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SAI Event Topic : India Seminar Series

Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World

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Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 06:00pm

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Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 08:30pm

“Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World”, an event jointly organized by The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute and the Harvard Global Health Institute and presented in New Delhi, examined the connections between human, animal and environmental health, and the response to disease outbreaks in India.


Trauma and Memory: Healing Through Art

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Sat, Nov 3, 2018 at 04:00pm

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Sat, Nov 3, 2018 at 06:00pm

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Lalit Kala Akademi Regional Centre

ADDRESS
Lalit Kala Akademi Regional Centre
GARHI, East of Kailash
New Delhi - 110065

The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University hosted a special talk as part of its Artist Talk: India Seminar Series. The talk titled “Trauma and Memory: Healing through Art” by Kabi Raj Lama – a Nepal based artist and Visiting Artist Fellow at Harvard University retraced the artist’s personal life story involving art, natural disasters and trauma.

The talk looked at the artist’s journey and experience with mental health after two direct encounters confronting traumatic natural disasters: the 2011 Tsunami in Japan and the 2015 Gorkha earthquake in Nepal. Lama talked about his experience and survival stories from the Tsunami and earthquake, and a following realisation that mental health is often ignored in the process of rebuilding after such disasters.


Can Science Make Sense of Life? The Politics of CRISPR Regulation

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Fri, Jan 17, 2020 at 04:30pm

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Fri, Jan 17, 2020 at 06:00pm

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C-Camp, LH1, Bengaluru

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Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP)
UAS-GKVK Campus, Bellary Road,
Bengaluru 560 065, Karnataka, India

Since the discovery of the structure of DNA and the birth of the genetic age, a powerful vocabulary has emerged to express science’s growing command over the matter of life. Armed with knowledge of the code that governs all living things, biology and biotechnology are poised to edit, even rewrite, the texts of life to correct nature’s mistakes. Yet, how far should the capacity to manipulate what life is at the molecular level authorize science to define what life is for? This book looks at flashpoints in law, politics, ethics, and culture to argue that science’s promises of perfectibility have gone too far. Science may have editorial control over the material elements of life, but it does not supersede the languages of sense-making that have helped define human values across millennia: the meanings of autonomy, integrity, and privacy; the bonds of kinship, family, and society; and the place of humans in nature.

Prof. Sheila Jasanoff
Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies,
Harvard Kennedy School

Moderator: Jahnavi Phalkey
Director, Science Gallery Bengaluru

The event is a collaborative effort by Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms, Science Gallery Bengaluru and The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University. 


Breaking the Mould: Girl Power and Beyond in Contemporary India

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Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 03:00pm

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Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 06:00pm

Jacqueline Bhabha (Professor, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health) will be in conversation with Neha J Hiranandani to discuss her book Girl Power: Indian Women Who Broke the Rules. The discussion will focus on the challenges young women still face when it comes to access to education and health while negotiating with the societal expectations. Keeping in with the theme of Neha Hiranandani’s Girl Power – a book about bringing forth the stories of ‘rebel women’ in India – it will ponder on the factors that contribute to the success of many who do break the mould, against the odds.


Fractal Urbanization: Spatial Segregation in Liberalizing India

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Tue, Jan 7, 2020 at 06:00pm

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Tue, Jan 7, 2020 at 08:00pm

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India International Centre

ADDRESS
India International Centre
#40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate
Delhi, India

Speaker: Naveen Bharathi, Mittal Institute Raghunathan Family Fellow, 2019-2020

Moderator: Satish Deshpande, Professor of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics

This presentation will show how residential caste-segregation is independent of city size, using the first-ever large-scale evidence of neighborhood-resolution data from 147 of the largest cities in contemporary India. Bharathi will discuss one of the central conundrums in Indian urbanism — the persistence of caste segregation across the country, and across cities of varying sizes. This finding punctures a hole in one of the central normative promises of India’s urbanization: the gradual withering of traditional caste-based segregation. The talk will provide further fine-grained evidence on the ghettoization of the most spatially marginalized groups in urban India: Muslims and Dalits.



Meritocracy: Perspectives from China Past and Present

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Tue, Nov 27, 2018 at 06:00pm

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Tue, Nov 27, 2018 at 08:30pm

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India International Centre

ADDRESS
India International Centre
#40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate
Delhi, India


VENUE
Kamala Devi Complex

How should societies identify and promote merit? Enabling all people to fulfill their full potential and ensuring that competent and capable leaders are selected to govern are central challenges for any society. Failure to meet these challenges can have enormous costs, for individuals and for societies as a whole. The richness of China’s historical experience and its distinctive current practices offer useful tools for reflection and comparative analysis. Does the case of China offer any lessons – positive or negative – for India to consider?


The Past, Present and Potential Future of Coal in India

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Thu, Jul 19, 2018 at 06:00pm

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Thu, Jul 19, 2018 at 07:30pm

India’s coal industry is highly contested today. Between the immediacy of coal shortages, the transition to renewable energy, and air pollution problems, the long history of the coal industry and India’s deep economic and social dependence on the fuel gets lost in conversation. In this talk, Rohit will give a brief historical sketch of the Indian coal industry, and discuss some of the reasons why Coal India as both a company and a developmental actor has persisted, and is likely to persist in the near future. In particular, he will discuss the political and financial adaptations of the Indian coal industry since its nationalization in the early 1970s and some of the characteristics which differentiate it from other PSUs.

 


Translating Public Health Research into Policy and Action

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Wed, Aug 7, 2019 at 06:00pm

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Wed, Aug 7, 2019 at 08:30pm

In this lecture, K. Vish Viswanath, Lee Kum Kee Professor of Health Communication at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, will discuss public health research and its relationship with policy and action. 

Refreshments will be served. This event is co-sponsored by the Harvard Chan-India Research Center.

Please RSVP to mittalinstitutedelhi@fas.harvard.edu


Rethinking Mizo Nationalism in Contemporary India

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Wed, Jun 5, 2019 at 06:30pm

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Wed, Jun 5, 2019 at 08:00pm

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India International Centre

ADDRESS
India International Centre
#40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate
Delhi, India

Poster image for Rethinking Mizo Nationalism in Contemporary India event.

In this talk, Roluahpuia, the Mittal Institute’s 2018-19 Raghunathan Family Fellow, will explore how and why politics among the Mizos continue to remain nationalistic in India and how to understand this phenomenon in contemporary India. This discussion will be moderated by Virginius Xaxa, Visiting Professor at the Institute for Human Development.


Who Should Own Road Safety? Tackling a Hidden Pandemic

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Thu, May 30, 2019 at 06:00pm

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Thu, May 30, 2019 at 08:00pm

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India International Centre

ADDRESS
India International Centre
#40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate
Delhi, India

In the past decade, over 1.3 million people have been killed in road crashes in India. Ten times more have been left seriously injured or permanently disabled. The issue has emerged as the single biggest killer of young people in India (15-45 age group). Given the multiplicity of agencies and overlapping responsibilities, where should the accountability lie and who should own the issue to resolve it? Are there learnings from dealing with other epidemics that can be applied to road crashes?

This and more in our next India Seminar Series event with Piyush Tewari, Founder and CEO of SaveLIFE Foundation, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and Former Mason Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. Priyank Narayan, Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship at Ashoka University will moderate the discussion.

The lecture will begin at 6.30 pm (High tea will be served at 6.00 pm).


Harnessing Science to Serve Humanity: Vision of Tata Institute for Genetics and Society

This seminar will focus on scientific advancements in research on human health and agriculture in India and the vision of the Tata Institute for Genetics and Society (TIGS) in this field. TIGS is a collaborative research institution that aims to improve health security and food security for India. Dr. Suresh Subramani, Global Director at TIGS and Tata Chancellor’s Chair at University of California, San Diego, will discuss efforts by the Institute to enhance the capacity of scientists to conduct innovative research in genetics in India. Research at TIGS focuses on developing alternative control methods for vector-borne diseases, developing better crops with higher productivity, and finding technological means to alleviate the global issue of antibiotic resistance.

This seminar is delivered in coordination with Harvard Global Research Support Centre India. 

Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to mittalinstitutedelhi@fas.harvard.edu.