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Wed, May 9, 2018 from 12:15pm - 01:45pm

The Price of Aid: The Economic Cold War in India

CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Room S354


David Engerman, Ottilie Springer Professor of History, Brandeis University; Center Associate, Davis Center

Sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute, Harvard University

Wed, May 9, 2018 at 12:15pm

Wed, May 9, 2018 at 01:45pm

Thu, April 19, 2018 at 12:15pm  /  CGIS South, S153

Seventy Years on: Pakistan’s Perils to Democracy

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

Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 12:15pm

Thu, Apr 19, 2018

CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Tue, April 3, 2018 from 12:00pm - 02:00pm  /  202 Meeting Room  /  61 Kirkland Street

South Asia Without Borders Seminar: Citizenship of the Outcastes

The panel will discuss conceptions of “citizenship” in India as related to caste and indigeneity. The discussion will be an opportunity to explore the ways that citizenship and belonging have been constructed through exclusion and marginalization based on social, political, and ethnic lines.

Rajyashri Goody, Visiting Artist, The Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute, Harvard University

Suraj Yengde, W.E.B. Du Bois Nonresident fellow, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University; Research Associate, Department of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

Raile Rocky Ziipao, Arvind Raghunathan and Sribala Subramanian South Asia Visiting Fellow, The Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute, Harvard University

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

Lunch will be provided.

Co-sponsored by the Committee on Ethnicity Migration and Rights (EMR) and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Tue, Apr 3, 2018 at 12:00pm

Tue, Apr 3, 2018 at 02:00pm

Mon, April 2, 2018 at 12:15pm  /  CGIS South, S020 Belfer

Reporting on Asia: A Discussion with Four Nieman Fellows

Glenda M. Gloria, Managing Editor and Co-Founder of Rappler, Philippines social news network

Shalini Singh, Features Reporter, New Delhi, India; former reporter for The Week and the Hindustan Times; founding trustee at the People’s Archive of Rural India

Bonny Symons-Brown, Australian Broadcasting Corporation; former TV news anchor, Jakarta, Indonesia

Edward Wong, The New York Times; former New York Times Beijing Bureau Chief and Iraq correspondent 

Chair: Professor Karen Thornber, Victor and William Fung Director, Harvard University Asia Center; Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and of Comparative Literature, Harvard University

S020, Belfer Case Study Room, Japan Friends of Harvard Concourse; CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St.

Asia Center Seminar Series; co-sponsored with the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and the Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute

Mon, Apr 2, 2018 at 12:15pm

Mon, Apr 2, 2018

CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138

Sat, January 27, 2018 at 09:00am

Human Rights: Adapting to the Challenges of Our Times

Human Rights: Adapting to the Challenges of Our Times is a student-led Symposium aiming to rethink the effective implementation of human rights in an age of increasing populism and nationalism.


The Symposium will create a space for discussion and partnership among activists, policy makers, Harvard students, and academics involved in the struggles of oppressed groups across the world. 

The objectives of the Symposium are to:

  • examine the implementation of human rights frameworks and identify common challenges and opportunities for human rights struggles around the world;

  • suggest effective tactics to protect rights;

  • examine ways in which academic communities can support those whose fundamental rights are at risk.


Symposium Agenda

9:00am – Welcome Address

Douglas Johnson, Lecturer in Public Policy,  Carr Center, Harvard Kennedy School

Mia Ozegovic, Chair, Human Rights Professional Interest Council (PIC)


9:15am – Keynote Panel: Human Rights and Global Challenges

Chair | Gessika Innocent, President of the Kennedy School Student Government

Keynote Speaker | Rajesh Sampath, Associate Professor of the Philosophy of Justice, Rights, and Social Change, Brandeis University


10:00am – Panel One: Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights: Narratives and Implementation

Chair | Gerald L. Neuman, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School and Director, Human Rights Program

Discussant | Kathryn Sikkink, Professor of Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Presenter | Leonardo Castilho, Fellow, Carr Center, Harvard Kennedy School

Presenter | Christine Mungai, Editor, Africapedia and Nieman Fellow 2018

Presenter | Damelya Aitkhozhina, Human Rights Advocate

Presenter | Mukul Saxena, Child Rights Advocate


11:30am – Panel Two: The Rights and Dignity of Refugees and Migrants and the Nationalist Backlash

Chair | Mayuri Anupindi, International Lawyer

Discussant | Deborah Anker, Clinical Professor of Law, Harvard Law School and Founder and Director, Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic

Presenter | Heyam Alasrar, Project Manager, Care International

Presenter | Eva A. Millona, Executive Director, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition

Presenter | Yee Mon Htun, Clinical Instructor, International Human Rights Clinic

Presenter | Vaishali Sharma, Former Refugee Status Determination Officer, UNHCR


1:00pm – Lunch Break | Brown Bag Lunch


2:00pm – Panel Three: Shared Human Rights Challenges: The Treatment of Minorities Across the Globe

Chair | Salma Waheedi, Clinical Instructor, International Human Rights Clinic and Affiliated Scholar, Islamic Legal Studies Program-Law and Social Change

Presenter | Brenda Jones, Communications Director, Rep. John Lewis

Presenter | Brandon Stephens, Director, The United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. (USET) Development

Presenter | Lillka Cuttaree, Director, KIP Leading  Women Programme, Mauritius

Presenter | Andras Kadar, Co-chair Hungarian Helsinki Committee


3:30pm – Coffee Break  


4:00pm – Panel Discussion: Shared Action across Human Rights Issues – Solidarities and Coalitions.

Chair & Discussant | Suraj Yende, Dalit Rights Advocate and  W.E.B DuBois Fellow, Department of African and African American Studies, Harvard

Presenter | Khadijah Tribble, Member of the Board of the Directors, United Medical Center, DC

Presenter | Karlene Griffiths Sekou, Founder and Principal of The Dignity Project International and a Core Leader for Black Lives Matter Boston

Presenter | Pedro Pontual, Secretariat for Human Rights of the Presidency of Brazil

Presenter | Charles Prouse, Chairman, The Indigenous Procurement Program , Lendlease

Presenter | Margareta Matache, Roma Rights Activist, Instructor, Harvard Chan School of Public Health


5:30pm – Conclusions

Dena Elkhatib, VP of Diversity and Inclusion, Harvard Kennedy School

5:45pm – Closing Remarks

Bethany Ellis, Human Rights PIC, Harvard Kennedy School


Symposium Website


The Symposium is organized with the support of the Carr Center for Human Rights, the Department for African and African American Studies, the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School, HKS Office for Student Diversity and Inclusion, the Human Rights Professional Interest Council and the Muslim Caucus (student organizations at Harvard Kennedy School), the Kennedy School Student Government, and the South Asia Institute.

Sat, Jan 27, 2018 at 09:00am

Sat, Jan 27, 2018

Mon, November 20, 2017 from 05:00pm - 06:30pm  /  CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010

The Rohingya Refugee Crisis: Mass Violence in a Changing Myanmar

Since late August more than half a million Rohingya Muslims have left their homes in western Myanmar, in what the UN describes as “a textbook case of ethnic cleansing”.

The panel members have all undertaken extensive research on the ground in western Myanmar, and will explore what factors have motivated the violence, and why there appears to be mass support among the Myanmar public for the military’s campaign against the Rohingya.


Journalist and author of “Myanmar’s Enemy Within: Buddhist Violence And the Making Of A Muslim ‘Other’”
Founder and Executive Director of the Peace and Development Initiative (Kintha) in Rakhine State, Burma.
Founder of the Rohingya Society of Greater Nashua (RSGN).
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Security Program at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center.


Co-sponsored by Asia Center, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute.

Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 05:00pm

Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 06:30pm

CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Mon, November 20, 2017 from 06:00pm - 09:00pm  /  Harvard Art Museum

Screening of Deepa Mehta’s “Earth”

Join us for a screening of Deepa Mehta’s Earth (1998; 110 min.), the third and final film in her acclaimed Elemental trilogy.

In this film, a young girl with polio, Lenny, narrates the story through the voice of her adult self. She is from a wealthy Parsi family who hopes to remain neutral to the rising tensions between Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims in her neighborhood. She is adored and protected by her parents and is cared for by Shanta, her Ayah (maid). Shanta is part of a larger group of Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh friends who spend their days together in the park. With partition, however, this once- unified group of friends becomes divided and tragedy ensues.

Filmmaker Deepa Mehta will offer introductory remarks and will participate in a conversation with David Hamilton (producer of Deepa Mehta’s films); Jinah Kim (Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture); and Durba Mitra (Carol K. Pforzheimer Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute and Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality), after the film.

Deepa Mehta is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker whose work is celebrated on an international scale. Her emotionally resonating, award-winning films have played every major film festival, and many remain audience favorites. She is best known for her Elemental trilogy: EarthFire, and Water. Other films include Bollywood/HollywoodHeaven on Earth, and the epic adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s Booker Prize–winning novel, Midnight’s Children.

This screening is offered in conjunction with the installation Women in South Asian Art, on view in the University Teaching Gallery at the Harvard Art Museums through January 7, 2018. This installation complements Jinah Kim’s undergraduate course in Harvard’s Department of History of Art and Architecture. The course explores images of women in South Asian art, taking a historical perspective in order to understand the politics of gender and the social status of women in today’s South Asia.

The screening will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway.

Free admission

The first two installments in the Elemental trilogy, Water and Fire, were screened at the Harvard Art Museums on September 8 and 29, respectively.

Complimentary parking available in the Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street, Cambridge.

Support for this program is provided by the Richard L. Menschel Endowment Fund.

Co-sponsored by Harvard Art Museums and Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute.

Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 06:00pm

Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 09:00pm

Sun, October 15, 2017 from 12:00pm - 06:00pm  /  Harvard Art Museum

Bollywood Screening at Harvard Art Museums

This Sunday, Oct 15, Harvard Art Museums will screen two landmark Indian films, Amar Akbar Anthony (1977) and Chak De! India (2007) – Free Admission.

The screening will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway.

12:05 pm Chak De! India
Directed by Shimit Amin and Rob Miller
(2007; 153 min.)

2:50 pm 15 Minute Intermission

3:05 PM Amar Akbar Anthony
Directed by Manmohan Desai
(1977; 183 min.)…/cale…/bollywood-film-day

Sun, Oct 15, 2017 at 12:00pm

Sun, Oct 15, 2017 at 06:00pm

COST: Free

Thu, October 12, 2017 at 04:00pm to
Sun, October 15, 2017 at 12:15pm  /  CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010  /  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

American Council for Southern Asian Art Symposium XVIII

ACSAA Symposium web banner

October 12 – October 15, 2017

Harvard South Asia Institute is proud to co-sponsor the biennial American Council for Southern Asian Art Symposium. ACSAA symposia serve as opportunities to meet colleagues, reconnect with mentors and graduate school cohorts, and share one’s current research with the field. From senior scholars to graduate students, ACSAA symposia are one of the primary ways ACSAA members gather and support one another, share ideas with a group of like-minded colleagues, and participate in the ACSAA community. We are looking forward to welcoming you all in Boston/Cambridge, MA!

ACSAA 2017 Organizers

Jinah Kim, Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art & Architecture
Laura Weinstein, Ananda K. Coomaraswamy curator of South Asian and Islamic Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

About the ACSAA

The American Council for Southern Asian Art (ACSAA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the study and awareness of the art of South and Southeast Asia and the Himalayan regions. In addition to periodic symposia, usually held every two years, ACSAA pursues these goals through various projects, including its annual bulletin, bibliographies, a color slide project, a microfiche archive and outreach materials. Since its incorporation in 1967, ACSAA has grown from its original fifteen members to an organization of some three hundred individuals and institutions. ACSAA is formally affiliated with the College Art Association (CAA) and the Association of Asian Studies (AAS).


For more information about this conference, please visit our website:

Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 04:00pm

Sun, Oct 15, 2017 at 12:15pm

COST: $50-$180

CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

MFA, Mabel Louise Riley Seminar Room (Meeting Room 156)

465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115