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SAI Event Type : Cultural/Social Events


Wed, September 6, 2017  /  Gund Hall Gallery

Soft Thresholds: Projects of RMA Architects, Mumbai

A Harvard Graduate School of Design Exhibition

August 21 – October 6, 2017, with a special opening reception on September 6, 2017

Curated by: Professor Rahul Mehrotra
Location: Gund Hall Gallery

 

As a point of entry and exit, a threshold has a dual coding in society as both a physical and symbolic marker of separation and connection. Thresholds are often explicitly hard-edged or even brutal in their expression, demarcating rigid boundaries, as in the definitive lines of walls, barricades, and security checkpoints in buildings, around cities, or across larger territories. Too often, thresholds also divide human activity or communities according to social, ethnic, national, or economic characteristics. Architecture and planning can unwittingly contribute to these different forms of physical separation, especially in ways made visible through their practitioners’ interpretations of culture, religion, or legislation. As the academic disciplines that inform spatial practices, architecture and planning are themselves often similarly separated by disciplinary thresholds, inhibiting porosity between fields of research. By definition, an individual discipline necessarily is organized around a self-referential center of discursive production, but this often happens at the expense of the richness found at the intersection of multiple disciplinary perspectives. Is architecture, in its compulsive drive to create the autonomous object, inherently hardening the thresholds separating it from other disciplines and, by extension, reproducing those schisms within the built environment? Can architecture and planning intentionally construct soft thresholds―lines that are easily traversed, even temporarily erased―thereby allowing for multiple perspectives across different modes of research and practice and catalyzing disciplinary and social connections? What, then, is the physical expression of a soft threshold―a space that is visually and physically porous, plural in spirit, encompassing of its context, and yet rigorous in its expression?

This exhibition on the works of RMA Architects, Mumbai + Boston, represents the compulsive drive of the practice to construct soft thresholds―through research, engagement with the city, and making of architecture.

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Tue, September 5, 2017 at 05:00pm  /  CGIS South Concourse

Welcome Back Mixer

Celebrate the start of the school year with SAI! The Welcome Back Mixer is a chance for students to enjoy delicious South Asian food while meeting SAI’s Visiting Fellows and faculty, learning about student funding opportunities, and meeting with representatives from Harvard South Asia student groups.

For all student groups who wish to organize an informational table at the mixer, please email kelsey_grab@harvard.edu.

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Tue, Sep 5, 2017 at 05:00pm

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COST: FREE

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CGIS South Concourse
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Thu, August 10, 2017 from 04:00pm - 07:30pm  /  Bikaner House, New Delhi

Looking Back, Informing the Future: The 1947 Partition of British India

Harvard South Asia Institute (SAI) and The Critical Collective invite you to a program on the 1947 Partition of British India. All are invited to our special Partition events in August – the discussions, exhibitions and performances are free and open to the public.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 10, 2017
Bikaner House, Delhi, India
4:00-7:30pm
Pandara Rd, Pandara Flats, India Gate, New Delhi, Delhi 110011, India

Panel Discussion
“Trauma and History: Understanding Partition through Art”
Facilitated by Gayatri Sinha, Critical Collective
With Amar Kanwar and Sonia Khurana

Roundtable Discussion
“Implications of Mass Dislocation Across Geographies”
Facilitated by Professor Jennifer Leaning, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Professor Tarun Khanna, Faculty Director, Harvard SAI, Harvard Business School

Video Exhibition from August 8-16, 2017
“Trauma and History: Understanding Partition through Art”
Curated by The Critical Collective

Preview the Program

 

RSVP to Farhana at farhanasiddiqui09@gmail.com

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Mon, August 7, 2017 from 06:00pm - 08:00pm  /  Ali Institute of Education, Lahore

Looking Back, Informing the Future: The 1947 Partition of British India

Harvard South Asia Institute (SAI) and Faiz Foundation Trust invite you to a program on The 1947 Partition of British India. All are invited to our special Partition events in August – the discussions, exhibitions and performances are free and open to the public.

MONDAY, AUGUST 7, 2017
Ali Institute of Education, Lahore, Pakistan
6:00-8:00pm
Main Auditorium,
Ferozpur Road, Lahore, Pakistan

Session I: Roundtable Discussion:
“Implications of Mass Dislocation Across Geographies”
Facilitated by Professor Jennifer Leaning,
T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University

Session II: Hum DekheiN Gey Performers:
Adeel Hashmi, Mira Hashmi, Asad Anees
The performance will consist of the two narrators (Adeel and Mira) reading (reciting) selected passages from the writings of Alys and Faiz. The performance will also include poems written on the Partition.

Preview the Program

 

RSVP: info@faizfoundationtrust.com

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COST: Free

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Fri, August 4, 2017 from 06:00pm - 08:00pm  /  Habib University, Karachi

Partition: “Implications of Mass Dislocation Across Geographies”

Join us for a roundtable discussion in Karachi, facilitated by one of the senior faculty driving the SAI Partition Project: Jennifer Leaning, François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard TH Chan School for Public Health and Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights. The event is free and open to the public.

Preview the program.

 

Space is limited – please register via the Registration Link  (https://habib.edu.pk/event/partition-of-british-india/) or by emailing sana.ahmad@ahss.habib.edu.pk.

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/326091064483335/

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Fri, Aug 4, 2017 at 06:00pm

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Fri, Aug 4, 2017 at 08:00pm

COST: Free

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Sun, May 14, 2017 from 02:00pm - 05:00pm  /  CGIS South, S010

21st Annual Harvard India Poetry Reading

Cosponsored Event

The South Asia Institute and Department of South Asian Studies presents the 21st annual Harvard India poetry reading. It is also the ninth anniversary meeting of South Asian Poets of New England (SAPNE). The theme for this event is Truth. We encourage new poets and new expressions. All languages are welcome, with some annotations in English. Entries will be accepted until May 7 and we can accommodate up to 25 readers.


For questions, please contact:
Bijoy Misra, bmisra@fas.harvard.edu
Chandu Shah, Bostonwale@gmail.com

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Sun, May 14, 2017 at 02:00pm

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Sun, May 14, 2017 at 05:00pm

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CGIS South, S010

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

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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.

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Sun, Apr 9, 2017 at 04:00pm

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Sun, Apr 9, 2017 at 06:00pm

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CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Fri, March 10, 2017  /  Harvard Graduate School of Design

A World of Women Villages

Cosponsored Event

February 6 – March 10 2017
Harvard Graduate School of Design, 2nd Floor Exhibition Wall

Ashley C. Thompson, Design Studies in Risk and Resilience, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Curated from a collection of portraits of women and girls taken over more than 25 years of global travel, the exhibition presents ten portraits of women in rural villages from Nepal, Bhutan, Peru, and French Guiana. Accompanied by description and personal narrative, the work draws attention to a gendered global phenomenon: boys and men departing their homes and families, while the women remain.

The resulting distortion of the gender demographic across geographies and cultures is startling – villages everywhere seemingly inhabited only by women, children, and the elderly or impaired. Capturing the journey and imagination, of an American woman raised nomadically, the exhibition intimately frames her encounters with these girls and women and the realities they face, so drastically different from her own, incorporated into her own story of self.

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Fri, Mar 10, 2017

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Fri, Mar 10, 2017

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Harvard Graduate School of Design
Harvard University

ADDRESS
48 Quincy St,
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)  https://dubai.platinumlist.net/event-tickets/43117/remembering-faiz?show=44153

Seats are limited.

For further information please call 050 4216601 or 050 3839586.

Cosponsored with Poetic Strokes.

Join the Facebook event.

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Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 07:30pm

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Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 11:00pm

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Dubai, UAE

ADDRESS
Dubai, UAE

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