Listen to Namita Dharia discuss the life of a migrant worker in urban India and how the construction industry is addressing issues of child labor and women’s safety.
The India Conference at Harvard is one of the largest India conferences in the US. It is hosted at the Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School by the graduate students of Harvard University.
The conference will bring together business leaders, entertainment professionals, government officials, philanthropists, and many other leaders to engage in a conversation about India’s path to Global leadership.
Cosponsored by SAI.
SAI Student Event
Rahul Bose, Actor, Director & Social Activist
Chair: Richard Delacy, Preceptor in Hindi and Urdu, Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard University
Welcome by Rakesh Khurana, Dean of Harvard College
Described as the ‘Indian art house icon’ by TIME magazine, Rahul Bose won Best Actor, Singapore Film Festival, and Best Debut Director (second prize), for ‘Everybody Says I’m Fine!’ at Palm Springs. His NGO, The Foundation, works in the areas of education and child sexual abuse. He is an Oxfam Global Ambassador and is a former India international rugby player.
Cosponsored with the Harvard India Student Group
9:00 AM in Cambridge, 5:00 PM in Pakistan, 5:30 PM in India, 5:30 PM in Sri Lanka, 6:00 PM in Bangladesh, 5:45 PM in Nepal
Payal Modi, MD, MPH, Fellow, Brigham & Women’s Hospital International Emergency Medicine Fellowship
Mass casualty responses work best when there is a well-rehearsed plan. This seminar will cover planning for a disaster, preparatory drills, and debriefing, drawing from the experience of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.
This will be SAI’s third webinar in the series on Disaster Management and Emergency Response
WATCH: One the day of the webinar, watch live on SAI’s website
INTERACT: Tweet your questions and join the conversation on Facebook
This webinar was originally scheduled for February 10, 2015.
Muslim Societies in South Asia Seminar
Anna B. Bigelow, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies, North Carolina State University
Chair: Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Director, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, Harvard University
Sufi tomb shrines in India are well-known for their multi-religious constituencies. Yet the status of these sites is contested and ambivalent, with some groups lauding and celebrating them while others seek to undermine their diverse appeal. This presentation will compare cases of cooperation and conflict at two sites in Karnataka to explore the pragmatics of state secularism as well as local strategies of accommodation and competition.
Cosponsored with the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program
South Asia Without Borders Seminar
Hasna Moudud, Visiting Fellow, Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University; SAI Research Affiliate
Chair: Roderick MacFarquhar, Leroy B. Williams Research Professor of History and Political Science
This talk will examine the Tea Horse Road, from Yunnan tea country that travels through Tibet, India, Myanmar, and Bangladesh, which was once one of the oldest and major trade routes, but is now forgotten. The recent excavations in Bangladesh, and evidence from archaeological, iconography and literary sources, indicate a closer and greater exchange between China and South Asia. Moudud will speak about her time traveling through the Silk Road.
SAI Special Event
Tanvi Madan, PhD Fellow, Foreign Policy Director, The India Project The Brookings Institution
Chair: Nicholas Burns, Sultan of Oman Professor of the Practice of International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School
Cosponsored by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the WCFIA Fellows Program. Supported by the Hindustan Times and the South Asian Art Council – Boston.
SAI Global Health Event
Ramanan Laxminarayan, Vice President for Research and Policy at the Public Health Foundation of India; Director, Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy in Washington DC; Research Scholar and Lecturer at Princeton University
Professor Laxminarayan is Vice President for Research and Policy at the Public Health Foundation of India. He is an economist and epidemiologist by training. His research work deals with the integration of epidemiological models of infectious diseases and drug resistance into the economic analysis of public health problems.
Prof Laxminarayan also directs the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy in Washington DC, and is a Research Scholar and Lecturer at Princeton University.
Co-sponsored with the India Health Partnership in the Department of Global Health and Population, and the Harvard Global Health Institute
Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 12:30pm
Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 01:30pm
651 Huntington Avenue
Robert Anderson, Development & Sustainability Program, Faculty of Environment, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver
Late this year Myanmar will stage elections, again. There are welcome changes which make this time quite different from the earlier two contests. Reflecting further back ten years, however, even those limited changes were very hard to foresee. Anderson will review some of the factors which brought about the new political phase (2010-2014), risk an analysis of the next nine months, and try to forecast the long game. However, the Asian neighborhood in which Myanmar’s development occurs has become even more complicated than it was during the ‘new phase’ (2010-2014). As a specialist in the political-economy of resources and environment, Anderson will explain why Myanmar’s long game has to depend on a very different approach, even if environmental policy and law are currently taking a back seat.
Anderson will also briefly describe the creation of an Environmental Studies Program at the University of Yangon, and a national Climate Change Working Group. These efforts reveal that although it is difficult to negotiate change, it is nevertheless possible.
Robert Anderson (PhD in anthropology, University of Chicago, 1971) is working to build a network of young environmentalists in Myanmar. He has spent a month in the country every year since 1999. His published work includes books on tropical forestry in India and the World Bank, rice cultivating systems and the green revolution in Asia, and the nuclear history of India.
Lunch will be served.
Cosponsored with the Harvard Asia Center Modern Asia Seminar
The 2015 Annual Symposium will bring together scholars and practitioners for a series of workshops on SAI’s ongoing research projects and see the launch of an exhibit and book on Mapping the Ephemeral City: Kumbh Mela 2013.
Read highlights from SAI’s roundtable discussion in the Bay Area on India’s healthcare system organized in collaboration with USAID and the South Asian Healthcare Leadership Forum.
The processes of urbanization, globalization, and climate change have made traditional methods of waste management difficult for the Maldives. In this podcast, SAI talks with Krishna Matturi, recent GSD graduate, about the country’s “unique culture of waste” and its possible solutions.
On Feb. 10, the Harvard Club of Nepal (HCN) hosted an event in Kathmandu with two newspaper editors who discussed the current political situation in the country and the role that media could play in resolving the chaos of constitution-making. The HCN, a group of Harvard alumni, has recently been reactivated.
The program, located in India in summer 2015, provides Harvard undergraduates an opportunity to examine the use of mobile technology in to deliver services in the areas of education, health, agriculture, and banking. Deadline to apply: Monday, February 28, 2015 (new deadline).
Congratulations to Gillian Slee, Harvard College ’16, and Sara Melissa Theiss, Harvard College ’15, who were chosen by SAI as winners for the Office of International Education’s Annual International Photo Contest.
The Research Project on the Ephemeral City, lead by professor Rahul Mehrotra, GSD, has been engaged in documenting and systematically compiling different forms of temporary urbanism in South Asia, Latin America and worldwide.
The goal of the Murty Classical Library of India is to present the greatest literary works of India from the past two millennia to readers all over the world.
Here is a look back at SAI’s most-viewed news articles from last semester.
In an op-ed for The Boston Globe, SAI Steering Committee member Nicholas Burns, HKS, explains how President Obama’s visit to India for Republic Day is an important symbolic gesture that may kickstart the revival both countries have been looking for.
“More than the political aspect, it is understanding how women cope with the phenomenon of disappearances that appealed to me as a filmmaker,” says director Nilosree Biswas in an interview with SAI on the unique culture of Kashmir.
In SAI’s second annual publication, The City and South Asia, experts from a variety of fields, at both Harvard and elsewhere, have come together to hold up a cross-disciplinary lens to urban centers in South Asia.
Harvard University will offer many courses with South Asia related content in the spring 2015 semester.
“If yesterday’s events urged participants to immerse themselves in the world of ideas, today’s panelists gave us diverse and exceptional examples of how to apply these ideas in practice,” writes Zeenia Framroze, Harvard College ’15, about the conference.
On January 9, 2015, SAI co-hosted a day-long seminar on “Addressing Gender Norms through Education: Developing and Implementing Adolescent Curriculum” in New Delhi.
SAI recently talked to Namrata Narain, Harvard College ’15, one of the organizers of the Harvard US-India Initiative’s (HUII) Annual Conference, to learn more about how HUII is working to increase discussions on important issues by connecting young academic communities in India and the US.
In 2014, SAI awarded 46 grants to students to do a variety internships and research projects in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Read first-hand experiences from students in SAI’s Grant Report.
SAI’s blog welcomes submissions from Harvard students, faculty, alumni, and affiliates on an array of topics pertaining to South Asia.
“This is a day of deep reflection. War strategy against extremists, whether through drone strikes or carpet-bombing, must factor in the lives of children beyond collateral damage and prepare especially to protect the most vulnerable in society on both sides.”
In a SAI Book Talk on Dec. 3, renowned Pakistani historian Ayesha Jalal, Tufts University, spoke about her new book and highlighted the need for a comprehensive historical interpretation of Pakistan’s narrative and encouraged members of the audience to view the history of the country through a geopolitical lens rather than a religious one.
The South Asia Institute offers several opportunities for scholars and practitioners to continue their research at Harvard University in Cambridge. Deadline to apply: January 15, 2015 for Academic Year 2015-2016.
SAI has awarded 18 grants to support undergraduate and graduate student projects over the Winter Session in January, 2015. These include 6 undergraduates and 12 graduate students who will be traveling to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka for research and internships.
A Harvard Gazette article looks at SAI Director Tarun Khanna’s Gen Ed course, which spans disciplines to address social, economic challenges in South Asia.