Past Events

7th Chicago International Education Conference

SALAC is proud to cosponsor the Chicago International Education Conference , which will be hosted at the International House at the University of Chicago by the Center for International Studies, Friday, November 7, 8:00 am to 2:30 pm. The conference theme is Problem Solving: Classroom, Community, and the World.

Through presentations and discussions, the International Education Conference links curriculua that addresses global issues—world conflicts, human rights, climate change—and problem-solving strategies applicable to everyday dilemmas that students confront.The event is intended for K-12 teachers and administrators, but open to all interested individuals. Attendees can earn up to 6 clock hours/CPDUs applicable to ISBE licensure requirements.

The keynote speakers are Karen Robinson and Emily Pilloton. Robinson is the Senior Education Manager for the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights Education project "Speak Truth to Power," a global in initiative to educate students through the experiences of human rights defenders. Issues range from slavery and environmental activism to religious self-determination and political participation. Pilloton founded and serves as executive director of "Project H," an education non-profit that uses design to empower youth and transform communities. Youth-led public design projects are rooted in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) content to connect in-school learning to out-of-school possibility.

The Chicago International Education Conference is free and open to the public. RSVP is not required to attend.

Persons with disabilities who may need assistance should contact the Office of Programs & External Relations in advance of the program at 773-753-2274.

Dates: 
Friday, November 7, 2014 - 8:00am to 2:30pm

South Asia Seminar - Davesh Soneji "Tukaram in the Tamil Country: Marathi Kirtan, Multilingualism, and the Making of South Indian Musical Tradition"

Marathi Varkari and Ramdasi kirtan was brought to Tamil-speaking South India during the earliest phases of the establishment of Maratha power in Thanjavur at the end of the seventeenth century. These practices survived largely through institutions known as Ramdasimaths in Thanjavur city and nearby Mannargudi, which received patronage from Marathi-speaking desastha Brahmins in the region and also from the Thanjavur court itself. In this presentation, I consider the process by which Marathi kirtan was “indigenized” by the Tamil smarta Brahmin community in Thanjavur by focusing on the development of a uniquely cosmopolitan practice that today is known as “bhajana sampradaya.” e codication of this multilingual, hybrid musical practice was no doubt a mirroring of the Thanjavur court’s own culture of literary polyglossia. e poems of Namdev, Chokhamela, Tukaram, Janabai, Samarth Ramdas and others are brought into a world of not only uniquely “South Indian” ragas and singing-styles, but also into a the distinct ritual and mnemonic culture of Tamil Brahmins that includes life-cycle events, temple-style domestic puja, purity laws, and contemporary identity politics. Today, the memory of Marathi kirtan is put to the service of the public identity of segments of the Tamil Brahmin community, largely through one of the community’s most cherished expressive forms, namely “classical Karnatak” music, fully inected with all its nationalist socio-historical resonances. I argue that the making of modern Karnatak music and the caste-based aesthetic it engenders cannot be disassociated from its Marathi kirtan and bhajana roots. I propose a complex genealogy for Karnatak music that foregrounds the co-opting of Marathi musical and literary traditions and takes seriously the powers of polyglossia in the world of music.

Dates: 
Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 4:30pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)

TAPSA Talk - Anil Mundra

Dates: 
Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 4:30pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)

Malathi de Alwis Talk

Dates: 
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 4:30pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)

Workshop on the music of Assam by Rehanna Kheshgi

Rehanna, a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology, will offer an introduction to the music of Assam through its various song traditions. This event is free and open to the public.

Dates: 
Monday, October 27, 2014 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Logan 703

Malathi de Alwis Photo Exhibition

Dates: 
Monday, October 27, 2014 - 10:15am to Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:15am
Stuart Reading Room

South Asia Seminar - Rebecca M. Brown "Durations and Interruptions: People, Process, and Art at the 1985–86 Festival of India"

In the hot summer of 1985 in Washington DC, after opening the gallery each morning with a puja, forty artists and performers from India took their places on platforms marked with their names, crafts, and region, and proceeded to sew, mold, carve, paint, dance, sing, and play for the thousands of visitors who snaked through the National Museum of Natural History. The exhibition, entitled Aditi: A Celebration of Life, was one of over 70 art shows that took place as part of the Festival of India in the US, a series of international collaborations and contestations that presented a range of Indias to a range of audiences across the country. Aditi, an exhibition highlighting handicraft through an imagined ideal Indian village, builds on longstanding modes of conceiving India through craft, alongside nineteenth-century exhibitionary practices of putting people on display. Yet, the exhibition, in its broader frame as part of the Festival, and in the intimate durations and day-to-day relations among people, objects, sounds, and smells, presents an opportunity to think dierently about objects and agency, objectication and animation to get at the small scale durations and temporal irruptions that contributed to a dynamic,challenging, and ever-shifting presentation of India in the gallery.

Dates: 
Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 4:30pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)

Islamicate Studies Symposium

Dates: 
Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 10:00am
SSA and Logan Center

TAPSA Talk - Charu Kulkarni

Dates: 
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 4:30pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)

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