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Upcoming SAI Events

Mon, July 25, 2016

Empowering Girls through Educational Access and Opportunity: What enables deprived girls to succeed?

Livelihood Creation Project Webinar

6:30pm IST (8 am ET)

Speaker: Professor Shantha Sinha
Professor Sinha is one of India’s leading child rights activists and the founder and Secretary Trustee of M. Venkatarangaiya Foundation. She was the former Chairperson National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), and Professor in the Department of Political Science – University of Hyderabad. She has been honoured with the Raman Magsaysay Award in 2003, and the Padma Shri in 2008.

Moderated by Professor Jacqueline Bhabha
Jacqueline Bhabha is a Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. She is the Director of Research at the Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School, and an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

The webinar will focus on:

  • Factors enabling girls to attend school
  • Challenges faced by school-going girls
  • Successful strategies for ensuring that girls have access to secondary education

The webinar is open to anyone interested in the issue of access to education in India. It will provide practical tools for grassroots practitioners working on issues relating to gender and access to education. Post the panel discussion, there will be an opportunity for live Q&A.

The webinar is conducted under a collaborative project by the Harvard University South Asia Institute and Tata Trusts on ‘Livelihood Creation in India through Social Entrepreneurship and Skill Development’.

Mon, Jul 25, 2016

Mon, Jul 25, 2016

SAI Events Archive

Thu, May 19, 2016 from 06:00pm - 07:00pm  /  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity

Special Event

Tarun Khanna, Director, Harvard South Asia Institute; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School

Jennifer Leaning, François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights; Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health

Rahul Mehrotra, Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design 

The Kumbh Mela is a Hindu religious fair that occurs every twelve years in India, and has become the largest public gathering in the world. The most recent observance of the festival took place in 2013 in Allahabad, with an estimated attendance of over 80 million people. Because of its size and complexity, the 2013 Kumbh Mela inspired the Harvard South Asia Institute’s flagship multi-year interdisciplinary research project in a number of complementary fields: business, technology and communications, urban studies and design, religious and cultural studies, and public health. Launched in 2015, the Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity book and exhibition consolidate research findings and serve as an example of interdisciplinary research conducted at Harvard.

Click here for tickets.

To order tickets by phone, call 1-800-440-6975; to order in person, visit any MFA ticket desk.


Thu, May 19, 2016 at 06:00pm

Thu, May 19, 2016 at 07:00pm

MFA, Mabel Louise Riley Seminar Room (Meeting Room 156)

465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

Sun, May 15, 2016 at 02:00pm  /  CGIS South, S010

20th Annual Harvard India Poetry Reading

Poems of all languages are invited for recitation. All are welcome.

Cosponsored with the Department of South Asian Studies and the South Asian Poets of New England

For questions, please contact:
Bijoy Misra,
Chandu Shah,

Sun, May 15, 2016 at 02:00pm

Sun, May 15, 2016

CGIS South, S010

1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

Fri, May 13, 2016 from 09:00am - 04:30pm

Development in Asia

Workshop for those teaching high school and middle school courses on South Asia.

Keynote Speaker: Benjamin Siegel, Assistant Professor of History, B.A., Yale University; A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University

Cosponsored with Educators for Teaching South Asia, in conjunction with The Winsor School, Phillips Academy, and The Groton School

Click here to learn more and register.

Fri, May 13, 2016 at 09:00am

Fri, May 13, 2016 at 04:30pm

Fri, May 6, 2016 from 03:15pm - 04:30pm  /  Thompson Room, Barker Center

Seed For Change Finalists Presentations

Special Event

The Harvard South Asia Institute competition awards prizes to interdisciplinary student projects that impact societal, economic, and environmental issues in India. The three finalist groups will present their project plans and a jury will award the grand prize of $40,000.

  • GoMango: provides low-cost refrigerated transport to food producers in India
  • Torr Energy: for-profit company that uses a series of technologies and a unique model to produce and sell
    low-cost waste-derived solid fuel in remote areas
  • The Craftsmen: small forest enterprise facilitator that creates new value chains, provides year-round employment, and trains communities in sustainable harvesting practices.

Fri, May 6, 2016 at 03:15pm

Fri, May 6, 2016 at 04:30pm

Thompson Room
Barker Center

12 Quincy St
Cambridge, MA 02138

Thu, May 5, 2016 - Fri, May 6, 2016  /  Thompson Room, Barker Center

Who Speaks for Democracy Across South Asia?

Annual Symposium

This year’s Symposium will feature conversations on the topic of democracy across South Asia.

Click here for the full schedule and registration.

Thu, May 5, 2016

Fri, May 6, 2016

Thompson Room
Barker Center

12 Quincy St
Cambridge, MA 02138

Wed, May 4, 2016 from 08:00am - 09:30am

Webinar: Intellectual Property in Creative Industries

Livelihood Creation Project Webinar

Guriqbal Singh JAIYA, Director-Advisor to the Executive Director, WIPO Academy of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

5:30pm to 7:00pm IST (8:00am to 9:30am EST)

Register here.

This webinar will address:

  • Differences between copyright, GI, trademark, and costs of certification
  • Business advantages conferred by intellectual property certifications
  • What kinds of handicrafts/handlooms products and designs might be eligible?
  • Who owns IP rights in the handicrafts/handlooms sector? – artisans, designers, or the organization?

Guriqbal Singh JAIYA will share his thoughts and insights from his two decade long experience at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and provide information and examples of how organizations in the Crafts Sector can benefit from intellectual property certifications.

This webinar is for:

  • Individuals associated with the handicrafts and handlooms sectors who lead and occupy senior positions in their organizations;
  • Social entrepreneurs and executives of social organizations in creative industries who may wish to use IP as a powerful tool to protect their products and innovations;
  • Practitioners involved in the non-profit sector who wish to maximise impact,
  • Students who are interested in knowing how using IP effectively can become a very important strategy in achieving the objectives of a social organization

This is fifth in a series of monthly webinars on the Indian handicrafts and handlooms sector until November 2016. Every webinar in this series is completely free of cost.

Register here.

Cosponsored with the Tata Trusts

Wed, May 4, 2016 at 08:00am

Wed, May 4, 2016 at 09:30am

Fri, April 29, 2016 from 01:00pm - 06:30pm  /  Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall

What is Islam? A Symposium in Memory of Shahab Ahmed


Michael Cook, Islamic Studies
Noah Feldman, Law
Cemal Kafadar, History
Gülru Necipoğlu, Art History
Parimal Patil, South Asian Studies
Nicholas Watson, Medieval Studies and Religion

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Standing Committee on Medieval Studies, the Mahindra Humanities Center, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, the Committee on the Study of Religion, with support of the Rabbi Joseph S. Shubow Memorial Fund, the South Asia Initiative, the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, and the Islamic Legal Studies Program

Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 01:00pm

Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 06:30pm

Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall

Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall, Harvard Yard

Fri, April 29, 2016 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S250

New Urbanism and Post-national Modernity: Capital, People and the State in Gurgaon, India

South Asia Without Borders Seminar

Sanjay Srivastava, Professor of Sociology, JNU, Delhi

Chair:  Parimal G. Patil, Professor of Religion and Indian Philosophy, Committee on the Study of Religion, FAS, Chair of the Department of South Asian Studies

This paper focuses upon new urban developments in India and suggests that an ethnographic account of this context provides fruitful insights into contemporary relationships between the state, the ‘people’ and capital. The paper is organized around historical and ethnographic accounts of the privately developed DLF City in the North Indian state of Haryana. DLF City borders Delhi and is part of an area known as the National capital Region (NCR). In principle, a government body known as the National capital Region Planning Board is meant to oversee coordinated infrastructure and other forms of planning processes for the Region. In practice, urban processes within the NCR depend  upon erratic relationships between real estate behemoths, the state and a variety of residents associations. This discussion proceeds through introducing the concepts of ‘post-national modernity’ and ‘moral consumption’. These, I suggest, allow us to explore the relationships noted above, as well as allowing for a tracking of the contours of a state formation that is part of the informality it seeks to banish. The discussion also outlines some of the ways in which new forms of urban citizenship emerge through the changing relationships suggested above, as well those that are submerged.

Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 04:00pm

Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 05:30pm

CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Fri, April 29, 2016 from 10:00am - 11:00am

Webinar: Social Enterprises in India: Some Guiding Principles for Scale and Impact

Livelihood Creation Webinar

7:30pm to 8:30pm IST (10:00am to 11:00am ET)

Tarun KhannaDirector, Harvard South Asia Institute; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School

Please register here.

Social Enterprises in India have been increasingly playing a transformative role in solving a number of issues in a sustainable manner. Their contribution is visible in areas as diverse as health, education, drinking water, sanitation, women’s empowerment, energy conservation, art and culture, among many others.

This webinar will focus on:

  • Ways in which social enterprises in India can achieve impact and scale.
  • Examples of successful social enterprises from India and guiding principles that may have resulted in their success
  • Discussion of the ways in which these principles can be applied to your organizations

Tarun Khanna is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Business School, where he has sought for two decades to study the drivers of entrepreneurship in emerging markets as a means of economic and social development. At HBS since 1993, after obtaining degrees from Princeton and Harvard, he has taught courses on strategy, corporate governance and international business to MBA and Ph.D. students and senior executives. For many years, he has served as the Faculty Chair for HBS activities in India and South Asia.

In the fall of 2010, he was named the first director of the university-wide Harvard South Asia Institute. The institute rapidly grew to engage over 150 faculty from across Harvard in projects embracing the pure sciences, social sciences and the humanities, and spanning the region from Afghanistan to Myanmar. In this role, he currently teaches a popular university-wide elective course ‘Contemporary Developing Countries’, where students work in multi-disciplinary teams to devise practical solutions to complex social problems.

In 2014, the Government of India nominated him as the Chairperson of the NITI Aayog Expert Committee on ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship’. The Report submitted by this Expert Committee was accepted by the Indian Cabinet and has informed the formation of the ‘Atal Innovation Mission’, charged with contributing to build-up the innovation infrastructure of India.

Context of the Series of Webinars

This is the fifth in a series of monthly webinars as part of the Harvard University SAI and Tata Trusts Project. Every webinar in this series is completely free of cost.

This webinar is for social entrepreneurs from India and other South Asian countries.

Please register here.


Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 10:00am

Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 11:00am

Thu, April 28, 2016 from 08:30am - 10:00am  /  Allison Dining Room, Harvard Kennedy School

Conversation with Ambassador Richard Olson, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan

South Asia Week at Harvard Kennedy School

As the spring fighting season in Afghanistan flares up again, following one of the most deadly Taliban attacks in Kabul in years on April 19, 2016 posing new challenges to the Afghan government and military, Ambassador Richard Olson discusses long-term plans for the wider region as part of the annual SOUTH ASIA WEEK.

Ambassador Richard Olson assumed duty as U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP) on November 17, 2015 after concluding his service as the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan.

Previously, he served as the Coordinating Director for Development and Economic Affairs, at U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan, from 2011 to 2012. U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates from 2008 to 2011. He is a member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister Counselor, and was recently recommended for promotion to Career Minister.

Olson joined the U.S. Department of State in 1982. He has served in Mexico, Uganda, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, the United Arab Emirates, (where he served in Abu Dhabi and Dubai), and in Najaf, Iraq. He was also Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

His Washington assignments include: State Department Operations Center (twice), NATO Desk, the Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs (twice, including as Director), and the Office of Iraqi Affairs, including as Director. He graduated from Brown University in 1981, receiving an A.B. in Law and Society (Honors) and History.

Olson has been awarded the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, the Secretary of State’s Award for Public Outreach, the State Department’s Superior Honor Award (three times), and the Secretary of Defense’s Exceptional Civilian Service Award (for his service in Iraq).

Cosponsored with the Future of Diplomacy and India & South Asia Program, HKS

Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 08:30am

Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 10:00am

Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor Taubman Building, Harvard Kennedy School

Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor Taubman Building, 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138