About The Idea of India: Imagination, Attachment and Diaspora

A conversation with the diaspora on Ideas, Objects and Relationships that create enduring bonds to India.

Karim Ahmed is a Senior Investment Advisor and a member of the Investment Committee.Prior to joining HPM Partners, Karim was a managing director and senior investment specialist with J.P. Morgan Private Banking, where he was ranked among the nation’s top investment advisors by Barron’s magazine.* Earlier in his career, Karim held senior investment and wealth management positions with Coutts & Co. and UBS AG in the UK. He is very involved in the Chicago nonprofit and philanthropic community. He currently sits on the boards and professional advisory committees of numerous organizations focused on arts, culture, education and economic development.

Kareem Khubchandani is a doctoral candidate in Performance Studies, writing a dissertation entitled, “Ishtyle: Queer Nightlife Performance in India and the South Asian Diaspora.” He contributes to the gaysifamily.com blog, performs in drag at Big Chicks bar in Uptown Chicago, and reads stories with Serendipty Theatre’s 2nd Story.

Tanya Hastings Gill has mastered the age-old art of paper cutting in a contemporary context. She utilizes reflective color, reflective light, shadows and open installation to engage the space with her hand cut paper creations. Gill pushes the boundaries of cut-paper through her constant experimentation. Currently Gill is exploring the possibilities with-in paper inlay. Gill has been a Nehru- Fulbright 2011-2012 Fellow, a fellow at McDowell Artists Colony, an Artist in Residence at The Ragdale Foundation, an Affiliate at Headlands Center for the Arts and a recipient of the Individual Artist Grant from the Marin Arts Council.

Ami Gandhi has served as Executive Director of South Asian American Policy & Research Institute (SAAPRI) since 2011. SAAPRI is a non-profit, non-partisan organization established in 2001 to improve the lives of South Asian Americans in the Chicago area, by using research to formulate equitable and socially responsible public policy recommendations. SAAPRI’s work has included initiatives on civic engagement, language access, health care, hate crimes, economic development, immigration reform, and immigrant integration. Ami works with a broad spectrum of organizations across Chicago. She serves on the Advisory Council for the City of Chicago’s Office of New Americans, the State of Illinois Task Force on Language Access to Government Services, and the Task Force on Opportunities for DREAM Act Students at University of Illinois at Chicago. She also serves as the board chair of Common Cause Illinois. She is a volunteer attorney for Coordinated Advice & Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS), which runs a legal aid hotline for low-income residents of Cook County. Ami is a member of the Illinois bar. She earned her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and her B.A. in psychology and cognitive science from Indiana University.

Gauri Rangrass is a freshman journalism major at Northwestern University. She grew up as a second generation Indian-American in Kalamazoo, Michigan as a part of a tight-knit Indian community. During yearly trips to India she picked up cricket and later founded the only high school cricket team in Michigan. These trips were also instrumental in her search for what it means to be of Indian heritage in a melting pot nation. On campus, Gauri is in a South Asian/Pop Fusion acappella group called Brown Sugar and is a social media intern for the 2014 Eye on India Festival in Chicago.

Event Info:

  • Wednesday, 18th June 2014
  • Field Museum, 6 PM 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605