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Desispotting: January 2011

2011 January 6
by Ramona

Last updated January 25

Happy New Year!

The holidays and winter weather have left the calendar a little light this month, but there are still some great events to check out. Please leave a comment or email us at if you have anything to add!

C.M. Naim @ University of Chicago
Thursday, January 6 @ 4:30pm

The Theory and Practice in South Asia (TAPSA) program at U of C presents Naim, Professor Emeritus of South Asian Languages & Civilizations, for a talk on “Individualism within Conformity: A Brief History of Waz’d?r? in Delhi and Lucknow.”

Karma Kitchen Chicago @ Klay Oven
Sunday, January 9 @ 12:00pm

It’s not strictly a desi event, but it was started by desis and happens at an Indian restaurant. The concept is simple but somewhat difficult to explain, a social experiment in kindness and paying it forward. Click the link to learn how it works.

Rachel Lehr @ University of Chicago
Thursday, January 13 @ 4:30pm

In the same TAPSA lecture series, Lehr, a PhD candidate in Linguistics at U of C, discusses “Tense and Aspect in Pashai Morphology.”

Rhythm of Rajasthan @ Old Town School of Folk Music
Wednesday, January 19 @ 8:30pm

Rhythm of Rajasthan

This group of Rajasthani musicians performs the traditional music of the Langa and Manganiar in addition to Kalbelia dance.

Lawrence McCrea @ University of Chicago
Thursday, January 20 @ 4:30pm

McCrea, a professor of Sanskrit Studies at Cornell, speaks about “The Dark Age of Brahmanical Logic and the Transformation of Ny?ya in the Late First Millennium.”

Funkadesi @ Old Town School of Folk Music
Sunday, January 23 @ 12:00pm


Our favorite local multicultural band plays a show for kids of all ages.

SAPAC General Meeting @ Coffee Chicago
Sunday, January 23 @ 2:00pm


Join us at SAPAC’s first meeting of the year to discuss our plans for Voices of Resistance 10 and the Mayoral/50th Ward elections!

Indo-American Center Young Professionals Networking Event @ Indian Garden ADDED 1/25
Wednesday, January 26 @ 7:00pm

Indo-American Center L21 Board

Come meet IAC’s Leadership 21 board, network with other young professionals, and learn how you can contribute your talent and leadership skills while giving back to the community.

Rama Mantena @ UIC ADDED 1/25
Thursday, January 27 @ 3:00pm

Rama Mantena

UIC Institute for the Humanities Fellow and Assistant Professor of History Rama Mantena presents a lecture titled “Disciplining History: The Making of Colonial Archives in South India, 1780-1880.”

Subcontinental Drift South Asian Open Mic @ The Joynt
Thursday, January 27 @ 7:00pm

Come out and support local artists at the latest edition of this increasingly popular open mic and dance party.

South Asians and the Media @ Columbia College Chicago ADDED 1/21
Saturday, January 29 @ 3:30pm

South Asians and the Media

Join several prominent journalists from the mainstream and ethnic media outlets for a discussion on how the media covers the South Asian community and how the coverage can be improved.

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