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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

ADDRESS
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

ADDRESS
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

VENUE
CGIS South, S010

ADDRESS
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

VENUE
CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University

ADDRESS
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

Wed, November 19, 2014 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S030

Summer Grant Opportunities Open House

Come hear about SAI Summer Funding opportunities from 2014 SAI grant recipients. Learn about the various types of grants, the application process, how to write an appropriate budget for a summer in South Asia, and enjoy some delicious South Asian food.

For more details on SAI grants, click here. 

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Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 04:00pm

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Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 05:30pm

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CGIS South, S030
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Wed, November 19, 2014 at 01:00pm  /  Portico 123

Interpreting Cultures

Join IndiaGSD for an illustrated lecture looking at projects in the realm of culture and heritage interpreted through an effective scenography. Siddhartha Das (designer – scenographer, New Delhi) will present his own projects including those for the historic Jal Mahal, Jaipur; an art museum complex, J D Centre of Art, Bhubaneswar;Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Museum Rietberg, Zurich and the Wellcome Collections, London

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Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 01:00pm

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Wed, Nov 19, 2014

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Portico 123, Gund Hall

ADDRESS
Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

Tue, November 18, 2014 from 05:00pm - 06:30pm  /  CGIS Knafel, K262

Art, Communities, and Museums

South Asia Without Borders Seminar

S. Mukherjee, Director General & Secretary, Board of Trustees, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

Chair: Rahul Mehrotra, Professor of Urban Design and Planning and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Mr. Mukherjee’s presentation will include an overview of issues concerning museums in South Asia, and he will also discuss his experience transforming his museum, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, into a civic node for all types of civic events and discussions.

Mr. Sabyasachi Mukherjee is Director General of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India) and Director of the Postgraduate (Diploma) Program in Museology and Art Conservation at the CSMVS Institute, University of Mumbai.  Under his leadership from 2007, CSMVS has undergone extensive modernization, including refurbishment of the museum’s main building and the establishment of a conservation center, new galleries and digital and educational initiatives.  Mr. Mukherjee has organized numerous art exhibitions and has overseen publications, conservation projects, exchange programs and archive projects in partnership with museums worldwide.  A frequent lecturer and active member of many professional committees, Mr. Mukherjee has been a fellow of the Nehru Trust and the Salzburg Global Seminar.  He holds an MA in Museology and an MA in Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology from Maharaja Sayajirao University.

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Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 05:00pm

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Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 06:30pm

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CGIS Knafel, K262
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Tue, November 18, 2014 from 12:00pm - 01:30pm  /  Harvard Faculty Club

The Use of Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility for Social Change in South Asia and the US

SAI Special Event

This event seeks to explore challenges and successes of private and corporate philanthropy in South Asia in a comparative lens to philanthropy in the US. What are the enabling factors in the US that promote philanthropy?  How do these compare to India’s enabling factors? For example, India is the first country to have corporate social responsibility legislation, mandating that companies give 2% of their net profits to charitable causes. How has this changed the landscape of corporate philanthropy? What lessons can the US and South Asia learn from each other?

Harvard Crimson: Panel Highlights Philanthropy Models Across Nations

Lunch will be served.

Rohini Nilekani, Chairperson,  Arghyam; Author of Uncommon Ground: Dialogues between Business and Social Leaders and Stillborn

Rohini Nilekani is Founder-Chairperson, Arghyama foundation she has personally endowed to fund initiatives in ‘safe, sustainable water for all’. Since 2005, Arghyam has supported projects in water and sanitation all around India. Arghyam also facilitates the India Water Portal, which has become a singular resource for the sector. As a committed philanthropist, she continues to fund work in areas such as governance and accountability, independent media, education and research and environmental sustainability.
Full bio.

Geeta Pradhan, Associate Vice President for Programs, The Boston Foundation

Geeta Pradhan is Associate Vice President of Programs at The Boston Foundation, responsible for overseeing and advancing community goals across five program areas:  Education, Health, Jobs, Neighborhoods, and the Arts. She also leads the Foundation’s investment and alignment efforts along the Fairmount Corridor designed to generate transformational opportunities created by new transit investments in Boston’s lowest income neighborhoods. Over her decade of work at the Boston Foundation, Geeta co-created the Boston Indicators Project, launched a 5-year special initiative on the digital divide in Boston, and developed a strategy to support the nonprofit sector. She helped create Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, the state association of nonprofits, Neighborhood Stabilization Loan Fund to turn around foreclosed properties in neighborhoods; and the Catalyst Fund for Nonprofits to support transformational collaborations and mergers among nonprofits. Geeta has over twenty five years of experience in the field of community development.

Chair: Alnoor Ebrahim, Associate Professor in the Social Enterprise Initiative, Harvard Business School

Cosponsored by the Hauser Institute for Civil Society at the Center for Public Leadership

 

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Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 12:00pm

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Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 01:30pm

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Harvard Faculty Club

ADDRESS
20 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Mon, November 17, 2014 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S354

Access to Toilets and Women’s Rights

Urbanization and Gender Seminar

Sharmila Murthy, Assistant Professor of Law, Suffolk University; Visiting Scholar, Sustainability Science Program, Harvard Kennedy School

Ramnath Subbaraman, Associate Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Research Advisor, Partners for Urban Knowledge, Action, and Research (PUKAR), Mumbai, India

Subhadra Banda, Research Associate, Centre for Policy Research; MPP Candidate, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

As India looks to position itself as a global leader, it also bears the ignominious status as being the open defecation capital of the world.  Of the 2.5 billion people in the world who still lack access to adequate sanitation, nearly one-third live in India.  Tragic events last summer in rural India further raised awareness of access to toilets as a women’s issue.  Drawing on their experiences in urban and rural India, Professor Murthy, Dr. Subbaraman and Ms. Banda will explore the challenges of improving access to sanitation on the sub-continent, addressing the public health, gender, policy and legal dimensions of this complicated issue.

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Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 04:00pm

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Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S354

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138