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SAI Event Region : Sri Lanka


SAI Summer Grant Opportunities Open House

START
Tue, Nov 5, 2013 at 04:30pm

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Tue, Nov 5, 2013 at 06:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Come hear about SAI Summer Funding opportunities from 2013 SAI grant recipients. Learn about the various types of grants, the application process, and how to write an appropriate budget for a summer in South Asia.

Enjoy some delicious South Asian food and get a head start on your summer plans.

For more details on SAI grants, click here. 


Mental Health Access for Women in South Asia and China

START
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 12:00pm

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Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 01:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

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

Global Health Seminar

Arthur Kleinman, Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University and Professor of Medical Anthropology in Global Health and Social Medicine and Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Jennifer Leaning, Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health; Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Cosponsored with the Asia Center’s Modern Asia Seminar


The Beautification of Postwar Colombo

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Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 04:00pm

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Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS Knafel, K262
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Urbanization Seminar

Jonathan Spencer, Professor of the Anthropology of South Asia & Head of School of Social and Political Science, Social Anthropology, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh

Chair: Charles Hallisey, Yehan Numata Senior Lecturer on Buddhist Literatures, Harvard Divinity School

Since the end of the country’s 30-year civil war in 2009, the Sri Lankan armed forces have continued to grow despite the absence of obvious military threats to the government. Under the guidance of the President’s brother, the Ministry of Defence now plays a leading role in town planning through the Urban Development Authority (which is formally part of the Ministry). Colombo has seen an aggressive programme of improvement, which started with a “war” on alleged underworld figures, has taken in the eviction of hawkers from pedestrian spaces, the creation of new leisure areas, and now would seem to involve the clearance of “sub-standard” housing, especially in places like Slave Island, an historically dense and religiously and culturally mixed area near the city centre. This talk will explore the different kinds of politics that may be at work in this moment, and ask what the project of “beautifying” Colombo might tell us about the political dynamics of postwar Sri Lanka.

Cosponsored with the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation




South Asian Studies: Pasts and Futures

START
Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 05:00pm

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Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 06:30pm

VENUE
Harvard University
Loeb House

ADDRESS
Harvard University
Loeb House
17 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA
02138

Harvard South Asia Institute 10th Anniversary Celebration

Nicholas Dirks, Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley
Introduction by Tarun KhannaDirector, South Asia Institute; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School

Reception to follow


Urbanization Seminar Series

START
Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 06:00pm

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Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 08:00pm

The Future of South Asia: A Landscape of Pluralism

Rahul Mehrotra, Professor and Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Chair: Hiteshkumar Hathi, Producer of NPR’s ‘Here and Now’

Co-sponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Design

Watch this seminar here.


Sri Lankan Education Photo Exhibit

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Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 05:30pm

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Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 07:00pm

The high mountains of the Sri Lankan hill country produce picturesque streams and cascades in and around stepped tea plantations. Photo by Tyler Arnot, HGSE Master Candidate and SAI Winter Session Grant Awardee

Reflections on Serendipity

The Initiative for Sri Lankan Education (ISLE) presents the opening of its photo exhibit “Reflections on Serendipity. The exhibit will be on display the month of April at the Gutman Library at the Graduate School of Education.

It is said that the word serendipity originates from Serendib – an ancient Arab reference to Sri Lanka, the tear-shaped island below India.  This compilation of photos is meant to reflect upon a student-led study trek to the Hill Country of Sri Lanka this January; both on the country itself, and the challenges facing the people in their struggle for education. The trip was coordinated by students in the International Education Policy program and conducted to inform the work of  the Educate Lanka Foundation by studying the economic barriers to secondary education for the children of tea plantation workers. The exhibit opening will also include a presentation of those findings and discussion of education in Sri Lanka.

At the end of the event, the photos will auctioned off with proceeds going to benefit Educate Lanka.

All members of the Harvard community and greater Boston area are welcome to join.

The exhibit is sponsored in part by a student organization grant from the South Asia Institute

A Serendipitous Pursuit: HGSE Students Venture to Sri Lanka, an article by Kevin Karla, HGSE International Education Policy

For additional information about the students’ experience in Sri Lanka, please visit their blog: srilankahgse.wordpress.com


South Asia: The World’s Laboratory

South Asia: The World’s Laboratory

A special SAI event in New York City. Inquire for details:sainit@fas.harvard.edu

Home to nearly a sixth of humanity, the birthplace of many of the world’s great religions and philosophies, and now a hotbed for innovation and technological change, South Asia is truly the world’s laboratory, a space where we can experiment with the world’s most urgent challenges. Join leading academics from Harvard University in a discussion of the timely appeal of South Asia to the humanities—at the intersection of religion and civil society, ancient arts and cutting edge technologies. Our guest speakers will challenge you – Is Pakistan really Islamic? The Taj Mahal: What’s the Attraction? – and share with you the latest research and inquiry on South Asia from Harvard.


The United States in Asia: Five Media Perspectives

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Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 04:00pm

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Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 05:30pm

The Harvard University Asia Center and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University present a forum on

The United States in Asia: Five Media Perspectives

With the participation of Nieman Fellows from Asia

Moderated by Arthur KleinmanEsther and Sidney Rabb Professor, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University and Professor of Medical Anthropology in Global Health and Social Medicine and Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School.

Wu Nan, The Wall Street Journal (China)
Rema Nagarajan, The Times of India (India)
Akiko Sugaya, Journalist and “Media Education” Author (Japan)
Pir Zubair Shah, The New York Times (Pakistan)
John Nery, Philippine Daily Inquirer (the Phillipines)

Co-sponsored by the South Asia Initiative, the Fairbank Center, and the Reischauser Institute


The Social and Political Cost of Inaction

START
Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 04:00pm

END
Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 06:00pm

VENUE
Harvard School of Public Health

ADDRESS
Harvard School of Public Health
Kresge 502
677 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA

Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Harvard University
Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director
Facilitated by Jacqueline Bhabha, Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Lecturer in Law, Harvard Law School and Lecturer on Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Sponsored by the FXB Center at Harvard, co-sponsored in part by SAI


South Asia Without Borders Seminar Series

START
Fri, Nov 9, 2012 at 12:30pm

END
Fri, Nov 9, 2012 at 02:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

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

Beyond Sri Lanka’s War Against Terror: The Struggle for Sri Lanka’s Democracy

 Saliya Pieris, Attorney-at-Law, Chairman CFPS School of Law, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2012 Eisenhower Fellow

Chair: Charles HalliseyYehan Numata Senior Lecturer on Buddhist Literatures, Harvard Divinity School

This talk will explain how developments in Sri Lanka, including the authoritarian executive Presidential Constitution in 1978, the war with the Tamil Tigers and the failure of the Sri Lankan regime to find a political solution to the nation’s problems have all contributed toward the serious rule of law challenges faced by the country. Among these challenges are the issues of enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrests and detentions, cronyism, nepotism, suppression of the opposition and the free media, all of which have resulted in the breakdown of national institutions such as the legislature, the judiciary and the public service. What role should the government and the people of Sri Lanka, as well as the international community, play in order to establish strong rule of law in Sri Lanka.