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Portable Visions: Indic Manuscripts and Esoteric Buddhism on the Move, Alchi to Borobudur

START
Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 12:15pm

END
Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 02:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

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

Asia Center Seminar Series

 

Professor Jinah Kim, Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University

 

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

Coming Out and Coming Back: Rediscovering Hinduism After Coming Out

START
Wed, Apr 25, 2018 at 05:00pm

END
Wed, Apr 25, 2018 at 06:30pm

Dr. Om Lala, MD, MBA, MPH ‘12, AB ‘06, former President of Dharma and Founder of the Harvard Interfaith Council, will begin by discussing his experience of grappling with his Hindu faith after coming out as gay.

Treating Dr. Lala’s experience as a case study, the discussion will then ask broader questions about Hinduism, sexual orientation, and how everyone comes out in some way or another.

Faculty Host: Diana Eck, Fredric Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society, Director of the Pluralism Project

Refreshments will be served.

Co-sponsored by Harvard Dharma

Are South Asians a Single Population? Insights from Culture, Genetics and Disease

START
Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 04:00pm

END
Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S010

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S010
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

During this interdisciplinary discussion, the four panelists will discuss the ways that cultural practices and social structures intersect with biomedicine and genetics. Specifically, they will be examining the ways that endogamy and caste structures in South Asian contexts have produced implications for health practices and medical predispositions. Ultimately, the discussion will touch upon the ways that seemingly disparate academic fields can help inform and improve the practices and understandings of other disciplines. This seminar was inspired by the New York Times article “In South Asian Social Castes, a Living Lab for Genetic Disease” by Steph Yin, published on July 17, 2017.

David Reich, Professor, Harvard Medical School
Priya Moorjani, Assistant Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development, University of California, Berkeley
Richard Meadow, Director, Zooarchaeology Laboratory, Peabody Museum of Harvard University
Michael Witzel, Wales Professor of Sanskrit, Harvard University

Chair: Venkatesh Murthy, Professor and Chair of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Co-sponsored with the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute; Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University; Possible through the generosity of the Asia Center

Check out the NY Times article that inspired today’s panel discussion on South Asia population genetic. 

Monday, April 23, 2018
4:00PM – 5:30PM
Reception to follow

Asia Beyond the Headlines Seminar: Forced Migration in South Asia: Past and Present

START
Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 12:15pm

END
Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 02:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

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

Satchit Balsari, FXB Fellow, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Faculty, Emergency Medicine, HMS/BIDM
Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School; Director, SAI

Moderator: Yee Htun, Clinical Instructor, Harvard Law School 

SAI Director Tarun Khanna and FXB Fellow Satchit Balsari will run a discussion that focuses on the effects of forced migration, the 1947 Partition of British India, and how moving large groups of people across borders affected countries such as present-day India and Pakistan. This seminar also ties in research from SAI’s ongoing research related to the Partition.

Co-sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center.

Seventy Years on: Pakistan’s Perils to Democracy

START
Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 12:15pm

END
Thu, Apr 19, 2018

VENUE
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

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

Ajmal Qureshi, Senior Fellow, Harvard University Asia Center; former Representative of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Uganda and China

ChairProfessor Roderick MacFarquhar, Leroy B. Williams Professor of History and Political Science, Emeritus

S153, 1st Floor, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge

Asia Center Fellows Seminar Series; co-sponsored by the Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute

Bitter Pills: The Global War on Counterfeit Drugs

START
Fri, Apr 13, 2018 at 03:00pm

END
Fri, Apr 13, 2018 at 04:30pm

Bitter Pills: The Global War on Counterfeit Drugs
Muhammad Zaman, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor of Biomedical Engineering and International Health, Boston University

 

Long the scourge of developing countries, fake pills are now increasingly common in the United States. The explosion of Internet commerce, coupled with globalization and increased pharmaceutical use has led to an unprecedented vulnerability in the U.S. drug supply. Today, an estimated 80% of our drugs are manufactured overseas, mostly in India and China. Every link along this supply chain offers an opportunity for counterfeiters, and increasingly, they are breaking in. In 2008, fake doses of the blood thinner Heparin killed 81 people worldwide and resulted in hundreds of severe allergic reactions in the United States. In 2012, a counterfeit version of the cancer drug Avastin, containing no active chemotherapy ingredient, was widely distributed in the United States. In early 2013, a drug trafficker named Francis Ortiz Gonzalez was sentenced to prison for distributing an assortment of counterfeit, Chinese-made pharmaceuticals across America. By the time he was arrested, he had already sold over 140,000 fake pills to customers.

Even when the U.S. system works, as it mostly does, consumers are increasingly circumventing the safeguards. Skyrocketing health care costs in the U.S. have forced more Americans to become “medical tourists” seeking drugs, life-saving treatments and transplants abroad, sometimes in countries with rampant counterfeit drug problems and no FDA. Bitter Pills will heighten the public’s awareness about counterfeit drugs, critically examine possible solutions, and help people protect themselves. Author Muhammad H. Zaman pays special attention to the science and engineering behind both counterfeit and legitimate drugs, and the role of a “technological fix” for the fake drug problem. Increasingly, fake drugs affect us all.

Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
Co-sponsored with the Harvard Book Store and made possible through the generosity of the Asia Center

Islamophobia and the Struggle for Recognition

START
Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 04:15pm

END
Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 06:00pm

VENUE
Lower Level Conference Room
27 Kirkland Street

ADDRESS
Lower Level Conference Room
27 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138


VENUE
Lower Level Conference Room

CO-SPONSORED EVENT

Tariq Modood is the Founding Director, Research Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, Bristol University

 

In 1997, the Runnymede Trust in London recognized Tariq Modood’s alternative definition of Islamophobia as anti-Muslim racism in the context of a multicultural society. Since then, this definition has emerged as the dominant interpretation of Islamophobia in the social sciences and public discourse alike. In this presentation, Modood will argue that Islamophobia and Muslim studies should not marginalize Muslims as a group that stands apart from the society within which they live in. Instead, they should be recognized as an integral part of a multicultural community.

 

Co-sponsored by the Center for European Studies

Why Was Partition Not Reversed? How Pakistan Created A Viable Economy

START
Wed, Apr 11, 2018 at 04:00pm

END
Wed, Apr 11, 2018 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S030
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S030
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

SAI SEMINAR SERIES
Gustav Papanek, President of the Boston Institute for Developing Economies; Professor of Economics Emeritus, Boston University
Chair: Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School; Director, SAI

Partition left Pakistan almost bereft of manufacturing – importing most consumer goods, including matches, soap, cloth and yarn, and virtually all machinery. Gustav Papanek will discuss how Pakistan, in 15 short years, developed the industrial entrepreneurs who turned the country from one without industry into a significant exporter of manufactured goods.

 

Soz-A Ballad of Maladies

START
Mon, Apr 9, 2018 at 12:00pm

END
Mon, Apr 9, 2018 at 02:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

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

FILM SCREENING
Soz-A Ballad of Maladies
Tushar Madhav, Director: A Ballad of Maladies
Sarvnik Kaur, Writer: A Ballad of Maladies
Chair: Ashutosh Varshney, Sol Goldman Professor of International Studies and the Social Sciences and Professor of Political Science at Brown University

 

This film is a portrait of poets, musicians, and artists who have turned their art into weapons of resistance during periods of heightened state repression and violence in Indian-administered Kashmir. By evoking the collective memory of a people and unwinding threads of their folk history, the featured artists and musicians in this film negotiate with questions of survival, resistance, and freedom – all deeply embroiled in the complex conflict of Kashmir.

Lunch will be served.

Possible through the generosity of the Asia Center.