Past Events: 2019

Dec.
27

This annual conference held in collaboration with American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) brought together AIIS pre-doctoral Research Fellows pursuing archival and field research throughout India. The Fellows shared reports on their ongoing projects, and also received feedback from senior scholar-mentors. This rich celebration of emerging scholarship in a range of disciplines had 12 Junior fellows of the AIIS. 


Human Capital Summit

All day
UChicago Center in Delhi

Dec.
19

This conference held in collaboration with International Innovation Corps and Arthan brought together job seekers, employers, investors, and those seeking to know more about India’s social impact space to share ideas and insights and build a deeper understanding to answer crucial questions. 

 


The State of the Humanities and the Arts in India

Through December 18, 2019
UChicago Center in Delhi

Begins
Dec. 17

The humanities in India have been shaped by the history of colonialism, mass migration following the partition, the establishment of a secular democratic state in 1947, and debates concerning the role of citizen-subjects. The secular ideal of the newly-independent nation-state gave rise to disciplinary formations that shared some characteristics of the modern disciplines established during the period of the secularization of the universities in Europe and America in the nineteenth century. But these formations also diverged in interesting ways as the new nation began to come to terms with its unique location in Asia at the height of the Cold War. The country’s democratic socialist foundations led to the establishment of large state-funded universities that were primed to educate its citizens in science, technology and the social sciences, with the humanities often featuring as an option or an afterthought. This symposium will bring together some of India’s most distinguished scholars, writers, artists and public intellectuals so that our organization has an opportunity to learn about the intellectual and political landscape of the country as it pertains to humanistic knowledge, democratic cultures and academic freedom.


Begins
Dec. 13

Head and neck cancer is the commonest cancer in males in India. Majority of head and neck cancers occur in oral cavity. There has been a paradigm shift in the management of head and neck cancer in the last decade with newer risk stratifications, advancements in diagnostics, formulation of standard treatment guidelines and incorporation of multi-modality treatment approach. All aimed at the early identification and individualised treatment of each head and neck cancer patient.


Dec.
10

The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy Information Session was held in Delhi to learn more about our Harris degree programs, speak with Senior Associate Dean of Student Recruitment and Global Outreach Ranjan Daniels, and connect with other prospective students. 


Information Session: Graduate Studies in Law

3:00–4:00 pm
United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF), New Delhi

Dec.
10

An information session about the wide range of graduate programs in the Law School at the University of Chicago at USIEF Delhi. 


Improving the Lives of India’s Urban Poor

Through December 10, 2019
UChicago Center in Delhi

Begins
Dec. 9

This conference brought together government officials, policymakers, and leading academicians from think tanks and universities to discuss specific reforms that could be implemented to improve the lives of the urban poor. The conference featured presentations on a range of research topics under the domain of urban policy as well as various government initiatives.


University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy Information Session in Mumbai to learn more about our Harris degree programs, speak with Senior Associate Dean of Student Recruitment and Global Outreach Ranjan Daniels, and connect with other prospective students. 


Dec.
5

The one-day conference brought together individuals and organizations working directly in India’s informal settlements to share their insights on how to improve the life of India’s urban poor. The participating organizations do on-the-ground activism and research on topics including housing rights; access to basic services like water, electricity, and sanitation; women’s rights and inclusion; and public health. 


Measure for Impact Adoption Training

All day
Through December 5, 2019
UChicago Center in Delhi

Begins
Dec. 4

ToolBox India Foundation, a Section 25 Non-Profit Organization that works in providing Pro-Bono capacity building and change management services for small to medium scale non-profits PAN-India through our skilled volunteering model.ToolBox India’s major focus draws upon mission enhancement, organisational development and social impact amplification. 
 


What, where and when is the global south

5:30–7:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Dec.
3

A Panel discussion on "What, where and when is the global south" in collaboration with Centre for the study of developing societies. 


Programs and Careers in Social Sciences

4:00–5:00 pm
United States - India Educational Foundation (USIEF), New Delhi

Dec.
2

Since its founding in 1890, the University of Chicago has been at the forefront of social scientific disciplines. Graduate programs, including 5 master’s degrees and 9 PhD programs, range from Anthropology, Economics, History, and International Relations to Computational Social Science, Sociology, and Political Science. Learn more from Professor Mark Bradley about the programs offered, UChicago’s unique intellectual environment, and the admissions process.


Pediatric Urology workshop and Annual Meeting of Society of Genitourinary Surgeons

Through November 9, 2019
ESIC Medical College and Hospital, Hyderabad

Begins
Nov. 8

Dr. Mohan Gundeti, Professor - Pediatric Urology (Surgery), Professor - MFM (Ob/Gyn) and Pediatrics, University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences performed three open surgeries (with live transmission) at a workshop attended by 300 urologists, pediatric surgeons, and residents at ESIC Medical College.


Executive MBA Information Session

6:30–9:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Nov.
5

This session was held to provide an opportunity to the prospective applicants to understand the application process, network with alumni and current students to find out how Chicago Booth’s education has impacted on their career and personal growth as well as meet the admissions team and receive feedback on their candidacy. The session will also feature a short presentation and Q&A session.


Pediatric Urology Robotic Course

All day
Through November 5, 2019
Telemedicine auditorium, SGPGIMS, Lucknow

Begins
Nov. 4

Dr Mohan Gundeti, Professor - Pediatric Urology (Surgery), Professor - MFM (Ob/Gyn) and Pediatrics, University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences, will participate in this workshop being organised by the Department of Urology and Renal Transplantation, SGPGIMS, Lucknow.


Full Time MBA Information Session

3:00 pm
The Peacock Ballroom, Hotel Pullman, New Delhi, Aerocity

Nov.
3

An evening networking reception was held for students with alumni, admissions staff, and fellow prospective students to learn about Chicago Booth’s Full-Time MBA Program and also a chance to begin forming early connections within Booth's tight-knit community.


Between Globalization and Global Warming: The Changing Fault Lines of Human History

11:00 am–12:00 pm
Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala

Nov.
3

In this talk, Professor Chakrabarty, Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor in History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the College, University of Chicago, examined how the terrain of global history is being reconfigured by debates around Climate Change and the Anthropocene.


The Center builds on a long history of intellectual collaboration between the University and India, and has greatly expanded that work over the last five years. Since opening in 2014, the Center has hosted 590 events with more than 140 collaborators and 30,000 participants. The anniversary celebration underscored the many strategic partnerships that have been nurtured in the areas of science, business and economics, and culture and arts. A consistent theme was how the Center in Delhi represents a deliberate and sustained commitment to increasing understanding among University of Chicago faculty and students of Indian cultures, history and society, and how they affect the world today.


Release of India Climate Prospectus

12:00–4:45 am
UChicago Center in Delhi

Oct.
31

The Tata Centre for Development at UChicago released the findings of its research study which is a culmination of a multi-year research conducted by the University of Chicago to understand the impacts of climate change and weather shocks on mortality. The study also showed places in India that are currently sensitive to high temperatures. This information could be used for developing an early warning system. 

The release of India Climate Prospectus was followed by a panel discussion wherein government officials and subject-matter experts deliberated on some pressing questions regarding multi-layered impact of climate change on India. 


Pediatric Urology Workshop

Through November 2, 2019
All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi

Begins
Oct. 30

Dr Mohan Gundeti, Professor - Pediatric Urology (Surgery), Professor - MFM (Ob/Gyn) and Pediatrics, University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences, participated in a pre conference workshop (October 30 and 31) which was part of the 45th Annual Conference of Indian Association of Paediatric Surgeons (IAPSCON -2019) and was organised by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. 
 


Female Saints, Bhakti Thought, and the Idea of India

3:00–8:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Oct.
19

Contemporary discussions on morality, ethics, and the role of the individual in society have led to a renewed interest in the literature and life stories of saints of the so-called “bhakti movement” that spread across the Indian subcontinent in the late medieval and early modern period (and that continues to shape devotional culture in South Asia today). Of particular interest are the poetry and life stories of female saints like Antal, Annamaya, Sahajobai, and Mirabai: how can (or should) we “read” their poetry and lives as documents of resistance, strategies of subversion, or attempts to establish alternative moral and ethical structures and authority? What does it mean to listen to the words of these and other saints within the context of their own times, and what does it mean to listen to (and repeat) them in our own? 


"Nudging" in Program Design & Policymaking

4:42–4:42 am
UChicago Center in Delhi

Oct.
16

This workshop organised by International Innovation Corps (IIC) will be held in collaboration with NITI Aayog and will deliberate on the idea of leveraging behavioural insights to inform the policymaking discourse in India. The discussion will focus on how behavioural science and ‘nudge’ practices can be applied to ongoing gender programming and policymaking. Economists, researchers, practitioners and policymakers will discuss what concepts have worked in India and could work for gender while also identifying specific nudges that could be piloted with ongoing gender initiatives at NITI Aayog. 


International Innovation Corps (IIC) Information Session

4:30–6:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Oct.
12

An information session to know more about the International Innovation Corps (IIC), a program based at the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy, its application process and get an opportunity to meet with the current and past fellows.  

 


PhoenixPhest 2019

All day
Mumbai (Venue: To be confirmed)

Oct.
11

Come out and meet some of your UChicago neighbors. Join local alumni for a lively happy hour and share stories about your time at UChicago.


PhoenixPhest 2019

6:45–9:00 pm
Agni Restaurant, Park Hotel, New Delhi

Oct.
10

Come out and meet some of your UChicago neighbors. Join local alumni for a lively happy hour and share stories about your time at UChicago.


Book Launch: How to Save a Constitutional Democracy

4:30–6:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Sep.
24

This event featured Hon'ble Dr. Justice D. Y. Chandrachud, Judge, Supreme Court of India and Professor Tom Ginsburg, Leo Spitz Professor of International Law, Ludwig and Hilde Wolf Research Scholar, Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago.


Through this session, the participants had an opportunity to learn and explore about ethical reasoning, systems thinking and deep listening andt talked about how to use local system solution to global systematic problems and also to meet and interact with the Anubhav cohort from all the four batches.


Progressing with Partnerships: Shared Decision-Making Among Vulnerable Groups

Through September 17, 2019
UChicago Center in Delhi

Begins
Sep. 16

Medical Council of India’s Attitude, Ethics and Communication (AETCOM) Competencies for the Indian Medical Graduate in the new curriculum mentions Shared-Decision Making (SDM) as a core competency (competency 3, 12 and modules 1.3, 2.2, 2.5). It is also explicitly stated as a demonstratable behaviour among one of the five roles (Communicator) of an Indian Medical Graduate.

Despite the advancements made in the new curriculum, SDM among vulnerable populations, including persons with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ populations, those with chronic pain and in palliative care, those at the end of life, and racial/ethnic minorities are not explicitly stated. Understanding how gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, chronic pain, end of life care and race can simultaneously influence shared decision making is an important step in addressing health disparities among such vulnerable  populations.


The 2nd Annual Global Health Executive Training

Through September 20, 2019
​Center for Care and Discovery at UChicago Medicine, Chicago

Begins
Sep. 16

UChicago Medicine's Global Health Executive Training program is an annual signature program designed to share our expertise in hospital management and operations with healthcare executives from around the world. This year’s training program spotlights best practices of hospital management at the University of Chicago’s world-class academic medical center. During this five day training, our experienced executives led engaging lectures and small group discussions. Outside the classroom, trainees had the opportunity to participate in interactive sessions such as Gemba learning and behind the scenes tours. In the evening, attendees joined peers and UChicago Medicine leadership in a variety of networking events. 


Information Session: Graduate Studies in Humanities

11:00 am–12:30 pm
United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF), New Delhi

Sep.
14

Professor Whitney Cox, Associate Professor and Chair of the South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, hosted an informational session about the wide range of graduate programs in the Humanities Division at the University of Chicago.


Early Historical Thought in Eurasian Context

All day
UChicago Center in Delhi

Sep.
13

From the late centuries before the beginning of the Common Era, deep into its first millennium, disparate societies across the Eurasian landmass developed ways of engaging with their past, through narrative, material culture, forms of language-use, and ways of cultured being. The sources that emerged from these differing cultures of history provide the bedrock on which the modern historian of the ancient world constructs her argument and interpretation. The specialist abilities required in order to work in any of these areas are formidable, and each historiography is possessed of its own debates and dynamics. Research questions moving across the different historical cultures (for instance, the study of early Inner Asia) and expressly comparative studies of these cultures exist, but the need for a cross-cutting dialogue between different areas, is especially urgent. Recent and exciting research on the interconnections at the level of ideas and material culture across the supercontinent suggests the need to think collectively and critically the interconnected ways of knowing the past across Eurasia.


Anubhav Lecture Series: Principles of Effective Communication

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

Aug.
31

This session of Principles of Effective Communication by Amit Kumar focus on the importance of enhancing performance, both personally and professionally. It includes ways in which people give and receive information in non-verbal, verbal and written formats. It also includes how people make meaning of this information and how they use it.


Catalysing Innovation in Digital Health

All day
UChicago Center in Delhi

Aug.
26

Catalysing Innovation in Digital Health (CIDH) seeks to explore innovations on quality public health delivery and the ecosystems that catalyse their application. Through a combination of moderated panel discussions, fireside chats, and 1:1s with key opinion leaders, 'Catalyzing Innovation in Digital Health' critically reviewed the role of emerging technology for efficacy, efficiency and equity in front-line health work, collaboration towards unlocking government health data, and India's capacity to scale for digital innovation.


Anubhav Lecture Series: Logical Problem Solving

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

Aug.
25

The objective of the session on Logical Problem Solving by James Abraham was to help the participants become effective problem solvers. What are the questions they need to ask before deciding to solve a problem.
 


Anubhav Lecture Series: Mindful Social Media

2:00–4:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Aug.
24

This session of Mindful Social Media by Ishita Anand gives a fundamental sense of how to use social media and its different platforms smartly can go a long way in achieving one's objectives and that is the skill we want to inculcate through this course.


Undergraduate Admissions Information Session

6:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Aug.
20

A public information session was organized with Assistant Director of Admissions, Eloise Hyman to give an overview of academics, student life, the application process, and financial aid at UChicago. The presentation was followed by an opportunity to ask questions regarding the College and the application process.


Anubhav Lecture Series: Giving and Receiving Feedback

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

Aug.
4

This session on Giving and receiving feedback by Dr Pramath Raj Sinha was to explore how to give and receive feedback at work in the best ways possible, along with some of the psychology behind handling critical feedback.


Anubhav Lecture Series: Knowledge and it’s components

2:00–4:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Aug.
3

This session by Yugank Goel, Indian School of Public Policy, explains this phenomenon of tacit knowledge. When 'you know more than you can tell', you are dwelling on your tacit knowledge. Aesthetics, intuition, emotional intelligence, sports, music, know-how, strategy are all examples of tacit knowledge types. We also discussed their determinants and more importantly, ways to formalise them.  


Anubhav Lecture Series: Networking

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

Aug.
3

This session on Networking by Luis Miranda focused on the art of building effective relationships, especially in a digital and fast-paced era. At the same time, it exposes participants to the need and techniques of maintaining the relationships formed in a meaningful manner.


Facebook Data For Good Roadshow

2:00–7:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Jul.
29

The International Innovation Corps is helping Facebook Inc. to a host a Roadshow for its Data for Good initiative. A symposium was held at the UChicago Centre in Delhi on the afore-mentioned program, which aims to bring together leading academics, researchers, and development organizations to discuss the evolving role of data in solving social challenges.


Jul.
28

This session of the Anubhav Lecture Series was conducted by the Indian School of Public Policy. The morning session on Fundamentals of Public Policy will be conducted by Dr. Parth J Shah, Director of the Indian Schol of Public Policy, with the aim of exposing the candidates to understanding the power, politics, and principles of policy. The afternoon session on Design Thinking was conducted by Rahul Nainwal. Co-founder of iVolunteer and India Fellow, the session focussed on using design thinking to solve social problems that are not fully defined and how to go about defining and solving them.


Anubhav Lecture Series: Group Dynamics

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

Jul.
27

The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy is excited to announce the collaboration with the Indian School of Public Policy to launch the fourth batch of the Anubhav Lecture Series (ALS). Designed for the professional development of young individuals working at the grassroots level in India, ALS is a set of 10 weekend-based sessions delivered by industry leaders over a period of 2 months. 


Attend graduate and undergraduate courses at the University of Chicago, define academic focus, and build a transferable record of study. At the GSAL and GSALB online information session, participants had the opportunity to learn about the courses and resources available to students in our programs as well as the application process. The aim was to have the attendees questions answered and discovered how GSAL or GSALB could help to achieve the academic and professional goals.


A new study by an international team of scientists from both academic institutions and conservation NGOs, and forest managers reveals that although India’s conservation program has its ups and downs, measuring its success depends on better monitoring and data from protected areas. The scientists, including those from the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore, and the University of Chicago, suggest that increased research on protected areas – to document biodiversity, assess conservation goals, and explore economic benefits for local people – can aid in successful conservation measures.


Anubhav Lecture Series: Art of Storytelling

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

Jul.
21

The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy is excited to announce the collaboration with the Indian School of Public Policy to launch the fourth batch of the Anubhav Lecture Series (ALS). Designed for the professional development of young individuals working at the grassroots level in India, ALS is a set of 10 weekend-based sessions delivered by industry leaders over a period of 2 months. 


Anubhav Lecture Series: Who are you?

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

Jul.
20

The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy is excited to announce the collaboration with the Indian School of Public Policy to launch the fourth batch of the Anubhav Lecture Series (ALS). Designed for the professional development of young individuals working at the grassroots level in India, ALS is a set of 10 weekend-based sessions delivered by industry leaders over a period of 2 months. The opening lecture of Anubhav Lecture Series, “Who are you” aims to push participants to answer uncomfortable questions and acknowledge their subconscious realities, including personality type, motivations, biases, and strengths.
 


Ten years ago, two Indian states ranked 72nd out of 73 countries in the 2009-10 PISA large scale assessment, coming out ahead only of Kyrgyzstan. Since then, much has changed in the discourse of data and assessments in education. Now, after a decade, policy conversations have shifted focus to a consensus on the importance of "learning outcomes." 
 


An integrative platform for research on reconstruction of the past in India

Through July 11, 2019
International Institute of Archaeology and Allied Science (IIAAS) in Ranbirpur, Thiksay, Leh-Ladakh

Begins
Jul. 9

This workshop aims to serve as a multi-disciplinary platform to brainstorm ways in which social scientists and biologists can work together effectively to add new dimensions to the reconstruction of the human past in India. Integrative studies are being conducted in other parts of the world that have shed key insights into the evolution of humans and their environment (flora/fauna). India currently lacks such a concerted effort to actively bring together researchers from complementary fields such as archaeology, anthropology, and the biological sciences, in addition to governmental agencies that regulate sample access, to discuss sustainable and collaborative ways of ensuring a more holistic interpretation of our species’ past in this region. The workshop will serve as an ideal platform for researchers from these fields to get together under one roof, debate and discuss outstanding questions in the social sciences and population genetics that can gain from the application of novel scientific tools, and come away with tangible ideas and networks to initiate exciting collaborative projects.


2019 Summer Institute in Law and Economics: Regulation of Consumer Markets

Through July 19, 2019
The University of Chicago Law School, Chicago

Begins
Jul. 8

The eighth annual Summer Institute Program is designed for international faculty, with courses to help you integrate law and economics into teaching and research.


ECHO Orientation & Immersion Session

Through July 5, 2019
UChicago Center in Delhi

Begins
Jul. 4

In large-scale social programs, the burden of policy execution falls on the “first-mile workers”, who are usually community members with limited experience. The scarcity of the experts (individual or from organizations), as well as of other resources, make frequent trainer-trainee interactions prohibitive. Post-training handholding or mentoring support for trainees leaves a substantial gap to instil confidence among the trainees. A major focus of our organization has been to explore means of plugging the post-training mentoring gap. An initiative by ECHO India, where this trainer-trainee gap has been successfully bridged through a process of guided mentoring, caught our interest.
 


The paleogenomics revolution and our molecular past

4:00–5:30 pm
P. C. Mahalanobis Auditorium, Presidency University

Jul.
2

Paleogenomics (or, DNA sequences from ancient specimen) has, over the past few years, provided valuable and direct insights into the prehistory of our species by shedding light on past populations, migrations, as well as disease evolution. Such studies are valuable in their contribution to several fields including population genetics, medical genetics, and anthropology and archaeology.
 
 


This session covered the fundamentals of evidence-based policymaking, discussing various types of data as evidence, and the dynamics of incorporating data-based evidence in the process of decision-making. The participants gained an understanding of what constitutes credible data, and how policymakers and other stakeholders engage with it as evidence. 


Heterogeneity and Cancer

11:00 am
Bose Intitute, Kolkata

Jun.
27

Cancer is the second leading cause of death but, unlike heart disease, it has been a difficult disease to effectively understand or treat. The reason relates to the complexity and heterogeneity of the disease. Most tumors have complicated origins and are driven by rare mutations. Furthermore, different tissues have distinct cancers, individual tissues have multiple cancer subtypes, and tumors are composed of cells that are both genetically and phenotypically diverse. Thus, every tumor is unique and dynamic. The cause of lethality in most solid tumors such as breast cancer is the metastatic dissemination of tumor cells throughout the body. Metastasis is characterized by many distinct properties that are driven by changing stresses in the tumor microenvironment.


Slums Project Internal Book Writing Workshop

Through June 28, 2019
UChicago Center in Delhi

Begins
Jun. 24

The project on "Quality of Life in India's Slums" led by Professor Anup Malani and Professor Adam Chilton from the University of Chicago Law School in collaboration with Anita Patil-Deshmukh, the Executive Director of the Partners for Urban Knowledge Action and Research (“PUKAR”), an NGO based out of Mumbai has conducted a research project since early 2017. The goal of this project was to understand several major questions about slums: why they emerge, how they are governed, what life is like in them, and how they can be improved. A team of researchers working in six cities across India collected detailed qualitative data for a sample of 21 slums. Following the project's review conference on December 6-7, 2018, the researchers conducted an internal writing workshop on the first major deliverable - a book summarising the research findings to date. The workshop comprised of brainstorming sessions, field visits, and data analysis methods.
 


UChicago Admitted Students Dinner

6:00–8:00 pm
Bengaluru

Jun.
20

UChicago Center in Delhi hosted a reception dinner for admits from across the University.  This evening hosted students from different schools like the Harris School of Public Policy, Division of Social Sciences, Division of Social Services Administration, Division of Humanities and many more.


Friends of UChicago Dinner

6:30–8:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Jun.
19

UChicago Center in Delhi organised Friends of UChicago Dinner on June 19 2019.The evening hosted the Senior Indian Government Officials and leadership, notable alumni and key partners of the University in India.
 


UChicago Admitted Students Dinner

6:00–8:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Jun.
18

Recently, UChicago Center in Delhi hosted a reception dinner for admits from across the University.  This evening hosted students from different schools like the Harris School of Public Policy, Division of Social Sciences, Division of Social Services Administration , Division of Humanities and many more.


World Environment Day Workshop

10:00 am–1:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

May.
31

On average, people in India would live 4.3 years longer if their country met the WHO guidelines - expanding the average life expectancy at birth there from 69 years to 73 years. Can youth play a role to clean up India's air? This workshop was organized by Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC India) for school students of grade 9 to 12. 


Panel Discussion: Lipi and Sound, Sacred and Otherwise

3:00–5:00 pm
CSSSC Seminar Room 2, Patuli Campus

May.
29

In the domains of religious, social, or literary studies, texts are now less seen as abstract vehicles of meaning encoded in language, and they are rather considered within the multiple dimensions that led to their production and consumption. What surrounds the text contributes to regiment its meaning and language alone is not enough to turn a text into a source or an object of aesthetic inquiry. With this panel, the renewed interest in the material and performative dimensions of the study of textual practices in South Asia was discussed including two publications: the volume Text and Tradition in Early Modern North India (OUP 2018), co-edited by Tyler Williams, Anshu Malhotra, and John Stratton Hawley, and Thibaut d’Hubert’s In the Shade of the Golden Palace: Ālāol and Middle Bengali Poetics in Arakan (OUP 2018). Tyler Williams and Thibaut d’Hubert introduced their respective book projects, which both addressed topics related to the history of vernacular literacy in early modern North India.


Information Session: Graduate Studies in the Humanities

4:00–5:00 pm
American Center, Kolkata

May.
25

Professors Thibaut d'Hubert, Associate Professor, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago and Tyler Willliams, Assistant Professor, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago hosted an information session about wide range of graduate programs in the Humanities Division at the University of Chicago.


Reading Early Material Texts: A Paleography and Codicology Workshop

Through May 22, 2019
UChicago Center in Delhi

Begins
May. 20

This three-day workshop--part of an ongoing book history initiative between the University of Chicago and South Asian institutions- provided graduate students and early career scholars an opportunity to receive basic training in the paleography and codicology of South Asian material texts and provide more advanced scholars an opportunity to share approaches, receive feedback on current research, and reflect critically on traditions and trends of textual criticism, scholarly editing, book history, and the digital humanities. Participants interacted and learnt from scholars working on different languages, regions, time periods, and traditions, making new comparative work possible and helping to establish a network of scholars working on pre-colonial material texts. 


May.
17

This talk by Borislav Gerasimov was hosted to discuss that in order to prevent trafficking, India’s anti-trafficking legislation must be formulated in consultation with various groups of workers, especially those in the unorganised sector, including but not exclusively, sex workers. And anti-trafficking initiatives must address the root causes and be grounded in an understanding of trafficking as a social justice issue lying at the intersections of gender, migration, labour, and development.


Begins
May. 17

Efforts to intervene into situations of egregious exploitation through direct rescue play an important role in anti-trafficking programmes across the globe. In some instances, rescue is legally required whether one has consented to work in that sector or not. India’s Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act (ITPA) has targeted cisgender women who sell sexual services for rescue since the early days of independence, regardless of whether they work voluntarily or under direct force. 


Revitalising Yamuna - Alternate Imaginations

4:30–7:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

May.
11

This event was held in collaboration with the Tata Centre for Development at UChicago and the Centre for Community Knowledge, Ambedkar University Delhi.   The event included a series of activities such as photo exhibition on people living along the Yamuna in Delhi, screening of a documentary on the communities, and a panel discussion -  aimed at understanding connections and disconnections between the river and the residents of the city, and how the Yamuna has changed over time – from its course to pollution load. 


Physicians around the world play a major role in shaping and influencing health policy. However, few researchers have systematically explored organized medicine in the context of developing countries, including India. In the increasingly globalized world of biomedicine, there are considerable lessons and ideas to be drawn from examining the experiences of organized medicine and policymaking in different countries. This public lecture brought together academics, practitioners and others interested in the role of professional medical associations as key stakeholders in shaping health policy. The panelists discussed the new research from India and the U.S that explores the role of these associations in shaping contemporary policy debates.  Few critical questions in the context of dynamic policy environments in both countries - whose voices do the associations represent, How do they engage with policymakers and the policy process, and, what is the future for these associations in the face of growing corporatization and patient activation were also addressed.  


Professional medical associations are considered key stakeholders in shaping and influencing health policy. Yet, there has been limited research and discussion on their role in the context of low- and middle-income countries. In the increasingly globalized world of biomedicine, there are considerable lessons and ideas to be drawn from examining the experiences of organized medicine and policymaking across countries. In this workshop,  new research on the role of professional medical associations in policymaking was shared and also the experiences of practitioners in influencing policy were discussed.  In two interactive sessions, panelists shared their research and experiences, and as a group, emerging themes, methodological challenges, and ideas for further research and action were discussed. 

 


Apr.
24

All around the world, more and more people are questioning traditional career paths and wondering how they can set up their careers so that they don’t have to choose between making a living and making a difference. Indians are no exception. And yet, it is still unclear what one’s options are if one doesn’t want to follow the traditional routes and wants to work towards making the country, and the world, a better place.


 


Creative Criticality in Colonial and Indigenous Archives

Through April 23, 2019
UChicago Center in Delhi

Begins
Apr. 22

As the discipline of postcolonial studies has expanded beyond nationalist frameworks of analysis, new paradigms have emerged for understanding the cultural and political agency of minority, indigenous, and otherwise subordinated people. This workshop was organised to investigate such paradigms of cultural agency in a comparatist framework, bringing together a conversation about how writers, artists, and scholars are engaging colonial and indigenous archives in the contexts of the Americas, South Asia, and Australia in bold, daring, and creatively agential ways. In this regard, the central question that this workshop proposed to ask was: how do the contents of these archives change when cast in the forms of alternative, indigenous, and minoritized knowledge systems. Over the course of two days, participants engaged this problem of the archive via reconsiderations of such topics as caste-class-race divides, translation, alternative historicities/pasts/temporalities, global indigeneity, and archival technology. These participants represented a broad range of regional knowledge-bases, including scholars from Kolkata, Bangalore, Dhaka, Nepal, Australia, and the Americas (North America, Mexico, and Central America).   


Undergraduate Information Session

6:00–7:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Apr.
4

The representatives from Johns Hopkins University, Barnard College, and the University of Chicago hosted a joint public information session about undergraduate admissions to highly selecting U.S. colleges and universities. This session featured information on academics, student life, and the application process, and was followed by an opportunity to ask questions of representatives of all three schools.


Connection Series: Bhakti Ke Tin Svar / Three Bhakti Voices

5:00–7:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Mar.
27

Bhakti or ‘devotion’—as a religious concept and practice, as a literary and aesthetic program, and as a social and political ‘movement’—vastly changed the cultural landscape of India in the medieval and early modern periods and continues to shape the way that many people in India (and other South Asian countries) understand the world and their place in it. Through their poetry and their life stories the poet-saints Mirabai, Kabir, and Surdas have become so closely associated with bhakti that their fame has spread among devotees all over the subcontinent, including those far from northern India where these saints are believed to have lived. At the same time they have also become important figures in the more general historical and cultural consciousness of the independent Indian nation as they provide ways to think through questions of morality, duty, individual, and community.


Admitted Student Reception

6:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Mar.
26

UChicago Undergraduate Admissions and the UChicago Center in Delhi were proud to host a reception honoring the admitted students of the Class of 2023. Students were given the opportunity to meet their future classmates and their families, and to learn more about the campus they are soon to call home. We are excited to welcome these students to the UChicago community and look forward to the ideas and discussions they will bring to our classrooms and beyond!


Climate Change and the Human Sciences

2:45–3:45 pm
St. Stephen's College

Mar.
26

In this talk, Professor Chakrabarty discussed the various responses that scholars in the social sciences have had to the phenomenon of anthropogenic climate change and focussed in particular on the social significance of debates on the idea of the Anthropocene, the proposed new name of the geological epoch we may be passing through.


Mar.
25

The main objective of this conclave organized by Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lawrence A Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the College; Faculty Director, UChicago Center in Delhi, is to brainstorm about how climate change is being discussed and responded to in India by various stakeholders including scientists, policy people, science communicators, the media, activists, and social groups and communities. 


International Innovation Corps 2019 Cohort Training

Through March 29, 2019
UChicago Center in Delhi

Begins
Mar. 25

International Innovation Corps (IIC), a program based at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, conducted a two week training program for its 2019-2020 cohort of fellows 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. The IIC fellows worked in teams on 13-month projects with the Indian Government and other key stakeholders tackling contemporary developmental challenges.
 


Graduate Information Session in Social Sciences

11:00 am–12:30 pm
United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF), New Delhi

Mar.
23

Since its founding in 1890, the University of Chicago has been at the forefront of social scientific disciplines. Graduate programs, including 5 master's degrees and 9 PhD programs, range from Anthropology, Economics, History, and International Relations to Computational Social Science, Sociology, and Political Science.. 


Graduate Information Session in Social Sciences

2:45–3:45 pm
United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) Maker Bhavan 1, 2nd Floor, Churchgate (E), Mumbai 400020

Mar.
20

Since its founding in 1890, the University of Chicago has been at the forefront of social scientific disciplines. Graduate programs, including 5 master's degrees and 9 PhD programs, range from Anthropology, Economics, History, and International Relations to Computational Social Science, Sociology, and Political Science. 


Begins
Mar. 18

Chintan and Friedrich Ebert Foundation, in collaboration with the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC India) and the Tata Centre for Development (TCD), hosted an international conference on waste reduction and enhanced livelihoods. The objective was to bring together major global and domestic players to share their work, ideas and successes around the theme of waste reduction, circular economy and livelihoods. 


Committee on International Relations Visit 2019

Through March 26, 2019
Mumbai and Delhi

Begins
Mar. 15

The Committee on International Relations (CIR)  organized an intensive week-long seminar on Asian international relations for its students at the University of Chicago’s Center in Delhi in March 2019. 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.


Harris Admitted Students Dinner

5:00–9:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Mar.
7

The Center in Delhi hosted the annual welcome reception for the newly admitted students to the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. Newly admitted members of the graduate divisions, and their families were welcomed to the UChicago family by the UChicagoGRAD, alumni, and staff. 


Jharkhand signs up for better monitoring of industrial air pollution

12:37–12:37 am
Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board (JSPCB), Jharkhand

Mar.
2

In a decisive step to improve monitoring for industrial emissions, the Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board (JSPCB), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Chicago Trust (UC Trust) making way for the announcement of a star rating program for industries in the state. The UC Trust through Tata Centre for Development (TCD) and Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC India) will support JSPCB in rolling out the star rating program that categorizes industries from 1-star to 5-stars, with 1-star being the least compliant and 5-stars being the most compliant to pollution standards set by the regulator.


Reimagining Teacher Training in India

9:30 am–4:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Mar.
1

An analysis of teacher training policies in 25 countries reveals that teacher quality is the most important factor affecting student achievement among school-related factors. Adopting a systems-reform lens further cements this fact - certain education systems achieve substantially better outcomes than others by “getting more talented people to become teachers, developing these teachers into better instructors, and ensuring that these instructors deliver consistently for every child in the system.” Teacher capacity building thus becomes an important area of the education reform agenda that governments and private resources should target in a well thought-out manner. What would it take to prepare and motivate teachers to ensure that students learn and learn well every time when they are in the school? If technology is the way ahead, how is the government school system setting teachers up to successfully leverage it - before and during the job span?


The historical development of Hindi metrical rhythm

5:30–7:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Feb.
19

This paper addressed the following aspects of the metrical rhythm of Hindi. Prof. Nagasaki first discussed how the linguistic rhythm of Hindi changed with time, just as the metrical rhythm of Hindi diverged from those of Prakrit and Apabhrams. Then she took up the extensive change the loss of the weak a [ə] in pre-modern Hindi brought about in the metrical and linguistic rhythms. Finally, she pointed out that the traditional metrical scansion became no longer applicable to modern Hindi poems.


Feb.
17

This event set out to challenge the assumption that disability in India should be understood and responded to as a rights-based category. As a (post) development state with transnational political and economic ties, India provides an ideal location to explore how global discourses are taken up, adapted, or rejected as disabled people seek to create worlds for themselves.


Workshop on Disentangling Disability and Human Rights

Through February 17, 2019
UChicago Center in Delhi

Begins
Feb. 15

This workshop and conference set out to challenge the assumption that disability in India should be understood and responded to as a rights-based category. As a (post) development state with transnational political and economic ties, India provides an ideal location to explore how global discourses are taken up, adapted, or rejected as disabled people seek to create worlds for themselves.


Disability-inclusive Compassionate Care

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

Feb.
9

Taking into consideration the recommendations of the World Report and UNConvention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), an Indo-US collaboration - between Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence, University of Chicago and the Medical Humanities Group of University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi -collaborated with Doctors with Disabilities, Disability Rights Activists, and Health Professions Educators in India to develop a consensus on the disability competencies that should be acquired by health professionals during training so that they can provide quality and equitable care to patients with disabilities.


I-House Alumni Meet

4:00–6:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Jan.
31

Interntational Houses Worldwide hosted the 10th stop on Alice Lewthwaite's Grains of Sand Tour for I-House alumni and friends. 


Information Session: Graduate Studies in the Humanities

5:00–6:30 pm
American Center, Kolkata

Jan.
24

Professor Tyler Williams, Assistant Professor, South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, hosted an information session about the wide range of graduate programs in the Humanities Division at the University of Chicago.


TATA Steel Kolkata Literary Meet 2019

Through January 27, 2019
Kolkata

Begins
Jan. 22

UChicago Faculty Members: Professors Jason Grunebaum, Vu Tran, and Tyler Williams spoke at TATA Steel Kolkata Literary Meet at various sessions between January 22-27, 2019. 


International Innovation Corps Information Session

5:00–7:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Jan.
17

The International Innovation Corps identifies scalable, sustainable interventions that impact some of the most pressing social and economic challenges. IIC sends teams of Project Associates from top universities from India and around the world to implement projects with the government in India. 


This roundtable, hosted by the Tata Centre for Development at UChicago in collaboration with International Innovation Corps, intended a wide range of issues related to water quality monitoring. Researchers, policy advocates, and on-the-ground practitioners came together to discuss how to create actionable data on water pollution, influence policy, and boost India’s potential to fight pollution in its rivers. This roundtable gave a platform to discuss the future of gathering and disseminating water quality data. The roundtable also explored opportunities to collaborate on creating a common platform to address water quality challenges.
 


This panel discussion examined the bilateral relationship between India and The United States both from an historical perspective and with a look ahead to the future. The panel discussed  what the past seventy years has meant for the India - US partnership and look ahead to prospects and challenges for the future. This event was held in association with International House at the University of Chicago, Indo - American Friendship Association, UChicago Delhi Center and India Habitat Centre.


This annual conference was held in collaboration with American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) brought together AIIS pre-doctoral Research Fellows pursuing archival and field research throughout India. The Fellows shared reports on their ongoing projects, and also received feedback from senior scholar-mentors. This rich celebration of emerging scholarship in a range of disciplines included a talk by Geeta Wahi Dua and Brijendra Dua on Ecological Map of Delhi and its potential for urban planning/sustainability.