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CASI’s 25th Anniversary Symposium

A Quarter Century of India's Transformations

Since its founding in 1992 within the School of Arts & Sciences (SAS) by Professor Francine Frankel, Professor Emerita of Political Science and South Asian Regional Studies at Penn, CASI has continued to uphold Penn’s global reputation as a leading U.S. institution of research in South Asian studies and scholarship on India. Recognized as a national resource and social science center, CASI fulfills Penn’s mission of providing students a durable foundation for critical and creative thinking by engaging in policy-relevant research focused on the challenges facing contemporary India.

CASI offers multiple opportunities to nurture a new generation of scholars and students—both graduate and undergraduate—through interactions with Visiting Scholars and opportunities to work and conduct research at the center and in India. Additionally, it acts as a public forum on contemporary India by hosting seminars, workshops, and conferences, and is home to the scholarly publication, India in Transition, an online bi-weekly with a wide international readership.

The event is hosted by Professor Devesh Kapur, Director, CASI, Professor of Political Science, and the Madan Lal Sobti Professor of the Study of Contemporary India at Penn.

The symposium will be held on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the Michael A. Fitts Auditorium, Golkin Hall, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 3501 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

A Quarter Century of India's Transformations: CASI’s 25th Anniversary Symposium is made possible through the generous support of the CASI International Advisory Board and The Nand & Jeet Khemka Foundation.


Symposium Agenda

2:00 p.m.


Devesh Kapur (Director, CASI)

2:05 p.m.


Arvind Subramanian (Chief Economic Advisor, Government of India)
Chair: Nancy Birdsall (Senior Fellow, President Emeritus, Center for Global Development)
Discussants: Charles R. Kaye (Co-Chief Executive Officer, Warburg Pincus; Co-Chair, CASI IAB)
Lant Pritchett (Professor of the Practice of International Development, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.)

3:15 p.m.


Pratap Bhanu Mehta (Vice Chancellor, Ashoka University)
Chair: Atul Kohli (David K. E. Bruce Professor of International Affairs, Princeton University)
Discussants: Sudipta Kaviraj (Professor, Indian Politics & Intellectual History, Columbia University)
Mukulika Banerjee (Associate Professor in Social Anthropology; Director, South Asia Centre, The London School of Economics and Political Science; and Member, CASI IAB)  

4:20 p.m.


4:35 p.m.


K. R. Meera (Writer & Journalist)
Chair: LaShawn Jefferson (Deputy Director, Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania)
Discussants: Ramya Sreenivasan (Associate Professor, South Asia Studies, University of Pennsylvania)
Somini Sengupta (Foreign Correspondent, The New York Times)

5:45 p.m.


Ed Luce (Writer & Journalist, Financial Times)
in conversation with Ashley J. Tellis (Tata Chair for Strategic Affairs, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and Member, CASI IAB)

6:30-7:30 p.m.

RECEPTION:  The Haaga Lounge, Golkin Hall, University of Pennsylvania Law School

with remarks by Steven J. Fluharty (Dean, School of Arts & Sciences and Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Professor of Psychology, Pharmacology, and Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania)