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CHIASMOS: The University of Chicago International and Area Studies Multimedia Outreach Source [audio]

The University of Chicago International and Area Studies Multimedia Outreach Source is intended as a resource for students, teachers, and the general public. It makes available recordings of conferences, lectures, and performances sponsored and organized by: the Center for International Studies; the Human Rights Program; the Center for East Asian Studies; the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies; the Center for Latin American Studies; the Center for Middle Eastern Studies; and the South Asian Language and Area Center. It is funded in part by grants from the U.S. Department of Education.

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"NAFTA & Mexico: Ten Years Later"

Lecture by Cuauhtemoc Cardenas, founder of Mexico's Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD); from the Latin American Briefing Series of the Center for Latin American Studies (http://clas.uchicago.edu).

1hr 19mins

13 Jan 2005

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"A Sky to Fly: Archiving Women's Lives in Words and Images"

A talk by C.S. Lakshmi, founder and Director of Sound & Picture Archive for Research on Women (SPARROW) in Mumbai.


5 Jun 2009

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"Roundtable: On the Usefulness of the Concept of the Modern"

A round-table panel discussion at the Sixth South Asia Graduate Student Conference with Steven Collins (Chester D. Tripp Professor in the Humanities, University of Chicago), Wendy Doniger (Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions in the Divinity School, University of Chicago), and Sanjay Subrahmanyam (Navin and Pratima Doshi Chair of Indian History, UCLA).

1hr 9mins

17 Apr 2009

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“Temples and Conquest in the Deccan, 1296-1500”

A talk by Richard Eaton, University of Arizona. From the South Asia Seminar.

1hr 3mins

1 Oct 2009

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“Reconceptualizing the Question: Intervention Strategies”

A presentation and discussion with University of Chicago Professors Roger Myerson, Department of Economics & Marshall Sahlins, Department of Anthropology.Roger Myerson: "A Field Manual for the Cradle of Civilization"Marshall Sahlins: "On the Anthropology of the Counterinsurgency Field Manual"Part of the April 2009 conference on "Reconsidering American Power". In the STSS Workshop's 2008 conference on "Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency", participants analyzed and interrogated new relations among American power, geopolitics, military interventions and anthropological practice. This year, the issues were broadened to include the future of American power and the social sciences generally. "Reconsidering American Power" asks a difficult, timely question: In the face of two ongoing hot wars and after a potentially transformative election, what now?Organized by The Workshop on Science, Technology, Society, and the State, and the Center for International Studies.

2hr 9mins

24 Apr 2009

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"Birth of the Girl-Child: Speculations on the Nineteenth Century Reawakening"

A talk by Ruby Lal, Associate Professor Department of South Asian Studies at Emory University.


21 May 2009

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“'I Am Who I Am': On Being Nostalgic in Sanskrit”

A talk by David Shulman, Renee Lang Professor of Humanistic Studies, Department of Comparative Religion, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. From the South Asia Seminar.

1hr 3mins

8 Oct 2009

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"Moonset on Sunrise Mountain: Narrative, Politics, and the Accession of Kulottunga I Cola"

A talk by Whitney Cox, Lecturer in Sanskrit, School of Oriental and African Studies.

1hr 2mins

21 Oct 2010

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"The Flood Disaster in Pakistan: Socio-economic Consequences and Potential Geopolitical Ramifications"

Imtiaz Gul is the Executive Director of the Centre for Research and Security Studies in Islamabad. He is the author of three books on the ongoing security concerns in South Asia: The Unholy Nexus, The Al-Qaeda Connection, and The Most Dangerous Place. Gul addresses the longer term political and social consequences of the floods in Pakistan of July of this year.

1hr 10mins

19 Oct 2010

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"The Empire and the Birth of Historical Research in India"

Dipesh Chakrabarty is the Lawrence A. Klimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History at the University of Chicago.


30 Sep 2010

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"Elephants, Gods and People: The Cultural History of the Asian Elephants"

Raman Sukumar is the author of three books on the ecology and conservation of elephants, and the recipient of the International Cosmos Prize in 2006. He is presently completing a cultural history of the Asian elephant that will be published in late 2010. Using literary sources and artistic representation of elephants in painting and sculpture, Sukumar's talk traces the changing paradigms in the elephant-human relationship through history, and provides possible ecological explanations for the same.

1hr 12mins

17 May 2010

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"America's Water Crisis"

Robert Glennon is a nationally-renowned water expert, and the author of Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis and What To Do About It (2009). His previous books include the highly-acclaimed Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America's Fresh Waters (2002). Glennon is the Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy in the Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. Glennon explores potential water futures for the U.S. — one driven by passivity, the other by foresight.

1hr 9mins

11 May 2010

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"Between Globalization and Global Warming"

A talk by Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations and the College, University of Chicago and David Archer, Professor in the Department of Geophysical Science at the University of Chicago on the global climate crisis. As part of the quarterly Workshop on the Global Environment, historian Dipesh Chakrabarty and geophysicist David Archer meet to discuss human-environmental relationships. Archer served as discussant of Chakrabaty's presentation titled "Between Globalization and Global Warming: The Long and the Short of Human History".

1hr 13mins

11 May 2010

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"Non-Eurocentric Historical Geographies of Modern Science: Perspectives from South Asia"

A talk by Kapil Raj, Directeur d'études at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris.


7 May 2010

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"The Informal Economy in Mexico"

Santiago Levy is Vice President for Sector and Knowledge at the Inter-American Development Bank and author of the book Good Intentions, Bad Outcomes: Social Policy, Informality and Economic Growth in Mexico. Mr. Levy speaks on the growth of Mexico’s informal economy.

1hr 17mins

6 May 2010

Rank #15

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“Impossible Translation: Beyond the Legal Body in Two South Asian Family Courts”

Srimati Basu, Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies University of Kentucky on "Impossible Translation: Beyond the Legal Body in Two South Asian Family Courts"


17 Apr 2010

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“Situating the Subaltern in South Asian Medical History”

A keynote address by David Hardiman, History, University of Warwick at the Seventh South Asia Graduate Student Conference. With the support of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies (COSAS), The Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (CSRPC) and The Center for Gender Studies (CGS).

1hr 8mins

17 Apr 2010

Rank #17

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“Language Worlds in South Asia”

A talk by Debjani Ganguly, Head, Humanities Research Center, Australian National University. From the South Asia Seminar.


8 Apr 2010

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“Afghanistan and the Future of Peace Operations”

A speech by Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Secretary General of NATO. In his first visit to Chicago as Secretary General, Anders Rasmussen discusses Afghanistan, the lessons learned after eight years, and implications for future operations.


8 Apr 2010

Rank #19

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“Asian Carp Invasion: Potential Economic and Ecological Impacts in the Great Lakes”

A multi-disciplinary panel, held at the Shedd Aquarium, provided a public examination and discussion of the threat of Asian carp to Chicago and the Great Lakes. Experts in biology, economics and policy shared the most up to date information about how these species threaten the ecology of the Great Lakes, how closing Chicago waterways would affect the regional economy, and the broader implications for the Great Lakes region and environmental management. Cosponsored by the Program on the Global Environment and the Chicago Council on Science and Technology.

2hr 8mins

6 Apr 2010

Rank #20