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SAI Event Region : Nepal


Mon, December 4, 2017 at 04:00pm  /  1 Bow St.  /  Room #317

Reconfiguration and Revival: Newar Buddhist Traditions in the Kathmandu Valley (and Beyond)

Department of South Asian Studies Lecture Series

Speaker: Prof. Todd Lewis, College of the Holy Cross
Date: Monday, December 4, 2017, 4:00pm
Location: 1 Bow St., Room #317

Beginning with Sylvain Lévi,  most scholars for the past century who have assessed the state of Newar Buddhism in the Kathmandu Valley have described the tradition as “decadent,” “corrupted by Hinduism,” and so in serious decline. Many predicted its withering away, most often due to competition from the reformist Theravādins, a movement that arrived in Nepal a century ago. The predations of the modern Nepalese state with its staunchly Hindu biases have also been a central axis of analysis. What has emerged over the last decade, however, is a hitherto unimagined revival among traditional Newar Buddhists and their venerable tradition centered on Mahāyāna-Vajrayāna teachings and practices. Led by younger Buddhist vajrācāryas and scholars, leaders have introduced a welter of new spiritual initiatives, institutional innovations, along with gender and caste reforms; supported by wealthy merchants, newly-rich landholders, and a growing number of migrants living abroad, Newar Buddhist traditions have shown a remarkable resiliency and vibrancy. The talk will sketch this confluence of reconfigurations and revivals, with special focus on how these factors converged in the nearly-completed construction of a Newar Vajrayāna monastery in Lumbini.

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Mon, Dec 4, 2017 at 04:00pm

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Mon, Dec 4, 2017

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1 Bow St.


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Room #317

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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

The Harvard South Asia Institute (SAI) Workshop on the Liberal Arts in Higher Education 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.

The inaugural event of the Harvard SAI Liberal Arts Education Workshop will be held on August 19-20, 2017, at the Ismaili Centre in Dubai, with the aim of launching a consortium of stakeholders committed to a robust and vibrant future of liberal arts education. This workshop will allow Harvard SAI to initiate a multi-year engagement convening on an annual basis for collaboration, knowledge sharing and the exchange of ideas.

Eligibility

This workshop is available for university faculty, administrators, and leadership only. Please include your title, affiliation, and university email when you register.

 

Register by Friday, July 7. Learn more here.

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

Crossroads Summer Program

The Harvard University South Asia Institute (SAI) 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.  The application deadline is July 1, 2017, and the program will run from August 11-14, 2017 at the DIFC Academy of the Dubai International Financial Centre (Dubai, UAE).

Leading Harvard faculty will teach an intensive, multidisciplinary four-day curriculum in Dubai, for up to 60 accomplished, motivated youth. This program is a collaboration between the Harvard South Asia Institute, the Harvard Business School Club of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the Dubai International Financial Centre with the support of Air Arabia, the Carlton Hotel, Dubai Future Accelerators, and Emirates Grand Hotel.

Program details

  • Class size: up to 60 students
  • Location: Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai
  • Cost: FREE (The program will cover the costs of international travel, board, lodging and class materials. Visa costs are the responsibility of selected candidates.)
  • Application deadline: July 1, 2017
  • Applications are open now—early submissions are encouraged.
  • Questions: Write to sainit@fas.harvard.edu (Subject line: SAI Crossroads Summer Program)

Faculty

  • Tarun Khanna is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Business School and Director of the South Asia Institute at Harvard University.
  • Karim R. Lakhani is Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, the Principal Investigator of the Crowd Innovation Lab and NASA Tournament Lab at the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science and the faculty co-founder of the Harvard Business School Digital Initiative.

To apply or learn more information, visit the webpage: http://southasiainstitute.harvard.edu/sai-crossroads-summer-program/

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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.

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Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 01:00pm

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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, February 13, 2017 from 05:00pm - 06:30pm  /  CGIS South, S030

Debrief Nepal: Reflections on an In-Country Rapid Planning Exercise on Earthquake Preparedness

Special Event

Jerold Kayden, Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Sarita Maskey, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Nepal Government

Shriju Pradhan, Deputy Director, Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Government of Nepal

David Sanderson, Judith Nielsen Chair, University of New South Wales

Anshu Sharma, Co-founder and Chief Mentor, SEEDS

Although scientists can say with near certainty that a major earthquake will strike the Kathmandu Valley in the future, they cannot predict with certainty when that major earthquake will strike.  Such uncertainty generates another kind of uncertainty, about what to do now, in the near term, and in the long term.  It can even facilitate delays in needed decision-making.  Nepali stakeholders, drawn from government, civil society, and the private sector, joined several outside participants in a just-completed one-day exercise using rapid scenario planning methods to unlock implementable ideas for securing an earthquake-resilient Kathmandu Valley. They will report on the outcome of the working exercise during this panel discussion.

Reception to Follow

This initiative is part of the Harvard South Asia Institute’s Nepal Studies Program, launched with generous support from Jeffrey M. Smith.

In partnership with University of New South Wales, Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu University, and the Harvard Asia Center

Join the conversation: #DebriefNepal.

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Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 05:00pm

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Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 06:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S030
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

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Fri, February 10, 2017 from 05:30pm - 07:00pm  /  Kathmandu, Nepal

Debrief Nepal: Reflections on a Rapid Scenario Planning Exercise on Earthquake Preparedness

Special Event

Jerold Kayden, Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Sarita Maskey, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Nepal Government

Shriju Pradhan, Deputy Director, Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Government of Nepal

David Sanderson, Judith Nielsen Chair, University of New South Wales

Anshu Sharma, Co-founder and Chief Mentor, SEEDS

Although scientists can say with near certainty that a major earthquake will strike the Kathmandu Valley in the future, they cannot predict with certainty when that major earthquake will strike.  Such uncertainty generates another kind of uncertainty, about what to do now, in the near term, and in the long term.  It can even facilitate delays in needed decision-making.  Nepali stakeholders, drawn from government, civil society, and the private sector, joined several outside participants in a just-completed one-day exercise using rapid scenario and other planning methods to unlock implementable ideas for securing an earthquake-resilient Kathmandu Valley. They will report on the outcome of the working exercise during this panel discussion.

High Tea to Follow

This initiative is part of the Harvard South Asia Institute’s Nepal Studies Program, launched with generous support from Jeffrey M. Smith.

In partnership with University of New South Wales, Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu University, and Harvard Alumni Group of Nepal

Join the conversation: #DebriefNepal.

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Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 05:30pm

END
Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 07:00pm

VENUE
Hotel Yak & Yeti

ADDRESS
Durbar Marg

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Thu, January 26, 2017 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S250

Summer Grant Opportunities Open House

Come hear about SAI Summer Funding opportunities, including research and internship grants, and ask any last minute questions about the application process.

Deadline to apply: February 15, 2017

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Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 04:00pm

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Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

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Fri, September 16, 2016 from 09:00am - 06:00pm  /  Kresge G1, Harvard School of Public Health

Disasters and Development in South Asia

Cosponsored Event

Over a year after Nepal’s earthquake, this conference brings together practitioners, policy-makers, academics, students, and experts in disaster response to examine the importance of risk mitigation, and to discuss the role of development partners, aid accountability and the role of the media in disaster response.

The overarching objectives of this symposium are to share lessons from Nepal’s efforts in disaster preparedness, mitigation, management and reconstruction; and second, to foster dialogue and create links between lessons from other South Asian countries and Nepal’s experience in disaster response. To build relationships between the panelists, Harvard faculty members, Harvard students, and members of the Nepali community in Boston, several sessions including networking lunch, reception and dinner will be organized in addition to the panel discussions. At the end of the symposium, a final report which synthesizes the main ideas and recommendations will be prepared and circulated with the explicit intention of contributing to the existing conversation on building disaster resilient systems in South Asia.

The symposium is Harvard’s first international conference focused on Nepal and is organized by the Office of the Dean of the Harvard. T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and by Harvard Chan Students for Nepal, a student group of Nepali students who have campaigned to ensure the public health community can learn from Nepal’s response to the earthquake.

Click here to learn more and register.

 

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Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 09:00am

END
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 06:00pm

VENUE
Kresge G1, Harvard School of Public Health

ADDRESS
677 Huntington Ave., Boston

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Thu, May 5, 2016 - Fri, May 6, 2016  /  Thompson Room, Barker Center

Who Speaks for Democracy Across South Asia?

Annual Symposium

This year’s Symposium will feature conversations on the topic of democracy across South Asia.

Click here for the full schedule and registration.

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Thu, May 5, 2016

END
Fri, May 6, 2016

VENUE
Thompson Room
Barker Center

ADDRESS
12 Quincy St
Cambridge, MA 02138

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