Faculty Lecture Videos

Chicago Dialogues: Episode 9-Sexual Assault, Accountability, and Reconciliation 
April 24, 2021

Episode 9 of Chicago Dialogues  on "Sexual Assault, Accountability, and Reconciliation" with Martha Nussbaum  in conversation with Jayati Ghosh, Tanika Sarkar, and Zoya Hasan. 

Chicago Dialogues: Episode 8-Wendy Doniger in Bengal : Letters from 1963 
April 17, 2021

In 1963, when she was 22 years old, Wendy Doniger lived in India, mostly in Shantiniketan and Calcutta, for the first time. She wrote frequent long letters to her parents, forgotten until she rediscovered them in 2018. These letters reveal a supremely gifted intellect, an insatiably curious spirit, a passionate love of Indian architecture and music and literature, and a fascinating and charming cast of characters whom Doniger met. Gary Tubb and Avik Chanda discuss this treasure trove with Wendy Doniger, to discover what she left out as well as the stories behind what she put in.

Chicago Dialogues: Episode 7-Life Under the Microscope and Beyond 
March 20, 2021

How does an abiding love for knowledge lead to break-throughs in pathology? How can technology play an empowering role in medical education and healthcare delivery, in advancing the progress of medical science? What does research at the cutting edge of pathology entail, in our current times? And, in the final analysis, do humanity and humility score higher than technical expertise? Episode 7 of Chicago Dialogues examined these and other questions, through the life and work of Professor Vinay Kumar.

"Interpreting Politics: Situated Knowledge, India, and the Rudolph Legacy" Book Launch and Panel Discussion 
February 26, 2021

This volume’s eminent authors pay tribute to the Rudolphs’ scholarship by examining its contribution to their own cutting-edge research as they advance the frontiers of the study of Indian politics and social science writ large. This volume is edited by John Echeverri-Gent, Associate Professor, Department of Politics, University of Virginia, and Kamal Sadiq, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of California, Irvine.

Why Leaders Lie?
February 22, 2021

Professor John Mearsheimer, in conversation with prominent news anchor and journalist Vishnu Som, discussed the need and effectiveness of falsehood within the political sphere, breaking down the insidious and elaborate deceptions of world leaders, with reasoned and constructive analysis of the logic, motivation, and justification behind their lying behaviour.

Chicago Dialogues: Episode 6-Vistar: Musical Cosmopolitanism
February 20, 2021

Born from the fusion of Persian and Indian cultures, Hindustani musical cosmopolitanism runs deep. This episode addressed cosmopolitanism in the life and work of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, India’s preeminent sarod artist and a lifelong traveler across artistic, religious, and geographic boundaries.

Cross Currents: Contemporary Art from New Delhi to Beijing
February 17, 2021

“Cross Currents: Contemporary Art from New Delhi to Beijing” brings together scholars and artists throughout Asia to discuss these pressing contemporary issues. This webinar assembles curators from East, Southeast, and South Asia to deliberate on how the art scenes from each region inform new understandings of the global and the contemporary in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and our post-COVID futures.

Chicago Dialogues: Episode 5-Polarization and Pandemic
January 23, 2021

2020, the year of the pandemic, has also been a watershed for American politics. The high drama of the US Presidential Election, and its equally eventful aftermath, have raised serious doubts about the level of polarization within the populace, the powers of the President, and the robustness of the American democratic setup. In conversation with Professor John Mark Hansen, this webinar was held in colloboration with Prohor.in. 

Chicago Dialogues: Episode 4-Politics and Passions
December 19, 2020

This episode explores what it means to think about passions, affect, and atmospheric solidarities in politics. At what point does politics exceed the calculation of interests?  How do we think about contradictory interests and conflicting fantasy investments when investigating our current political worlds? How can we repurpose ideology to understand its relation to affect? How do visions premised on reasoned judgment and rational deliberation fall short in analyzing the present? How do revolutionary energies and efforts at political retrenchment play out differently in the streets and in cyberspace? How might a theory of democracy look different when passions and polarization are adequately taken into account?

Chicago Dialogues: Episode 3-Shadows and Ephemera in Physics
November 21, 2020

In today's context, is Physics still about the study of fundamental properties of nature? Or has some of the focus shifted to the study of emergences?  A high-octane discussion was held at the Chicago Dialogues, Episode 3. The episode featured Sidney Nagel, Stein-Freiler Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago and Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, C.V. Raman Professor at the Ashoka University. 

The Color of Words: Shades of Black
November 18, 2020

Author and academic Kara Keeling’s work focuses on African American film, theories of race, sexuality, and gender in cinema and cultural studies. Her books  include The Witch's Flight: The Cinematic, the Black Femme and the Image of Common Sense. Writer and academic Nathalie Etoke’s research involves the ongoing struggle for social justice and freedom and the unifying  impact of colonialism on people of African descent across the world. Her book Shades of Black studies the caricature of a black narrative in a role they did not script. In conversation with Igbo author Chika Unigwe, they speak of the stories and narratives they choose to record. 

The Himalayas: An Ecological Battle
November 9, 2020

Academic and writer Trevor Price’s work focuses on ecology and evolution with a special interest in Himalayan biodiversity. He is the author of Speciation in Birds and many other publications. Writer Stephen Alter is the author of several books including Wild Himalaya: A Natural History of the Greatest Mountain Range on Earth, which traverses the length and breadth of the

Two Menus: Poetry and Fiction
October 23, 2020

Author and academician Rachel DeWoskin’s work draws heavily from the ideas of identity, culture and the self. Exploring the peripheries and transnational experiences of humans across linguistic and physical boundaries, DeWoskin's latest works include the novel Banshee and the poetry collection: Two Menus. In conversation with poet Ranjit Hoskote, she discusses her writing journey, exploring the landscapes of Poetics and essence of narratives.

Chicago Dialogues: Episode 2-The Near in Blood
October 17, 2020

This episode traces the life and times of the crown prince, Dara Shukoh, his prodigious talent as a chronicler, poet, philosopher and connoisseur of the arts, his deeply syncretic ideas, the bitter rivalry with his brothers, leading to an open War of Succession – and his tragic end.

A Meeting of the Minds: Economy and Ecology
October 7, 2020

On October 7, University of Chicago professors Michael Greenstone and Dipesh Chakrabarty came together for an engaging, virtual discussion on Economy and Ecology. They had a thought-provoking conversation that touched on the role of corporations and governments in climate change, the trade-offs of policy decisions, and the connection between ecological issues and human health and longevity.

Chicago Dialogues: Episode 1-The Ray Less Travelled
September 19, 2020

The inaugural episode of Chicago Dialogues sheds fresh light on some of the lesser known contours in the work and genius of the auteur, Satyajit Ray. For instance, the film-makers who left a deep impact on him, the subtle political undertones in his films, the eternal present-ness of the Calcutta Trilogy, the selective use of leitmotifs, and the uniqueness of his music.

The Climate of History 
September 18, 2020

The dual crisis of climate change and the pandemic are forcing us to recalibrate the assumptions about the centrality of the human experience in the Age of the Anthropocene. Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty flags urgent issues in a compelling conversation with fellow academic Navroz K. Dubas.

You Can Lead Through a Crisis, But Can You Coach Through One?
August 25, 2020

How can you, the leader, effectively navigate these choppy waters while taking your teams along in this journey? How can you help your employees chart out their priorities amidst so much uncertainty? How can you help them find their own path in these turbulent times?

To address above questions, UChicago centers in Beijing, Delhi, and The University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus in Hong Kong jointly hosted this webinar featuring UChicago faculty Michael Gibbs (PhD'89), Alumni Luis Miranda (MBA'89) and Ruchira Chaudhary (MBA'13).  

American Politics Before and After Trump
August 18, 2020

As we head into the 2020 election, John Mark Hansen looks back to understand the election that gave us the Trump presidency and looks ahead to the elections that will determine its legacy. This Harper Lecture features John Mark Hansen — the Charles L. Hutchinson Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago. Hansen is the author of two books, Gaining Access: Congress and the Farm Lobby, 1919–1981 (The University of Chicago Press, 1991), and, with Steven Rosenstone, Mobilization, Participation, and Democracy in America (Macmillan, 1993). He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003.

The Evolution of Pandemics
August 12, 2020

This webinar was focused on Professor Anup Malani's pertinent research during the Pandemic, his understanding of how the response to the pandemic has evolved, and how societies are responding to it, both in terms of public health and the overall economy.

Climate Change As A Window into Human History
August 7, 2020

A virtual talk by Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty, eminent historian, author & Professor of History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago and Faculty Director at UChicago Center in Delhi. 

COVID-19 and Health Disparities: Protecting Our Most Vulnerable Populations
May 13, 2020

This webinar addressed the coronavirus pandemic's effect on vulnerable populations and featured medical faculty at the University of Chicago Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence. The webinar was held in partnership with the UChicago Centers in Beijing, Delhi and the University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus in Hong Kong.

Fifth Anniversary Celebration of the University of Chicago Center in Delhi
November 1, 2019
The University of Chicago celebrated the fifth anniversary of its Center in New Delhi on November 1, 2019 with programs showcasing the innovative research, partnerships, and policy impact that the Center has helped foster in India.  Since its opening in 2014, the Center has served as an intellectual hub for international scholars, students, staff, and over 150 University of Chicago faculty. This event celebrated academic collaborations between UChicago and India as well as the partnerships that have been established in the region.

Progressing with Partnerships: Shared Decision Making Among Vulnerable Groups
September 17, 2019
The goal of this workshop held at the UChicago Center in Delhi was to identify the barriers and enablers to make shared decision-making into a human right imperative and a transformative practice. The workshop explored the sociocultural and illness contexts in which patients from theses vulnerable groups and providers understood and experienced shared decision-making.  

Disability Activism in India: Ways of Theorizing and Doing
February 17, 2019
This event featured various roundtable discussions on Disentangling Disability and Human Rights. In this roundtable on "Disability Activism in India: Ways of Theorizing and Doing," participants drawn from academia, actvisim, and policy development considered what a human rights approach might entail in the case of disability in India. This event was led by Michelle Friedner from the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago.

Roundtable Discussions on Disentangling Disability and Human Rights - 2 
February 17, 2019 
This event featured various roundtable discussions on Disentangling Disability and Human Rights. In this roundtable on "The status of disability studies in India: Can Academia and Activism work together?" participants drawn from academia, actvisim, and policy development considered what a human rights approach might entail in the case of disability in India. This event was led by Michelle Friedner from the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago. 

Roundtable Discussions on Disentangling Disability and Human Rights
February 17, 2019 
This event featured various roundtable discussions on Disentangling Disability and Human Rights. In this roundtable on "Thinking about Disability, Charity, Entitlements, and Rights," participants drawn from academia, actvisim, and policy development considered what a human rights approach might entail in the case of disability in India. This event was led by Michelle Friedner from the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago. 

Roundtable on Water Quality Monitoring: Driving Decision-making through Actionable Data
January 11, 2019
At this roundtable, demonstration of water-to-cloud program on India's major rivers (primarily Ganga, Yamuna and Godavari) was followed by deliberations by researchers, policy advocates, and ground-level practitioners on how to make water quality data actionable and use it to drive policy decisions. 

Film Censorship
December 18, 2018
This event part of the India Journalism Week featured a panel discussion on Film Censorship with panelists Pankaj Butalia, Filmmaker, Rahul Roy, Documentary Filmmaker, and moderated by William Mazzarella from the University of Chicago. 

Art and Culture
December 16, 2018
This event part of the India Journalism Week featured a panel discussion on Art and Culture with panelists Benjamin Waltzer from the University of Chicago, Rosalyn D'Mello, Author, Jai Arjun Singh, Author, Deepanjana Pal, Author and moderated by Srikanth Reddy from the University of Chicago. 

Screenings and Discussion
December 16, 2018
This event part of the India Journalism Week featured a panel discussion on film screening with panelists Laura Letinsky from the University of Chicago along with Sharbendu De, Visual Storyteller, Anita Khemka, Photographer, Renu Roychadhuri, IIT Guwahati.  

Life in India's Slums
December 7, 2018
In this conference held in collaboration with PUKAR, and University of Chicago Law School, Professors Anup Malani and Adam Chilton, about life in slums and improving slums. 

Panel Discussion: Do Area Studies Matter?
December 4, 2018
In this panel discussion held in collaboration with South Asian University, the panelists featuring Lisa Wedeen, Mary R. Morton Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago, discussed how the study of areas has been reconceived in the context of globalization, how theory from the south might transform theory in the north, and what kinds of methods are best deployed to understand shared predicaments.

Interdisciplinary Global Environmental Health Collaborations
October 29, 2018
The objective of this workshop was to share finding of the cutting edge research in the area of indoor air pollution and its impact on human health and economic growth. This session was on Economic perspectives on air pollution. 

Interdisciplinary Global Environmental Health Collaborations
October 29, 2018
The objective of this workshop was to share finding of the cutting edge research in the area of indoor air pollution and its impact on human health and economic growth. This session was on Household air pollution, climate change, and the indoor environment. 

Collaborative Pediatric Neuroradiology Syndrome
October 6, 2018
In this talk, Dr. Carina Yang, Assistant Professor of Radiology, University of Chicago, showcased a variety of interesting topics in the field, ranging from an early glimpse at the central nervous system with fetal imaging, to congenitel anomalies of the brain and spine, to acquired abnormalities in the head and neck. 

Connection Series: From Gamification to Experimental Games
June 22, 2018
In this talk, Professor Patrick Jagoda, Associate Professor of English and Cinema & Media Studies, University of Chicago, talked about games in the early twenty-first century should be conceived not merely as objects, forms, or activities, but as nothing less than a unique mode of experimental thought and learning.

On Uncertainty: Fake News, Post-Truth, and the Question of Judgment in Syria
June 7, 2018
In this talk held in collaboration with Centre for the study of developing societies (CSDS), Prof. Lisa Wedeen, Mary R. Morton Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago unpacked exemplary real - life moments from Syria and weaved her conversation around thinking of political theorists and Syrian artists - all while highlighting the "uncertainties" around politics in Syria as well as the more global present.

Will we all be replaced by Robots?
April 4, 2018
Professor Michael Gibbs, Clinical Professor of Economics, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business discussed fears of automation and artificial intelligence [AI]. He talked about the likely effects of new developments in the artificial intelligence. 

Writing across broders: Globalizing the Creative Writing Program Part 1 
March 24-25, 2018
Gathering celebrated novelists, poets, translators, editors, teachers, and scholars from India, the US, and the UK, “Writing across Borders” launched a multifaceted discussion of interconnected literary futures in Asia, Europe, North America, and beyond. Srikanth Reddy, Professor, Department of English, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, Committee on Creative Writing, University of Chicago moderated this session on “Creative Writing Programs in a Global Context.” Panelists included John Wilkinson, University of Chicago; Amit Chaudhuri; Saikat Majumdar, Ashoka University; and Aditi Sriram. 

Writing across borders: Globalizing the Creative Writing Program Part 2
March 24-25, 2018
This session on “Teaching Literary Translation” featured Jason Grunebaum, Senior Lecturer in Hindi, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago as the moderator and Rosinka Chaudhuri; Rita Kothari; Vivek Shanbhag; Arunava Sinha as the panelists.

Writing across borders: Globalizing the Creative Writing Program Part 3
March 24-25, 2018
This session on “Literary Fiction in a Transnational Perspective” featured Saikat Majumdar, Ashoka University as the moderator and Vu Tran, Assistant Professor of Practice in the Arts, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Creative Writing. Department of English; Committee on Creative Writing, University of Chicago; Vivek Shanbhag; Amit Chaudhuri; Anjum Hasan as the panelists.

Writing across borders: Globalizing the Creative Writing Program Part 4
March 24-25, 2018
This panel on “Poetry and Poetics” featured Srikanth Reddy, Professor, Department of English, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, Committee on Creative Writing, University of Chicago as the moderator and Rosinka Chaudhuri; John Wilkinson, Professor, Department of English, Committee on Creative Writing, Director of Creative Writing, University of Chicago; Anjum Hasan; Sumana Roy as the panelists.

The past, the future, and what is real
January 31, 2018
Professor Anastasia Giannakidou from the Department of Linguistics at the University of Chicago gave a talk at the Department of Linguistics, University of Delhi, explored the apparent temporal contrast between future and past. 

Exploring the Dark Universe
December 16, 2017
In this talk held in collaboration with Inter - University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics - Pune, Professor Hsiao Wen Chen from the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago described new ways that astronomers are using to explore the dark universe. 

A Nuclear - Climate Connection?
December 13, 2017
On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of CP-1, the first experiment to demonstrate controlled nuclear chain reaction, it was useful to ask whether advances in nuclear fission power have any realistic chance of ameliorating ongoing climate change driven by green house gas emissions. In this lecture held at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research - Mumbai, Professor Rosner from the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago tried to answer this question, based on what is currently known about the nuclear power from the technical and economic perspectives.

Mahalanobis & Fisher: Mathematical Statistics as a Global Enterprise
December 8, 2017
In this talk held in collaboration with Indian Statistical Institute Delhi, Professor Stephen Stigler from the Department of Statistics at the Univesity of Chicago talked about the story of his relationship with Ronald A. Fisher, a renowned mathematician between 1930 and 1950. 

The Making of a Con(Temporary) Black Public
November 21, 2017
Professor Theaster Gates from the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago gave a talk at the UChicago Center in Delhi that focused on his work on space theory and land development, sculpture and performance.

Building the Bridge from Bench to Bedside and Bedside to Industry in Healthcare Delivery
November 4, 2017
In this talk, Professor Satyanarayan Hegde from the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago talked about a patent pending medical device called Internal Airway Percussor (IAP), Virtual Medical Assistant (VMA) and Asthma ECHO (Extension of Community Health Outcomes) programs.

Your Indoor Air Kills - Manage It!
October 22, 2017
In this talk held in collaboration with Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC - India), Dr. Sola Olopade from the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago talked about the hazardous indoor air pollution and discussed steps to manage it. 

Internal and External Security Challenges on India’s Borders
September 14, 2017
At the UChicago Center in Delhi, a panel of experts from UChicago and various organisations discussed the current security challenges that India faces in Kashmir and the Northeast, as well as in its relations with neighboring countries.

Citizen Science: The Five Most Important Things I’ve Learned about Coping with Air Pollution
August 21, 2017
Professor Thomas Talhelm from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business gave a talk on Citizen Science at the UChicago Center in Delhi. 

National Symposium on Head and Neck Cancer
August 5, 2017
Professor Nishant Agrawal from the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago gave a talk on Head and Neck Cancer at the UChicago Center in Delhi. 

Global Capitalism and Unevenness Rethought: Modern India
March 3, 2017
Professor Moishe Postone from the Department of History at the University of Chicago gave a talk on ‘Marx, Modernity and Temporality’ at the UChicago Center in Delhi.

Connection Series: Literary Readings by Anne Waldman and Janice Pariat
January 16, 2017
Two celebrated poets Anne Waldman and Janice Pariat read best of their poetry at the UChicago Center in Delhi.

Crisis of Liberal Democracy: Some “Rudolphian” Reflections
January 12, 2017
Honoring the lives and scholarly contributions of Susanne Hoeber Rudolph and Lloyd Rudolph, this lecture was delivered by Dr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta, President, Center for Policy Research

Prejudice, Stigma, Discrimination: Combatting Exclusions Through Policy and Law
December 18, 2017
At the UChicago Center in Delhi, scholars and faculties from UChicago and other universities presented their papers on Prejudice, Stigma, and Discrimination.

Bilingual Literary Readings (Part 2)
Novermber 8, 2016
At the UChicago Center in Delhi, poets and translators came together and showcased their work in the languages of Hindi, Bangla and Urdu.

Bilingual Literary Readings (Part 1)
November 8, 2016
At the UChicago Center in Delhi, poets and translators came together and showcased their work in the languages of Hindi, Bangla and Urdu.

Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago: Applying Medical Humanism in Patient Care
November 4, 2016
At the UChicago Center in Delhi, Dr. Monica Peek shared data from various surveys and results of the patient care workshops conducted by her in Chicago.

Disarming Dialogues: Reviving Humanities in Medical Education (RHiME) 2016 Workshop (Part 3)
November 2, 2016
At the UChicago Center in Delhi, doctors & professors from UChicago and various Indian institutes gathered for a three - day conference on Reviving Humanities in Medical Education.

Disarming Dialogues: Reviving Humanities in Medical Education (RHiME) 2016 Workshop (Part 2)
November 2, 2016
At the UChicago Center in Delhi, doctors & professors from UChicago and various Indian institutes gathered for a three - day conference on Reviving Humanities in Medical Education.

Disarming Dialogues: Reviving Humanities in Medical Education (RHiME) 2016 Workshop
November 2, 2016
At the UChicago Center in Delhi, doctors & professors from UChicago and various Indian institutes gathered for a three - day conference on Reviving Humanities in Medical Education.

Urban Labs Innovation Challenge: Delhi Awards Announcement
September 21, 2016
At the UChicago Center in Delhi, winners of Urban Labs Innovation Challenge were announced and awarded.

Workshop on Cities, Climate Forcing and Infectious Disease Dynamics
September 13, 2016
At the UChicago Center in Delhi, presentations were given on Climate sensitive diseases in urban environments, a dynamical perspective.

Harnessing Open Data for Cities
September 12, 2016
At the UChicago Center in Delhi, Charlie Catlett and Pete Beckman delivered multiple sessions on Harnessing Open Data for Cities.  

Musicophilia in Mumbai & Four-Hand Piano Transcriptions and the Geographies of Musical Experience 
May 26, 2016
At the UChicago Center in Delhi, Thomas Christensen explored and illustrated the cultural phenomenon of four-hand piano transcriptions in 19th century Europe. Tejaswini Niranjana drew on a variety of sources to trace musicophilia in 20th century Mumbai. The event also featured a film screening by award winning filmmaker Surabhi Sharma.

Stuart Pimm: International importance of protected areas of India’s Biodiversity
May 11, 2016
At the UChicago Center in Delhi, Stuart Pimm talked about International importance of protected areas of India’s Biodiversity.

Biodiversity and the Evolution of the Ants: Talk by Corrie Moreau
May 10, 2016
At the UChicago Center in Delhi, Dr. Corrie Moreau shared her experience conducting field research around the world on the one of the most ecologically 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.

Framing The Question of India : Honoring the Scholarly Legacy of Susanne & Lloyd Rudolph
March 17, 2016
Honoring the Scholarly legacy of Susanne and Llyod Rudolf at the UChicago Center in Delhi. Susanne and Llyod Rudolf were Emeritus Professors at the University of Chicago and the co-authors of Numerous influential works that earned them the 2014 Padma Bhushan and had impact on research in South Asia in the last 50 years.

Dipesh Chakrabarty’s The Calling of History: Book Launch & Panel Discussion 
March 1, 2016
At the UChicago Center in Delhi, historian Dipesh Chakrabarty was joined by a distinguished panel at the launch of his book The Calling of History: Sir Jadunath Sarkar and his Empire of Truth. The Panel featured eminent historians Nayanjot Lahiri and Neeladri Bhattacharya and journalist Swapan Dasgupta and addressed broader questions about the discipline of history and public life drawing on contemporary debates and examples from the life and work of Sir Jadunath Sarkar, a leading historian of the Mughal period in India. The panel was moderated by renowned scholar Rudrangshu Mukherjee.

Thirteen Festivals: A Ritual Year in Bengal - Book Release & Lecture by The Prof. Ralf W. Nicholas. 
November 19, 2015
Jawhar Sircar, CEO of Prasar Bharti released Professor Ralph Nicholas's new book - Thirteen Festivals : A Ritual Year in Bengal - The book release was followed by a lecture by Professor Nicholas in collaboration with the American Institute of Indian Studies at UChicago Center in Delhi.

Two Poets with Cole Swensen and Rukmini Bhaya Nair 
November 18, 2015
At the UChicago Center in Delhi, renowned poets Cole Swensen and Rukmini Bhaya Nair read out a selection from their works and led a discussion on contemporary poetry.

Looking Askance 
October 27, 2015
Drawing on India’s long tradition of documentary photography, Looking Askance considers contemporary photographic works from the University of Chicago that respond to current events and media imagery. These works complicate what it means to “bear witness” by proposing a problematic relationship to the utopic premise that photographs can shift the social and political conditions they picture. The exhibition’s curator, acclaimed photographer Laura Letinsky, as well as two artists featured in the show, Anna Elise Johnson and Marco G. Ferrari, discuss photography’s relationship to the production and dissemination of historical truth. Casting suspicion on the possibility of an absolute historical narrative, these artists examine our shifting understanding of documentary photography. Presented by The University of Chicago Center in Delhi and Logan Center Exhibitions.

Kashmir and the Development of Tibetan Buddhism: Talk by Professor Matthew Kapstein  
October 6, 2015
Matthew T. Kapstein specializes in the history of Buddhist philosophy in India and Tibet, as well as in the cultural history of Tibetan Buddhism more generally. Kapstein has published over a dozen books and numerous articles, among the most recent of which are a general introduction to Tibetan cultural history, The Tibetans (Oxford 2006), an edited volume on Sino-Tibetan religious relations, Buddhism Between Tibet and China (Boston 2009), and a translation of an eleventh-century philosophical allegory in the acclaimed Clay Sanskrit Series, The Rise of Wisdom Moon (New York 2009). With Kurtis Schaeffer (University of Virginia) and Gray Tuttle (Columbia), he has completed Sources of Tibetan Traditions, published in the Columbia University Press Sources of Asian Traditions series in 2013.
Director of Tibetan Studies at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris and Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Chicago’s Divinity School, Matthew T. Kapstein addressed aspects of the history of Buddhist philosophy and literature in Kashmir and their legacy in Tibet, illustrated with examples from the art of these lands.

Indian New Wave Cinema--Session 4 
August 29, 2015
The video featured a workshop that took place following a year-long research project supported by the University of Chicago’s Center in Delhi with partnership with the Department of Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago, The Media lab, Jadavpur University and indiancine.ma.The video features a talk by Kaushik Bhaumik on “Doing Democracy? The film Collectives of the Indian New Wave” and by The Daniel Morgan on “To Make Films politically? Indian New Cinema and Global Debates on Form and Practice.”         

Indian New Wave Cinema--Session 3 
August 29, 2015 
The video featured a workshop that took place following a year-long research project supported by the university of Chicago’s Center in Delhi with partnership with Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago, The Media lab, Jadavpur University and Indian cinema.
It covers a talk by Rochona Majumdar, The University of Chicago on ‘’Anger and After: Mrinal Sen’s Calcutta Trilogy” and by Satish Poduval on “Waves of Revulsion:1975 and the New Malayalam Cinema.’’ 

Indian New Wave Cinema--Session 2 
August 29, 2015
The video featured a workshop that took place following a year-long research project supported by the university of Chicago’s Center in Delhi with partnership with the Department of Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago, The Media lab, Jadavpur University and indiancine.ma. 
It covers a talk by Sangita Gopal, The University of Oregon, on “The Woman Question and the New Indian Cinema” and Madhav Prasad, English and Foreign languages University on “Urban Themes in Kannada New Cinema.” 

Indian New Wave Cinema--Session 1 
August 29, 2015
The video featured a workshop that took place following a year-long research project supported by the university of Chicago’s Center in Delhi with partnership with Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago, The Media lab, Jadavpur University and indiancine.ma. 
This video features a talk by Ashish Rajadhyaksha (Center for Study in Culture and Society, Bengaluru) and Moinak Biswas (Jadavpur University, Kolkata) on “Political Debates and Film Polemics: 1969-1980” followed by a panel discussion.     

IIC CEL 
August 29, 2015
The video featured a workshop that took place following a year-long research project supported by the university of Chicago’s Center in Delhi with partnership with Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago, The Media lab, Jadavpur University and indiancine.ma. 
This video features a talk by Ashish Rajadhyaksha (Center for Study in Culture and Society, Bengaluru) and Moinak Biswas (Jadavpur University, Kolkata) on “Political Debates and Film Polemics: 1969-1980” followed by a panel discussion.     

Measuring Impact
July 30, 2015
The International Innovation Corps (IIC) at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy hosted a day - long workshop to discuss the challenges and best practices involved in implementing large scale, high impact solutions in India.
This video featured representatives from international development agencies, industry experts and other prominent players that discussed issues related to measuring impact while scaling solutions and how to use impact measurements to inform future and current interventions.

IIC DMICDC 
July 30, 2015
The International Innovation Corps (IIC) at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy hosted a day - long workshop to discuss the challenges and best practices with a range of prominent individuals and organizations involved in implementing large scale, high impact solutions in India.
The video featured interactive sessions with IIC fellows (Urveel Shah, Neelakshi Rathore, Matthew Klein, Kaustubh Khare & Shivangi Jain) and a keynote speaker from IIC government partner Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC).

IIC NSDC 
July 30, 2015
The International Innovation Corps (IIC) at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy hosted a day - long workshop to discuss the challenges and best practices with a range of prominent individuals and organizations involved in implementing large scale, high impact solutions in India.
The video featured interactive sessions with IIC fellows (Jeremy Ziring, Shirley Yan, Karthik Sivaram & Ayesha Khan) and a keynote speaker from IIC government partner, National Skill Development Corporation.

IIC Last Mile Connectivity 
July 30, 2015 
The International Innovation Corps (IIC) at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy hosted a day - long workshop to the discuss challenges and best practices involved in implementing large scale, high impact solutions in India.
This video featured representatives from development agencies, private foundations and Government officials that focused their talks on how to ensure that successful piloted solutions are effectively rolled out in the region.

Philip Lutgendorf, PhD '87 on Chai Why: the making of the indian national drink 
July 15, 2015
This illustrated talk given on July 15, 2015, in collaboration with the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS), details the spread of tea drinking in 20th-century India. Drawing on both archival and field research, it focuses on the mass popularization of “chai” through changes in marketing and manufacturing, as well as in eating habits and social networks, giving special emphasis to the role played by advertising images in transmitting the “tea habit” to Indians, both before and after Independence in 1947.
Philip Lutgendorf holds BA and PhD degrees from the University of Chicago and is currently professor of Hindi and modern Indian studies in the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Iowa, where he has taught since 1985. His book on the performance of the Hindi Ramayana, “The Life of a Text” (University of California Press, 1991) won the A. K. Coomaraswamy Prize of the Association for Asian Studies. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002–03 for his research on the popular Hindu “monkey-god” Hanuman, which appeared as “Hanuman’s Tale, The Messages of a Divine Monkey” (Oxford University Press, 2007). His interests include epic performance traditions, folklore and popular culture, and mass media. Lutgendorf maintains a website devoted to popular Hindi cinema, a.k.a. “Bollywood” (http://www.uiowa.edu/indiancinema/). He is presently translating the “Ramcharitmanas” of Tulsidas for the Murty Classical Library of India and Harvard University Press, and writing on the popularization of chai in 20th-century India. He is president of the AIIS.

Philippe Guyot-Sionnest on Colloidal Nanoparticle Research 
June 23, 2015 
Philippe Guyot-Sionnest holds joint appointments as Professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Physics at the University of Chicago. He earned his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1987 after attending the Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France and the University of Paris-Sud, France. Guyot-Sionnest's awards include: 2002 Fellow, American Physical Society; 1992 David and Lucile Packard Fellow; and 1990 Prix National des Lasers, Sociètè Française de Physique.  His research focuses on the synthesis of colloidal plasmonic nanostructures with specific optical properties.

Krista Van Fleit Hang, PhD'06', on Mao & Gandhi in the Fight Against Corruption 
May 27, 2015 
Xi Jinping’s massive anticorruption crackdown and the Aam Aadmi Party’s victory in the recent Delhi elections highlight a shared frustration with corruption as India and China enter the Asian Century.  This talk examined the mobilization of state ideology in two popular anticorruption films from China and India, arguing that they look to assuage the social pains incurred by the increased pace of modernization and globalization by presenting citizens with nostalgic solutions based in the founding principles of each nation.  The 2006 Bollywood hit Lage Raho Munna Bhai, in which a gangster uses Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence in order to solve problems, most of which arise from systemic corruption, started a wave of “Gandigiri” in India, ostensibly reminding Indian citizens what it means to follow the philosophies set out by the modern nation’s founding father.  In 2000, amongst a wave of Chinese anticorruption novels and television shows, the film Fatal Decision, detailing the corruption in a State Owned Enterprise, was for a short time the highest grossing domestic film.  Fatal Decision’s hero, the upright official Li Gaocheng, fights corruption even at the risk of losing his family and position in government, and ends the film with a speech that hails the spirit of socialism and urges his fellow officials to remember their roots.  Both films, popular with audiences and the state, avoid a systemic solution to the problem of corruption, choosing rather to focus on individual behavior and conservative nostalgia in the face of an uncertain future.
Krista Van Fleit Hang is Associate Professor of Chinese at the University of South Carolina where she teaches courses in modern/contemporary Chinese literature and film.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2006.  Her first book, Literature the People Love: Reading Chinese Texts from the Early Maoist Period (1949-1966), was published in 2013.  Currently she is engaged in a comparative study of Hindi and Chinese cinema, focusing especially on national exchanges in the 1950s, as both countries were experimenting with a combination of socialist realist messages and melodramatic plots in picturing newly formed nations onscreen.  She is currently in Delhi with the support of a Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence award, and will spend the next academic year conducting research in China.

Authors Raj Kamal Jha & Vu Tran on Why We Tell Stories 
March 20, 2015
After an introduction by UChicago Center in Delhi Faculty Director Gary Tubb, authors Raj Kamal Jha and Vu Tran discussed “Why We Tell Stories: Finding your voice, the importance of plot, the choice of place in fiction.”
Vu Tran is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Arts in the Department of English and the Committee on Creative Writing. A fiction writer, his work thus far is preoccupied with the legacy of the Vietnam War for the Vietnamese who remained in the homeland, the Vietnamese who immigrated to America, and the Americans whose lives have intersected with both. His first novel, Dragonfish, concerns an American police officer’s search in Las Vegas for his ex-wife, a Vietnamese refugee whose letters to the daughter she abandoned decades ago comprises the book’s secondary narrative. The unraveling of her mysterious disappearance also reveals characters grappling with who they are in light of what they’ve lost: kin, country, love, morals.
Raj Kamal Jha is Chief Editor of The Indian Express which has won the International Press Institute's India Award for Excellence in Journalism three times. His novels include The Blue Bedspread, shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, winner of the 2000 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book (Eurasia) and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; If You Are Afraid of Heights, a finalist for the Hutch–Crossword Book Award in 2003; and Fireproof, rated first in CNN–IBN's list of best books published in India in 2006. His novels have been translated into more than a dozen languages. He works in New Delhi and lives in Gurgaon.

Past for Sale 
March 16, 2015 
This conference brought together anthropologists, archaeologists, art historians, and cultural heritage scholars and activists to discuss contemporary threats to India’s ancient cultural patrimony. It was part of “The Past for Sale: New Approaches to the Study of Archaeological Looting,” a research project of the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, and was co-sponsored by the South Asia Language and Area Center and the Center in Delhi, all of the University of Chicago. The video features a talk by Kathleen D. Morrison, Neukom Family Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the College, that focuses on the processes that lead to artifacts and artworks being sold on the international market without legal authorization. The event took place March 16, 2015, at the Center in Delhi.

Innovations and Turning Points: Towards a History of Kavya Literature 
March 15, 2015
At the UChicago Center in Delhi, noted Sanskrit scholars Yigal Bronner, David Shulman and Gary Tubb held a book discussion for their book Innovations and Turning Points: Towards a History of Kavya Literature. The book discussion was moderated by Professor Harish Trivedi and featured renowned Sanskritist Shri Ram Karan Sharma as the guest of honor. The discussion focused on the moments of breakthrough and innovation in Sanskrit literature.

Harper Lecture with Mark Philip Bradley:Defining Human Rights 
November 24, 2014 
Our consensus on what constitutes a human right dates back only to the 1940s, when the global human rights imagination first began to take shape. In this lecture, Mark Philip Bradley chronicles the complex histories that have formed our contemporary understanding of human rights and illustrates how that understanding has become a force behind international and local politics. In particular, he addresses the Indian Supreme Court’s decision last December to uphold Section 377, the colonial-era law that criminalizes sexual activities “against the order of nature,” most notably, gay sex.
Mark Philip Bradley is the Bernadotte E. Schmitt Professor of International History in the Department of History and the College, chair of the Committee on International Relations, and faculty director of the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights at the University of Chicago. He is the author and coeditor of several books, including the forthcoming “The United States and the Global Human Rights Imagination” and “Familiar Made Strange: American Icons and Artifacts after the Transnational Turn.”

A conversation on Indian Elections, part 3 
April 11, 2014
A Conversation on Democracy in India, part 3. Navin Chawla, former Chief Election Commissioner of India, discusses the commission's goals & methods. This was part of a UChicago Center in Delhi event on April 11, 2014, which included UChicago Political Science Professors John Mark Hansen and Gerald Rosenberg.