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

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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

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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.

Fireside Chat with India’s Ambassador to the US

START
Fri, Dec 6, 2019 at 03:30pm

END
Fri, Dec 6, 2019 at 04:30pm

VENUE
Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA

ADDRESS
Harvard Kennedy School
Cambridge, MA

Location: Harvard Kennedy School, Wexner Building, Room 332

The distinguished panel of guests will include Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Ambassador of India to the United States; Sandeep Chakravorty, Consul General of India in New York; and Dhananjay Tiwary, Counsellor, Science and Technology, who will discuss a broad range of issues relevant to students and researchers.

Nepal Mandala Symposium

START
Thu, Dec 5, 2019 at 05:30pm

END
Sat, Dec 7, 2019

VENUE
Sackler 029 Lecture Hall

ADDRESS
Sackler 029 Lecture Hall
485 Broadway
Cambridge, MA ‎

Symposium Schedule

Opening Keynote Panel with Dharma and Punya Curators
Thursday, December 5
5:30 – 6:30pm
Lecture Hall, Lower Level, 485 Broadway, Cambridge
Reception: 6:30 – 7:30pm, HAA Living Room, 4th floor
485 Broadway, Cambridge

Symposium
Friday, December 6
8:00am – 6:00pm
Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy St, Cambridge

Dharma and Punya Exhibition Group Visit*
Saturday, December 7
10:00am – 3:00pm
Iris B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, College of the Holy Cross
*Space limited, pre-registration required

Primary Health Care Reforms in India: Field Lessons from Early Implementation

START
Thu, Dec 5, 2019 at 05:30pm

END
Thu, Dec 5, 2019 at 07:00pm

Location: Kresge G3, HSPH, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

Rajani R. Ved is the Executive Director of National Health Systems Resource Centre in India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and a Visiting Scientist at HSPH. For over ten years, she led the establishment and institutionalization of India’s ASHA community health worker program. Currently, she is leading the design and implementation support for India’s primary health care initiative, Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness Centers.

Speaker: Dr. Rajani R. Ved, Executive Director, National Health Systems Resource Center, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India

Moderator: Bhargav Krishna, Doctoral Candidate in Public Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Adjunct Faculty, Public Health Foundation of India

This event is co-sponsored with the South Asian Students Association at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata Book Talk

START
Mon, Dec 2, 2019 at 04:30pm

END
Mon, Dec 2, 2019 at 06:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

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

Speaker: Karthika Naïr, Author and Poet

Moderator: Parimal Patil, Professor of Religion and Indian Philosophy, Harvard University

In Until the Lions, Karthika Naïr retells the Mahabharata through the embodied voices of women and marginal characters, so often conquered and destroyed throughout history. She captures the richness and complexity of the Mahabharata, while illuminating lives buried beneath the edifices of one of the world’s most venerated books — revealing the most intimate threads of desire, greed, and sacrifice.

Fractal Urbanization: Spatial Segregation in Liberalizing India

START
Thu, Nov 21, 2019 at 06:00pm

END
Thu, Nov 21, 2019 at 07:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

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

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

Moderator: Sai Balakrishnan, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design

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.

Poster image: Photo: Mahesh Bhat from the book Bengaluru/Bangalore – In First Person Singular

The Hidden History of Burma: Race, Capitalism, and the Crisis of Democracy in the 21st Century

START
Fri, Nov 15, 2019 at 04:00pm

END
Fri, Nov 15, 2019 at 06:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Speaker: Thant Myint-U, Writer, Historian, and Founder and Chairman of the Yangon Heritage Trust

Copies of Thant Myint-U’s recent book, “The Hidden History of Burma: Race, Capitalism, and the Crisis of Democracy in the 21st Century” will be available to purchase.

This event is co-sponsored with the Harvard University Asia Center.

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