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SAI Event Faculty : Satchit Balsari

Wed, October 3, 2018 from 4:30 - 6:00  /  CGIS South, S250

Rohingya Persecution in Myanmar: Evidence and Accountability

In the final weeks before the massive 2017 Rohingya exodus from Myanmar, reports indicate that the vast majority of Rohingya settlements suffered violence, often extreme, at the hands of Myanmar security forces and civilians. As part of a large-scale and unique research effort to determine the scope, scale, and patterns of these attacks, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) surveyed leaders from 604 Rohingya hamlets in Myanmar’s Rakhine state encompassing more than 916,000 people. The findings, coupled with in-depth interviews and forensic medical examinations of Rohingya survivors, point to a widespread and systematic pattern of targeted violence – including rapes and killings of women, men, and children – that drove more than 720,000 Rohingya into neighboring Bangladesh. Dr. Parveen Parmar and Dr. Jen Leigh will present the findings of these studies.

Wed, Oct 3, 2018 at 4:30

Wed, Oct 3, 2018 at 6:00

CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Mon, January 18, 2016 from 06:00pm - 08:30pm  /  CSMVS Museum, Mumbai

Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity

Special Event

Welcome by Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Director, CSMVS Museum

Introductory remarks by Vikram Gandhi, Harvard South Asia Institute Advisory Council Member; Founder, Asha Impact

Diana Eck, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Harvard Divinity School

Devesh Chaturvedi, Divisional Commissioner, Allahabad, at the 2013 Kumbh Mela

Satchit Balsari, Weill Cornell Global Emergency Medicine Division; Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Alok Sharma, Inspector General of Police, Allahabad, at the 2013 Kumbh Mela

Facilitated by Rahul Mehrotra, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Since its inception early in the first millennium CE, the Kumbh Mela has become the largest public gathering in the world. Today it draws tens of millions of pilgrims over the course of a few weeks. Among the pilgrims at the 2013 Kumbh Mela was a team of some 50 people – faculty, students, and researchers from Harvard University. The team was making an in-depth study of a gathering that is not only a remarkable religious experience, but also a remarkable exercise in urban planning, public health, government administration, security, and commerce.

Launched in 2015, the Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity book and exhibition consolidate research findings and serve as an example of interdisciplinary research conducted at Harvard. The faculty leaders and Kumbh administrators will discuss their experience studying the world’s largest festival, and lessons learned for future research.

Please register here.


Cosponsored with the Asia Society India Centre and the Harvard Club of Mumbai

Mon, Jan 18, 2016 at 06:00pm

Mon, Jan 18, 2016 at 08:30pm

CSMVS Museum, Mumbai

159-161 Mahatma Gandhi Road
Fort, Mumbai - 400023, Maharashtra, India

Mon, April 1, 2013 from 06:00 pm - 07:30 pm  /  Piper Auditorium, Graduate School of Design

Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral City

Diana Eck (HDS), Tarun Khanna (HBS), Sachit Balsari (HSPH), Gregg Greenough (HSPH), and Rahul Mehrotra (GSD)

Urban India Project (GSD): Oscar Malaspina, Felipe Vera, James Whitten, Vineet Diwadkar, Alykhan Mohamed

Reception to follow

Video the event:

Mon, Apr 1, 2013 at 06:00 pm

Mon, Apr 1, 2013 at 07:30 pm

Piper Auditorium
Graduate School of Design
Harvard University

48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

Thu, March 28, 2013 from 03:30 pm - 05:30 pm  /  Harvard School of Public Health

Public Health at the World’s Largest Gathering

A Field Report from India’s Kumbh Mela


Panel discussion and Q & A with HSPH Kumbh Mela Team


Satchit Balsari MD, MPH: Fellow, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights • Associate Faculty, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative • Director, Global Emergency Medicine Program / Weill Cornell Medical College • M.P.H., Harvard School of Public Health, 2002
Gregg Greenough MD, MPH: Director of Research, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative • Assistant Professor, Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School • Attending Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital • M.P.H. Johns Hopkins University, 1998

Reception to Follow

Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 03:30 pm

Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 05:30 pm

Harvard School of Public Health

Kresge 502
677 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA