Penn in India Faculty Speaker Series

The Penn in India: Faculty Speaker Series aims to highlight the wide range of research conducted by Penn faculty in India and engage the Penn community in intimate conversations on a broad range of topics.

During each session, Penn faculty engage in a 60-minute virtual, moderated discussion about their work covering a wide range of research interests, from the urban studies and politics, to behavioral economics and health, to online education. The Faculty Speaker Series is sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India (UPIASI), Penn Global, and Penn Alumni.

These events are geared toward the Penn alumni community in India; however, members of the wider Penn and academic communities are always welcome.

Upcoming Event

Future event details are forthcoming. 

Past Events

October 23, 2020
Cities in Hot Water

On October 23rd, Nikhil Anand, Associate Professor of Anthropology of the School of Arts and Sciences, joined us to discuss his work on India’s coastal communities, the impacts of climate change and how these challenges demand a rethinking of urbanization. His presentation focused on the following question: What might an attention to water reveal about the future of Indian cities? The discussion was moderated by Anuradha Mathur, Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Weitzman School of Design.

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September 12, 2020
Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century Classroom

Michael Golden and Betty Chandy (Penn GSE) joined us on September 12th to discuss Catalyst @ Penn GSE and the many ways in which they are working with teachers in India to equip them with the knowledge and skills to adapt and enhance the classroom experience through the use of technology. The discussion was moderated by Dean Pam Grossman (Penn GSE). 

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August 20, 2020
The Birth of ABC-Stop the Bleed and PediSTARS in India

Professor Vinay Nadkarni (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia & Perelman School of Medicine) joined us for a conversation on August 20th to talk about his work to develop and grow the "ABC-Stop the Bleed" road traffic accident and injury response program and PediSTARS (Pediatric Simulation Training and Research Society) program in India. Professor Sampath Kannan (Engineering) moderated the discussion. 

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July 30, 2020
The Psychological and Cognitive Lives of the Poor in India

On July 30, Professor Heather Schofield (Perelman School of Medicine and The Wharton School), who co-founded a lab in Chennai, joined us for a conversation to discuss her work in India, which focuses on questions at the intersection of development, behavioral economics, and health. The discussion was moderated by Professor Harsha Thirumurthy (Perelman School of Medicine). 

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July 15, 2020
Understand Urban Migrants in India with the new Director of CASI

On July 15, 2020, Professor Tariq Thachil, who Penn welcomed on July 1st as the new Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI), Associate Professor of Political Science, and the Madan Lal Sobti Chair for the Study of Contemporary India, joined Penn Trustee Ramanan Raghavendran for a wide-ranging conversation about Prof. Thachil's research on the politics of urban migrants in India, and his vision for the future of CASI. This discussion was made possible in partnership with the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI).

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