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Discrimination and Defiant Pride: How the Demand for Dignity Creates Slack for Poor Governance

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Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 12:00pm

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Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 01:30pm

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Webinar

Register for the event: https://bit.ly/3iGc1YK

Incoming Assistant Professor of Government Mashail Malik will discuss how social identities shape and are shaped by political life.

Mashail Malik studies how social identities – such as ethnicity and class – both shape and are shaped by political life. Currently a Gerald J. Lieberman Fellow, a Ric Weiland Graduate Fellow, and a Dissertation Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences at Stanford University, Malik, will begin her appointment as Assistant Professor of Government at Harvard University in fall 2021. Her dissertation project is centered on the politics of ethnicity in Karachi – Pakistan’s largest megacity. Her research agenda further includes topics on political violence, state repression, civil-military relations, and the intersection of identity and economic conflict.

Discussant: Steven Rosenzweig, Boston University

This seminar series is co-sponsored by the Watson Institute at Brown University, the MIT Center for International Studies, the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.

More Info: http://southasianpolitics.net/

Extreme Urbanism: A View on Afghanistan, Session 3

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Sat, Oct 24, 2020 at 10:30am

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Sat, Oct 24, 2020

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Webinar

Session 3: Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism in Afghanistan

This event belongs to a 3-part series. 

Join via Zoom: https://harvard.zoom.us/j/97722356429
Join via YouTube: https://youtu.be/6o0LnWj2Qsc

Our final session in our Extreme Urbanism series will explore modern and contemporary architecture and urbanism in Afghanistan.

Until recently, Afghanistan was omnipresent in global news for the past two decades for all of the wrong reasons. As part of the Option studio, Extreme Urbanism VII: Imagining an Urban Future for Ishkashim, offered at the Harvard GSD in the fall of 2020, this workshop/lecture series aims to propose to interested audiences the opportunity to get an updated, informed view on the country.

Addressing primarily architectural, urban, and territorial aspects of Afghanistan, this cycle of talks aims to create a platform where varied topics ranging from vernacular architecture and building traditions to infrastructure and cultural specificities are discussed in conjunction with issues related to historic settlements and contemporary planning in Afghanistan. The speakers will include academics from Harvard University and Kabul University, in addition to global experts, and practitioners working in or on Afghanistan.

Chair
  • Rahul Mehrotra, Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Speakers
  • Ajmal Maiwandi, Director, Aga Khan Trust for Culture
  • Anne Feenstra, Founder and Principal, Sustainable Mountain Architecture, Kathmandu; Former Dean of Architecture, CEPT University, Ahmedabad
  • Koukaba Mojadidi, Architect and Founder, Wingspan Architects
  • Ramin Sadiq, Head of Urban Planning and Design Department, Kabul University

This series is organized by the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard University, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat.

The US Election’s Impact on South Asia

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Wed, Oct 28, 2020 at 02:00pm

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Wed, Oct 28, 2020 at 03:15pm

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Webinar

Join via Zoom: https://harvard.zoom.us/j/99466323023

Ronak Desai, Research Associate at the Mittal Institute, will moderate a discussion between Nirupama Rao, Former Foreign Secretary of India, and Vipin Narang, Associate Professor of Political Science at MIT, as they explore how the potential outcomes of the US presidential election may impact the region of South Asia.

 

Moderator
  • Ronak Desai, Associate, The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute
Speakers
  • Nirupama Rao, Former Foreign Secretary, India
  • Vipin Narang, Associate Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health in China, India, and the United States

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Mon, Nov 9, 2020 at 08:15pm

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Mon, Nov 9, 2020 at 09:30pm

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Webinar

Register to join: https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_clDc-z0UQsuNO0ykYoNf5g

Moderator

  • Arthur Kleinman, Professor of Medical Anthropology, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Panelists

  • Xiao Shuiyuan, Professor, Central South University, Xianya School of Public Health
  • Yifeng Xu, President, Shanghai Mental Health Center; Head & Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine; Director, WHO/Shanghai Collaborating Center for Research and Training in Mental Health
  • Vikram Patel, The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Professor, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Co-Founder and Member of Managing Committee, Sangath
  • Karestan Koenen, Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology and Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Host and Commentator

  • Winnie Yip, Professor of Global Health Policy and Economics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Director, Harvard China Health Partnership; Acting Director, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies

This is a Fairbank Center Director’s Seminar. This event is sponsored by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and the Harvard China Health Partnership, and co-sponsored by the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute.

Arts of South Asia at the MFA: Through and Beyond Binary Thinking

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Thu, Nov 12, 2020 at 10:00am

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Thu, Nov 12, 2020

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Webinar

Join via Zoom: https://harvard.zoom.us/j/99365376325

Laura Weinstein, the Ananda Coomaraswamy Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art at the MFA, will present a new publication from the MFA that explores the South Asian collection while examining and critiquing binaries based in Western Enlightenment thought that have historically been applied to art from India and its neighbors.

Moderator

  • Jinah Kim, George P. Bickford Professor of Indian and South Asian Art, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
     

 

Gandhi’s Gift: Successful Mass Nonviolence and India’s Decolonization

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Fri, Nov 20, 2020 at 12:00pm

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Fri, Nov 20, 2020 at 01:30pm

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Webinar

Register for the event: https://bit.ly/3ixS06q

Rikhil R. Bhavnani, Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, will discuss his latest work exploring the structures and history of non-violent civil disobedience during the Indian struggle for democratic self-rule.

In this presentation, Bhavnani will focus on his joint work with Stanford’s Sumitra Jha, which you can read here “Gandhi’s Gift”.

Rikhil R. Bhavnani is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and a faculty affiliate at the La Follette School of Public Affairs, the Elections Research Center and the Center for South Asia.

Professor Bhavnani’s research and teaching focus on inequalities in political representation, the political economy of migration, and the political economy of development. His research is particularly concerned with causal identification, and is focused on South Asia. Bhavnani is the co-author, with Bethany Lacina, of a book on the backlash against within-country migration across the developing world, published by Cambridge University Press. His articles have been published or are forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, World Politics, the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, and other outlets.

Prior to starting at UW–Madison, Professor Bhavnani was a visiting fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University. He has worked at the Center for Global Development and the International Monetary Fund, and received a PhD in political science and an MA in economics from Stanford University, and a BA in political science and economics from Yale University.

This seminar series is co-sponsored by the Watson Institute at Brown University, the MIT Center for International Studies, the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.

More Info: http://southasianpolitics.net/

Business, Voters, and Distributive Politics in Developing Democracies

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Fri, Dec 4, 2020 at 12:00pm

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Fri, Dec 4, 2020

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Webinar

Register for the event: https://bit.ly/32yhBGS

Gautam Nair, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, will explore the impact of business on developing democracies and inequality.

Gautam Nair is a a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he is a faculty affiliate of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and the Center for International Development. His research is in comparative and international political economy, and focuses primarily on the politics of democracy and redistribution. He has been published in The Journal of Politics and International Organization. His work is supported by the National Science Foundation, the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, and the Leitner Political Economy Program at Yale.

This seminar series is co-sponsored by the Watson Institute at Brown University, the MIT Center for International Studies, the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.

More Info: http://southasianpolitics.net/

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Khusrau’s River of Love: Cosmopolitanism and Inclusion in South Asian Traditions

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Thu, Oct 8, 2020 at 07:30am

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Thu, Oct 8, 2020 at 09:00am

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Webinar

Preview: https://bit.ly/34uH0Rn

In its recent history, South Asia has witnessed a deep polarization of society fueled by ideologies that seek to exclude “the other,” variously defined through the lens of caste, religion, ethnicity, language, gender, sexual orientation, and race. Promoted through various media, these exclusionary discourses have overshadowed the region’s rich legacy of inclusion and humanism expressed through its vibrant literary and performative traditions, best exemplified by Amir Khusrau, South Asia’s legendary historian, poet, musician, and mystic.

This presentation, which features performances by musician and writer, Ali Sethi, and Dastango (story-teller), journalist, and writer, Himanshu Bajpai, with commentaries by Harvard Professor Ali Asani, aims to highlight this cosmopolitan ethic and shared cultural history by showcasing Khusrau’s work and legacy. Through the dastan-goi or qissa, traditional form of storytelling, and the qawwali, the iconic form of South Asian Sufi poetry, the presentation will offer an alternative lens through which we may engage with and appreciate difference.

Speakers:

  • Ali Asani, Murray A. Albertson Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Committee on the Study of Religion and Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
  • Ali Sethi, singer and writer
  • Himanshu Bajpai, Dastango, writer, and journalist

Time: 7:30a EST / 5.00p IST / 4:30p PKT / 5:30p BST 

Venue: Live on 24 hours of Harvard website 

This online session is presented as part of “24 Hours of Harvard,” a special feature of Worldwide Week at Harvard 2020

Daastan è South Asia

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Thu, Oct 8, 2020 at 01:00am

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Thu, Oct 8, 2020 at 02:00am

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Webinar

This 60-minute presentation will showcase the range of work Harvard has been able to do in South Asia. It will focus the spotlight on efforts to drive public health communication and policy translation, influence management practice and capability building in education, and how leaders in South Asia are making a difference in the places where they live and work by adopting smart business models, leveraging technology, and using business as a force for good.

Using the visual storytelling medium, Dastaan è South Asia strings together stories from frontline workers, leaders in business, academia, government, our alumni, donors, and other stakeholders bringing to life the diversity, development challenges, and cultural context of the region. 

Time: 1:00a EST / 10:30a IST / 10:00a PKT / 11:00a BST 

Venue: Live on 24 hours of Harvard website 

This event is presented as part of “24 Hours of Harvard,” a special feature of Worldwide Week at Harvard 2020. It is co-sponsored by the Harvard Business School India Research Center, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health India Center, Harvard Business Publishing, and the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute. 

COVID and Telemedicine: Experience from China, India, and the U.S.

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Wed, Oct 7, 2020 at 10:30pm

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Wed, Oct 7, 2020 at 11:30pm

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Webinar

Join the event: https://worldwide.harvard.edu/24hh-24-hours-harvard

COVID-19 has claimed many lives in the world. It has also caused catastrophic economic, social, and psychological costs that have far-reaching implications on human welfare. This session examines the effects of COVID-19 on the economy of China, the first country hit by COVID-19 and the first major economy that is gradually re-opening.

Panelists:
Hongqiao Fu, Assistant Professor in Health Economics and Policy in School of Public Health, Peking University
Ajay Nair, Co-founder, MeraDoctor
Atveev Mehrotra, Associate Professor of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School

Moderator: Winnie Chi-Man Yip, Professor of Global Health Policy and Economics, Harvard School of Public Health; Director, Harvard China Health Partnership; Interim Director, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies.

Sponsored by Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and Harvard China Health Partnership. Co-sponsored by the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute and the Harvard University Asia Center. This panel discussion is presented as part of “24 Hours of Harvard,” a special feature of Worldwide Week at Harvard 2020.

This discussion will be streamed online. Check back soon for viewing information.

Channels of Expression in Times of Change

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Wed, Oct 7, 2020 at 01:00pm

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Wed, Oct 7, 2020 at 02:00pm

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Webinar

Featuring music and dance across continents, this session sheds light on creative and expressive processes and celebrates the means of resilience they provide. Four units of Harvard University across continents will present dance expressions of ancient, modern, and contemporary understandings of:

  • Cosmic synergies encompassing both change and equilibrium in the cosmos (Asia)
  • Timeless truths on human emotion and experience to seek answers to contemporary questions (North America)
  • Human relations and their dynamics (Europe)
  • Universal connections between humanity and elements of nature (South America)

The presentation of these four dance performances will be followed by a conversation among the artists and special guests.

Opening remarks by Sanjay Kumar (The Mittal Institute, New Delhi), Helena Monteiro (DRCLAS Brazil), Evan Katsarelis (CHS Greece), and Zoie Lafis (CHS US, also the curator of this event)

Guest respondents: Panayotis League, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology and Director of the Center for Music of the Americas, Florida State University

Time: 1:00p EDT / 10:30p IST / 2:00p BRT / 5:00p UTC / 8:00p EET 

Venue: Live on 24 hours of Harvard website 

This event is a collaboration between David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (Brazil), The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Center for Hellenic Studies, and Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece. It is presented as part of “24 Hours of Harvard,” a special feature of Worldwide Week at Harvard 2020

Extreme Urbanism: A View on Afghanistan, Session 2

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Sat, Oct 3, 2020 at 10:30am

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Sat, Oct 3, 2020 at 11:45am

Session 2: Traditional Architecture and Urbanism in Afghanistan

This event belongs to a 3-part series.

Join via Zoom: https://harvard.zoom.us/j/92189349455
Join via YouTube: https://youtu.be/eM0FJr_kv8A

The second session of our Extreme Urbanism series will explore the history and traditions of architecture and urbanism in Afghanistan.

Until recently, Afghanistan was omnipresent in global news for the past two decades for all of the wrong reasons. As part of the Option studio, Extreme Urbanism VII: Imagining an Urban Future for Ishkashim, offered at the Harvard GSD in the fall of 2020, this workshop/lecture series aims to propose to interested audiences the opportunity to get an updated, informed view on the country.

Addressing primarily architectural, urban, and territorial aspects of Afghanistan, this cycle of talks aims to create a platform where varied topics ranging from vernacular architecture and building traditions to infrastructure and cultural specificities are discussed in conjunction with issues related to historic settlements and contemporary planning in Afghanistan. The speakers will include academics from Harvard University and Kabul University, in addition to global experts, and practitioners working in or on Afghanistan.

Chair
  • Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, Assistant Professor of Urban Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Speakers
  • Ayaz Hosham, Faculty, Architecture Department, Kabul University
  • Sofia Sahab, Former Lecturer, Urban Design and Planning Department, Kabul University
  • Abdul Wasay Najimi, Architect and Conservator, Aga Khan Trust for Culture

This series is organized by the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard University, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, and Kabul University.

The Border Crisis and the Future of India-China Relations

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Mon, Sep 28, 2020 at 11:00am

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Mon, Sep 28, 2020 at 12:30pm

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Webinar

Register here to join the webinar.

Join Shivshankar Menon (Brookings), Tanvi Madan (Brookings), and Taylor Fravel (MIT) to discuss recent conflicts surrounding the border between China and India.

Chair: Vipin Narang, MIT

Shivshankar Menon is Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi, and a Distinguished Fellow of Brookings International. He has been a Richard Wilhelm Fellow at MIT and Fisher Family Fellow at Harvard. Menon was National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of India from January 2010 to May 2014. Menon was previously Foreign Secretary of India from October 2006 to August 2009. He has served as Ambassador and High Commissioner of India to Israel (1995-7), Sri Lanka (1997-2000), China (2000-2003) and Pakistan (2003-2006). He was also a member of the Atomic Energy Commission, 2008-14.  A career diplomat, he served in China (thrice), in Japan, and in Austria in the Embassy and the Mission to the IAEA and UN. His professional experience included India’s relations with her neighbours, atomic energy and disarmament issues, and India’s relations with the major powers. 

Tanvi Madan is a senior fellow in the Project on International Order and Strategy in the Foreign Policy program, and director of The India Project at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. Madan’s work explores India’s role in the world and its foreign policy, focusing in particular on India’s relations with China and the United States. She also researches the intersection between Indian energy policies and its foreign and security policies.

M. Taylor Fravel is the Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science and Director of the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Taylor studies international relations, with a focus on international security, China, and East Asia. His books include, Strong Borders, Secure Nation: Cooperation and Conflict in China’s Territorial Disputes, (Princeton University Press, 2008) and Active Defense: China’s Military Strategy Since 1949 (Princeton University Press, 2019). 

Please go to the Watson Center website to register for the webinar.

This seminar series is co-sponsored by the Watson Institute at Brown University, the MIT Center for International Studies, the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.

More Info: http://southasianpolitics.net/

Extreme Urbanism: A View on Afghanistan, Session 1

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Sat, Sep 12, 2020 at 10:30am

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Sat, Sep 12, 2020 at 11:45am

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Webinar

Session 1: Planning for Urban Afghanistan

This event belongs to a 3-part series. Information on the remaining two events in this series is soon to come.

Join via Zoom: https://harvard.zoom.us/j/92465196034
Join via YouTube: https://youtu.be/HyDPSfZyGQQ

Until recently, Afghanistan was omnipresent in global news for the past two decades for all of the wrong reasons. As part of the Option studio, Extreme Urbanism VII: Imagining an Urban Future for Ishkashim, offered at the Harvard GSD in the fall of 2020, this workshop/lecture series aims to propose to interested audiences the opportunity to get an updated, informed view on the country.

Addressing primarily architectural, urban, and territorial aspects of Afghanistan, this cycle of talks aims to create a platform where varied topics ranging from vernacular architecture and building traditions to infrastructure and cultural specificities are discussed in conjunction with issues related to historic settlements and contemporary planning in Afghanistan. The speakers will include academics from Harvard University and Kabul University, in addition to global experts, and practitioners working in or on Afghanistan.

Chair
  • Rahul Mehrotra, Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Speakers
  • Onno Rühl, General Manager, Aga Khan Agency for Habitat
  • Dennis Pieprz, Principal, Sasaki Research
  • Victor Eskinazi, Senior Associate, Urban Designer, Sasaki Research
  • Alykhan Mohamed, Associate, Planner, Sasaki Research
  • Thomas Nideorest, Professional Staff, Landscape Designer, Sasaki Research
  • Einat Rosenkrantz, Senior Associate, Urban Designer, Sasaki Research

This series is organized by the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard University, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat.

Maintaining Peace in China-India Relations: Discussion and Book Launch

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Thu, Sep 3, 2020 at 08:30am

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Thu, Sep 3, 2020 at 09:30am

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Webinar

The China-India relationship is one of the keys to international security, the future of Asia, and the well-being of nearly 3 billion people. Since early May 2020, border tensions between the two powers have underlined the potential for conflict. In 2017, their armies faced off for 73 days. At the same time, they have built a system of engagement designed to manage conflict and their larger rivalry. Their leaders meet regularly, they hold talks on the border quarrel, they have a series of confidence building measures, and they trade and invest with each other. They also cooperate multilaterally.

What are the drivers of the relationship? How can they manage conflict and rivalry? Are there cooperative steps forward, now and looking ahead? Two years ago, the Centre on Asia and Globalization in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, set out to answer these and other vital questions by working with Routledge UK to produce the Routledge Handbook of China-India Relations. The book was published earlier this year. It assembled experts from China, India, Singapore, other parts of Asia, Australia, Brazil, Europe, and the United States and has 35 chapters on a range of China-India issues.

Rediscovering Partition from New Perspectives

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Tue, Sep 1, 2020 at 10:00am

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Tue, Sep 1, 2020 at 11:30am

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Webinar

Partition Webinar Poster
10:00 AM EDT  |  3:00 PM BST  |  7:00 PM PKT  |  7:30 PM IST
Join via Zoom: https://harvard.zoom.us/j/95706117879

The impact of the 1947 Partition still ripples throughout South Asia, 73 years later. However, our knowledge of this historic event is constantly being reevaluated by academics and researchers who have continued to illuminate the details of what occurred. This panel will explore how new research efforts help us understand the full depth of the history and legacy of Partition.

Moderator

  • Jennifer Leaning, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Speakers

  • Ian Talbot, Professor of History and Director of the Centre for Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies, University of Southampton
  • Yaqoob Bangash, Assistant Professor, Information Technology University, Lahore

Registration not required. This event is co-sponsored by the Harvard Club of India and the Harvard Club of Pakistan.

Caste in Tech Town Hall

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Sat, Aug 22, 2020 at 11:00am

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Sat, Aug 22, 2020

Register: http://bit.ly/casteintech

In this webinar, the speakers will explore the many dimensions of caste discrimination in tech, from recruitment, hiring and workplace dynamics to sexual harassment and limited HR policies. They will also discuss the ways workers are addressing casteist workplaces and the larger movement to add caste as a protected category across the United States in the battle to end caste in the US.

Moderator:

  • Thenmozhi Soundararajan, Executive Director, Equality Labs

Speakers:

  • Maya Kamble, Ambedkar Association of North America
  • Ajantha Subramanian, Professor of Anthropology and South Asian Studies at Harvard University, Author of Caste in Merit
  • Sam Cornelius, Founder of Ambedkar International Center
  • Sareeta Amrute, Research Director of Data and Society
  • Anil Dash, CEO of Glitch and Technologist

 This event is co-sponsored with Equality Labs, Co-worker.org, and Data and Society.

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