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Annual Symposium 2017 Speakers
















Shahzia Sikander is a Pakistani-born visual artist – trained in Pakistan and New England – who challenges the strict formal tropes of miniature painting as well as its medium-based restrictions by experimenting with scale and media. She received a MacArthur “Genius” Grant in 2006.

Shanay Javeri is Assistant Curator of South Asian Art at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is a graduate of Brown University, where he studied art semiotics and history of art. He completed his doctorate at the Royal College of Art in London, specializing in South Asian art.

Homi Bhabha is the Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of English and American Literature and Language, and the Director of the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University.

Parvathi Sreekumar is a bioscientist based at the Department of Crop Physiology, University of Agricultural Sciences in Bangalore. She is a member of the inaugural cohort of SAI’s Boston Bangalore Biosciences Beginnings (B4) Program and is spending a year at Harvard as a postdoctoral fellow.

Muhammad H. Zaman is Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor of Biomedical Engineering and International Health at Boston University. He is using quantitative tools to understand tumor metastasis, developing robust technologies for high-value healthcare problems in the developing world, particularly in the area of maternal and child health and working on health and innovation policy issues in developing nations.

Conor Walsh is the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the John A. Paulson Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and a Core Faculty Member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.

Venki Murthy is Professor of Molecular & Cellular Biology and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Neurobiology at Harvard University.

Anila Daulatzai is Louise Lamphere Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Brown University. She has a PhD in Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University, and is a former Visiting Assistant Professor at Harvard Divinity School.

Charles Hallisey is Yehan Numata Senior Lecturer on Buddhist Literatures at Harvard Divinity School. His research centers on Theravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia, Pali language and literature, Buddhist ethics, and literature in Buddhist culture.

Tun Khin is president of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK. He is a human rights activist from Arakan State in Burma and is from the Rohingya Muslim ethnic minority.

Jennifer Leaning is François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights and Director of FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.