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SAI Event Topic : Special Event

Thu, October 12, 2017 at 04:00pm to
Sun, October 15, 2017 at 12:15pm  /  CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010

American Council for Southern Asian Art Symposium XVIII

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October 12 – October 15, 2017

Harvard South Asia Institute is proud to co-sponsor the biennial American Council for Southern Asian Art Symposium. ACSAA symposia serve as opportunities to meet colleagues, reconnect with mentors and graduate school cohorts, and share one’s current research with the field. From senior scholars to graduate students, ACSAA symposia are one of the primary ways ACSAA members gather and support one another, share ideas with a group of like-minded colleagues, and participate in the ACSAA community. We are looking forward to welcoming you all in Boston/Cambridge, MA!

ACSAA 2017 Organizers

Jinah Kim, Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art & Architecture
Laura Weinstein, Ananda K. Coomaraswamy curator of South Asian and Islamic Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

About the ACSAA

The American Council for Southern Asian Art (ACSAA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the study and awareness of the art of South and Southeast Asia and the Himalayan regions. In addition to periodic symposia, usually held every two years, ACSAA pursues these goals through various projects, including its annual bulletin, bibliographies, a color slide project, a microfiche archive and outreach materials. Since its incorporation in 1967, ACSAA has grown from its original fifteen members to an organization of some three hundred individuals and institutions. ACSAA is formally affiliated with the College Art Association (CAA) and the Association of Asian Studies (AAS).


For more information about this conference, please visit our website:

Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 04:00pm

Sun, Oct 15, 2017 at 12:15pm

COST: $50-$180

CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

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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.


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 (Subject line: SAI Crossroads Summer Program)


  • 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:

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Wed, May 3, 2017 - Thu, May 4, 2017  /  Thompson Room, Barker Center

2017 SAI Symposium, MAY 3-4: South Asia: Migrations and Transformations

Join us at the 2017 SAI Symposium, our annual flagship event, where we bring together scholars, practitioners and audiences to discuss, debate and dissect major South Asian themes from an interlocking variety of perspectives. This year, we are exploring migrations and transformations in society, from the points of view of visual arts, life sciences, and the study of displacement.

Learn more and register.

Wed, May 3, 2017

Thu, May 4, 2017

Thompson Room
Barker Center

12 Quincy St
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Thu, March 9, 2017 from 06:00pm - 08:00pm  /  Science Center 469

The Astrolabe in Medieval India

Student Event

Owen Cornwall, Columbia University

This talk will discuss the history of the astrolabe in South Asia between 1200-1600CE. As the most important astronomical instrument in the medieval period, the history of the astrolabe in Europe is fairly well known. The history of the astrolabe in South Asia, however, contains many intriguing gaps and puzzling questions. This talk will outline some of these questions while discussing the ways that the astrolabe figured in the political and literary imaginations of medieval South Asia. It will argue that the Sultans of Delhi positioned themselves as the second coming of the Greeks (particularly Alexander the Great, himself directly associated with the astrolabe in Persian literature) in order to emphasize the civilizational benefits of Islamicate empire in India, including an increased control over the powers of the stars. Through a deep engagement with (and critique of) Ptolemy’s Almagest, Arabic (and later Persian) astral sciences had developed a number of advances over their Sanskrit counterparts, which itself did not have many of the key advances necessary for the development of the astrolabe. As a result, a new genre of Sanskrit astronomy, Tājika-śāstra (The Teachings of the Muslims) was developed by a number of Jains (and later Brahmins) between 1150-1600 to incorporate Perso-Arabic concepts into Sanskrit astronomical models, a rare example of translation of foreign language terminology into Sanskrit during the premodern period.

Cosponsored with the Early Sciences Working Group, the South Asia Institute and South Asia Across Disciplines

Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 06:00pm

Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 08:00pm

Science Center 469

Science Center 469

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Sat, March 4, 2017  /  CGIS South, S010

Mumbai: Research + Projections Social Sciences and Spatial Thinking

Special Event

Featuring new and largely unpublished work, this one-day conference sets up a dialogue between designers and social scientists. By connecting fine-grained micro studies with broader imaginations for the metropolitan region, we intend to open up new scalar possibilities for Mumbai.

Cosponsored with Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative.

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Sat, Mar 4, 2017

Sat, Mar 4, 2017

CGIS South, S010

1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

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Thu, February 23, 2017 from 07:30pm - 11:00pm  /  Dubai, UAE

Remembering Faiz: A tribute to the great poet

Special Event

Poetic Strokes is proud to join hands with South Asia Institute at Harvard University in bringing “Remembering Faiz – A tribute” to Dubai.

Grandson of Faiz, Adeel Hashmi will recite his poetry along with some other performances by the award winner Sonam Kalra and Asad Anees – The Virtuoso Pianist.

Event is on THURSDAY, February 23, 2017, at Emirates international auditorium at Emirates International school, Jumeriah.

Tickets available (priced at AED 250)

Seats are limited.

For further information please call 050 4216601 or 050 3839586.

Cosponsored with Poetic Strokes.

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Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 07:30pm

Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 11:00pm

Dubai, UAE

Dubai, UAE

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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.

Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 05:30pm

Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 07:00pm

Hotel Yak & Yeti

Durbar Marg

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Fri, February 10, 2017 from 05:00pm - 07:30pm  /  Starr Auditorium

Film Screening and Q+A with Deepa Mehta: Anatomy of Violence

Film Screening

Deepa Mehta, Filmmaker

Deepa Mehta will be screening her latest movie ‘The Anatomy of Violence’ on the sidelines of the India Conference. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Ms. Deepa Mehta, a UN representative, Harvard student activist Gulika Reddy, and Harvard Professor Jacqueline Bhabha

Celebrated filmmaker Deepa Mehta investigates one of India’s most notorious crimes — the 2012 gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman on a Delhi bus — in her angry, impassioned and essential new film.

In December 2012, a 23-year-old woman and her friend got on a private bus in Delhi. The men already on board — five passengers and the bus driver — gang-raped the woman, beat her friend, and threw them onto the street. The woman died of her injuries two weeks later. The case made worldwide news and was instrumental in activating Indian policy discussions about women’s rights and the government’s duty to prosecute for rape.

Deepa Mehta’s Anatomy of Violence takes a fearless approach to the topic. In collaboration with theatre artist Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry, Mehta worked improvisationally with her actors to envisage possible sociological and psychological backgrounds and pasts for the perpetrators and the victim. The film posits formative events in the men’s lives, imagining the origins of their violent, remorseless personalities, while presenting the woman’s life in parallel.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating will be first come first serve.

Facebook event.

Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 05:00pm

Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 07:30pm

Starr Auditorium
Harvard Kennedy School

Harvard Kennedy School, 79 J.F.Kennedy Street, Cambridge, MA

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