Muslim Societies in South Asia Seminar
Munis Faruqui, Associate Professor, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of California Berkeley
Chair: Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Director, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program
Cosponsored with the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program
This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.
SAI Book Talk
Husain Haqqani, Director of the Center of International Relations; Professor of the Practice of International Relations, Boston University; Former Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States
Shuja Nawaz, Director of the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council
Chair: Asim Khwaja, Sumitomo-Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development Professor of International Finance and Development, Harvard Kennedy School
Husain Haqqani is the former Ambassador of Pakistan to Sri Lanka (1992–1993) and the United States (2008–2011). He is currently Senior Fellow and Director for South and Central Asia at the Hudson Institute and co-edits the journal ‘Current Trends in Islamist Ideology’ published by Hudson Institute’s Center for Islam, Democracy and Future of the Muslim World. Ambassador Haqqani is also Director of the Center of International Relations, and Professor of the Practice of International Relations at Boston University.
Shuja Nawaz, a native of Pakistan, was made the first director of the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council in January 2009. He is a political and strategic analyst. Mr. Nawaz writes for leading newspapers and websites and speaks on current topics before civic groups, at think tanks, and on radio and television worldwide. He is the author of Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army, and the Wars Within/ He is also the principal author of FATA: A Most Dangerous Place, Pakistan in the Danger Zone: A Tenuous US-Pakistan Relationship, and Learning by Doing: The Pakistan Army’s Experience with Counterinsurgency
Reception and book sale to follow event.
Venkatesh Murthy, Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology Harvard University
How do you sense the world? How do you remember things? How do you sing, play or even just walk? How do you think? Of course, you do all of this with your brain, which has been called the most complex machine in the world. Who you are as a person is largely a function of the brain, from a scientific point of view. This also means that when something goes wrong with the brain there are devastating consequences to the individual as well as society. Naturally, how the brain works is one of the most exciting questions in the world. Professor Murthy will discuss how the study of neuroscience has implications not just for doctors in the clinic, but also for psychologists, educators, computer scientists, musicians, tennis players and just about everyone. He will discuss how the field is incredibly interdisciplinary, and how a student with almost any background can hope to make meaningful contributions to the field. He will also highlight some of the most exciting research topics in neuroscience.
8:30 AM in Cambridge, 5:30 PM in Pakistan, 6 PM in India, 6:30 PM in Sri Lanka, & Bangladesh
Global Health Seminar
Dr. Paul C. Salins, Medical Director & Vice President, Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center and Narayana Hrudayalaya Multi Specialty Hospital
Chair: Jinah Kim, Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
For more than 30 years, Dr. Salins has modified, rebuilt and deconstructed faces, some to create harmony, others to restore normalcy, and few to meet an individuals expectation. Yet, great art uncovers faces which fascinates, captivates and powerfully communicates, whether ugly or beautiful, harmonious or full of discord. The real face that in art becomes manifested seems to elude the surgeon, condemning his efforts to boring repetitions of aesthetic ideas. Can this gulf be bridged, and as mankind as we know changes, will art define the new faces we shall seek?
South Asia Institute Film Event
Sanjay Kak, Indian Documentary Filmmaker
Chair: Ajantha Subramanian, Professor, Social Anthropology Program, Harvard University
Cosponsored with the Harvard Political Anthropology Department
South Asia Without Borders Seminar
Uday Mehta, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, The City University of New York
Discussant: Shankar Ramaswami, South Asia Institute South Asian Studies Postdoctoral Fellow
Chair: Parimal G. Patil, Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard University
Cosponsored by the Department of South Asian Studies
Women in India: Negotiating Tradition and Modernity
Established in 2008, Educators for Teaching India (EFTI) is a group of secondary school educators dedicated to deepening our own knowledge of India and to exploring India’s role in school curricula. The organization includes teachers in public and private schools as well as educators in supporting academic institutions.
Educators for Teaching India in conjunction with The Winsor School, Phillips Academy and The Groton School. For more information and to register visit: http://www.teachingindia.org/
Karthik Muralidharan, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of California, San Diego
Chair: Akshay Mangla, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
HISG invites women from across all Harvard schools to come celebrate International Women’s Day with an evening of wine and crackers, fun performances and relaxed conversations. We welcome you to use this space to share stories, songs, dance, poetry and art that fosters sisterhood and solidarity.
The deadline to apply is this Friday, March 7 at 3:00 PM.
TCF is a professionally managed, non-profit organization set up in 1995 by a group of citizens concerned with the dismal state of education in Pakistan. Deadline for application is April 15, 2014.
Check back on our website for updates about rescheduling.
Former SAI Graduate Student Associate Namita Wahi helped organize a conference in Delhi recently, as part of the “Land Rights, Environmental Protection and Inclusive Development in India” project that she is leading.
EQLearn is based in India and plans to teach students social and emotional skills that will equip them with capabilities to face life challenges and setbacks with emotional maturity, behave with empathy and compassion, develop leadership skills, make the right decisions and build meaningful and mutually respectful relationships.
‘Urban planning and disaster management’ an article by Beena Sarwar about the Contemporary South Asian City Conference was published in The News on Sunday. Sarward interviewed Rahul Mehrotra of the Graduate School of Design and Jennifer Leaning of the School of Public Health, to share their experiences at the conference in Karachi.
There is a compelling need for knowledge that transcends disciplinary boundaries, integrating politics, international relations, political economy, anthropology, human development, environment, and research methods to generate a comprehensive and critical understanding of contemporary India.
In partnership with Mentor Together , HISG will facilitate meaningful one-on-one connections directly between you and economically challenged youth between 14-21 years of age in Pune, who will greatly benefit from your time and expertise.
The US-Pakistan Program is a comprehensive approach to US-Pakistan relations, focusing on the key areas of security, economic development, and public policy. The program will explore these issues and their relevance, in order to develop a long-term, continuous dialogue between the United States and Pakistan.The fellowship brings newly established experts in one of the three issue areas of the program to the respective country for an intensive ten day trip.
The organizing committee welcomes papers and presentations dealing with aspects of the global economy, garment industry, trade and development in the context of Bangladesh garments and apparel industry and the role of international community and development partners.
Khanna says that Indian state-run companies are much better placed to implement meaningful programmes of corporate social responsibility (CSR) than their private sector counterparts, owing to the large scale on which they operate and their accessibility to the government.
Spray was awarded multiple research grants from SAI to pursue her work in Nepal.
SAI has released its inaugural publication about health challenges and innovations in South Asia. Click here to view the digital book.
This year the Frugal Innovation Forum will focus on two hot topics in development: data and mobile money. The agenda is action packed, with a welcome dinner and two days of debates, Ted style talks, workshops and plenty of time for networking. Participants include leading practitioners, researchers and activists working on digital financial services and data.
Tarun Khanna, Director of the South Asia Institute and Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School spoke to Business Today about how Indian companies can work with colleges to nurture talent.
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Organized by the Harvard Club of Chennai and the HBS Club of India, the event was attended by 20 graduates from across the different schools at Harvard.
Congratulations to Paolo Singer HC ’14, who was named a Rhodes Scholar and will study at Oxford University next fall. Paolo is a two-time recipient of SAI grants.
The Harvard Pakistan Student Group (HPSG), was one of 31 student groups that were renewed for another year by the The Committee on Student Life.
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