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Sat, April 15, 2017 from 02:00pm - 03:45pm  /  Harvard Graduate School of Education

Design Thinking Workshop for Educators

Co-sponsored Event

Explore design thinking through the lens of an educator: Sanjli Gidwaney, Director, Design For Change, USA. Limited seats only, so be quick to register here: bit.ly/designthinkingconnected

Organizers: This conference is being conducted by HGSE South Asia Education Initiative, a student body at HGSE, aiming to build a bridge between students and faculty in Harvard and beyond with education practitioners and academics in South Asia.

This event is is co-sponsored by South Asia Institute.

 

 

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Sat, Apr 15, 2017 at 02:00pm

END
Sat, Apr 15, 2017 at 03:45pm

VENUE
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Gutman Conference Center 1,

ADDRESS
Gutman Library
6 Appian Way
Cambridge MA 02138

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Thu, April 13, 2017 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S450

From Story to Book (Kahani Se Kitab Tak)

South Asia Without Borders Seminar

Musharraf Ali FarooqiBabar Ali Fellow, Harvard South Asia Institute

Ali AsaniProfessor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Harvard University

From Story to Book (Kahani Se Kitab Tak) is a graduated reading program to introduce Urdu classical literature and folklore to native language speakers, and offer a new language testing system using electronic resources like the Urdu Thesaurus (http://www.urduthesaurus.com). The same content can be used to develop a better understanding of South Asian culture for young audiences around the world. The content will be available in local languages and English. SAI fellow Musharraf Ali Farooqi, who has designed the program, and conducted a successful pilot project at an International Baccalaureate certified school in Lahore, Pakistan, will describe the plan for the staged implementation of the Kahani Se Kitab Tak program, and how testing mechanisms will be adapted to the learner’s level without compromising the program content.

START
Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 04:00pm

END
Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S450

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

0413 Farooqi
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Sun, April 9, 2017 from 04:00pm - 06:00pm  /  CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010

Kultar’s Mime: The Hidden Story of the 1984 Delhi Pogrom as Told by a Jewish Art Collective

Cosponsored Event

You are invited to the Harvard performance of Kultar’s Mime, a play that blends painting, poetry, theater and music to tell the stories of Sikh children who survived the 1984 Delhi massacre that was organized in the wake of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination. A collective of young Jewish artists decides to commemorate a 1903 Pogrom that targeted Jews in the Russian town of Kishinev. During their journey, they learn about the 1984 massacre of the Sikhs in Delhi and in a powerful moment of embracing the pain of the ‘other’, they shift focus and decide to tell a story that the world has largely ignored. The play incorporates text from two poems: Kultar’s Mime by Sarbpreet Singh and In The City Of Slaughter by Haim Bialik. The play, an unequivocal condemnation of sectarian violence and genocide, has evoked a powerful reaction from audiences all over the world that has affirmed the power of compassion to break the cycle of hatred that continues to plague humanity to this day. So far the play has been presented 75 times in 6 countries and has been seen by 15,000+. It brings a message of inclusion and compassion that is much needed in the troubled times we live in and has been hailed by Interfaith audiences all over the world. The has been performed at British and Scottish Parliament, the Parliament of the World’s Religions, and  well known theater venues and universities all over the world. It has received terrific press coverage globally on NPR, BBC, The Hindu, The Indian Express, The Times of India, The Telegraph, The Pioneer, The Tribune, The National Scot etc.

More information can be found here.

START
Sun, Apr 9, 2017 at 04:00pm

END
Sun, Apr 9, 2017 at 06:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Fri, April 7, 2017 from 02:00pm - 04:00pm  /  CGIS South, S153

Enfranchising Your Own? Experimental Evidence on Bureaucrat Diversity and Election Bias

Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics

Yusuf Neggers, Postdoctoral Fellow, Watson Institute, Brown University

Simon Chauchard, Assistant Professor of Government Department, Dartmouth College

Chair: Ashutosh Varshney, Sol Goldman Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs, Director of the Brown-India Initiative

Read the seminar paper.

Cosponsored with the Center for Contemporary South Asia at the Wat­son Insti­tute at Brown Uni­ver­sity, the Weath­er­head Cen­ter for Inter­na­tional Affairs, and the MIT Cen­ter for Interna­tional Studies

 

START
Fri, Apr 7, 2017 at 02:00pm

END
Fri, Apr 7, 2017 at 04:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Wed, April 5, 2017 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S050

Coins as Historical Puzzles: Examples from Ancient India

Coins are small metallic documents of the past. In the images and legends impressed upon them, they contain clues that can give us insights into the times in which they were created and used. In this talk, examples from ancient India will be used to show how the unpuzzling of these clues can help us bring back forgotten dynasties, recreate historical events and shine a light on political and economic conditions.

START
Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 04:00pm

END
Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

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Thu, March 30, 2017 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S250

Old Stories in New Moments: Digambara Jain Rāmāyaṇa Literature in Early Modernity

Graduate Student Associate Seminar

Gregory Clines, Ph.D. Candidate, Committee on the Study of Religion, Harvard University; Graduate Student Associate, SAI

Discussant: Catherine HartmannPh.D. Candidate, Committee on the Study of Religion

The fifteenth-century author Brahma Jinadāsa, a member of the Digambara Balatkāra Gaṇa, is credited with composing over eighty works in both Sanskrit and Old Gujarati. One of those compositions was the Padmapurāṇa, a Jain version of the story of Rāma composed in Sanskrit. In the introduction to the work, Jinadāsa acknowledges that his Padmapurāṇa is based off of the acclaimed poet Raviṣeṇa’s seventh-century work of the same name. This talk examines the relationship between the two works, analyzing the literary changes that Jinadāsa makes to his precursor’s text and the social implications of those changes.

 

START
Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 04:00pm

END
Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

0330 Clines_
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Thu, March 30, 2017 from 12:00pm - 01:30pm  /  Memorial Hall 030

Artist Talk: Landscape of Abstraction

Arts Seminar

Madhu Das, Visiting Artist, SAI Arts Program

Chair: Susan Bean, Independent Scholar and Chair, Art & Archaeology Center, American Institute of Indian Studies

Madhu Das is a multi-disciplinary Visual Artist based in Mumbai, India; his artistic practice is primarily concerned with the projection of identity onto the social and natural world: in a way that the two are woven together in the Indian space (both mythic space and actual); Exploring both conceptual and material sensibilities through range of media including drawing and painting, photography, performance, video, site-specific interventions, collaborative community projects and interactive/performative installations.

In his work, human body often establish an improvisational relationship with object and sculptural elements in the space. The work has involved the spaces in both a narrative sense and as a site of memory to re-narrate historical events as a way of plotting connections between the particular and the universal. Subjectively, he adapt aspects of material culture as well as methods from anthropology, allegorical fiction as conceptual tool, which later extends to the space of the viewer, from the point of a storyteller, exploring exciting linguistic devices and imagery with a sense of irony and paradox.

Lunch will be served.

SAI Visiting Artist Program

The location is Memorial Hall Meade Room 030, 45 Quincy Street. 

 

Directions

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Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 12:00pm

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Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 01:30pm

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Tue, March 28, 2017 from 01:00pm - 02:30pm  /  CGIS S001

Artist Talk: Rabindra Shrestha

Arts Seminar

Rabindra Shrestha, Visiting Artist, SAI Arts Program

Chair: Jinah KimGardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University

Rabindra Shrestha is a Nepalese visual artist. Installation, detail pen and ink drawing, painting, traditional painting (Paubha), illustration, cartoon, and ceramic art are the different mediums of his visuals expressions. Most of his art is directly conceptual based. The collaborative line art project, Earthquake line and Finger prints with red line are some of his series in the Nepali contemporary art scene. Many people refer to him as a “Line Artist”. Shrestha’s works has been exhibited throughout the National Fine Art exhibition (nine times), Kochi-Muzirise Biennale 2014 (India), and Asian Art Biennale (Bangladesh). He secured the National Special Award (NAFA) from National Academy of Fine Arts three times, and was a winner of the US embassy Art Competition (Nepal).

SAI Visiting Artist Program

Lunch will be served.

START
Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 01:00pm

END
Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 02:30pm

VENUE
CGIS S001, 1730 Cambridge Street

ADDRESS
CGIS S001, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

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Mon, March 27, 2017 from 06:00pm - 07:30pm  /  CGIS South, S050

Conversation on the Intersection of Culture, Journalism and Religion

Muslim Societies in South Asia Seminar

Madeeha Syed, Pakistani Journalist

Marco Werman, The World

Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Harvard University

Join Pakistani journalist Madeeha Syed, Marco Werman from Public Radio International’s The World, and Ali S. Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures at Harvard University, for a conversation about the intersection of culture, journalism and religion in today’s global environment.

The conversation is cosponsored by the Center Stage program of New England Foundation For The Arts and SAI

Reception to follow.

START
Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 06:00pm

END
Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 07:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

0327 Syed Werman
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Sat, March 25, 2017 from 04:00pm - 07:00pm  /  Harvard Allston Education Portal

“Marvi: The Mystic Muse” Film Screening and Discussion

Cosponsored Event

Join the Harvard Ed Portal for a free screening of the award-winning film “Marvi: The Mystic Muse,” exploring singer Sanam Marvi’s search for her own roots across Pakistan and her journey with Sufism. The event will follow a post-screening conversation with filmmaker Tanya Panjwani and Professor Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Harvard University. This screening is also sponsored by Celebrity Series of Boston, Harvard Office for the Arts’ Learning From Performers program, Harvard South Asia Institute, and World Music/CRASHarts.

This film embarks on a journey through Pakistan with renowned singer Sanam Marvi to discover her roots in Sindh and Punjab, through the shrines of Saints that inspired her to deliver the message of Sufism that permeates the land. It follows her creative process to spread this message through live concert performances, and documents her challenges in spreading the Sufi message in Pakistan and all over the world. We discover the Sufi Saints of Pakistan such as Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, Laal Shahbaz Qalandar, Sachal Sarmast, Bulleh Shah, and Shah Hussain through the eyes of Marvi, and speak to teachers and experts who were a part of her mystical journey.

The documentary showcases how one particular artist is able to internalize and embody her faith in a worldly sense, spreading the message of Sufism throughout the world through the medium of music. This is against the backdrop of a seemingly restricted society, where a section of the population is battling certain societal elements and where Sufi artists as well as female public figures are often at odds with certain fundamentalist groups in the country. The documentary endeavors to understand how one artist, Sanam Marvi, attempts to maneuver through these limitations to emerge as a prominent female Sufi singer in Pakistan and worldwide.

Register.

 

 

START
Sat, Mar 25, 2017 at 04:00pm

END
Sat, Mar 25, 2017 at 07:00pm

VENUE
Harvard Allston Education Portal

ADDRESS
224 Western Ave., Allston

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