Yale Schola Cantorum Tour to India

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Yale Schola Cantorum (Schola), an internationally renowned chamber choir open by audition to students from across all of Yale University’s departments and professional schools, will tour India March 12 – 19, with public performances in Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai. They will also take part in the Sunday service at historic St. Mary’s Church in Chennai.

Schola performs sacred music from the sixteenth century to the present day in concert settings and choral services around the world. It is sponsored by Yale Institute of Sacred Music (ISM) and conducted by David Hill; Masaaki Suzuki is principal guest conductor. In addition to performing regularly in New Haven and New York, the ensemble records and tours nationally and internationally. Schola’s recordings appear on the Delos, Gothic, and Naxos labels. The group has previously performed on tour in England, Hungary, France, China, South Korea, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Singapore, Russia, Estonia, and Latvia.


Himalaya Study Eyes How Urban Shifts Affect Land Uses and Natural Disasters

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The Hindu Kush Himalayan region is home to an 800-mile mountain range that spans eight countries with more than 210 million people. It is also situated at the nexus of two critical trends facing mountainous regions worldwide: an increase in natural disasters and a surge in urban populations.

Yet there is little accurate information about the region’s changing urban populations, how their movements have changed the landscape, and how vulnerable these communities are to threats such as earthquake, landslides, fires, and floods.

A new Yale-led study, which will be funded by NASA, aims to provide clarity on these questions. Using a trove of remote sensing data — including declassified satellite images from the mid-20th century — the researchers will assess the change in urban settlements in recent decades, how those shifts have affected land use, the frequency and magnitude of natural disasters in the region, and just how sensitive the region’s socio-economic systems are to these stressors.


Growth of Mega-Cities Will Consume Swaths of Cropland in Africa and Asia

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The growth of mega-cities will eliminate massive areas of valuable cropland in some parts of the world by the year 2030, according to a new international study co-authored by Yale Prof. Karen Seto.

According to the study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, some 300,000 square kilometers of fertile cropland worldwide — an area roughly the size of New Jersey — will be lost.

While that accounts for only about 2 percent loss of today’s global cropland, the losses will be acute in some countries and regions, particularly in Africa and Asia, said Seto, Professor of Geography and Urbanization Science at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES).

What Are the Consequences of India’s Currency Reform?

On November 8, India’s government announced that it would ban existing 500- and 1000-rupee notes, the country’s two largest denominations. The aim is to undercut counterfeiters and combat the corruption and crime that rely on paper money. But most ordinary Indians keep their savings in paper currency as well. Since the announcement, they have rushed to convert their holdings into new denominations, with long lines and shortages at banks and ATMs. Others may simply give up their savings to avoid paying taxes. Businesses dependent on cash are expected to suffer, and some observers say that demonetization, as it is called, could even spark a recession. Yale SOM’s Shyam Sunder sketches what he sees as some of the effects this move is likely to have on the Indian economy.


Professor’s mission to launch scholarly journal in Burma now a reality

A Yale professor’s five-year quest to re-establish a tradition of rigorous scholarship and research in Myanmar (formerly Burma) has come to fulfillment with the publication of the first issue of the Independent Journal of Burmese Scholarship.

The life of independent public inquiry, open public debate, and open scholarship and research virtually ceased in Myanmar for a half century after 1962, when the military took over. In 2011 the ruling military junta officially dissolved itself, opening the way for a democratic transition and political “opening.”


A Q&A with Tshering Dukpa, Visiting Scholar from Bhutan

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Since 2012, The Bhutan Foundation has sponsored semester-long traineeships for Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan public health faculty at the Yale School of Public Health. In 2015, the partnership was formalized to provide ongoing collaboration between the two institutions. KGUMSB trainees take YSPH classes with the goal of expanding their teaching skills and working on independent research with Yale scientists. To date, five Bhutanese faculty members have completed semester-long traineeships. Tshering Dukpa, the most recent visiting scholar from Bhutan, is now studying at YSPH. “We are delighted that Tshering is spending the fall 2016 term with us at YSPH and excited about the continuation of our work in Bhutan,” said Kaveh Khoshnood, M.P.H. ’89, Ph.D. ’95, associate professor and director of the program.


Under the Turban

The Fox International Fellowship is hosting a screening and discussion of the film “Under the Turban” on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 4:30 p.m. in the Luce Hall auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Ave.

The film follows the members of the Garcha family, who embark on a journey to learn about their identity after 9-year-old Zara asks, “What makes me a Sikh?” The family visits diverse Sikh communities around the world: meeting with a Maharaja, cheesemakers, fashionistas, farmers, and scholars to glean a better understanding of the world’s fifth-largest religion. The documentary was selected for the United Nations Association Film Festival this year.