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To Harvard, With Love: Postcards from Abroad

To Harvard, With Love: Postcards from Abroad
After spring semester’s final examinations are through, Harvard students set off to all corners of South Asia to pursue fieldwork, language study, and research projects through the Mittal Institute’s annual Summer Grants program. This year LMSAI awarded...

Summer Reading 2022: Mittal Faculty Recommendations

Summer Reading 2022: Mittal Faculty Recommendations
It’s summer here on the Harvard campus and a great time to catch up on reading. We caught up with some of Mittal Institute faculty members and affiliates to see what’s on their reading list and to hear more about their favorite reads. We would also love to...

The Mittal Institute Kicks Off New Climate Change Focus with Grant from Harvard

The Mittal Institute Kicks Off New Climate Change Focus with Grant from Harvard

The Mittal Institute was one of just 10 teams selected for Harvard’s Climate Change Solutions Fund (CCSF) award for a new, interdisciplinary initiative focused on South Asia. The project, “Building Data Infrastructure to Understand Climate Change Migration,” will be led by Mittal Institute Faculty Director Tarun Khanna and aims to develop a transformative, open-access climate and population health data-monitoring ecosystem in South Asia. The 10 teams will share $1.3 million in funding to carry out the projects.

Annual Symposium Sparks Discussion on South Asia, Past and Present

Annual Symposium Sparks Discussion on South Asia, Past and Present

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. 

2022 Seed for Change Winners Set to Implement Transformative Ideas for India and Pakistan

2022 Seed for Change Winners Set to Implement Transformative Ideas for India and Pakistan

Through the Seed for Change (SFC) Program, the Mittal Institute fosters and supports the development of a healthy, vibrant ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship in both India and Pakistan. Each year, the Mittal Institute holds this competition to identify and reward interdisciplinary student projects that positively impact social, economic, and environmental issues in India and Pakistan.

LMSAI Symposium Preview: Partition through an Artistic Lens

LMSAI Symposium Preview: Partition through an Artistic Lens

Iftikhar Dadi is the John H. Burris Professor in History of Art at Cornell University. He joins the Mittal Institute’s annual symposium for a discussion on Partition’s impact on the arts in a panel chaired by Jennifer Leaning, Professor of the Practice at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and faculty lead of the Mittal Institute’s Partition research, along with discussants Bhaskar Sarkar of UC Santa Barbara and Nadhra Khan of Lahore University of Management Sciences. LMSAI spoke with Professor Dadi about his work and art.

LMSAI Symposium Preview: Mapping Climate Change in South Asia

LMSAI Symposium Preview: Mapping Climate Change in South Asia

Anthony Acciavatti works at the intersection of architecture and the history of science and technology. He is interested in experimental forms of scholarship, pedagogy, and design afforded by humanistic inquiry. His most recent book, Ganges Water Machine: Designing New India’s Ancient River (Applied Research & Design, 2015), is the first comprehensive mapping and environmental history of the Ganges River Basin in over half a century. He spent a decade hiking, driving, and boating across the Ganges to map it and to understand the historical conflicts over water for drinking, agriculture, and industry. Combining fieldwork with archival research, the book is an atlas of the enterprise to transform the Ganges into the most hyper-engineered landscape in the world.