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Sat, January 31, 2015  /  CGIS South Concourse

Coded Elegance

SAI Photo Exhibit

On Display in the CGIS South Concourse from Nov. 5, 2014 – Jan. 31, 2015. 

Open Mondays-Thursdays 7am – 9pm; Fridays 7am – 7pm

Capturing South Asia: Interview with Pablo Bartholomew

Coded Elegance, by Pablo Bartholomew, is a series of ethno-anthropological photographs of tribes and people of the hills and valleys of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, and Manipur, taken from 1989 to 2000.

Coded Elegance constitutes a mere fragment of Bartholomew’s extensive visual anthropological documentation of the various tribes and people residing in the low Himalayan hills and valleys of Northeast India — a people whose lives are marked by tradition and transition. The series, an off shoot of Marked with Beauty, his 2000 exhibition of rich, color photographs of the many Naga tribes, is influenced by his own collection of portraits of the Darjeeling hill tribes by Johnston and Hoffman, and Irving Penn’s body of work in Papua New Guinea.

It explores his journey and interaction with tribes in Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, and Nagaland — diverse communities with myriad different languages and dialects — as well as the people inhabiting the valleys in that region. The preservation of their traditional cultures articulated through their dress, rituals, and rites of passage, forms the overarching subject of Coded Elegance.

With generous support from the Donald T. Regan Lecture Fund, the Arts Initiative at SAI brings experienced and emerging artists to Harvard whose work focus is on social issues related to South Asia.  

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Sat, Jan 31, 2015

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Sat, Jan 31, 2015

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CGIS South Concourse
Harvard University

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1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Thu, January 29, 2015  /  CGIS Knafel Concourse

The Politickle Pickle

An Exhibition of Editorial Cartoons and Caricatures on India and the United States by Shreyas Navare, Fellow, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs; Editorial Cartoonist, Hindustan Times; Author, The Politickle Pickle: Vol. 1 & 2.

On display December 7, 2014–January 29, 2015

Open Mondays-Thursdays 7am – 9pm; Fridays 7am – 7pm

Co-sponsorsed by the Weatherhead Center Fellows Program, South Asian Arts Council, and Hindustan Times.

Join the Facebook event.

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Thu, Jan 29, 2015

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Thu, Jan 29, 2015

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CGIS Knafel Concourse

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1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

Tue, January 13, 2015  /  Mumbai, India

Conversation with Dinyar Patel

Dinyar Patel, Ph.D. candidate, Department of History, Harvard University, SAI Graduate Associate

Today, Dadabhai Naoroji (1825-1917) is primarily identified as an early economic thinker, a leader of the moderate wing of the Congress, and the first Indian elected to the British Parliament. This standard school textbook description, however, does little justice to the “Grand Old Man of India,” who was a far more complex and dynamic individual. During his nearly six decades of active political work, Naoroji laid the foundations for much of the Indian nationalist movement and became a globally recognized anti-imperialist figure.

Drawing on over three years of intensive research in India, the United Kingdom, and Ireland, Patel will present a detailed examination of Naoroji’s career and also highlight some unusual finds from the archives.

Dinyar Patel is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at Harvard University. His research has been supported by two grants from the Fulbright Program. Patel is co-editor, with Mushirul Hasan, of From Ghalib’s Dilli to Lutyens’ New Delhi: A Documentary Record (Oxford University Press, 2013) and co-editor, with S.R. Mehrotra, of Dadabhai Naoroji: Selected Private Papers (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2015). He is currently completing his dissertation on Naoroji.

More details to follow.

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Tue, Jan 13, 2015

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Tue, Jan 13, 2015

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Mumbai, India

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Mumbai, India

Fri, January 9, 2015 - Sat, January 10, 2015  /  New Delhi

Harvard-US India Initiative Annual Conference

The Harvard India Initiative, 2015, hopes to foster targetted dialogue and academic critique on India’s future. This conference is bringing together 450 of the brightest young minds from across the world and India in the hopes of creating a tradition of research-focused policy-making in one of the most vibrant democracies and economies of the world.

More information and how to register.

Thu, December 11, 2014 from 08:00am - 09:45am  /  Belfer Weil Town Hall

Ambassador Richard Olson: The future of US-Pakistan relations

Richard Olson, US Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Chair: Nicholas BurnsSultan of Oman Professor of the Practice of International Relations, HKS

In a breakfast discussion with  R. Nicholas Burns, HKS, Ambassador Richard Olson will reflect on his experience heading one of the largest US embassies in Islamabad and his views on the US-Pakistan relationship.

Ambassador Olson was sworn in as Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on September 24, 2012.

Previously, he served as the Coordinating Director for Development and Economic Affairs at U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan, from 2011 to 2012. Ambassador Olson also served as 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.

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 both 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 India & South Asia Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, HKS

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Tue, December 9, 2014 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S030

Pre-Departure Orientation

This is an orientation for students who are traveling to South Asia during Winter Session 2015, and will include travel tips and logistics, health and safety information, cultural introduction, and will provide an opportunity to meet other students who will be in the region. Food will be served!

All Harvard Students traveling to South Asia in Winter Session are welcome. Please RSVP to Nora Maginn, maginn@fas.harvard.edu if you’d like to join.

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Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 04:00pm

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Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 05:30pm

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CGIS South, S030
Harvard University

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1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Wed, December 3, 2014 from 05:00pm - 06:30pm  /  CGIS South, S050

The Struggle for Pakistan: A Muslim Homeland and Global Politics

SAI Book Talk

Ayesha Jalal, Mary Richardson Professor of History, Director, Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies, Tufts University

Discussant: Atiya Khan, SAI Aman Fellow

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 by the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program

*Please note the updated date and time (December 3, 2014, 5:00PM).

Established as a homeland for India’s Muslims in 1947, Pakistan has had a tumultuous history that has unfolded in the vortex of dire regional and international conflicts. Beset by assassinations, coups, ethnic strife, and the breakaway of Bangladesh in 1971, the country has found itself too often contending with religious extremism and military authoritarianism. Now, in a probing biography of her native land amid the throes of global change, Ayesha Jalal provides an insider’s assessment of how this nuclear-armed Muslim nation evolved as it did and explains why its dilemmas weigh so heavily on prospects for peace in the region.

Attentive to Pakistan’s external relations as well as its internal dynamics, Jalal shows how the vexed relationship with the United States, border disputes with Afghanistan in the west, and the conflict with India over Kashmir in the east have played into the hands of the generals who purchased security at the cost of strong democratic institutions. Combined with domestic ethnic and regional rivalries, such pressures have created a siege mentality that encourages military domination and militant extremism.

Since 9/11, the country has been widely portrayed as a breeding ground for Islamic terrorism. Assessing the threats posed by Al-Qaeda and the Taliban as American troops withdraw from Afghanistan, Jalal contends that the battle for Pakistan’s soul is far from over. Her definitive biography reveals how pluralism and democracy continue to struggle for a place in this Muslim homeland, where they are so essential to its future.

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Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 05:00pm

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Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 06:30pm

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CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

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1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Mon, December 1, 2014 at 05:00pm  /  CGIS South, S010

Broken Memory, Shining Dust

Film Screening

Depicts the extraordinary journey of Kashmiri women from loss, separation, pain, anger, helplessness to hope, faith, grit and determination thrown up by tragedies and circumstances around them. The film is about ‘women in wait’ for their loved ones, who went missing in the conflict ridden valley of Kashmir, India, in last two decades. Woven around the life of Parveena Ahanger, a Kashmiri mother and other such women, the narrative of the film interweaves their memories of loss, pain, struggle, separation vented cathartic that have formed into a resistance movement which in practicality relives their hope to trace a clue about their missing family members.

Cosponsored with the Harvard Asia Center

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Mon, Dec 1, 2014 at 05:00pm

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Mon, Dec 1, 2014

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CGIS South, S010

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1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

Fri, November 21, 2014 from 02:00pm - 03:30pm  /  CGIS South, S020 Belfer

India’s Maoist Insurgency Challenge

Joint Sem­i­nar on South Asian Politics

Jairam Ramesh, Member of Parliament; Former Minister of Environment and Rural Development

Jairam Ramesh, a senior leader of the Indian National Congress party, is an Indian economist and politician. Since June 2004, Ramesh has been a member of parliament in the Rajya Sabha – the upper house of the Parliament of India – from the state of Andhra Pradesh. As an economist, he was entrusted with several crucial roles as an advisor to the Finance Minister (1996-98) and also to the Prime Minister (1991). With a special interest in China, Ramesh is the Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi, since 2002. Jairam Ramesh was also a member of the National Advisory Council that is chaired by Sonia Gandhi.

Brown-Harvard-MIT Seminar on South Asian Politics

The Harvard India Student Group will be hosting a small group discussion with Mr. Ramesh at Harvard Business School, Spangler Grille Game Room from 4:30-6pm. For more info, join the Facebook event.

Co-sponsored by the Wat­son Insti­tute at Brown Uni­ver­sity, the Weath­er­head Cen­ter for Inter­na­tional Affairs at Har­vard Uni­ver­sity and the MIT Cen­ter for Inter­na­tional Studies.

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Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 02:00pm

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Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 03:30pm

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CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University

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1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138

Wed, November 19, 2014 from 08:30am - 10:00am

Webinar: Mass Casualty Triage

Usha Periyanayagam, MD, International Emergency Medicine Fellow, Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham & Women’s Hospital; Harvard Medical School

When there are many injured people in an incident, non-medical personal might be needed to begin care of patients. This seminar will teach triage, a simple way to determine the priority of patient treatment, and the basics of treatment of patients.

South Asia is particularly vulnerable to disasters, from terrorist attacks, to floodings, to earthquakes that can affect large populations. In order to address these humanitarian crises, the fundamentals of mass casualty management are critical.

8:30 AM in Cambridge, 6:30 PM in Pakistan, 7 PM in India, 7:30 PM in Sri Lanka, & Bangladesh (* Please note the time variation due to US Daylight Saving Time)

This is the second SAI webinar of the semester on Disaster Management and Emergency Response. Third webinar TBD.

How to participate:

Twitter: @HarvardSAI, #SAIWebinar
Facebook: Harvard SAI
Web: southasiainstitute.harvard.edu
Email: sainit@fas.harvard.edu

Read more and watch the webinar.

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Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 08:30am

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Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 10:00am