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Shehla Rashid Shora to speak about Student Movements in India


Shehla Rashid Shora has emerged as a prominent face of the student-youth movement in India. She was active in the movement seeking justice for Dalit research scholar, Rohith Vemula, who ended his life after facing prolonged harassment by the University of Hyderabad administration. She also led the movement for the release from prison of JNU students Kanhaiya, Umar and Anirban.

 

There will also be a private dinner following the event. Spaces are limited and those interested should register here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfM9m5pAZLIfjWXNZXmCb_tfU-lUPQJcl5Mni0SQFigKe8HJQ/viewform

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WorldWide Week at Harvard


World Wide Week at Harvard
Presented by the Asia-Related Centers at Harvard University
October 22 – 28, 2017

 

ASIA CENTER AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10–MONDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2017
ASEAN@50: Student Interpretations: An art exhibit by Harvard students from ASEAN countries
ASIAN CENTERS’ LOUNGE, 1ST FLOOR, CGIS SOUTH, 1730 CAMBRIDGE STREET

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 25, 2017 12:30– 2:00PM
Critical Issues – Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century
Richard McGregor, author of Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century and The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers; former Washington and Beijing Bureau Chief for The Financial Times
CGIS SOUTH S020, BELFER CASE STUDY ROOM, 1730 CAMBRIDGE STREET
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2017 12:00-1:30 PM
Imperial Crossroads: Britain and the United States in the Far East, 1853-1945Ahn Doohwan, Associate Professor, Department of Politics and International Relations, Seoul National University; HYI Visiting Scholar and Radcliffe Fellow in Residence
Chair/discussant: David Armitage, Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History, Harvard University
COMMON ROOM, 2 DIVINITY AVE., CAMBRIDGE
Harvard-Yenching Institute; co-sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2017 12:15 PM
Asia Beyond the Headlines Seminar Series: An Alternate View of the North Korea-U.S. RelationshipThe Honorable Donald P. Gregg, Former Ambassador to the Republic of Korea; former National Security Advisor, former CIA officer; Chairman; Pacific Century Institute, Los Angeles; Chairman Emeritus, The Korea Society, New York City
Discussants: Katharine Moon, Professor of Political Science & Wasserman Chair of Asian Studies, Wellesley College; nonresident Senior Fellow, Center for East Asia Policy, The Brookings Institution John Park, Director, Korea Working Group and Adjunct Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School; Faculty
Affiliate, Project on Managing the Atom, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, HKS
Chair: Karen Thornber, Victor and William Fung Director, Harvard University Asia Center; Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and of Comparative Literature, Harvard University
Harvard University Asia Center; co-sponsored by the Korea Institute, Harvard University
KOREA INSTITUTE AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2017 4:30-6:00 PM
“What was Different from Former Uprisings?: Candlelight Demonstration in 2016 and 2017”Tae Gyun Park, Kim Koo Visiting Professor in East Asian Languages and Civilizations, 2017-18, Harvard University; Professor, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University
Chaired by Carter J. Eckert, Yoon Se Young Professor of Korean History, Harvard University
S050, CGIS SOUTH BUILDING, 1730 CAMBRIDGE STREET
Kim Koo Forum on Korea Current Affairs
LAKSHMI MITTAL HARVARD SOUTH ASIA INSTITUTE
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2017 5:00-7:00 PM
Looking Back, Informing the Future: The 1947 Partition of British India
Speakers: Tarun Khanna, Director, Harvard South Asia Institute; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School; Karim Lakhani, Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; Director Harvard Innovation Science Laboratory; Rahul Mehrotra, Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design
TSAI AUDITORIUM, CGIS S010, 1730 CAMBRIDGE STREET

 

FAIRBANK CENTER FOR CHINESE STUDIES
MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2017 12:30–2:00 PM
China’s Future Leadership: An Instant Analysis of China’s 19th Party Congress
Speakers: Mark Elliott, Anthony Saich, Joseph Fewsmith, Elizabeth Perry, Edward Wong, Huang Yasheng
CGIS SOUTH S020, BELFER CASE STUDY ROOM, 1730 CAMBRIDGE STREET
Cosponsored by Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
MONDAY OCTOBER 23, 2017 4:00–6:00 PM
China Humanities Seminar Tina Lu, Yale University
CGIS KNAFEL K262, 1737 CAMBRIDGE STREET
TUESDAY OCTOBER 24, 2017 12:30–2:00PM
Jack Downey and the Third Force in ChinaJohn Delury, Associate Professor of Chinese Studies, Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies
CGIS SOUTH S050, 1730 CAMBRIDGE STREET
TUESDAY OCTOBER 24, 2017 6:00–8:00PM
China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections
Speakers: Ambassador Susan E. Rice (webcast), Jeremy Goldkorn
CGIS KNAFEL K262, 1737 CAMBRIDGE STREET
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 25, 2017 12:30– 2:00PM
Critical Issues – Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century
Richard McGregor, author of Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century and The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers; former Washington and Beijing Bureau Chief for The Financial Times
CGIS SOUTH S020, BELFER CASE STUDY ROOM, 1730 CAMBRIDGE STREET

 

EDWIN O. REISCHAUER INSTITUTE OF JAPANESE STUDIES & WCFIA PROGRAM ON U.S.-JAPAN RELATIONS

TUESDAY OCTOBER 24, 2017 12:30-2:00 PM
Japan’s Imperial Household and Abdication: The Contemporary Controversy in Historical Perspective
Speaker: Kenneth Ruoff, Professor of History and Director of the Center for Japanese Studies, Portland State University
Discussant: Andrew Gordon, Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History, Harvard University; Victor and William Fung Acting Director, Harvard University Asia Center (2016-2017)
Moderator: Susan J. Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics and Director, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University
BOWIE-VERNON ROOM K262, CGIS KNAFEL BLDG., 1737 CAMBRIDGE STREET

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 25, 2017 12:00 PM
Jomon Food Diversity, Climate Change and Long-term Sustainability: Lessons from Prehistoric JapanJunko Habu, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley
TOZZER 203, TOZZER ANTHROPOLOGY BLDG., 21 DIVINITY AVE
Harvard Archaeology Seminar Series

FRIDAY OCTOBER 27, 2017 4:00-5:30 PM
The Role of the Prison Chaplain in the Japanese Correctional System
Speaker: Adam Lyons, Reischauer Institute Postdoctoral Fellow (Ph.D. Harvard University 2017, Religion); Moderator: Helen Hardacre, Reischauer Institute Professor of Japanese Religions and Society, Harvard University
S250, SECOND LEVEL, CGIS SOUTH BLDG., 1730

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Mittal family donates $25m to SAI


Lakshmi Mittal and his family have announced a $25 million gift to establish an endowed fund for this institute. In recognition of the Mittal Foundation’s generosity, the center will be renamed the Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute at Harvard University.

“International centers like the South Asia Institute at Harvard University serve as a vital conduit between the University and the world we study,” said Harvard President Drew Faust. “The generous support from the Mittal family is a testament to both the important work being done by this community of scholars and students and the continuing impact it will have in the region.”

“South Asia has played a dynamic and influential role in the development of our world since the very first civilizations,” said Mittal, chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel company. “Ensuring that we fully understand its history and unique dynamics is a critical enabler in helping to shape a successful future.”

“We are so grateful for the Mittal family’s support and what it will enable us to learn and share — across the sciences, social sciences, and the humanities — and the many people and institutions it will allow us to engage,” said Tarun Khanna, Director of the Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute and Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at Harvard Business School. “The world stands to benefit for generations from the work that these resources will generate.”

Read the full article in the Harvard Gazette.

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Harvard South Asia historian awarded ‘Genius’ Grant


Sunil Amrith, the Mehra Family Professor of South Asian Studies, has been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. He is pictured by Widener Library at Harvard University. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

Sunil Amrith, the Mehra Family Professor of South Asian Studies, has been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. He is pictured by Widener Library at Harvard University. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

 

Congratulations to Sunil Amrith, the Mehra Family Professor of South Asian Studies at Harvard, on the fantastic achievement of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. The $625,000 award is given to 24 ‘geniuses’ every year.

“The real difference it will make is that it will make the projects that were somewhere in the dream category possible, the ones that don’t neatly fit into a research grant application but nevertheless bring out other dimensions of the issues I am passionate about,” Amrith told the Harvard Gazette. “The no-strings-attached element gives an even heightened sense of responsibility of needing to do something good with it.”

Congratulations also to Professor Amrith and his wife Ruth on the recent birth of their daughter Lydia. Not a bad week for the Amrith family.

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Call for applications: A Workshop on Genomic Applications in Healthcare & Translational Research


The Workshop
The aim of this intensive workshop is to introduce highly talented Indian students to the emerging area of genomics and enable them to explore the power and excitement of Next Generation Sequencing technologies to address clinically relevant research questions and other applications. It will focus on both the experimental and analytical aspects of genomics through didactic and research lectures as well as hands-on training in the Illumina Hi Seq 2500 and on high-end computing platforms.

Topics covered
-Cancer genomics and translational medicine
-Infectious and rare disease genomics
-Genomics of non-coding RNA
-Population genomics
Eligibility
-Open to pre-doctoral, doctoral and post doctoral researchers and faculty in Life Sciences /Biotechnology / Bioinformatics / Computer Science, currently engaged in a relevant area of research
-Students currently enrolled in MBBS / M.Pharm programmes
-Exceptionally talented undergraduate students
Confirmed Speakers
Cynthia C. Morton (Harvard Medical School), Marc Lenburg (Boston University), Maha Farhat (Harvard Medical School), MRS Rao (JNCASR), R Mishra (CCMB), K Thangaraj (CCMB), A Dutt (ACTREC), V Scaria (IGIB), C J Zhang (Broad Institute), D Palakodeti (inStem), A S Seshasayee (NCBS), Subha S (IBAB), Vibha C (IBAB), Vijayalakshmi M (IBAB)
Selection
The selection process will be highly competitive. A maximum of 25 participants can be accepted.
Applications should accompany:
• One page CV
• One page Statement of Interest, describing how your participation
in the workshop will help in the advancement of your career
• Recent academic transcript(s)
• Two letters of recommendation

Selected participants will be informed through email by Nov 25, 2017.

Contact : b4programs.harvardsai@gmail.com
www.southasiainstitute.harvard.edu/b4-young-scientist-development-course/
www.ibab.ac.in

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Partition Stories: Collection and Analysis of Oral Narratives


This project is a part of a larger research study called, Looking Back, Informing the Future – The 1947 Partition of British India.

Goals of the Partition Stories Project:

  • Preserve and enrich the historical knowledge of Partition in crowd proportions,
  • Discover the different yet merging perspectives of the largest migration in history,
  • Analyze the past and prevailing rhetoric surrounding the Partition,
  • Provide free access to the stories through the Harvard SAI Partition portal.

The project is being co-led by Karim Lakhani, Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, and Tarun Khanna, Harvard SAI Director; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School.

The three month pilot phase included a collection of 350 stories from the sub-continent and United States. The preliminary analysis can be viewed in Professor Khanna’s presentation at the World Economic Forum in China, this summer.

The project hopes to contribute to the scholarship around the events that led to the largest involuntary migration in recent history. In addition, it will inform scholarship about, and policies related to, other such societal schisms, subsequent to that time, and those occurring today.

We aim to collect stories, reflections, memories, or experiences through crowdsourcing as well as through an online survey.

You can share your story here.

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Fall class: Contemporary Developing Countries: Entrepreneurial Solutions to Social and Economic Problems in the Developing World (SW47)


 

The primary objective of the course is to engage students with the modern day challenges affecting developing countries, and to examine a range of entrepreneurial attempts to solve these problems.

The course focuses on several categories of social and economic problems, with specific focus on the realms of Education, Health, and Financial Inclusion.

The goal is to understand ways in which entrepreneurial action can effectively tackle major socioeconomic problems in developing countries, by combining knowledge of historical causes, qualitative and quantitative evidence, and context-specific knowledge of the commonalities and differences across nations.

The class will address all developing countries, with a significant amount of course material set in South Asia. No prior knowledge of any specific region is required.

 

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Crossroads Summer Program 2017


Fifty driven, accomplished students from eleven countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East formed the inaugural cohort of the Harvard South Asia Institute’s Crossroads Summer Program. They are all first-generation college students – the first in their families to participate in higher education, many from challenging financial circumstances – and came together in the heat of Dubai from August 11-14, 2017.

The successful cohort was an even balance of male and female students, from diverse backgrounds. There was, for example, a young woman from Quetta, a city in Pakistan with the country’s lowest female literacy rate. Another student had worked as a garbage collector to pay his school fees.

These young people face challenges that are far beyond the experience of most Harvard students; their success fulfilled one of the main goals of the program. And as the video below shows, they also managed to have a little fun along the way.

Leading scholars from Harvard led the key sessions:

  • Tarun Khanna is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Business School and Director of the South Asia Institute at Harvard University.
  • Karim R. Lakhani is Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, the Principal Investigator of the Crowd Innovation Lab and NASA Tournament Lab at the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science and the faculty co-founder of the Harvard Business School Digital Initiative.
  • Kristin E. Fabbe is an assistant professor in the Business, Government, and International Economy Unit.

This unique program was a collaboration between the Harvard South Asia Institute, Harvard Business School Club of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the Dubai International Financial Centre, with the support of Air Arabia, the Carlton Hotel, Dubai Future Accelerators, and Emirates Grand Hotel. It offered a fully-funded career development opportunity and introduction to top-level American university culture for students who might otherwise have their ambitions curtailed by circumstances beyond their control; with their dedication and conduct, these students showed very clearly the value of such opportunities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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