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Thu, August 7, 2014 at 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010

Summer Film Series: Matir Moina (The Clay Bird)

The film is set against the backdrop of unrest in East Pakistan in the late 1960s leading up to the Bangladesh War of Liberation. In this setting, a small family must come to grips with its culture, its faith, and the brutal political changes entering its small-town world.

All film screenings are free and open to the public.

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Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 05:30pm

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Thu, Aug 7, 2014

VENUE
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Thu, July 31, 2014 at 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010

Summer Film Series: Promise Land

With immigration as a central theme, Promise Land‘s three stories effortlessly intertwine in a gripping tale of love, conflict, and hope. These compelling narratives reveal the unique challenges and triumphs of the characters as they struggle to keep their families together and pursue their dreams in a place they have come to call home.

Director Kevin Dalvi will accompany the screening. This film screening is free and open to the public.

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Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 05:30pm

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Thu, Jul 31, 2014

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CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Thu, July 24, 2014 at 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010

Summer Film Series: Josh (Against the Grain)

Fatima, a committed schoolteacher living the cosmopolitan high life in Karachi, has her life shattered when her nanny, Nusrat, inexplicably disappears. Josh is the story of Fatima’s search, despite the warning of her friends and family, for a dangerous truth in Nusrat’s feudal village. Musically intense and colorfully raw, JOSH takes a sneak peek inside Pakistan today- the way you didn’t know it.

All film screenings are free and open to the public.

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Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 05:30pm

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Thu, Jul 24, 2014

VENUE
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Thu, July 17, 2014 at 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010

Summer Film Series: Teesri Kasam

(India, 1966) After nearly getting arrested, Hiraman promises to himself that he will never assist any black-marketeer nor transport bamboo. He manages to save enough money to buy another cart, and is hired to take an attractive woman, Hira Bai, on a 30-hour ride to a Mela. He subsequently falls in love with her – little knowing that she is a traveling courtesan – and it is this attraction that will get him into trouble.

All film screenings are free and open to the public.

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Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 05:30pm

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Thu, Jul 17, 2014

VENUE
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Thu, July 10, 2014 at 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010

Summer Film Series: The Lady

(UK/France, 2011) While Aung San Suu Kyi becomes the core of Burma’s democracy movement the relationship she shares with her husband struggles to endure against a background of political turmoil and sacrifice.

All films screenings are free and open to the community.

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Thu, Jul 10, 2014 at 05:30pm

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Thu, Jul 10, 2014

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CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Thu, July 3, 2014 at 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010

Summer Film Series: Pakeezah

(India, 1972) A girl, whose mother dies of sorrow from her husband’s family’s rejection, grows up singing and dancing like her mother. She works as a dancing girl and is courted by a prince, but can think only of a man she has never met, who left her a message on the train. She dreams of him and cannot dance, becomes frightened and runs into the night.
All films screenings are free and open to the community.

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Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 05:30pm

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Thu, Jul 3, 2014

VENUE
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Thu, June 26, 2014 at 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010

Summer Film Series: Guide

(India, 1966) After being released from prison for Forgery and Theft, Multi-linguist Raju (Dev Anand) reflects on his life as a Guide; his meeting with the daughter of a prostitute, Rosie (Waheeda Rehman), who was unhappily married to Marco (Kishore Sahu), and wants to take up acting and dancing as a career. Rosie separates and moves in with Raju and his mom (Leela Chitnis). Then both re-locate, and with Raju’s encouragement, she succeeds in an acting and dancing career, resulting in both becoming very wealthy. He then succumbs to gambling, and alcohol, and forges Rosie’s signature. He is arrested, tried in court, found guilty and imprisoned. Now discharged from prison, he changes his mind about returning home to his mother, and decides to go elsewhere and start afresh – a decision that will alter his life and way of thinking forever.
All films screenings are free and open to the community.

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Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 05:30pm

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Thu, Jun 26, 2014

VENUE
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Sat, June 14, 2014 from 08:00am - 06:00pm  /  CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010

Globalization and Sustainability of Bangladesh Garment Industry

Bangladesh Development Conference 2014 

Register here.

The objective of this year’s conference is to explore the linkages among development, garment sector and health and safety issues in Bangladesh.  It will highlight the actors and factors that impinge on this linkage at national and global levels. The deliberation will explore how the development partners can more effectively facilitate and assist in solving the key problems for sustaining the competitiveness of Bangladesh garment industry. How to enhance the role international community and of industry experts for practical solutions will come up for discussion.

The seminar is bringing together experts, industry people, NGO representatives and practitioners from development agencies and high level policy makers from Bangladesh and the USA. Participants will include representatives from Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA), other manufacturers, international brands and retailers, workers rights groups, international labor organizations, United Nations Agencies, and representatives from international financial institutions.

The organizing committee invites you to attend this seminar and to participate in the discussion 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.

The day-long seminar is cosponsored with the Harvard Center for Environment (HUCE) and Harvard University Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.

Schedule:

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM  Registration & Breakfast
7:45 AM – 8:00 AM  Welcome Addresses
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Session 1: State of Bangladesh Garment Industry
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Session 2: Globalization and Labor Standards
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM  Session 3: Trade and Investment Cooperation – Worker rights and Safety
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM   Lunch Break
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM  Session 4: Working Condition, Fire and Building Safety Challenges
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM  Session 5: Responsible and Sustainable Sourcing
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM   Session 6: The Role of International Development Partners
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Concluding session

For further information, please contact:
Mohammed Iqbal Yousuf, Coordinator
Tel. 617-416-9036
E-mail:  mohammed_yousuf@dfci.harvard.edu

Register here.

Please note: This event is free and open to the public.

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Sat, Jun 14, 2014 at 08:00am

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Sat, Jun 14, 2014 at 06:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Sat, May 17, 2014 from 03:00pm - 05:00pm  /  CGIS South, S010

South Asian Poets Meeting

The annual South Asian Poets Meeting will be hosted on May 17, 2014, from 3 PM to 5:30 PM in CGIS-010, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA. The topic this year is “Mother Tongue,” “Matrubhsha” in Hindi.  Poems in any South Asian or related languages are welcome.  In lieu of an original poem, one can read a classical poem in one’s language.  There will be Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Punjabi, Nepali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Kashmiri and Oriya participation.

Poets in these and other languages are invited.

Please contact Dr Bijoy Misra at bmisra@fas.harvard.edu to join the reading.

The following poets will read:

Dinesh Shah – Gujarati  –  (The Lamps of Humanity)
Pramod Thaker “Krishnaditya” – Gujarati – “Bhasa”   (Language)
Chandrakant Shah – Gujarati  - bhasha  (Mother Tongue)
Amandeep Singh – Punjabi – “Maa Boli”
Maneesh Srivastav – Hindi – “Yaadon ki Sanduk”
Sejal Kothari – Gujarati  - Kavita
Sunayana Kachroo –  Hindi-Kashmiri- “Nalmott”  -A Hug
Sajed Kamal – Bengali – “Ekushe Mane” (The Meaning of Ekushe)
Syed Ali Rizvi – Urdu – “nazm”
Paromita De –English -
Bijoy Misra – Oriya –“Maa o Matrubhasha”
Arun Chaudhari – Marathi –
Maya De – Bengali – Indrachaap
Alok De – Bengali – Amar bhasha
Janmejay Shishupal – Marathi- Namanjur
Badiuzzaman Nasim – Bengali – Amader Ghore Nayee
Abha Chaudhari – English -
Vijay Bezawada – Telugu -  Kaalam Maarindi ( Times have changed ).
R. Balachandra – Kannada – Nammuru (My Home Town)
Shiva Gautam – Nepali

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Sat, May 17, 2014 at 03:00pm

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Sat, May 17, 2014 at 05:00pm

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CGIS South, S010

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

Thu, May 8, 2014 from 08:30am - 10:00am  /  CGIS Knafel K031

Webinar: Women in Politics: The Case of India

SAI Webinar

Lakshmi Iyer, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Women lag behind men on many metrics across the world (health, education, wages), including political representation. Professor Iyer will discuss two major questions:
•Does electing women to political office make any difference?
•Given that women comprise only 21.4% of national parliaments across the world, how can women’s representation in political office be increased?

She will review some of her work based on data from India on both of these questions. The results are relevant both for other countries and for other disadvantaged groups.

8:30 AM in Cambridge, 5:30 PM in Pakistan, 6 PM in India, 6:30 PM in Sri Lanka & Bangladesh

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Read more about the webinar.

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Thu, May 8, 2014 at 08:30am

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Thu, May 8, 2014 at 10:00am

VENUE
CGIS Knafel K031

ADDRESS
1737 Cambridge Street,
Cambridge, MA 02138