Bangladesh Development Conference 2014
The objective of this year’s seminar is to explore the linkages among development, garment sector and environmental health and safety issues in low-income economies, with a focus on 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 the Bangladesh garment industry. How to enhance the role of international community and experts for practical solutions will be a topic of discussion.
The seminar plans to bring together experts, industry people, NGO representatives and practitioners from development agencies and high level policy makers from Bangladesh and USA. Participants will include representatives from Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA), workers rights groups, international organizations such as the ILO, United Nations Agencies, and representatives from international financial institutions.
The organizing committee welcomes papers and presentations 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 being organized jointly by SAI, Harvard University Center for Environment and International Sustainable Development Institute (ISDI), Inc. and South Asian students and professionals at Harvard Medical School, HSPH, Harvard Law School and Harvard College.
For further information, please contact:
Mohammed Iqbal Yousuf, Coordinator
Sat, Jun 14, 2014
Sat, Jun 14, 2014
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
Thu, May 8, 2014 at 08:30am
Thu, May 8, 2014 at 10:00am
Cosponsored with Harvard University Graduate School of Design; Oxford Brookes University School of Architecture; Harvard University South Asia Institute; Habitat for Humanity; International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies; Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Mon, May 5, 2014
Wed, May 7, 2014
SAI Book Talk
Ramachandra Guha, Author and Independent Scholar
Pratap Bhanu Mehta, President of the Centre for Policy Research; Associate Professor of Government and of Social Studies, Harvard University
Cosponsored with the Harvard Book Store
Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 06:00pm
Tue, Apr 29, 2014
More details to follow soon.
Thu, Apr 24, 2014
Fri, Apr 25, 2014
SAI Mahindra Lecture
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed Founder and Chairperson of BRAC
Reception to follow.
More information here.
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 05:00pm
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 06:30pm
SAI Book Talk
T.V Paul, James McGill Professor of International Relations, Department of Political Science, McGill University
Chair: Asad Ahmed, Assistant Professor, Social Anthropology Program, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University
Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 04:00pm
Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 05:30pm
A conversation with Diana Eck
Diana Eck, Fredric Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society at Harvard University, invites Harvard alumni and friends to join her in a conversation about India: A Sacred Geography. Eck’s book explores the sacred places of India, taking the reader on an extraordinary trip through the beliefs and history of this rich and profound place, as well as providing a basic introduction to Hindu religious ideas and how those ideas influence our understanding of the modern sense of “India” as a nation. Additionally, she will address the Pluralism Project, which explores and interprets the religious dimensions of America’s new immigration; the growth of Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain, and Zoroastrian communities in the United States.
By invitation only.
Fri, Apr 18, 2014
Tue, Mar 18, 2014
Mon, April 14, 2014 at 05:30pm to
Tue, April 15, 2014 at 06:00pm / CGIS South, S010
SAI Film Screening
Part 1: April 14, 5:30 PM, Tsai Auditorium, CGIS, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA
Part 2: April 15, 6:00 PM, Lecture Hall, Sackler Museum, 485 Broadway, Cambridge, MA
Michael Oppitz, Professor emeritus of ethnography, University of Zurich & former director of the Ethnographic Museum
Shamans of the Blind Country is a three-and-a-half hour epos about faith healers in a remote mountain region of north-western Nepal. The film will be screened in two parts on two consecutive evenings, followed by a talk with the director.
The film shows Magar shamanism in all its variety and range. It follows the arduous process of initiation that each student has to go through before he or she can enter the guild of the chosen healers. It participates in many rituals and séances the shamans perform to cure their patients’ illnesses and avert their misfortune. any facets of this religion are presented in a visual language that suit the Magar perspective, disregarding all theoretical speculations that usually overgrow this kind of subject.
Part I ( to be screened on April 14th) displays a variety of healing rituals carried out by the shamans in the Dhaulagiri region. Part II ( to be screened on April 15th) of the film focuses on the transmission of the shaman’s knowledge from master to pupil. This is an oral transmission; no books are involved. It all happens in séances, where the pupil is requested to watch and imitate the master’s performance. This means manufacturing the required utensils and paraphernalia, preparing a sacred spot or altar, performing the operations in the right order, and above all, learning the mythical chants, the origin stories and auxiliary chants, echoing the master line by line to the beat of his drum.
Michael Oppitz, born 1942 in Silesia (now Poland); schooled in Cologne, studied anthropology, sociology and sinology at Berkeley, Bonn and Cologne; dissertation 1974; post-doc 1986; professor at Zurich University from 1991–2008 and director of the city’s Ethnographic Museum; extensive field research in the Himalayas 1965–2010; a dozen books on anthropology; various short films.
Cosponsored with the Department of History of Art & Architecture, Harvard University
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 05:30pm
Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 06:00pm