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The Mittal Institute wrapped up its Annual Symposium yesterday after two days of dynamic panels that touched on South Asia from myriad disciplines and lenses, including the arts, the environment, health, economics, and the next generation. The theme, “The Making of Modern South Asia,” celebrated and commemorated 75 years of independence from British India and brought together guests in person in Cambridge and virtually from countries around the globe. 

Videos from the talks and panels are not to be missed and will be available soon – stay tuned! In the meantime, we wanted to share some hot-off-the-press photos from a thought-provoking event that included a memorable talk by Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen.

A full house listens intently to a thoughtful panel on the Partition in the arts with experts in the areas of film, visual art and architecture. Read this Mittal Institute interview with panelist Iftikhar Dadi, John H. Burris Professor in History of Art at Cornell University


Professor Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School, talks on the situation of climate change in South Asia and sets up an important regional discussion. Read this Mittal Institute story on Prof. Jasanoff.


Audience members enjoying a light moment during a memorable talk by Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont University Professor, and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard.


Prof. Sen spoke on “Where is India Going?” to a full house in the room and more than 150 virtual participants from around the globe.


The Mittal Institute aims to be a leading interdisciplinary platform for the study of South Asia. Thanks to panelist Mushfiq Mubarak, Professor of Economics, Yale University, for recognizing this aspect of the event.


In between sessions, attendees enjoying lively discussion and exchange.


All smiles from the event’s esteemed guest, Prof. Amartya Sen, with Mittal Institute Faculty Director, Tarun Khanna.

Stay tuned for videos of the Annual Symposium talks, including Prof. Amartya Sen’s lecture.