Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures; former Director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University
Our world is marked by difference. The inability to engage with and understand these differences has led to polarizations, tensions and conflict in many societies. In recent decades, these conflicts have been particularly acute and tragic when they are framed in religious terms. Illiteracy about the nature of religion has led to political climates that are crippling intellectually and threatening to the pluralistic fabric of society. This talk will discuss the importance of promoting literacy about the relationship between religion and culture as one of the essential pre-requisites for the well-being of societies and the project of democracy globally.
Cosponsored with Habib University
Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 05:00pm
Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 07:00pm
Michael Cook, Islamic Studies
Noah Feldman, Law
Cemal Kafadar, History
Gülru Necipoğlu, Art History
Parimal Patil, South Asian Studies
Nicholas Watson, Medieval Studies and Religion
Free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Standing Committee on Medieval Studies, the Mahindra Humanities Center, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, the Committee on the Study of Religion, with support of the Rabbi Joseph S. Shubow Memorial Fund, the South Asia Initiative, the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, and the Islamic Legal Studies Program
Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 01:00pm
Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 06:30pm
South Asia Week at Harvard Kennedy School
As part of the Future of Diplomacy and India & South Asia Program’s annual SOUTH ASIA WEEK, Ambassador Dr. Maleeha Lodhi, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations will discuss her country’s role in upholding regional peace and stability and Pakistan’s commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Dr Maleeha Lodhi is Pakistan’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York.
She is among the most accomplished female professionals in the Muslim world, with extensive experience in diplomacy, media, and teaching. She returns to the Kennedy School following a 2008 IOP Fellowship.
Cosponsored with the Future of Diplomacy and India & South Asia Program, HKS
Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 12:00pm
Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 01:30pm
On April 25, 2015, the Gorkha Earthquake struck Nepal, causing extensive damage and taking the lives of thousands. In this panel discussion, speakers, including students from several Harvard graduate programs, will draw on their research to discuss how relief and recovery have progressed in the year since the disaster occurred.
- Erica Kelly, MPP16, Harvard Kennedy School
- Yoko Okura, MPP17, Harvard Kennedy School
- Oscar Natividad, MDes16, Harvard Graduate School of Design
- Ashley Thompson, MDes17, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Closing remarks by Mohan Das Manandhar, Chairperson of Nepal Energy Foundation
Moderated by Arnold M. Howitt, Faculty Co-Director of the Program on Crisis Leadership and Executive Director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School
Co-sponsored by the Program on Crisis Leadership (Ash and Taubman Centers), Harvard Kennedy School
Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 01:15pm
Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 02:30pm
Ash Center Lobby
Ash Center Lobby, Suite 200 North, 124 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA
Julia King, Architectural designer and urban researcher, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science
Diana Al-Hadid, Designer
Dr. Atyia Martin, Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston; Adjunct faculty in the Master of Homeland Security at Northeastern University
Moderator:Susan Surface, Program Director at Design in Public
On March 8, 2016, Women in Design, a Harvard Graduate School of Design student group, will celebrate its third-annual International Women’s Day. Dedicated to empowering women designers, we propose an open dialogue on what it means to be a creative woman developing, challenging, and innovating her craft in the 21st century. In exploring conventional and potential modes of practice, we aim to cultivate radical alternatives to the dominant roles and methods of our fields. As we reflect on strides the design fields have made toward achieving gender equity, we see International Women’s Day 2016 as a catalytic platform to investigate how radical practice can re-situate—and revolutionize—our work.
Women in Design continues to challenge how women, as well as other underrepresented groups in the design disciplines, can work for equity across representation, compensation, and valuation. To mark this year’s International Women’s Day, we have invited pioneering women practitioners across the design disciplines to engage and share their backgrounds, experiences, and philosophies of radical practice—the what, how, and why (or why not). In this spirit, we invite you to join us in questioning and speculating how, both individually and collectively, we can radically transform the design field.
Cosponsored with Women in Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Tue, Mar 8, 2016 at 06:30pm
Tue, Mar 8, 2016 at 08:00pm
The Aman Foundation and the Harvard University South Asia Institute have co-sponsored this conference on mental health in the wake of natural and manmade disasters in Pakistan.
Coping in the Wake of Disasters: Long term Effects of Traumatic “Life-Changing” Situations
Sharmeen Khan, Clinical Psychologist
Sharmeen Khan is a Karachi-based mental health professional and a human rights activist. She has successfully run various campaigns to provide relief at several disasters from the earthquake of 2005 to the earthquake of 2015, as well as other natural and manmade disasters both in Pakistan and abroad. She spearheaded the Naya Jeevan initiative of providing psychological help to survivors of the Army Public School, Peshawar attack. Sharmeen is currently working towards completing a PhD in Disaster Psychology at the University of Karachi.
Dr. Ruth Barron, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Director of Outpatient Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Dr. Mihir Bhatt, Founder and Director, All India Disaster Management Institute
Dr. Jennifer Leaning, FXB Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health; Director FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard University
Dr. Ayesha Mian, Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan
Dr. Junaid Razzak, Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Former CEO, AMAN Healthcare Services
This event will be followed by an invitation-only roundtable discussion from the 17th-18th of December 2015 with key stakeholders in mental health and disaster management in Pakistan. If you are interested in participating in this discussion, please send an email with a 250 word bio about yourself to: email@example.com
Wed, Dec 16, 2015 at 05:30pm
Wed, Dec 16, 2015 at 08:00pm
Ambassador Husain Haqqani examines the tenuous relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan in a seminar co-sponsored by the India and South Asia Program.
A Hudson Institute Senior Fellow and Director for South and Central Asia, Ambassador Husain Haqqani served as Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States from 2008-2011 and is widely credited with managing a difficult partnership during a critical phase in the global war on terrorism. His distinguished career in government includes serving as an advisor to four Pakistani Prime ministers, Yusuf Raza Gilani, Benazir Bhutto, Nawaz Sharif and Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi. He also served as Pakistan’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka in 1992-93.
Ambassador Haqqani’s 2005 book “Pakistan Between Mosque and Military” has been praised in major international journals and newspapers as a path-breaking book on Pakistan’s political history. The book received favorable reviews in Foreign Affairs, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and academic journals and has sold more copies than any other academic book on Pakistan in the last decade.
Ambassador Haqqani is the Director of the Center of International Relations, and a Professor of the Practice of International Relations at Boston University. His specializations include: Diplomacy, Muslim Political Movements, International Journalism, Intercultural Relations, South Asia, Central Asia, South-East Asia, the Middle-East, and U.S.-Pakistan Relations.
Cosponsored with the Future of Diplomacy Project, Harvard Kennedy School
Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 08:30am
Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 10:00am
In this first public event of the Future of Diplomacy Project’s annual South Asia Week Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani discusses his country’s relationship with the United States and regional powers in a talk moderated by South Asia Institute Director, Professor Tarun Khanna, Harvard Business School.
Ambassador Jilani assumed his responsibilities as Ambassador of Pakistan on January 2, 2014. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States, Ambassador Jilani served as Foreign Secretary of Pakistan from March 2012 to December 2013. He is a career diplomat and has also served as Ambassador of Pakistan to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union (2009-2012) and as Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Canberra, Australia (2007-2009).
Ambassador Jilani holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and M.Sc. in Defence and Strategic Studies. In his professional life, he has specialized in South Asian affairs and remained Director India (1992-1995), Deputy High Commissioner/Acting High Commissioner to New Delhi (1999-2003) and Director General South Asia and SAARC (2003-2007). In 2005 he also served as the Government’s Spokesman on Foreign Affairs. From 1989 to 1992, Ambassador Jilani served as Deputy Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Secretariat. His other overseas assignments included; Jeddah (1983-1985), London (1985-1988) and Washington (1995-1999).
Cosponsored with The Future of Diplomacy Project, Harvard Kennedy School.
Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 02:30pm
Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 04:00pm