The University of Chicago will celebrate the opening of its Center in Delhi on March 28-30 with a series of panel discussions among distinguished scholars, on topics such as visual cultures, transnational innovation in science and public health, and early childhood education.
Two of the weekend’s events will be webcast live: a presidential forum on March 28, moderated by Raghuram Rajan, governor of the Reserve Bank of India and Distinguished Service Professor of Finance, on leave from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business; and a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 29.
The celebration will conclude March 30 with a panel discussion featuring three UChicago deans, and conversation between distinguished authors. A full schedule of events is listed below.
Announced last October, the Center in Delhi will be a home for research and education for University of Chicago faculty, graduate students and undergraduates working in India and throughout South Asia, as well as Indian researchers and students representing a wide array of institutions, and scholars from around the world. It will catalyze interdisciplinary, cross-cultural discourse that encourages the rigorous debate and intense inquiry for which the University is well known, and will be the site of regular programming that engages UChicago alumni and friends.
In establishing a center in India, the University draws upon a long and rich history of excellence in scholarship, research and teaching related to South Asia, and it aims to create new opportunities to attain broader and deeper understanding—through the open and free exchange of ideas and debate—of the region’s past, present and future.
The Center in Delhi will be an important addition to UChicago’s international presence. Delhi joins the University’s Center in Beijing, opened in 2010, and the Center in Paris, opened in 2004, in bringing together researchers and students to collaborate across the academic spectrum. Building on the University’s presence in China, work is also underway on a Center in Hong Kong that will house a University of Chicago Booth School of Business executive MBA program as well as other University programs.
Chicago Booth also has campuses in London and Singapore, where UChicago faculty teach in degree–granting programs. The University’s Oriental Institute has a presence in Luxor, Egypt, founded in 1924 and known as “Chicago House,” which documents ancient Egyptian inscriptions and works with Egyptian scholars on conservation, restoration, and site management.
Friday, March 28
7 p.m. Presidential forum
- President Robert J. Zimmer will give remarks and introduce a panel discussion moderated by Raghuram G. Rajan, governor of the Reserve Bank of India and Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, with Randall S. Kroszner, the Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and other special guests from India.
* More details to follow on the live webcast of the presidential forum
8:30 p.m. Gala dinner