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The 2022 Annual Symposium aims to commemorate the history and development of modern South Asia over the past 75 years. All events will be streamed live on May 18 and 19 and are open to all. Please register using the link above.

Day 1: Wednesday, May 18th

9:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School, and Faculty Director, Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard University

Hitesh Hathi, Executive Director, Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard University

Lawrence S. Bacow, President, Harvard University (Pre-recorded video remarks)


9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Climate Change in South Asia 

Anthony Acciavatti, Daniel Rose (1951) Visiting Assistant Professor in Urban Studies, Yale University

Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard Kennedy School

Michael McElroy, Gilbert Butler Professor of Environmental Studies, Harvard University

James H. Stock, Vice Provost for Climate and Sustainability, Harvard University, Moderator


10:40 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. Partition in the Arts

Iftikhar Dadi, John H. Burris Professor in History of Art at Cornell University

Nadhra Khan, Visiting Faculty, Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Lahore University of Management Sciences

Bhaskar Sarkar, Associate Professor, Department of Film and Media Studies, UC Santa Barbara

Jennifer Leaning, Senior Fellow at the Harvard FXB Center and Professor of the Practice at Harvard School of Public Health, Moderator


11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Amartya Sen: “Where Is India Going?”

Amartya Sen is Thomas W. Lamont University Professor, and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University. He received the Nobel Prize in Economics, among many other awards.

With an introduction by Hitesh Hathi, Executive Director, Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute


Day 2: Thursday, May 19th

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Reflections on 75 Years of Independence by Syed Babar Ali

Syed Babar Ali is a former Minister of Finance of Pakistan, businessman, philanthropist and founder of Pakistan’s leading institution of higher learning, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).

With an introduction by Mashail Malik, Postdoctoral Fellow and Incoming Assistant Professor, Department of Government, Harvard University


10:20 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Health Care in South Asia

Mushfiq Mobarak, Professor of Economics, Yale University

Satchit Balsari, Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Sabina F. Rashid, Professor and Dean BRAC University and the director of the Centre of Excellence for Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Vikram Patel, The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health in the Blavatnik Institute’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard University, Moderator


11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Next Generation of Scholars

Nosher Ali Khan, Harvard College ’23

Vaishnavi Patil, Ph.D Candidate, History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University

Vidya Subramanian, Raghunathan Family Fellow, The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute

Hitesh Hathi, Executive Director, The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Moderator