SAI Events Archive

Urban Resilience Asia Pacific Conference 2018

Wed, Nov 7, 2018

Thu, Nov 8, 2018

While urbanisation brings unprecedented social and economic opportunity, it also increases the threat of disasters, with greater concentrations of people living in dangerous places, such as those living in coastal areas, on land that floods, or on marginalised land.

Asia Pacific is one of the world’s fastest urbanising regions. It is also home to the largest number of people living in low-income settlements. The region is susceptible to a wide range of natural hazards, including flood, windstorms, earthquake, volcano, tsunami and landslide. Climate change is also expected to contribute to sea level rise, stronger windstorms and higher temperatures, increasing urban risk and exacerbating migration.

To address this, Sustainable Development Goal 11 has identified resilience as a key approach for creating inclusive, safe and sustainable cities.

This two-day conference invites practitioners, researchers and decision-makers from all disciplines to present, discuss, debate and recommend realizable social, physical, political and economic measures that build resilience in the Asia Pacific region. The guiding question is, how can vulnerable, low-income neighborhoods in fast-growing cities in the Asia Pacific region become more resilient to disasters and climate change?

For more information or to register, please visit


Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics: Deliberative Inequality: A Text-As-Data Study of Tamil Nadu’s Village Assemblies

Fri, Nov 2, 2018 at 02:00pm

Fri, Nov 2, 2018 at 04:00pm

CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Join Vijayendra Rao in a seminar discussing his paper “Deliberative Inequality: A Text-As-Data Analysis of Indian Village Assemblies” (Co-authored with R. Parthasarathy and N. Palaniswamy).

Vijayendra (Biju) Rao, a Lead Economist in the Research Department of the World Bank, integrates his training in economics with theories and methods from anthropology, sociology and political science to study the social, cultural, and political context of extreme poverty in developing countries.

He leads the Social Observatory, an inter-disciplinary effort to improve the conversation between citizens and governments. It does this – first – by improving the quality of civic action by strengthening forums for deliberation and developing tools to facilitate collective action, and – second – by building the “adaptive capacity” of large-scale anti-poverty projects;  i.e. the ability of projects to make everyday decisions, and modify project design, on the basis of high-quality descriptive, evaluative and process-oriented information.

His research has spanned a wide variety of subjects including participatory development, deliberative democracy, the rise in dowries in India, the determinants and consequences of domestic violence, the economics of sex work, public celebrations, and culture and development policy.


The paper he will be discussing during this seminar can be accessed here

Center for Government & International Studies Trick or Treat!

Wed, Oct 31, 2018 at 04:00pm

Wed, Oct 31, 2018 at 06:00pm

COST   Free

CGIS Knafel Concourse

1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

Explore the globe this Halloween!

  • Visit the international centers in CGIS South and CGIS Knafel (1730 and 1737 Cambridge Street)
  • Learn more about programs and funding opportunities
  • Enjoy some delicious holiday treats


Participating centers: Asia Center, Center for African Studies, Committee on Regional Studies East Asia, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard China Fund, History Department, Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Korea Institute, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

Visiting Artist Program Lecture

Tue, Oct 30, 2018 at 04:30pm

Tue, Oct 30, 2018 at 06:00pm

CGIS South, S030
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute’s Visiting Artist Fellowship (VAF) is an eight-week research fellowship at Harvard that connects artists from South Asia to Harvard’s intellectual resources. The Fellowship provides a platform for conducting independent research that explores critical issues in South Asia through the lens of art and design. The program welcomes applications from mid-career artists in South Asia to come to Harvard University to participate in interdisciplinary discourse with students and faculty on global issues relevant to South Asia.

In this lecture, these fellows will discuss the work they have created over the past year, and comment on their experience during their time in Cambridge.

Missing Matrons in a History of Wealth

Thu, Oct 25, 2018 at 05:30pm

Thu, Oct 25, 2018 at 07:00pm

COST   Free

Indrani Chatterjee, Professor of History, University of Texas at Austin

Chair: Jinah Kim, Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art & Architecture, Harvard University


Does Rising Education Lead Changing Gender Norms in India?

Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 02:00pm

Fri, Oct 19, 2018

Watson Institute at Brown University

Watson Institute at Brown University, 111 Thayer Street Providence, RI


Sonalde Desai, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Maryland

Sonalde Desai is a demographer whose work deals primarily with social inequalities in developing countries with a particular focus on gender and class inequalities. She studies inequalities in education, employment and maternal and child health outcomes by locating them within the political economy of the region. While much of her research focuses on South Asia, she has also engaged in comparative studies across Asia, Latin America and Sub Saharan Africa. She has published articles in a wide range of sociological and demographic journals including American Sociological Review, Demography, Population and Development Review and Feminist Studies. Professor Desai is currently examining changes in the nature and composition of Indian middle classes in the context of India’s movement from state-capitalism to market-capitalism and increasing involvement in the global economy.



Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute
111 Thayer St, Providence, RI

The Emerging Markets Technological Revolution: Financial Inclusion & Development Through Digitization

Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 05:00pm

Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 07:00pm

Nadeem Hussain, founder of Telenor Microfinance Bank, is globally recognized for his dedication and service to financial inclusion. He has chaired the United Nation’s MDG Session on Financial Inclusion, is a frequent speaker at international forums on branchless banking and microfinance, and has held numerous board and committee positions in the sector. He will discuss the technological revolution taking place across emerging markets, analogous to the 19th century Industrial Revolution in the West in terms of the transformational impact on development and society.

Chair: Asim KhwajaSumitomo-FASID Professor of International Finance and Development, Harvard University 

Autumn Moon: An Evening of Hindustani Music with Aastha Goswami

Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 07:30pm

Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 09:00pm

Join celebrated Hindustani musician Aastha Goswami for an intimate concert on Harvard campus.

Aastha Goswami received her music training from the prestigious ITC SangeetResearch Academy in Kolkata where she trained under the tutelage of Pandit Arun Bhaduri and the legendary Padma Vibhushan Smt. Girija Devi Ji.
Performing for more than 20 years all over India, with numerous awards and honors to her credit, Aastha is based in Vrindavan, the cultural-spiritual center of Krishna worship.
Deeply entrenched in the famous Kirana (Gharana) classical musical tradition of Hindustani music, she has also immersed herself in the stream of Devotional music. While her repertoire showcases traditional classical compositions, she enriches her performances with a rare collection of compositions of the Braj region celebrating Krishna and the seasons of devotion.
As the renowned classical dancer Padmashri Geeta Chandran says: “Aastha Goswami’s voice is like honey flavoured by the rarest saffron of selfless sadhana and when this dedicated riyaaz is perfected at the feet of Radharamanji in Vrindavan, it transcends time and space to pierce infinity! She is on a different internal journey; reaching Ishwara through Swara!
Location: Stewart Room at Lowell House
1201 Massachusetts Avenue
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