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Penn School of Arts and Sciences Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CASI in the News

CASI Director, Devesh Kapur was interviewed in an October 16, 2014 Penn Current article by Greg Johnson titled "Dalits Overcome Caste Barriers to Become Self-Made Entrepreneurs." The article featured Professor Kapur's new book, Defying the Odds: The Rise of Dalit Entrepreneurs (Random House India, 2014), co-authored with D. Shyam Babu and Chandra Bhan Prasad (CASI research affiliates and former CASI Visiting Scholars).


CASI Director and Research Affiliates Publish New CASI Working Papers

"Understanding Mandis: Market Towns and the Dynamics of India's Rural and Urban Transformations," Devesh Kapur (CASI Director) and Mekhala Krishnamurthy (Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Shiv Nadar University, and Former CASI Postdoctoral Research Fellow)

"Does Clientelism Work? A Test of Guessability in India," Mark Schneider (Doctoral Candidate in Political Science, Columbia University)


India on the Move: Unravelling the Black Box of Commuting

S. Chandrasekhar
October 20, 2014

In this issue of India in Transition, S. Chandrasekhar, Associate Professor, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, and CASI Fall 2014 Visiting Scholar, argues that the spatial mismatch between where people live and where jobs will be created, coupled with improvements in transport connectivity, will see more individuals commuting rather than migrating.

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CASI Student Programs

2014 CASI Summer Interns will present their experiences as part of the third annual CASI Student Programs Symposium on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at CASI. Join us! This event is part of Penn's Family Weekend.

CASI Interns and Travel Funds for Research Winners will start holding information sessions or “Chai Chats” from November - January in preparation for the 2015 application cycle for Penn students. Stay tuned for details. 

We are delighted to announce that CASI's 2015 post-baccalaureate fellowship The Sobti Family Fellowship Fund is open and accepting applications! The Sobti Family Fellowship Fund supports a recent graduate from the University of Pennsylvania to conduct an independent research project in India. The Sobti Family Fellow is required to spend at least nine months in India starting as early as June 2015 but no later than September 2015. Application Deadline: January 23, 2015. Application Details: Learn more! Drop by an Information Session led by past CASI Travel Funds Winners and CASI's Student Programs and Outreach Manager.

CASI will hold its annual Student Programs Open House on December 10, 2014 from 2-5 p.m. at CASI (3600 Market Street, Suite 560).

Upcoming Events

*The October 22, 2014 lecture by Navin Chawla has been CANCELED*


Friday, October 24, 2014, 1:30-4:30 p.m. at CASI

Student Programs Symposium

CASI 2014 Summer Interns will share their experiences and reflections on living and working in India

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Thursday, October 30, 2014, 12:00-1:30 p.m. at CASI

"Growth and Citizenship in Indian Cities"

CASI seminar by PATRICK HELLER (Professor of Sociology & International Studies, Director of the Graduate Program in Development, Watson Institute at Brown University)

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Thursday, October 30, 2014, 4:00 p.m. at Van Pelt Library

"Tea and Technology: The Case of Colonial India"

CASI co-sponsored event (with History & Sociology of Science and Penn Libraries) by JOHN BOSCO LOURDUSAMY (Associate Professor, Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, IIT Madras/Chennai)

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Videos of Recent Khemka Distinguished Lectures Available

On October 9, 2014, CASI held its Annual Khemka Lecture in New York at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, given by Dr. Francis Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University, titled "The Origins of Indian Political Institutions: The Long View."

On October 2, 2014, Dr. Janmejaya Sinha, Chairman, Asia Pacific, The Boston Consulting Group, gave a Khemka Distinguished Lecture on campus titled "Two Mega Trends and Their Impact on the Indian Firm."

The Nand & Jeet Khemka Distinguished Lecture Series is an endowed program of CASI.


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