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The COVID-19 Crisis in India: What is the Way Forward?

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Thu, May 13, 2021 at 08:00am

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Thu, May 13, 2021 at 09:30am

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Webinar

5:30-7:00 pm IST/ 8:00-9:30 am ET

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Lancet Citizens’ Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System Public Webinar Series, in collaboration with Lancet COVID-19 Commission India Task Force

Panelists:

  • Gagandeep Kang, Professor of Microbiology, Department of Gastrointestinal Sciences, Christian Medical College
  • Peter Piot, Director and Handa Professor of Global Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 
  • Gautam Menon, Professor of Physics and Biology, Ashoka University
  • K. Sujatha Rao, Former Secretary of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India 
  • K Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India

Moderator:

Sarah Jacob, Editor/Anchor of ‘We The People’ on NDTV

Description: 

The Lancet Citizens’ Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System is an ambitious, cross-sectoral endeavor that aims to lay out a citizens’ roadmap to achieving universal health coverage for the people of India. Our new webinar series is intended to serve as a platform for public health discourse in India, and a means for academics, practitioners and the public to engage on substantive and timely issues regarding universal health coverage in India.

The Lancet COVID-19 Commission is an interdisciplinary initiative across the health sciences, business, finance, and public policy that was launched in July 2020. It has four themes: to propose recommendations on how best to suppress the epidemic; to address the humanitarian crises arising from the pandemic; addressing the financial and economic crises resulting from the pandemic; and rebuilding an inclusive, fair, and sustainable world. The work of the Commission is supported by twelve Task Forces, in areas ranging from vaccine development, to humanitarian relief strategies, to safe workplaces, to global economic recovery. The India Task Force of the COVID-19 Commission is the only country-specific Task Force, set up in recognition of the unique challenges that India faces in the context of COVID-19.

The first webinar in the series is a joint event with the Lancet COVID-19 Commission India Task Force and will be a panel discussion about the devastating COVID-19 pandemic surge in India – focusing on the short and long-term actions that are needed to address the impact. Leading experts from the medical, scientific, and public policy community will discuss the lessons that need to be learnt and propose what the next steps should be to respond to, and improve, the situation in India. As a Citizens’ Commission, we invite the public to participate in the discussion, provide input and engage with the panelists.


Advancing Justice: Responses to Anti-Asian Racism in the U.S.

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Thu, Apr 1, 2021 at 04:00pm

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Thu, Apr 1, 2021 at 05:30pm

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Webinar

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PANELISTS: 

Han Lu, Senior Policy Analyst, National Employment Law Project
christina ong, PhD Student, Department of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh
Elena Shih, Manning Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies, Brown University

 

MODERATOR: 

Vivian Shaw, College Fellow, Department of Sociology, Harvard University; Co-Principal Investigator, AAPI COVID-19 Project

 

Han Lu’s work at the National Employment Law Project focuses on how inequalities of nationhood, carceral punishment, and the workplace shape one another. Prior to his work at NELP, Han was a line defender at the Orleans Public Defenders. He is a first-generation college graduate. Prior to law school, Han worked as a defense investigator for the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, the juvenile public defender in his hometown of New Orleans.

christina ong is a PhD student in Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh studying the development of Asian America in the 1960s-1980s through an in-depth case study of New York City’s the Basement Workshop. She also serves as the Project Manager and Qualitative Committee Co-Lead for the AAPI COVID-19 Project, a multidisciplinary mixed-methods study on how COVID-19 is impacting AAPI lives in the United States. Her research interests span topics related to diaspora, racial justice, and transnational feminisms.

Vivian Shaw is a College Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University and the Lead Researcher (co-PI) for the AAPI COVID-19 Project, a multi-method investigation into the impacts of the pandemic on the lives of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin with graduate portfolios in Asian American Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies. From 2018-2019, Vivian was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Weatherhead Center for International Relations’ Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, also at Harvard.

Elena Shih is the Manning Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Brown University, where she directs a human trafficking research cluster through Brown’s Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. Shih’s book project, “Manufacturing Freedom: Trafficking Rescue, Rehabilitation, and the Slave Free Good” (under contract with University of California Press), is a global ethnography of the transnational social movement to combat human trafficking in China, Thailand, and the United States. Shih is an outreach organizer with Red Canary Song, a grassroots coalition of massage workers, sex workers, and allies in New York City.

Co-sponsors: Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights​, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard-Yenching Institute, Korea Institute, Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs


“Practically No Habitation”: The Yanadi Community and the Colonial Violence of Spaceflight

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Tue, Mar 30, 2021 at 12:00pm

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Tue, Mar 30, 2021 at 01:15pm

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Webinar

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SPEAKER: Asif Siddiqi, Professor of History, Fordham University

The Indian state’s broken pacts with Indigenous communities, the so-called ‘scheduled tribes’ or Adivasi, resulted in massive displacements in the name of environmental, territorial, and infrastructural sovereignty, yet none have given rise to such troubling paradoxes as those implemented to build rocket launch sites. To make way for a new space center in Andhra Pradesh, in 1970, the government of India forcibly removed and resettled a large population of Yanadi people. More than fifty years later, the profound and permanent disruptions caused by this dislocation continue to reverberate in the deep social and economic precarity of the Yanadi. I recover this story as a starting point to highlight two broader intersecting frames. The first positions India’s emergent technoscientific projects in the decades after independence as reproducing certain forms of violence redolent of colonial science. The second finds echoes of such violence in infrastructural entanglements across the world in places like Algeria, Kenya, California, Kazakhstan, the Pacific and Indian Oceans, and elsewhere. I argue that the violence of displacement, dislocation, and damage, accompanied by local resistance, were not appendices to the long history of spaceflight but fundamental to it, as space activities unfolded through deeply colonial-minded practices. Moreover, I argue that such initiatives functioned squarely within the modernist aspirations of individual states, the international scientific community, and often, ordinary people, activated by the desires and promise that space exploration invoked.

Asif Siddiqi is Professor of History at Fordham University, where he works on the global history of science and technology in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The Science and Technology in Asia Seminar Series is sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center and convened by Victor Seow, Assistant Professor of History of Science.


The US Election’s Impact on South Asia

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Wed, Oct 28, 2020 at 02:00pm

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Wed, Oct 28, 2020 at 03:15pm

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Webinar

Join via Zoom: https://harvard.zoom.us/j/99466323023
Join via YouTube: https://youtu.be/V_OIBk8x9uo

Ronak Desai, Research Associate at the Mittal Institute, will moderate a discussion between Nirupama Rao, Former Foreign Secretary of India, and Vipin Narang, Associate Professor of Political Science at MIT, as they explore how the potential outcomes of the US presidential election may impact the region of South Asia.

 

Moderator
  • Ronak Desai, Associate, The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute
Speakers
  • Nirupama Rao, Former Foreign Secretary, India
  • Vipin Narang, Associate Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health in China, India, and the United States

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Mon, Nov 9, 2020 at 08:15pm

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Mon, Nov 9, 2020 at 09:30pm

VENUE
Webinar

Register to join: https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_clDc-z0UQsuNO0ykYoNf5g

Moderator

  • Arthur Kleinman, Professor of Medical Anthropology, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Panelists

  • Xiao Shuiyuan, Professor, Central South University, Xianya School of Public Health
  • Yifeng Xu, President, Shanghai Mental Health Center; Head & Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine; Director, WHO/Shanghai Collaborating Center for Research and Training in Mental Health
  • Vikram Patel, The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Professor, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Co-Founder and Member of Managing Committee, Sangath
  • Karestan Koenen, Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology and Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Host and Commentator

  • Winnie Yip, Professor of Global Health Policy and Economics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Director, Harvard China Health Partnership; Acting Director, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies

This is a Fairbank Center Director’s Seminar. This event is sponsored by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and the Harvard China Health Partnership, and co-sponsored by the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute.


The Future of Higher Education

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Fri, Aug 7, 2020 at 08:00am

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Fri, Aug 7, 2020

What does the future of internationalization in higher education look like after the global pandemic? Trends in higher education have for a long time pointed toward ever greater internationalization of student enrollments, teaching staff, curricular content, and research networks. The general consensus is that this has been for the good: young people enjoy richer learning opportunities and institutions are stronger and more diverse. Moreover, internationalization has accelerated the advancement of scholarship in every field and discipline, leading most surveys of higher education to rely on some measure of “globalization” in determining their rankings.

Today, however, the future of international higher education suddenly seems much less certain. By forcing a halt to nearly all international travel, the pandemic has interrupted the normal movement of people within and between the world’s universities, isolating us from one another in unprecedented ways. Even before the emergence of the SARS-CoV2 virus, resurgent nationalism and xenophobia around the world were already leading some to question the value of a globalized system of higher education, and of globalization more generally. 

Dr. Mark C. Elliott, Vice Provost for International Affairs at Harvard University will discuss how the twin forces of the COVID-19 pandemic and politics has and will impact the future of international higher education.


Webinar: Science, Business, and Vaccine Development to Combat the Pandemic

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Wed, Jun 10, 2020 at 08:30am

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Wed, Jun 10, 2020 at 09:45am

Panelists

  • Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School & Director, Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University
  • Gagandeep Kang, Executive Director, Translational Health Science and Technology Institute & Vice Chairperson of The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations
  • Umang Vohra, Managing Director & Global Chief Executive Officer, Cipla Ltd.
  • David E. Bloom, Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics & Demography, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Through the lens of a contemporary case study, Harvard Business School Professor Tarun Khanna will share the geo-politics of how vaccines are developed, the funding and distribution methods that are critical to the effort, and the global alliances that facilitate this in the world today. He will speak with Dr. Gagandeep Kang, Executive Director, Translational Health Science and Technology Institute & Vice Chairperson of The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations; Umang Vohra, Managing Director & Global Chief Executive Officer, Cipla Ltd, and Dr. David E. Bloom, Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics & Demography, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in a discussion on the South Asia context.

The objective is to share the mechanics and commerce of vaccine development and the critical role that science and business can play in combating pandemics such as COVID-19. The intent is to foster a collaborative and synchronous effort among science, business, and government to find synergies and solutions as they navigate the current challenges. How does one forge worldwide alliances in healthcare? How can science, business, government, and society collaborate on healthcare imperatives? How does one resolve the logistics and equity of vaccine distribution, and how can credibility and trust be built? This interactive conversation will be presented via Zoom web-conference. 


COVID-19: Reopening — Public Health and the Economy

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Thu, Jun 11, 2020 at 12:30pm

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Thu, Jun 11, 2020 at 02:00pm

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As global economies gradually reopen, how are governments balancing economic recovery with concerns for public health? This event brings together scholars from economics, public health, and political science to discuss how different regions of the globe are approaching the complex demands of reopening.

  • Speakers
    Chi-Man (Winnie) Yip, Professor of the Practice of International Health Policy and Economics, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Joseph Allen, Assistant Professor of Exposure Assessment Science, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Judyth Twigg, Professor of Political Science, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Karl Lauterbach, Professor of Health Economics and Epidemiology, University of Cologne
  • Yasheng Huang, Epoch Foundation Professor of International Management and Faculty Director of Action Learning, MIT Sloan School of Management

Co-sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian StudiesFairbank Center for Chinese StudiesDavid Rockefeller Center for Latin American StudiesLakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, and the China Health Partnership at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

For more information, please call 617-495-4037.


COVID-19: Implications for the Global Economy

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Tue, Jun 9, 2020 at 12:30pm

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Tue, Jun 9, 2020 at 02:00pm

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COVID-19 has created a major and lasting impact on the global economy. Join experts on five of the world’s major economies—the U.S., Brazil, Russia, India, and China—as they discuss the uneven economic shock of this global pandemic, as well as how these economies might recover in the coming years.

Speakers

  • Natalia Volchkova, Assistant Professor and Policy Director,Center for Economic and Financial Research, New Economic School, Moscow
  • Monica DeBolle, Adjunct Lecturer, Latin American Studies Program, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
  • Prithwiraj Choudhary, Lumry Family Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
  • Willy Shih, Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Management Practice in Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Moderator

  • Rawi Abdelal, Herbert F. Johnson Professor of International Management, Harvard Business School; Director, Davis Center

Co-sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian StudiesFairbank Center for Chinese StudiesDavid Rockefeller Center for Latin American StudiesLakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, and the China Health Partnership at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

For more information, please call 617-495-4037.


Webinar: Educational Responses to COVID-19 in South Asia

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Fri, May 22, 2020 at 09:30am

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Fri, May 22, 2020 at 10:30am

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

9:30–10:30 AM EST // 6:30–7:30 PM PKT // 7:00–8:00 PM IST // 7:30–8:30 PM BST

Venue: Virtual via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83985695617

This event will also be streamed on Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/MittalInstitute/

Moderator
  • Zainab Qureshi, LEAPS Director, Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD), Harvard Kennedy School
Panelists
  • Asim Ijaz Khwaja, Director, Center for International Development; Sumitomo-Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development Professor of International Finance and Development, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Fernando Reimers, Ford Foundation Professor of Practice in International Education; Faculty Director, International Education Policy

COVID-19 has shut down traditional education programs throughout South Asia, from primary education to higher education. This panel will discuss the unique challenges the region is facing in the education sector, such as access to technology and the potential long-term effects of distance learning. Additionally, the panelists will address two pressing questions:

  • What will be the short- and long-term effects of this disruption to education?
  • How are countries responding and preparing to mitigate these effects?

 


Webinar: The Neglected Epidemics in India: How Will COVID-19 Affect Them?

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Thu, May 14, 2020 at 09:00am

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Thu, May 14, 2020 at 10:30am

9:00–10:30 AM EST // 6:00–7:30 PM PKT // 6:30–8:00 PM IST // 7:00–8:30 PM BST

Venue: Virtual via Zoom: https://harvard.zoom.us/j/95936810474

Speakers

  • Jacqueline Bhabha, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Lucicia Ditiu, Executive Director, Stop TB Partnership
  • Purnima Menon, Senior Research Fellow, Poverty, Health, and Nutrition Division, International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director, Population Foundation of India
  • Vikram Patel, Pershing Square Professor of Global Health, Harvard Medical School

Discussant

  • Paul Farmer, Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Co-Founder and Chief Strategist, Partners In Health

Webinar: The Labor of Fashion, the Global COVID-19 Crisis, and the Politics of Resistance in Bangladesh

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Fri, Jun 12, 2020 at 09:00am

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Fri, Jun 12, 2020 at 10:30am

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

9:00–10:30 AM EST // 6:00–7:30 PM PKT // 6:30–8:00 PM IST // 7:00–8:30 PM BST

Virtual via Zoom: https://harvard.zoom.us/j/99118872916
Stream via YouTube Live: https://youtu.be/JgegRQEm1UY

Moderators

  • Dr. Elora Chowdhury, Professor, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Dr. Durba Mitra, Assistant Professor, Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard University

Speakers

  • Taslima Akhter, Photographer and Organizer, Bangladesh Garments Sramik Shanghati
  • Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua, Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh
  • Dr. Seuty Sabur, Associate Professor, Department of Economics and Social Sciences, BRAC University, Bangladesh
  • Dr. Dina M. Siddiqi, Clinical Associate Professor, Liberal Studies, New York University
  • Dr. Nafisa Tanjeem, Assistant Professor, Global Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Lesley University

The global apparel industry is currently facing an unprecedented crisis resulting from the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Major fashion retailers in the Global North are closing their stores and laying off workers. The same brands that demonstrated strong public commitment for protecting the safety and security of Bangladeshi garment workers after the Rana Plaza collapse in 2013 are not hesitating to cancel or suspend orders or delay payments. Thousands of workers are currently out of work and facing a unique livelihood, as well as a health threat. 

Bangladeshi local labor rights organizers are urging the garment factory owners and the Bangladesh government to stop laying off workers, pay the unpaid salary, and enact health safety protocols at the workplace. On the other hand, Bangladeshi garment factory owners and international labor rights groups are exclusively targeting the global brands and asking them to take responsibility for the workers. What is missing in the local and global COVID-19 organizing initiatives is an understanding of how focusing exclusively on either the global brands or the local Bangladeshi actors – such as the government and the factory owners – creates an unfortunate disjuncture between local and global labor organizing priorities and fails to address global capitalism’s creative ways of feminizing and racializing garment workers’ bodies and labor across the supply chain.

By bringing together labor rights organizers and critical scholars, this webinar addresses: How can we move beyond the spotlight approach of focusing on one actor of the apparel supply chain at a time? How can we engage in dialogues and organizing across borders to simultaneously hold the global retailers, governments, and factory owners accountable for ensuring workers’ safety and wellbeing? What does a transnational resistance that is mindful of the power differences between labor organizers in the Global North and the Global South look like?