Past Events

Chicago Dialogues: Episode 1-The Ray Less Traveled

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, including 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 series of Chicago Dialogues is being hosted by UChicago Center in Delhi in association with
  • Barun Chanda: Actor, Author, Advertising Professional
  • Dr. Rochona Majumdar: Associate Professor, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago
  • Avik Chanda: Bestselling Author, Columnist, Entrepreneur
Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020
Time: 8:00 - 9:00 PM India Time / 9:30 - 10:30 AM US Central TIme (Chicago)

Join live on: Facebook @UChicagodelhi /

Saturday, September 19, 2020 - 9:30am to 10:30am
Streaming on Facebook Live at @uchicagodelhi

Virtual Chai/Happy Hour with Irving Birkner

We will have a Virtual Chai/Happy Hour with COSAS’s former Associate Director, Irving Birkner, on July 9th, at 4:30pm. Please join via the Zoom link below: Link: Password: 585413

Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 4:30pm
Online via Zoom!

South Asian Music Ensemble: Spring Virtual Recital

Join us for an evening of music from the Indian Subcontinent that will explore intersections of rhythm and style through a variety of classical and devotional genres. The event is free and open to the public. Streaming Friday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m. on Facebook. Directors: Minu Pasupathi and Bertie Kibreah Persons with disabilities who may need assistance should contact International House in advance of the program at 773-753-2274.

Friday, June 12, 2020 - 7:30pm

Not Your Average Chai

In lieu of chai on Fridays, COSAS will be hosting a different version of Chai via Zoom. We’ll determine the frequency of the program based on the turnouts and interest. We know that the pandemic presents its fair share of challenges, both academically and in terms of mental health, for faculty and students. In “Not Your Average Chai,” we will aim to create a space similar to chai where students and/or faculty can discuss topics informally and freely, to hopefully ameliorate some of these difficulties. Our first session will be on Wednesday, May 27th, at 4pm, via Zoom. The conversation starter will be: "How to Stay Productive and Positive as a Graduate Student during the COVID-19 Pandemic." The discussion will primarily be geared towards graduate students managing their research and well-being during this time of transition, although all are welcome to join. The meeting information is below: Meeting ID: 984 6038 3153

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 4:00pm
Hosted on Zoom

Webinar: Preserving Democracy during the Pandemic

A discussion between regional experts about the state of democracy around the world during the Covid-19 pandemic, and how it can be strengthened. Conversation topics might include: In what ways have authoritarian leaders used the pandemic to strengthen their grip on power? Will the measures we have seen in established democracies lead to democratic erosion after the crisis is over? What differences do we see across countries? What are some key actions to maintain and strengthen democratic institutions during and after the crisis?

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Sponsored by the Chicago Center on Democracy

Friday, April 17, 2020 - 11:00am
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TAPSA via Zoom: Saving for tomorrow: Coal supply distortions, stockpiling, and power outages in India

Yuvraj Pathak, PhD Candidate, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy

This paper demonstrates how regulatory uncertainty can cause large welfare losses by distorting firms’ incentives and giving rise to inefficient production. Specifically, I analyze the production decisions of power plants in India that rely on state-regulated supply of coal for fuel. A court-ordered future reallocation of mining contracts in 2014 led to an unexpected increase in uncertainty about future coal supply for a subset of plants while leaving other plants with long-term supply contracts unaffected. I use this quasi-experimental variation in a difference-in-difference framework and a unique dataset linking coal mines and power plants to estimate the effect of future regulatory uncertainty on power production. I show that affected power plants underreport their generation capacity available for power generation and begin stockpiling fuel for future periods. The behavior of these power plants is driven by precaution- ary saving motive, and I provide empirical evidence that power plants began stockpiling coal by reducing consumption, even as the supply of coal remains unchanged. In the short run, this precautionary saving driven stockpiling led to a 7% reduction in electricity generation. The negative impact on power production is persistent and the effects last for over 3 years in the long run. Using data on plants’ marginal cost of production, I compute the short-run welfare cost of this regulatory uncertainty to be between 0.3 and 1.5 billion dollars.

Please contact Jetsun Deleplanque ( for further information on how to access the talk via Zoom.

Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 5:00pm
Foster 103

South Asian Music Ensemble Performance

Please join the South Asian Music Ensemble for an afternoon of music featuring a variety of forms and genres encompassing both North and South Indian classical traditions, including bandish, kriti, tarana, thiruppavai, and tillana. The performance will also showcase a suite of performances set in Raga Bihaag, as well as a variety of solo vocal and instrumental acts.

The University of Chicago’s South Asian Music Ensemble in the Department of Music features a twenty-five member troupe accompanied by tabla, mridangam, harmonium, bamboo flute, lap steel guitar, sitar, violin, and more. The group explores a variety of classical, vernacular, and popular music traditions broadly situated in South Asia.

Free admission, reception will follow.

Sunday, March 8, 2020 - 2:00pm
International House, Assembly Hall