Past Events

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: https://uchicago.zoom.us/j/99857460266?pwd=ZWIrUmkvbHFlSmRkZTBxUVAxc2p4Zz09
Password: 585413

Dates: 
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.

Dates: 
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:
https://uchicago.zoom.us/j/98460383153
Meeting ID: 984 6038 3153

Dates: 
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?

Register at: democracy.uchicago.edu/events to receive Zoom Meeting ID

Sponsored by the Chicago Center on Democracy

Dates: 
Friday, April 17, 2020 - 11:00am
Register at: democracy.uchicago.edu/events

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 (jkd@uchicago.edu) for further information on how to access the talk via Zoom.

Dates: 
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.

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

Letters from the Local Bazaar: Scraps and Scrolls of Mobility in the Global Eras of Art History

Lecture by Dipti Khera, Assistant Professor of Art History, New York University

Northern and western India’s well-traveled Jain merchants commissioned numerous letters between 1400 and 1900 to invite eminent monks to their towns. They sought to entice recipients with pictures of urban places and completed journeys. In a letter sent from the port of Diu, ca. 1666, painters and scribes juxtaposed the vignette of Jain monks and nuns who would walk long tracts of land on foot with the image of Portuguese merchants who had crossed the vast expanse of sea on ships. How do the projects of globalizing and decolonizing art history address these kinds of scrolls and scraps, and their marked wear and tear? What types of objects do we privilege in writing the history of peregrination? How do the perspectives of local bazaars and transregional journeys on inland frontiers feature in the discussions of early modern oceanic travels?

This event is co-sponsored by the Interwoven project at the Neubauer Collegium and the Art History Department at the University of Chicago.

Dates: 
Friday, March 6, 2020 - 1:00pm
Neubauer Collegium

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