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SAI Event Type : Workshops and Round Tables

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.

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.

Bikaner House, Delhi, India
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


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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.

Ali Institute of Education, Lahore, Pakistan
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



Mon, Aug 7, 2017 at 06:00pm

Mon, Aug 7, 2017 at 08:00pm

COST: Free

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.

Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 05:00pm

Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 06:30pm

CGIS South, S030
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Mon, January 11, 2016 - Thu, January 14, 2016  /  Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Gujarat

Capacity Building Workshop on Rural Livelihoods Creations in the Indian Crafts Sector

Livelihood Creation Workshop

The Tata Trusts and SAI have collaborated for the Project on Livelihood Creation in India through Social Entrepreneurship and Skill Development’. This Capacity Building Workshop is for organizations from the Handicrafts and Handlooms sectors.

Mukti Khaire, Faculty Chair; Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Dr. Shashank Shah, Project Director, Harvard University South Asia Institute; and Visiting Scholar, Harvard Business School

The production of handicrafts is (after agriculture) the largest source of income among rural populations – an estimated 11.65 million Indians were engaged in craft production in 2013 and this is expected to grow to 13.93 million in 2017 and 17.79 million in 2022. Data from unofficial sources indicate that up to 200 million craftspeople or artisans depend on this sector for a livelihood. The project on Rural Livelihoods focuses on supporting and strengthening the organizational infrastructure of enterprises in the handicrafts and handlooms sectors.

This Capacity Building Workshop aims to provide the support enterprises need in this sector. The workshop will be a focused program that will enable capacity building through knowledge inputs, networking support, social innovation grant funding and mentoring..

More details here.

For questions, please contact

Mon, Jan 11, 2016

Thu, Jan 14, 2016

Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India

Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India

Mon, November 2, 2015 from 04:00pm - 05:00pm  /  Harvard Office of Career Services

Internships in Asia Panel

Student Event

Tamara Fernando, History of Art and Architecture & Economics, 2016
Chunkikuli Ladies College, Internship, Sri Lanka

Jeshurun Gnanasegaram, Harvard College, 2017
Harvard Bangalore Science Initiative

Want to intern in Asia, but unsure where to begin? Do you want to get experience in a particular country and need ideas? Hear from a student panel about their diverse internship experiences in Asia, and learn strategies for finding and funding an internship. Please register through Crimson Careers.

Mon, Nov 2, 2015 at 04:00pm

Mon, Nov 2, 2015 at 05:00pm

Harvard OCS, 54 Dunster St, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

54 Dunster St, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

Thu, August 28, 2014  /  Palo Alto, California

Mobile Technology: Spurring Social and Economic Enterprise in Emerging Markets

A conversation with Tarun Khanna, Director of the Harvard South Asia Institute & Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School

Professor Khanna will speak about SAI’s role as a bridge between Harvard faculty and South Asia, as well as his research on emerging markets and mobile technology, coordinated by SAI.

The use of mobile phones has become ubiquitous in South Asia – not only as a tool to close the information gap, but a powerful device to promote economic growth in emerging markets. Professor Khanna’s research hopes to broaden the understanding of mobile technology and how it can enable economic and social mobility, particularly for those most in need through improvements in healthcare, education, and financial services.

By invitation only.

Thu, Aug 28, 2014

Thu, Aug 28, 2014

Palo Alto, California

Palo Alto, California

Wed, February 26, 2014 from 04:00pm - 06:00pm  /  CGIS South, S354

GSA Workshop: Research and South Asia

Over the past decade South Asia has grown immensely in popularity as a research destination for students of disciplines ranging from religion to public health. The six Graduate Student Associates (GSAs) of the South Asia Institute — whose backgrounds include political science, education, law, public health, and history — will speak on their experiences in the field. The GSAs have a particularly broad and diverse background working with NGOs and government organizations in South Asia.

This workshop is designed to be a particularly helpful forum for students contemplating or preparing for research abroad.

Moderator: Shankar Ramaswami, South Asia Institute South Asian Studies Postdoctoral Fellow
Mariam Chughtai, Ed.D. Candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Aditya Dasgupta, PhD Candidate, Department of Government
Madhav Khosla, PhD. Candidate, Political Theory
Corrina Moucheraud, Doctoral Candidate, Harvard School of Public Health
Dinyar Patel, PhD candidate, Department of History
Erum Sattar, SJD Candidate, Harvard Law School

Reception to follow.

Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 04:00pm

Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 06:00pm

CGIS South, S354

1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Sat, September 21, 2013 at 09:15am to
Sun, September 22, 2013 at 03:30pm  /  Thompson Room, Barker Center

Mind & Attention in Indian Philosophy

South Asia Without Borders Workshop

Organized by:
Parimal G. Patil, Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard University
Susanna Siegel, Department of Philosophy, Harvard University
Sebastian Watzl, Center for the Study of Mind in Nature, University of Oslo

View full schedule here.

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Mind and Nature, Oslo, the Department of South Asian Studies at Harvard University, the Department of Philosphy at Harvard University, the Network for Sensory Research, and the Harvard University South Asia Institute

Sat, Sep 21, 2013 at 09:15am

Sun, Sep 22, 2013 at 03:30pm

Thompson Room
Barker Center

12 Quincy St
Cambridge, MA 02138