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CANCELLED: Bhutan’s Democratic Trajectory: Changes and Challenges

START
Tue, Mar 31, 2020 at 04:30pm

END
Tue, Mar 31, 2020 at 06:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

***DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.***

Rarely does a developing nation democratize smoothly through a peaceful transfer of power. Nitasha Kaul has ethnographically evaluated the 2008 and 2018 elections in Bhutan, observing ten years of widening democratic consciousness. In this talk, she will discuss the first decade of Bhutan’s non-traditional democratization.

Speaker

  • Nitasha Kaul, University of Westminster

24th Annual Harvard India Poetry Meeting

START
Sun, May 17, 2020 at 02:00pm

END
Sun, May 17, 2020

VENUE
CGIS South, S010

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S010
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

The theme for this year’s India Poetry Reading is “Justice.” This annual event celebrates India’s contribution to the field of literature and invites local poets to recite original compositions in the language of their choosing. 

This event is presented in partnership with the Department of South Asian Studies at Harvard University and South Asian Poets of New England.

Please contact Bijoy Misra (bmisra@fas.harvard.edu) or Chandu Shah (bostonwale@gmail.com) for more information.

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CANCELLED: “Lovely Villa” Film Screening and Discussion

START
Wed, Mar 25, 2020 at 06:00pm

END
Wed, Mar 25, 2020 at 07:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

***DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.***

The film Lovely Villa explores an apartment building designed by Charles Correa, intended to represent the ideal community for modern India. Using found materials, like old photographs, drawings, and stories of family histories, filmmaker Avijit Mukul Kishore delves into the relationship between architecture, everyday life, family, and the memory of home.

Speaker

  • Avijit Mukul Kishore, Film Director and Cinematographer

CANCELLED: Gender Representation in Primary School Textbooks in Pakistan

START
Tue, Mar 10, 2020 at 04:30pm

END
Tue, Mar 10, 2020 at 06:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

***DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.***

How does Pakistan’s educational system influence the creation and construction of gender in society? In this talk, Abdul Razaque Channa will discuss his research on the textbooks that are taught to students between grades 1 and 5 throughout the public-school system of Sindh province. He will uncover how these textbooks contribute to the construction, inculcation, and perpetuation of gender roles in Pakistan.

Speaker

  • Abdul Razaque Channa, Syed Babar Ali Fellow, Mittal Institute

Moderator

  • Andrea Wright, Allston Burr Resident Dean, Eliot House; Assistant Dean, Harvard College

Growing the World’s Largest NGO: BRAC, Bangladesh, and Beyond

START
Fri, Mar 6, 2020 at 12:30pm

END
Fri, Mar 6, 2020 at 02:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Founded in 1972, BRAC has become one of the largest and most successful NGOs in the world. Dr. Muhammad Musa, Executive Director of BRAC International, will discuss the efforts that go into making BRAC a success, and explore the organization’s vision to continue expanding in Bangladesh and around the world.

Lunch will be provided.

Speaker

  • Muhammad Musa, Executive Director, BRAC International

Moderator

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

Citizenship: History, Policy, and Protests

START
Tue, Feb 25, 2020 at 05:00pm

END
Tue, Feb 25, 2020 at 07:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

In South Asia, the current debate around issues of citizenship has ignited divisions and unrest; however, the roots of these issues stretch back much further. This interdisciplinary panel will explore the post-Partition history of citizenship in the region, legal and constitutional developments, and the issues at play on both sides of recent legislation and counter-movements.

Panelists

  • Sana Aiyar, Associate Professor of History, MIT
  • Kalyani Ramnath, Prize Fellow in Economics, History, and Politics, Harvard University
  • Sahana Ghosh, Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs, Brown University
  • Suchitra Vijayan, Founder and Executive Director, The Polis Project

Moderator

  • Rohit De, Associate Professor, Yale University

Related Reading

Ashu Varshney gives testimony at USCIRF Hearing on Citizenship Laws and Religious Freedom

 

Citizenship in Crisis: The Anti-CAA Protests and the Future of India

START
Thu, Feb 20, 2020 at 05:00pm

END
Thu, Feb 20, 2020 at 07:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

The panelists will discuss India’s recent legislation on citizenship and what it means for the nation’s future.

This event is hosted by the Harvard University Asia Center and co-sponsored by the Mittal Institute.

Speakers:

  • Suraj Yengde, Dalit scholar, activist, and postdoctoral fellow, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Esha Meher, Lawyer, Supreme Court of India
  • Hemanth Bharatha Chakravarthy, Sophomore, Harvard College

Moderator:

  • Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs, Harvard University

India Conference at Harvard

START
Sat, Feb 15, 2020

END
Sun, Feb 16, 2020

VENUE
Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School

ADDRESS
Harvard Business School
100 Western Ave.
Boston, MA 02163

Harvard Kennedy School
79 John F. Kennedy St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

The 17th Annual India Conference at Harvard will take place at the Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge.

The India Conference at Harvard presents an excellent opportunity for those with an interest in India and the role it will play in the 2020s to learn from India’s opinion leaders.

This year, the conference boasts a stellar line up of speakers, including celebrated actor Anupam Kher, former international cricket coach Gary Kirsten, media baron Aroon Purie, economist Arvind Subramanian, senior politicians Jayant Sinha and Varun Gandhi, filmmaker Kabir Khan, CEO of Flipkart Kalyan Krishnamurthy, Invest India CEO Deepak Bagla, standup comedian Vir Das, and leading technology entrepreneurs Ritesh Agarwal of Oyo and Girish Mathrubootham of Freshworks.

Book tickets here: https://indiaconference.com/
For 20% off, use code: ICH0020

 

Can Science Make Sense of Life? The Politics of CRISPR Regulation

START
Fri, Jan 17, 2020 at 04:30pm

END
Fri, Jan 17, 2020 at 06:00pm

VENUE
C-Camp, LH1, Bengaluru

ADDRESS
Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP)
UAS-GKVK Campus, Bellary Road,
Bengaluru 560 065, Karnataka, India

Since the discovery of the structure of DNA and the birth of the genetic age, a powerful vocabulary has emerged to express science’s growing command over the matter of life. Armed with knowledge of the code that governs all living things, biology and biotechnology are poised to edit, even rewrite, the texts of life to correct nature’s mistakes. Yet, how far should the capacity to manipulate what life is at the molecular level authorize science to define what life is for? This book looks at flashpoints in law, politics, ethics, and culture to argue that science’s promises of perfectibility have gone too far. Science may have editorial control over the material elements of life, but it does not supersede the languages of sense-making that have helped define human values across millennia: the meanings of autonomy, integrity, and privacy; the bonds of kinship, family, and society; and the place of humans in nature.

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

Moderator: Jahnavi Phalkey
Director, Science Gallery Bengaluru

The event is a collaborative effort by Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms, Science Gallery Bengaluru and The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University. 

Breaking the Mould: Girl Power and Beyond in Contemporary India

START
Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 03:00pm

END
Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 06:00pm

Jacqueline Bhabha (Professor, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health) will be in conversation with Neha J Hiranandani to discuss her book Girl Power: Indian Women Who Broke the Rules. The discussion will focus on the challenges young women still face when it comes to access to education and health while negotiating with the societal expectations. Keeping in with the theme of Neha Hiranandani’s Girl Power – a book about bringing forth the stories of ‘rebel women’ in India – it will ponder on the factors that contribute to the success of many who do break the mould, against the odds.

India Science Festival 2020

START
Sat, Jan 11, 2020 at 10:30am

END
Sun, Jan 12, 2020 at 06:45pm

The beginning of 2020 will mark a massive celebration of science and technology with the India Science Fest, which aims to bridge the gap between science and society. This extravaganza is a non-profit initiative to help youth engage with the latest in science from across the world, fueling curiosity and demystifying the scientific career path. Aspiring Minds, an Indian-born global assessments leader, is a lead organizer of the Festival in association with the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard University, the primary academic partner for the event.

Fractal Urbanization: Spatial Segregation in Liberalizing India

START
Tue, Jan 7, 2020 at 06:00pm

END
Tue, Jan 7, 2020 at 08:00pm

VENUE
India International Centre

ADDRESS
India International Centre
#40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate
Delhi, India

Speaker: Naveen Bharathi, Mittal Institute Raghunathan Family Fellow, 2019-2020

Moderator: Satish Deshpande, Professor of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics

This presentation will show how residential caste-segregation is independent of city size, using the first-ever large-scale evidence of neighborhood-resolution data from 147 of the largest cities in contemporary India. Bharathi will discuss one of the central conundrums in Indian urbanism — the persistence of caste segregation across the country, and across cities of varying sizes. This finding punctures a hole in one of the central normative promises of India’s urbanization: the gradual withering of traditional caste-based segregation. The talk will provide further fine-grained evidence on the ghettoization of the most spatially marginalized groups in urban India: Muslims and Dalits.

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