Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 12:00pm
Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 01:30pm
Graphic Violence: Representing the Rippling Effects of Conflict through Narrative, Illustration and Photography
Benjamin Dix, Photographer and Author of The Vanni
Charles Hallisey, Yehan Numata Senior Lecturer on Buddhist Literatures, Harvard Divinity School
Chair: Jennifer Leaning, FXB Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Benjamin Dix, former liaison officer between LTTE leadership and the United Nations prior to the latter’s 2008 evacuation from Sri Lanka, documented the events leading up to the UN departure from the island nation and the subsequent destruction of the largely Tamil community from the Vanni region. Criticizing the systematic failure of the international community to act against the targeting of citizens from Sri Lanka’s Northern Province as they moved from the Vanni toward the Indian Ocean coast, Dix, alongside Harvard Professors Charles Hallisey (HDS) and Jennifer Leaning (HSPH), discussed the national and global implications of the Sri Lankan civil war’s legacy through the context of Dix’s graphic novel.
The novel, aptly entitled The Vanni, documents the experiences of Sri Lankan conflict survivors who have experienced human trafficking, torture, family separation, and post-traumatic stress disorder, among other misfortunes. Dix’s work bridges the fictional and non-fictional by using graphic artistic representation, telling the story of a Tamil man named Antony who illegally travels to the United Kingdom to seek asylum for himself and his family. Relatable and educational, The Vanni allows readers unfamiliar with the Sri Lankan context to identify with the civil war that ravaged the island nation for over 25 years, as well as view human tragedy in a new and sobering light.
Written by Lauren Nelson, M.Ed. Candidate, HGSE
Video of the event:
More information on The Vanni available here.
Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 08:30am
Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 11:00am
Seminars, Student Seminar, Education, Social Enterprise, _temp, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
Innovation in Education: Lessons for Entrepreneurship in Pakistan
Fernando Reimers, Ford Foundation Professor of International Education; Director of Global Education and of International Education Policy
Imran Sarwar, Co-Founder, Rabtt; MPP Class of 2013, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
The third Video Conference of the new SAI Series of Webinars focused on ‘Innovation in Education: Lessons for Entrepreneurship in Pakistan’. Professor Fernando Reimers, Ford Foundation Professor of International Education and Director of Global Education and of International Education Policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Imran Sarwar, Co-Founder, Rabtt (Connection); MPP Class of 2013, Harvard Kennedy School of Government led the discussion with academic sites across Pakistan. In addition, for the first time a Facebook event for the Webinar attracted 120 people to virtually attend the event – our partner, Pakistan’s Higher Education Commission provided a live web link for online streaming so that the discussion was available to anyone with an internet connection.
Professor Reimers started his presentation on ‘Educating to Change the World’ with acknowledging how much education has changed over the last 25 years – the very fact of the Video Conference itself through which sites were virtually connected is a demonstration of how much technology has enhanced access around the world. He said we are in a new era in history when instead of top-down planning individuals and small groups of people are taking on big challenges – it’s a time of great potential change. He spoke of the fact that we need to move from teaching low-level cognitive skills that had been the focus of much formal education in the past to higher level leadership skills for the 21st century by developing adaptable skills to apply knowledge and learning in new ways. He spoke of the great work of Injaz al-Arab under the visionary leadership of Soraya Salti that he has been helping evaluate over the last 2 years and the phenomenal outcomes of the program in developing a sense of agency in youth and the ability to see challenges as opportunities. He also spoke of the ability inherent in all of us to teach and that we can’t expect professional teachers to bear all the burdens of teaching – he exhorted the audience to action. In reply to a twitter question about encouraging business and academia linkages, he spoke of an example from Monterey, Mexico about an innovative approach taken by a University president who asked local government and business leaders how his institution could help them grow – he then led the change to respond to those social demands – exactly the kind of model higher education needs to move towards to be a center for development and innovation in the 21st century.
Imran Sarwar spoke of his experiences along with a friend and colleague from LUMS, Aneeq Ahmed Cheema when they formed Rabtt in the summer of 2011. Listening to his personal story of how he managed family and social expectations in going down his chosen and unconventional path to make a start at changing the reality of children who attend public sector schools was heartening. He exhorted would-be entrepreneurs to not wait to start till conditions were perfect or support was forthcoming – he said, start now and you’ll attract people who think like you to join your work – and that money and finances will also flow to the work you start! He spoke of how privileged children from elite schools live in their bubbles while children in public sector schools are very street smart. Rabtt is working on connecting these two worlds. Professor Reimers reiterated that a progressive society must be more equitable and heartily endorsed Imran’s efforts –at the end he asked us all to free ourselves from toxic mentalities and begin to take responsibility to change social conditions – now!
Mariam Chughtai (doctoral candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education) ably moderated the Videoconference and handled switching between different sites enabled by HEC’s Virtual Education Project and Erum Sattar (doctoral candidate at Harvard Law School) moderated an active twitter feed on: #SAIEdInnovation
Innovation in Education
Photos from the video conference discussion on lessons for entrepreneurship in Pakistan.
Co-sponsored with the Harvard Pakistan Student Group
Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 06:00pm
Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 08:00pm
Public Health Messaging
Chair: David Bloom, Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics
Panelists: Marc Mitchell, Lecturer on Global Health, Harvard School of Public Health
The Use of Mobile Technology to improve Health Care in South Africa
Glorian Sorensen, Professor of Society, Human Development, and Health, Harvard School of Public Health
Tobacco Cessation of Indian School Teachers and Manufacturing Workers
Karl Hofmann, President and CEO, PSI, Washington DC, Former Ambassador to Togo
Social Marketing to Improve Health Outcomes
Watch the discussion on Vimeo.
Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 05:30pm
Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 07:00pm
Social Good: Where Investments in Women and Girls Make the Greatest Impact
Jacqueline Bhabha, Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law, Harvard Law School, Director of the Harvard University Committee on Human Rights Studies, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, and Director of Research, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights
Theresa Betancourt, Associate Professor of Child Health and Human Rights Department of Global Health and Population and Director, Research Program on Children and Global Adversity, François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights
Farzana Haque, Tata Consultancy Services
Harleen Singh, Helaine and Alvin Allen Assistant Professor of Literature, Co-Chair, South Asian Studies Program, Brandeis University
Chair: Tarun Khanna, Director of SAI and Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School
Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 05:30pm
Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 07:00pm
Inclusive Innovation: The Emerging Game Changer
R.A. Mashelkar, President of the Global Research Alliance
Chair: Tarun Khanna, Director of SAI and Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School
Dr. Ramesh Mashelkar is President of Global Research Alliance, a network of 60,000 scientists from five continents. He is a Fellow of Royal Society, NAS, NAE & AAAS.
Inclusive innovation is any innovation that leads to affordable access of quality goods and services for the excluded population, primarily at the base of the pyramid, on a long term sustainable basis with a significant outreach.
The lecture will show how inclusive innovation can fuel the creation of not only an `inclusive society’ but also `inclusive business’.
Mon, Feb 11, 2013 at 04:00pm
Mon, Feb 11, 2013 at 06:00pm
Seminars, Global Health, Social Enterprise, _temp, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
HealthTap: Bringing Interactive Mobile Health to Asia and Beyond
Ron Gutman, Founder & CEO, HealthTap
Chairs: David Bloom, Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics, Harvard School of Public Health and Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at Harvard Business School and Director of SAI
For more information on this event and video, please click here.
Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 04:00pm
Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 05:30pm
Low Cost, High-impact Innovative Solutions For the Bottom 2 Billion
Ashok Gadgil, Division Director, and Faculty Senior Scientist, Environmental Energy Technologies Division, LBNL; Andrew and Virginia Rudd Family Foundation Distinguished Chair of Safe Water and Sanitation; Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
Chair: Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at Harvard Business School and Director of SAI
Dr. Ashok Gadgil has substantial experience in technical, economic, and policy research on energy efficiency and its implementation — particularly in developing countries. For example, the utility-sponsored compact fluorescent lamp leasing programs that he pioneered are being successfully implemented by utilities in several east-European and developing countries. He has several patents and inventions to his credit, among them the “UV Waterworks,” a technology to inexpensively disinfect drinking water in the developing countries, for which he received the Discover Award in 1996 for the most significant environmental invention of the year, as well as the Popular Science award for “Best of What is New – 1996″. In recent years, he has worked on ways to inexpensively remove arsenic from Bangladesh drinking water, and on fuel-efficient stoves for Darfur.
This event is part of South Asia Week, sponsored by the India & South Asia Program at the Harvard Kennedy School
Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 04:00pm
Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 05:30pm
Seminars, Social Enterprise, Urbanization, _temp, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
Robotic Construction by Contour Crafting
Behrokh Khoshnevis, Director, Center for Rapid Automated Fabrication Technologies (CRAFT); Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering and Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Southern California
Chair: Venkatesh Narayanamurti, Benjamin Peirce Professor of Technology and Public Policy and Professor of Physics, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Director of the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program, Harvard Kennedy School
The nature of construction has remained intensely manual throughout recorded history. Unlike in manufacturing, the growth of automation in construction has been slow. A promising new automation approach is Contour Crafting (CC). Invented by the speaker, Contour Crafting is a mega-scale 3D fabrication process aiming at automated on-site construction of whole structures as well as subcomponents. Read more.
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Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 08:30am
Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 10:00am
Troublemakers: Entrepreneurial Approaches Against Corruption
Karthik Ramanna, Associate Professor, Henry B. Arthur Fellow, Harvard Business School
What does the “business” of corruption-fighting look like? What are the key challenges and how does one measure successes? Professor Ramanna will describe his recent work – based on various HBS case studies – on how four entrepreneurs in China, India, Russia, and Turkey are building organizations to combat corruption in their home countries. All four entrepreneurs are leveraging transparency in their anti-corruption businesses, although they differ in important ways in their reliance on the Internet, their use of anonymity, and their engagement with local political and cultural institutions. The stories of these four entrepreneurs can offer ideas and inspiration to those in other emerging markets who wish to tackle corruption. After a brief description of the case studies, Professor Ramanna will open the discussion to questions and input from participants on what entrepreneurial corruption-fighting in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka might look like.
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Fri, Feb 8, 2013 at 12:30pm
Fri, Feb 8, 2013 at 02:00pm
Accountability and Governance in South Asia
EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW – To be rescheduled!
Vinod Rai, Comptroller and Auditor General of India
Chair: Karthik Ramanna, Associate Professor, Henry B. Arthur Fellow, Harvard Business School
Join us for the continuation of SAI’s Series on Accountability and Governance, with Mr. Vinod Rai, who has been Comptroller and Auditor General of India since 2008.