AP exposure available in India is largely inadequate, and most urban policies do not take air pollution exposure in account. In her talk, Pallavi provided an overview on air pollution in India, and discussed the nature of air pollution in New Delhi, and how that relates to the rapidly growing cities in India.


The Media Literacy and Sexual and Reproductive Health forum explored the impact and process of storytelling through Kissa Kahani, a project by Ci3 based out of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. The day long foruml wrestled with questions around the impact of storytelling, the efficacy of storytelling and media literacy efforts among adolescents and adolescent experiences, and the use of storytelling to advance adolescent wellbeing.


Bilingual Literary Readings

5:30–8:15 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Nov.
8

An exciting evening of bilingual literary readings from Bangla, Hindi, and Urdu, with a distinguished group of readers including author Uday Prakash, and translators Rakhshanda Jalil, Arunava Sinha, and Jason Grunebaum.  We were celebrated and discuss the art of translation with the very practitioners committed to enlarging the conversation of literature, and to sharing South Asian voices throughout the world


Luncheon roundtable on Literary Publishing and Translation

12:00–1:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Nov.
8

We have hosted an informal roundtable on literary publishing and translation which bringed together South Asian writers working in Indian languages throughout the Delhi area, along with literary scholars, publishers, and translators. Future collaborations initiated by this discussion might involve more specialized regional working groups or symposia, feature issues of literary journals dedicated to contemporary South Asian poetry and fiction in translation, or the translation and publication of literary works by Indian-language writers for Anglophone publics.


The forum theatre builds off the workshop by The Bucksbaum Institute of the University of Chicago, and the Medical Humanities Group of the University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi aim to humanise health education and patient care through the medical humanities.


Begins
Nov. 2

The goal of the workshop was to enable faculty to humanize health education and patient care through the medical humanities. The resource faculty includes Vinay Kumar, Matthew Sorrentino, David Meltzer, Monica Peek, Ranjana Srivastava, Sunil K Pandya, and Theatre of the Oppressed facilitators Satendra Singh, Upreet Dhaliwal, and Navjeevan Singh.


The University of Chicago and Delhi government announced three winners in their first-of-a-kind crowdsourcing competition to cut pollution in Delhi. The winners of the Urban Labs Innovation Challenge: Delhi, a project of the Tata Centre for Development that is supported by Tata Trusts, together received more than Rs. 2 crores.


Ambassador Froman leads the Office of the United States Trade Representative in its work to open global markets for U.S. goods and services, enforce America’s rights in the global trading system, and foster development through trade. Key initiatives ongoing under his leadership are negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement in the Asia Pacific; the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the European Union; negotiation of agreements on services, information technology and trade facilitation at the World Trade Organization; and monitoring and enforcement U.S. trade rights, including through the Interagency Trade and Enforcement Center (ITEC).


Oct.
14

NITI Aayog and its predecessor the Planning Commission, developed the IESS 2047 planning tool through an ambitious multi-agency effort. The tool is designed for stakeholders across the board to model India’s energy needs and supply trajectory,y by simulating alternative policy and technology scenarios. In this talk, Anil Jain discussed the implications of these scenarios, the expected share of renewables and improved efficiency, and the role of planning in designing energy policy in India.


PIBAR 2016

All day
Through October 9, 2016
Alila Diwa, Goa

Begins
Oct. 7

This year's focus was to building a stronger bond within the alumni community and getting to know each other better. In that spirit, we are encouraging alumni to attend with spouses.


This workshop presented the initial results of a 3-year randomized control trial implemented in partnership with Husk Power Systems Pvt. Ltd. Researchers affiliated with EPIC and J-PAL South Asia evaluated the impact of offering solar micro-grid products in 100 villages across East and West Champaran districts of Northwest Bihar, within the framework of a careful experimental design. The study was designed to measure the price elasticity of demand for solar power, the impact of supply on welfare as well the nature of competition between solar, decentralized diesel and  grid electricity. Anant Sudarshan estimated of willingness-to-pay for solar energy in these villages, as well as estimates of total household expenditures on energy.


Solar irrigation pumpsets are now a reality in India, with falling panel prices and aggressive promotion by the central and state governments. Solar pumps are widely seen as an ‘energy’ solution; however, in the Indian context, they need to be viewed as a composite energy-and-water intervention that will affect both energy as well as groundwater economies. Aggressive promotion of solar pumps in  groundwater abundant Eastern India has the potential to catalyze an ever-green revolution there. The same strategy in Western and Southern India, however, can increase the stress on depleted groundwater resources because solar pump owners face near-zero marginal cost of groundwater. While solving the energy problem, solar pumps can aggravate the water problem in these areas—unless special efforts are made to create an opportunity cost of energy generated by solar panels.


Sep.
28

An admission representatives from the University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins University, Rice University, and Vanderbilt University to learn more about these schools and undergraduate admissions. This presentation featured information about academics, student life, and the application process, followed by an opportunity to ask questions of representatives of all four schools.


Executive MBA Information Session

5:30–7:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Sep.
26

Twenty-five years after its initial publication Chaudhuri’s novel about a young boy’s view of family life and the world around him seems as elegant and exquisite and original as it did on its initial publication. From the foreword by Colm Toibin. In the evening, Prof. Saikat Majumdar had a conversation with the author Amit Chaudhuri.


PhoenixPhest 2016

6:02–6:02 am
September 16, 2016 - Mumbai September 23, 2016 - Hyderabad September 23, 2016 - New Delhi

Sep.
26

PhoenixPhest 2016


Innovator Workshops

9:00 am–5:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Sep.
20

Innovator Workshops


Technology enhanced learning in Medical Education in India: The way forward


Professional Masters Programs at the University of Chicago

4:30–6:30 am
EducationUSA Advising Center, United States-India Educational Foundation, 12 Hailey Road, New Delhi - 110 001

Sep.
16

The program guided you through STEM Masters programs: Applications, Academic Content and Career Prospects.


Nurturing Leaders for Collaborative Social Impact

4:00–6:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Sep.
14

Nurturing Leaders for Collaborative Social Impact


Workshop on Cities, Climate Forcing and Infectious Disease Dynamics

All day
Through September 14, 2016
UChicago Center in Delhi

Begins
Sep. 13

Workshop on Cities, Climate Forcing and Infectious Disease Dynamics


Harnessing Open Data for Cities

10:00 am–5:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Sep.
12

This workshop aimed to explore the potential for collaboration between Argonne National Laboratory, the University of Chicago, and university and national laboratories in India, with the goal of establishing public-private partnerships with local governments to better measure and analyze urban challenges and opportunities.


IIC Annual Conference

10:30 am–6:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Aug.
24

IIC Annual Conference


History of Sanskrit Linguistic and Literary Theory

3:00–4:00 pm
IR Seminar Hall, PG Arts Building, Ground Floor, Jadavpur University, Kolkata

Aug.
23

Jadavpur University - American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) Lecture Series.


International Innovation Corps Training

Through September 2, 2016
UChicago Center in Delhi

Begins
Aug. 22

The International Innovation Corps (IIC) will conduct a two week training program for its 2016-2017 cohort of fellows at the Center. This training program will be led by faculty and staff from the University of Chicago, as well as local experts and Government officials. The IIC  fellows will be working in teams on 13-month projects with the Indian Government and other key stakeholders tackling contemporary developmental challenges.


International Innovation Corps Training

All day
Through September 2, 2016
UChicago Center in Delhi

Begins
Aug. 22

International Innovation Corps Training


The Interview and You

4:00–5:00 pm
American Center; 24, Kasturba Gandhi Marg; New Delhi – 1

Aug.
17

This event is in collaboration with University of Chicago


Act East, Act West

8:00–10:00 pm
Hall of Harmony, Nehru Centre, Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai 400018

Aug.
10

This programme is part of Asia Society India Centre's Asia: Beyond the Headlines series. A series of conversations with leading policy makers and thought leaders about critical issues facing Asia and the United States.


A Conference on Design Thinking in Practice: Case Studies in Urban Waste Management


India’s Cultural Wealth: Image, Audio and Publications, an Open Archive for the People

6:00 pm
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai

Jul.
28

The talk will explore the University of Chicago’s sustained and deep connection with the cultural heritage of India – an engagement begun with the University’s founding 125 years ago.  Special emphasis will be given to the University’s library and archive collections as a base for scholarship by researchers, many of whom travel to Chicago to use the resources.  Collaborations with sister institutions in India will be described – engagements that have resulted in preservation of tens of thousands of books and journals, the development of the Digital South Asia Library, and most recently, the South Asia Open Archives initiative as a resource for readers throughout the world.


In partnership with Tata Trusts, the University of Chicago will launch a new center to address some of India’s most pressing economic and social development challenges.


Jul.
27

EducationUSA at United States - India Educational Foundation (USEIF) and the American Center are hosting an admissions information session to help students understand the 5 steps for admission to a U.S. University. The session will cover information on the entire application process, shortlisting, funding, essays and more.


India and the United States in the New Global Order

5:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Jul.
25

We are hosting a talk on "India and the United States in the New Global Form"  by Professor John Echeverri-Gent in collaboration with The American Institute of Indian Studies.


Screening of Kissa Kahani

2:00–5:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Jul.
22

The Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health and the University of Chicago Center in Delhi are hosting a screening Kissa Kahani original videos, in which young people of Lucknow express their experiences as it relates to gender and sexual and reproductive health. The outcome of a 3 week digital storytelling workshop in Lucknow, the videos are audio visual conversation starters to issues that young people face as they related to gender and sexual and reproductive health. In the three hour screening, digital stories will be screened and we will hold a guided discussion around the the themes and how much these stories resonate with stakeholders that work in the field of gender and sexual and reproductive health.


How Technology and Innovation are Disrupting Education

2:30–7:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Jul.
21

This event is being organized by Harvard Business School Alumni Angels Association India, Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs  India  and Chicago Booth alumni Club of India in association with the University of Chicago Center in India. In this event, policy makers, investors, technology companies and entrepreneurs will discuss how technology intervention and other innovations have disrupted access, quality and delivery of education worldwide. Hear from thought leaders on how entrepreneurs are creating opportunities for sustainable business models which can change the way we teach, learn and evaluate.


Conference on Good Governance and Education

11:00 am–5:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Jul.
15

India has succeeded in sending a large percentage of children to school via various large-scale initiatives like the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Mid Day Meal scheme etc. in recent decades. Now that children are going to school, attention has gradually begun shifting to ensuring quality of education in classrooms. As the Centre and state governments shift focus from inputs to quality, how do they plan to execute systemic reforms across legal, policy, organizational, managerial, and technological fronts? How do various pieces fall into place with respect to each other? What institutional changes should lead technology projects or vice versa for the various pieces to work together? How does government build capacity within and outside organizations? The aim of the conference was to bring together stakeholders from across the education spectrum and experts from multiple fields to address some of the challenges of implementing large-scale educational governance reforms in Indian states with a focus on two topics – the integration of technology and data-driven decision making into education ecosystems and the question of teacher motivation and incentives to drive outcomes.


A Workshop on Metadata for Audio and Images of South Asia

Through July 14, 2016
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Begins
Jul. 12

The focus for this workshop is skills development in the creation of metadata for image resources critical to our initiative. The workshop will continue to deepen the collaboration between academics at the University of Chicago and our counterparts in South Asia. Participants will include ethnomusicologists, art historians, leaders of cultural heritage institutions, social historians, archaeologists, media and industry experts, computational scientists, archivists, and librarians.


Social Entrepreneurship: Starting Off Right

10:30 am–5:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Jul.
6

India is called graveyard of pilots, and this label is not entirely unjustified. In the last decade, India has seen a large number of social enterprises rising to test various innovative business models in different sectors. Some of these entrepreneurs succeed and a lot of them fail. While some of these failures are caused because of ineffective working models, some can be attributed to lack of timely support. Its the need of the hour, as is reflective in the initiatives of the government as well, to guide and support the social entrepreneurs during the most critical phase of their journey, when they are starting up, as they have an essential role to play in addressing the most pressing development challenges that India currently struggles with.


College Information Sessions and Interviews

Through August 19, 2016
UChicago Center in Delhi

Begins
Jun. 27

Previous summer, at the UChicago Center in Delhi, it was a chance to learn more about academic and campus life in Chicago and the highly selective admissions process at our undergraduate College Information Sessions. These sessions were led by our Admissions Ambassador where people got to ask questions in person!


New Trends in HIV Prevention: Social Media and Pre-exposure Prophylaxis

11:30 am–6:00 pm
ITC Kakatiya, Begumpet, Hyderabad

Jun.
18

The conference was the launch of a research project investigating the effectiveness of using social media to connect people in Hyderabad who are at high risk of HIV infection with doctors who can prescribe a new medication that protects against HIV, called pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP.


Mumbai Happy Hour

5:00 pm
Mumbai

Jun.
4

Chicago Booth and UChicago alumni hosted a Happy Hour with brief remarks from Professor Ali Hortacsu, The Ralph and Mary Otis Isham Professor in Economics and the College at The University of Chicago.


The Embassy of the United States of America, the Observer Research Foundation and the University of Chicago Center in Delhi hosted U.S. Senator Ben Cardin who spoke on the "The Role of Good Governance in International Relations."


Piyush Goyal is currently a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha. During his 28 year long political career, he has held several important positions at different levels in the BJP and is in the National Executive of the Party. He was a well-known investment banker and has advised corporates on management strategy and growth. 


Chutzpah: Women & Culture of innovation

9:30 am
UChicago Center in Delhi

May
18

This event explored women and innovation. 


May
10

At this talk, Dr. Moreau will share her experiences conducting field research around the world on one of the most ecolologically important groups of terrestrial animals and provide an overview of her work on inferring the evolution of ants and the role that their gut bacteria play in their evolutionary success.


May
9

The Delhi government commissioned IIT Kanpur to conduct a comprehensive study to measure contributions from different sources of particulate matter pollution and to recommend a time sensitive action plan. Source contributions vary between the summer and winter, with the two most consistent sources for PM2.5 in both seasons being secondary particles and vehicles. Prof. Mukesh Sharma will discuss findings from their study and about the effectiveness of various pollution control measures.


Film Screening: Janeu-Bhojpuri Initiation rites and folk songs

5:30–7:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

May
4

While rituals in India are majorly seen as men's job, not many know that women hold an equally important role in the purification rituals – of expressing the emotions that develop during the ritual through songs. The film documents the folk songs sung during the initiation ritual (Janeu or Upanayana) in the Bhadwar village of Bihar. The rite of passage leads the person being initiated to take the first step towards the path of devotion: the essence of the wisdom of the Vedas.
The duration of the film is 25 minutes. It is produced by Espírito Kashi, a not-for-profit media organisation rooted in Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India. Their previous works are available at www.espiritokashi.org.


Ayelet Fishbach, Jeffrey Breakenridge Keller Professor of Behavioral Science and Marketing at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business discussed “Match Your Motivational Tactic to the Situation,” and shared a set of guidelines for when and how to use different types of motivational tactics so that you can better understand how to effectively motivate yourself and others.


Nisha Desai Biswal was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs in 2013. She oversees U.S. foreign policy and relations in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Biswal’s career in the executive and legislative branches and in non- governmental organizations has focused on the link between human security and national security. Previously, Ms. Biswal previously served as Assistant Administrator for Asia at USAID.


Representatives from Johns Hopkins University, University of Chicago, and Vanderbilt University had gathered for a joint information session in Delhi.


At the Great Cases talk, Mr. Datar shared his insights from appearing for SEBI in the Sahara v. SEBI case. The case raised important questions relating to securities and company law. At the same time, pertinent issues on law relating to contempt of the Supreme Court’s orders, as well as the personal liberty of an incarcerated individual have also arisen in this case.


Admitted Students Reception

11:30 am–1:30 pm

Apr.
2

The Center in Delhi hosted  UChicago alumni to welcome recently admitted undergraduate and graduate students to the University’s community.


The COP21 agreement signed in the Paris Summit represents a watershed for climate change negotiations. India played a critical as a champion of developing nations' interests insisting on "common but differentiated responsibilities", but also led the way for global solutions with the creation of the International Solar Alliance. The talk outlined India's climate change negotiation positions over time, its record in mitigation and adaptation, and the role it played during the Paris Summit.


CIR Delhi Seminar

All day
Through March 26, 2016
UChicago Center in Delhi

Begins
Mar. 21

The Committee on International Relations (CIR) offered its students an intensive week-long seminar on Asian international relations at the University of Chicago’s Center in Delhi over spring break in March 2016.  The seminar was led by CIR Senior Lecturer Michael Reese and Lecturer Matthias Staisch.  It included opportunities to meet South Asian scholars and international relations practitioners from the Indian government and regional think tanks, who provided guest lectures on such issues as security, international political economy, human rights and climate change.


Kudiyattam: An Enactment of Sanskrit Drama

Through March 23, 2016
UChicago Center in Delhi

Begins
Mar. 18

Kudiyattam, probably the oldest living continuous theater traditions in the world, is a traditional art formof Kerala and the last surviving form of classical Sanskrit drama. It blends powerful aesthetic and poetic means with ritual and philosophical elements, and with creative improvisation. In 2001, Kudiyattam was officially recognized by UNESCO as a masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity. We are proud to present a full-scale performance of Toranayuddham, one of the masterpieces of this tradition, taking place over 6 nights (3 to 4 hours each night). To witness a complete Kudiyattam performance is by now a rare event that produces an aesthetic climax without parallel in artistic experience.


This panel will address questions pertaining to South Asian scholars and UChicagoans Susanne and Lloyd Rudolph. How does their work remain relevant to our understanding of Indian politics? Have new frameworks of analyses emerged that invite us to revise their approach? How can contemporary scholarship take their work forward?


Building Hundred Mile Communities with Ela Bhatt

4:00–6:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Mar.
16

This event features a lecture on interconnectedness and correlated development by Ela R. Bhatt. 


Mar.
15

Yigal Bronner, David Shulman, and Gary Tubb engaged in a panel on this book concerning the kavya tradition. 


In his talk, Thomas Talhelm described how air purifiers work and how his social enterprise Smart Air has delivered affordable clean air to over 20,000 people in China. 


Dipesh Chakrabarty’s The Calling of History: Book Launch & Panel Discussion

5:00–7:00 pm
The Jadunath Bhavan, 10 Lake Terrace, Kolkata - 700029

Mar.
11

In Kolkata, we celebrated the launch of UChicago's Distinguished Service Professor of History and South Asian Languages & Civilizations Dipesh Chakrabarty's book The Calling of History


This interactive workshop brought together members from the storytelling community to advance thinking and practices with regard to how to story can be used for positive social impact in India. The purpose of this workshop was to exchange learning from the field and to deepen the conversation around our own driving questions, such as what we see as the hard work before us as story workers.


Strategic Partnership in Cancer Research

All day
Through March 10, 2016
UChicago Center in Delhi

Begins
Mar. 9

The University of Chicago Center in Delhi hosted a meeting on The Formation of a Strategic Partnership in Cancer Research, organized by Professor Marsha Rosner of the University of Chicago and Professor Partha Majumder of the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG), India. The aim of the workshop was to initiate a conversation between researchers at the University of Chicago and at various Indian institutions, geared towards undertaking joint research and capacity-building initiatives in cancer biology. Ultimately, the organizers’ goal is to leverage respective strengths in the areas of genomics, signal transduction, big data analysis, and targeted therapies to advance novel research that will not only have immediate application to cancer diagnosis, prognosis and therapeutic treatment, but will also serve as a model for addressing other diseases.


Mar.
8

Rapidly burgeoning urban agglomerations in Asia present a unique challenge to hydrology as natural hydrological cycles are severely affected by human activity. Bangalore has seen  major qualitative and quantitative changes in its aquifers, but the groundwater withdrawal rates are poorly characterised. In this talk, Prof. Malghan discussed how his ongoing collaborative work on building a social metabolism framework can contribute to understanding three central aspects of the urban water conundrum: equity, biophysical sustainability, and economic efficiency.


The Impact of Indian Innovations in Global Business

All day
The Lalit New Delhi, Barakhamba Avenue, Connaught Place

Mar.
8

The University of Chicago’s International Innovation Corps (IIC), The Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC), and Roland Berger (RB)  held a panel discussion on March 8, 2016 on the topic: "The Impact of Indian Innovations in Global Business". The US Ambassador to India, Richard Verma, delivered the keynote address on the overall importance of US-India collaboration to drive innovation. Mr. Amitabh Kant, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) and Mr. Anant Maheshwari, President, Honeywell India also shared their perspectives and views on the topic. Dr. Wilfried Aulbur, Managing Partner India and Member of the Global Supervisory Board of Roland Berger shared the findings of a recent innovation study conducted by RB.


University of Chicago Graham School's Dean Mark Nemec was here to tell about their global initiatives, especially the new summer program designed for high school students in Banglore. This year, academically ambitious Bangalore-area high school students could experience UChicago-style intellectual engagement without leaving home by enrolling in the UChicago Arts and Sciences Summer in Bangalore Program, which was held on the campus of the Mallya Aditi International School.


We celebrated the release of UChicago's own Dipesh Chakrabarty's The Calling of History with a discussion and panel. 


Music, Modernity and The Public Sphere

All day
Through February 28, 2016
UChicago Center in Delhi

Begins
Feb. 27

In this conference, leading scholars from India, China, and North America were gathered to discuss the topic of music and modernity with a particular focus upon the South and East Asian experience. Experiencing music became an important part of the modernization process in these regions.  The increased availability of--and access to-- music transformed the nature of public participation in culture-making;  indeed, one might argue it even transformed people’s ‘taste’, whether for politics or culture, trade or pleasure. Examples that might be cited include newly-classicized indigenous music, as in India and China, or Western genres of classical music or jazz as received and appropriated in a number of Asian and African locations. It could be the disconcerting experience of hearing Hindustani music through the novel technology of sound recording in the early 20th century, or the use of clichéd Romantic song in the development of Bollywood family romances in the 1990s.  The growth of urban centers in the metropolis as well as the colonies of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, across a number of continents, ensured the formation of new markets and new structures of patronage, leading to the coming together of musicians and performers in new configurations.


In this talk, Thomas Christensen will explore with illustrations on the piano the cultural phenomenon and implications of Four-Hand Piano Transcriptions in 19th Century Europe that brought music intended for the public sphere of the Concert Hall, Opera House, and Salon into the domestic space of the bourgeois home parlour, profoundly altering the generic identity and reception of musical works. 


2016 Civic Leadership Academy

All day
Through February 26, 2016
UChicago Center in Delhi

Begins
Feb. 22

The Civic Leadership Academy at the University of Chicago is a leadership development program for rising professionals in nonprofit organizations and local government agencies within the City of Chicago and Cook County.


The discussion focussed on the idea of disruptive innovation and the number of delivery innovations occurring in the US that seek to improve access to care and improve quality of care. The talk assessed their impact on access, cost, quality of healthcare services.


Feb.
18

Recent political and economic developments reveal a heightened sense of anxiety and instability, while technological developments in computation, communication, transportation, and manufacturing portend new models of economic and social organization worldwide.  Global demographic shifts of age and wealth suggest the possibility of more change and conflict in coming decades.  What are the implications for educational institutions?   Ian Solomon, Vice President for Global Engagement at the University of Chicago, will draw upon his experience in higher education, business, politics, and international development to discuss how global trends are affecting education and how a global university must adapt in order to advance its mission.


Women & Leadership

2:00–4:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Feb.
15

Thomson Reuters Foundation, WeConnect International, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), & The University of Chicago Center in Delhi hosted a dynamic panel, chaired by Monique Villa, CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation to find out how entrepreneurs in India can contribute to gender equality in business, how they can foster women leaders and how they can push for business models that incorporate doing good.


Feb.
15

The Urban Labs Innovation Challenge: Delhi was an exciting opportunity to share with us your most creative idea to clean up Delhi’s air and water pollution and meet Delhi’s future energy needs. As part of the Urban Labs Innovation Challenge: Delhi, one could win up to Rs. 2 crore to work with the University of Chicago and Delhi Government to pilot and test your idea.


Thomson Reuters Foundation, WeConnect International, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), & The University of Chicago Center in Delhi hosted a dynamic panel, chaired by Monique Villa, CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation to find out how entrepreneurs in India can contribute to gender equality in business, how they can foster women leaders and how they can push for business models that incorporate doing good.


Award-winning journalist and Fulbright-Nehru fellow (2013-14) Meera Subramanian for a multimedia presentation exploring the human and global health implications of India’s ravaged environmental landscape. Her narrative nonfiction book, Elemental India: The Natural World at a Time of Crisis and Opportunity, is based on travel across the country, learning about the ordinary people and micro-enterprises determined to guide India into a sustainable future.


Touch, Trace, Taste, Truth: Talk by Subodh Gupta

6:00–8:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Jan.
22

Subodh Gupta discussed his provess of rendering visual narratives through encounters with everyday objects and memories of domestic rituals from his childhood.


Social Impact Leadership Series: Founding Your Own Social Venture

4:00–7:00 pm
Live video stream to the UChicago Center in Delhi

Jan.
19

At this Social Impact Leadership Series (SILS) talk hosted by the Social Enterprise Initiative at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, we are joined by a panel of entrepreneurs working on different social and environmental issues across the globe. The session will be moderated by Linda Ginzel, Chicago Booth Clinical Professor of Managerial Psychology and founder of Kids in Danger (KID), a US-based nonprofit focused on improving the safety of children'sproducts and child advocacy. Panelists include Andrea Sreshta, current Booth student and founder of Chicago-based LuminAID Labs; Francis Ngai, founder and CEO of Social Ventures Hong Kong (SVhk); and John Wood, founder of Hong Kong-based Room to Read. Before and after the SILS talk, attendees are invited to join us for a networking reception with food and drinks.


Roundtable on Empirical Study of the Supreme Court of India

10:30 am–2:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Jan.
16

This roundtable was designed to facilitate a discussion amongst a select group of experts on an empirical analysis of Supreme Court decisions being undertaken by scholars at the University of Chicago in partnership with National Law University, Delhi, and Cornell Law School.


Communalism in Postcolonial India

1:45–3:45 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Jan.
11

Our center was happy to host the launch of Akeel Bilgrami's book Communalism in Postcolonial India: Changing Contours. A panel featured Pavan Varma, former diplomat and spokesperson for JD(U), and Vrinda Grover, prominent lawyer at the Supreme Court of India. 


International Innovation Corps Information Session

2:00–3:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Jan.
8

At this event, past and current fellows discussed the fellowship and answer questions in advance of the January 19th , 2016 application deadline. Have questions about International Innovation Corps Information Session? Contact International Innovation Corps.