The Sept. 27 event will be in the Michael A. Fitts Auditorium of the Penn Law Schoolâ€™s Golkin Hall from 2 to 6:45 p.m.
CASI was founded in 1992, by Francine Frankel, a political science professor at Penn, one year after India launched its historic economic reforms. Today, it is recognized as a national resource, addressing the urgent need for objective knowledge of Indiaâ€™s rapidly changing society, politics and economy and the forces and processes behind them.
â€śPennâ€™s Center for the Advanced Study of India is a star in the firmament of our international outreach,â€ť Penn President Amy Gutmann said. â€śIt is among the major reasons Penn is so perfectly positioned for collaborative global scholarship."
â€śAs the only research institution in the U.S. dedicated to studying contemporary India, CASI is a thought leader in providing in-depth, policy-relevant scholarship related to this important nation. The Centerâ€™s interdisciplinary approach reflects the very best of Penn.â€ť
Rebecca Bushnell, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, calls CASI â€śa vitally important catalyst for scholarship on Indian domestic and foreign policy, political economy and media and communications issuesâ€ť and noted that under the leadership of Devesh Kapur, director of CASI and the Madan Lal Associate Professor for the Study of Contemporary India, â€śit has become an increasingly important voice in the dialogue among the academic, business and policy communities. We are very proud of CASIâ€™s accomplishments.â€ť
â€śOur anniversary symposium will bring the largest number of Government of India officials to Penn for one event for the first time,â€ť Kapur said.
Guest speakers from New Delhi will include senior representatives and advisors to the Indian government as well as leaders from Indiaâ€™s business community. In addition to providing perspectives on the rapidly changing Indian economy and the challenges of building a more inclusive nation, the symposium will reflect upon the evolution of Indiaâ€™s external relations, including the Indo-U.S. relationship during the last two decades. Penn President Amy Gutmann will conclude the symposium.
A video of the symposium will be posted on CASIâ€™s Web site by Oct. 1: http://casi.ssc.upenn.edu/casi20thanniversary.