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Upcoming SAI Events


Fri, August 4, 2017 from 05:00pm - 08:30pm  /  Habib University, Karachi

Looking Back, Informing the Future: The 1947 Partition of British India

All are invited to our special Partition events in August – the discussions, exhibitions and performances are free and open to the public.

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Mon, August 7, 2017 from 06:00pm - 08:00pm  /  Ali Institute of Education, Lahore

Looking Back, Informing the Future: The 1947 Partition of British India

Harvard South Asia Institute (SAI) and Faiz Foundation Trust invite you to a program on The 1947 Partition of British India.

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Thu, August 10, 2017 from 04:00pm - 07:30pm  /  Bikaner House, New Delhi

Looking Back, Informing the Future: The 1947 Partition of British India

Harvard South Asia Institute (SAI) and The Critical Collective invite you to a program on The 1947 Partition of British India.

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Fri, August 11, 2017 - Mon, August 14, 2017  /  Dubai, UAE

Crossroads Summer Program

The Crossroads Summer Program is a fully-funded introduction to Harvard and American university culture for students from the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, and Africa, who are the first in their families to attend college and may also be facing challenging financial and social circumstances. Leading Harvard faculty will teach an intensive, multidisciplinary four-day curriculum in Dubai, for up to 60 accomplished, motivated youth.

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Sat, August 19, 2017 at 09:00am to
Sun, August 20, 2017 at 06:00pm  /  Dubai, UAE

Workshop on the Liberal Arts in Higher Education

This is a forum for faculty, administrators, and leadership from universities across South Asia, the Middle East, and neighboring regions (Central Asia and East Asia) to explore ways in which universities may develop a liberal arts education program for undergraduate students, while fostering such objectives as sustainable development; social inclusion and peace; and cooperation across national boundaries among individuals, institutions, and governments. These goals are essential to addressing shared global challenges and to realizing opportunities to advance human well-being. Universities, as institutions that prepare future leadership of societies, have a unique role to play in the achievement of these goals, educating students as global citizens who can understand, value, and contribute to the common good.

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Tue, September 5, 2017 at 05:00pm  /  CGIS South Concourse

Welcome Back Mixer

Celebrate the start of the school year with SAI! The Welcome Back Mixer is a chance for students to enjoy delicious South Asian food while meeting SAI’s Visiting Fellows and faculty, learning about student funding opportunities, and meeting with representatives from Harvard South Asia student groups.

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Tue, Sep 5, 2017 at 05:00pm

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Tue, Sep 5, 2017

COST: FREE

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CGIS South Concourse
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Thu, October 12, 2017 at 04:00pm to
Sun, October 15, 2017 at 12:15pm  /  CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010

American Council for Southern Asian Art Symposium XVIII

ACSAA symposia occur in alternating years, and serve as opportunities to meet colleagues, reconnect with mentors and graduate school cohorts, and share one’s current research with the field.

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Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 04:00pm

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Sun, Oct 15, 2017 at 12:15pm

COST: $50-$180

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CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138


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

ADDRESS
465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

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Thu, July 13, 2017 from 05:00pm - 07:00pm  /  New Delhi

India’s education policy and market reforms – challenges and opportunities

Emmerich Davies, Assistant Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will talk about India’s education policy at the American Center in New Delhi. The event is free to attend and open to the public – please register here.

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Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 05:00pm

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Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 07:00pm

COST: Free

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New Delhi

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Sun, May 14, 2017 from 02:00pm - 05:00pm  /  CGIS South, S010

21st Annual Harvard India Poetry Reading

Cosponsored Event

The South Asia Institute and Department of South Asian Studies presents the 21st annual Harvard India poetry reading. It is also the ninth anniversary meeting of South Asian Poets of New England (SAPNE). The theme for this event is Truth. We encourage new poets and new expressions. All languages are welcome, with some annotations in English. Entries will be accepted until May 7 and we can accommodate up to 25 readers.


For questions, please contact:
Bijoy Misra, bmisra@fas.harvard.edu
Chandu Shah, Bostonwale@gmail.com

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Sun, May 14, 2017 at 02:00pm

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Sun, May 14, 2017 at 05:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S010

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

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Wed, May 3, 2017 - Thu, May 4, 2017  /  Thompson Room, Barker Center

2017 SAI Symposium, MAY 3-4: South Asia: Migrations and Transformations

Join us at the 2017 SAI Symposium, our annual flagship event, where we bring together scholars, practitioners and audiences to discuss, debate and dissect major South Asian themes from an interlocking variety of perspectives. This year, we are exploring migrations and transformations in society, from the points of view of visual arts, life sciences, and the study of displacement.

Learn more and register.

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Wed, May 3, 2017

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Thu, May 4, 2017

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Thompson Room
Barker Center

ADDRESS
12 Quincy St
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Wed, April 26, 2017 from 05:00pm - 07:00pm  /  William James Hall, 1550

Archive Making and Archival Silences in Mughal Punjab

Cosponsored Event

Speaker:

Purnima Dhavan,  Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Howard and Frances Keller Endowed Professor in History at University of Washington

Moderators:
Sunil Sharma, Professor of Persian & Indian Literatures at Boston University
Neelam Khoja, Ph.D. Candidate Histories and Cultures of Muslim Societies at Harvard University

Lahore, the major urban hub and occasional seasonal capital of the Mughal Empire, has a well-documented history of Persian literary production. The historical roots of a local literary vernacular, and in particular Punjabi, is far less documented and somewhat opaque. Written in several scripts and never fully formalized into a regular orthography and grammar during this early period, Punjabi had a robust presence in every day settings, yet has left a slender archival presence. In this paper, I will contrast a well-known cluster of Persian scholars from seventeen-century Punjab with less familiar regional networks to demonstrate how Persian learning and literacy had intimate but complicated connections with Punjabi literary culture. Both archival presence and silence hint at more fruitful ways of thinking about the literary practices of Punjabi scholarly communities as well as the circulation of their efforts in overlapping circles.

Organized by the South Asia Across Disciplines Workshop 
Co-Sponsored by the Harvard South Asia Institute 

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Wed, Apr 26, 2017 at 05:00pm

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Wed, Apr 26, 2017 at 07:00pm

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William James Hall, 1550

ADDRESS
33 Kirkland Street
Cambridge MA

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Tue, April 25, 2017 from 12:00pm - 02:00pm  /  CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010

Trump and Asia: Business as Usual?

Cosponsored Event

SAI Director Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at Harvard Business School, moderates a panel discussion on the impact of the election of Donald Trump on America’s trade and business dealings with Asian countries.

Panellists:

Mark Wu – Assistant Professor, Harvard Law School; member of the Faculty Advisory Committees of the East Asian Legal Studies Program and the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies

Mireya Solis – Senior Fellow and Knight Chair in Japan Studies, The Brookings Institution

William Kirby – T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies, Harvard University; Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Chaired by:

Andrew Gordon – Victor and William Fung Director, Harvard University Asia Center; Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History

This event is part of a new series at Harvard on the Asia-Pacific region during Trump’s presidency.

 

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Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 12:00pm

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Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 02:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Mon, April 24, 2017 from 12:00pm - 1:30pm  /  CGIS South, S354

“Our Clothes, Our Hair, We Don’t Care”: Prince and the British South Asian misfits

SAI Research Affiliate Hasit Shah – journalist, Londoner and Prince fan – explores the connections between a group of second-generation British South Asians and a musician they too claimed as one of their own.

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Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 12:00pm

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Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 1:30pm

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CGIS South, S354

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

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Mon, April 24, 2017 from 12:15pm - 01:45pm  /  One Brattle Square

Ending America’s Longest War: Experiences from the diplomatic front lines in Afghanistan

Cosponsored Event

Please join the India and South Asia Project in a conversation with Ambassador Feldman, Ambassador Grossman, and Ambassador Olson on the evolution of U.S. Policy in Afghanistan.

Join the India and South Asia Project for a panel which will explore the evolution of U.S. policy in Afghanistan.

The speakers include:
Daniel Feldman, former US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan
Marc Grossman, former US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan
Richard G. Olson, former US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan

The discussion will be moderated by Nicholas Burns, Faculty Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project and Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations
Event website: Panel: Ending America’s Longest War: Experiences from the diplomatic front lines in Afghanistan

Location: Room 402, Fourth Floor, One Brattle Building (enter next to Chipotle)

 

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Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 12:15pm

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Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 01:45pm

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Thu, April 20, 2017 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S153

Legal Identity for Children in South Asia: The Role of Birth Registration and Biometric Identification

Graduate Student Associate Seminar

Amiya Bhatia, Doctor of Science student in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Discussant: Connor Jerzak, PhD student, Government Department

South Asia has the largest number of children who do not have birth certificates. As biometric identification programs (e.g. Aadhaar in India, NADRA in Pakistan) expand, many countries continue to have weak birth registration systems, denying children access to legal identity. This talk examines the unequal distribution of birth certificates and identification documents within each country in South Asia, and whether biometric identification programs could weaken, complement or improve birth registration systems.

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Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 04:00pm

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Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 05:30pm

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CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Thu, April 20, 2017 from 07:00pm - 09:00pm  /  The Harvard Advocate

An Evening with Rana Dasgupta

Cosponsored Event

A public reading and discussion with British-Indian author Rana Dasgupta. Rana is a novelist and essayist, and the winner of the 2010 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for his novel Solo. He currently lives in Delhi and his nonfiction book Capital constructs an intimate oral history to unfold the possibilities and catastrophes of the city’s elite class. Rana is in the United States to lecture this month at Brown University.

No RSVP required. Refreshments will be served.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/420864254936925/

Sponsored by the Harvard Advocate and the Harvard South Asia Institute

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Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 07:00pm

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Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 09:00pm

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Thu, April 20, 2017 from 07:15pm - 08:30pm  /  Littauer L-140

A conversation with India’s Chief Economic Adviser

The Harvard India Student Group is hosting an evening conversation with Arvind Subramanian, Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India. Mr Subramanian has performed this role since October 2014. Prior to that he was the Dennis Weatherstone Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development, in Washington DC. He also served as an economist at the International Monetary Fund.

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Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 07:15pm

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Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 08:30pm

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Littauer L-140

ADDRESS
Harvard Kennedy School
79 JFK Street
Cambridge
MA 02138

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