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Hinduism in Nepal: The Ritual Dimension

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Sun, Jan 20, 2019 at 10:00am

END
Tue, Jan 22, 2019 at 05:00pm

As part of the Nepal Studies ProgramProfessor Michael Witzel will lead a conference titled “Hinduism in Nepal: The Ritual Dimension.” Ritual has played a major role in Hindu societies, from the Vedas to modern times, and it has been particularly prominent in Nepalese society. It accompanies individuals from morning until night, from birth to death, and it shapes the customs of society throughout the year. This conference will explore some of the rituals, past and present, that are typical for Nepal. Stress is put on the extensive documentation that has been carried out over the past few decades. This conference will focus mainly on fire rituals, including Agnihotra, Homa, and more.

This conference is hosted with the support of the Nepal Leadership Academy (NLA). NLA builds leadership capacity in young change-agents—who are guided by the shared values of collaborating, innovating, and serving and the shared principles of community, justice, and sustainability—to architect effective policy, business, and civic solutions that tackle the most grueling adaptive challenges.

The reception on January 21 is provided by Himalayan Children’s Charities. Through quality education and mentorship, this organization provides the under-served youth of Nepal the pathways to become the next generation of professionals, leaders, and change makers.


Buddhism in Nepal, Past and Present

START
Mon, May 7, 2018 at 01:00pm

END
Mon, May 7, 2018 at 06:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S030
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S030
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

As part of the Nepal Studies Program, Leonard van der Kuijp, Professor of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies, will lead a conference titled “Buddhism in Nepal, Past and Present.” Based on medieval documents and modern practice, this conference will explore the spread and development of Buddhism in the India-Nepal-Tibet corridor.

 

Conference Schedule:

1-1:30 PM THE NEWAR LUMBINI VIHARA PROJECT 
Naresh Man Bajracharya, Professor of Buddhist Studies and Vice Chancellor of Lumbini Buddhist University, Nepal

1:30-2 PM  A BUDDHIST CONTEMPLATIVE FROM MUKTINĀTH: TENZIN REPA (1646-1723) 
Kurtis R. Schaeffer, The Frances Myers Ball Professor of Religion, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA

2-2:30 PM  THE ROLE OF SOCIAL AND CIVIC GROUPS IN THE REVITALIZATION OF BUDDHISM IN KATHMANDU 
Nirmal Man Tuladhar, Professor of Linguistics and Chair of Social Science Baha, Nepal

2:30-2:45 Q & A

2:45-3:15 PM Coffee/Chai Break

3:15-3:45 PM  MAPPING ASAN: DOCUMENTING RELIGIOUS SITES AND URBAN TRADITIONS 
Todd T. Lewis, Murray Distinguished Professor of the Arts and Humanities, Professor of Asian Religions, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, USA

3:45-4:25 PM  A NEWAR LHASA TRADING FAMILY: FROM ARCHIVE TO HISTORY 
Siddhartha Tuladhar, Senior Research Officer of New ERA, Pvt. Ltd., Nepal 

4:25-4:55 PM  A TIBETAN SANSKRIT SCHOLAR IN THE KATHMANDU VALLEY: THE CASE OF KHRO PHU LOTSAWA (1173-1236) 
Leonard W.J. van der Kuijp, Professor of South Asian Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

4:55-5:15 PM Q & A

5:15-6 PM Reception


Buddhism in Nepal, Past and Present

START
Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 10:00am

END
Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 04:00pm

As part of the Nepal Studies Program, Leonard van der Kuijp, Professor of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies, will lead a conference titled “Buddhism in Nepal, Past and Present.” Based on medieval documents and modern practice, this conference will explore the spread and development of Buddhism in the India-Nepal-Tibet corridor.


Debrief Nepal: Reflections on a Rapid Scenario Planning Exercise on Earthquake Preparedness

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Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 05:30pm

END
Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 07:00pm

VENUE
Hotel Yak & Yeti, Nepal

ADDRESS
Hotel Yak & Yeti
Durbar Marg
Kathmandu, Nepal

Special Event

Jerold Kayden, Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Sarita Maskey, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Nepal Government

Shriju Pradhan, Deputy Director, Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Government of Nepal

David Sanderson, Judith Nielsen Chair, University of New South Wales

Anshu Sharma, Co-founder and Chief Mentor, SEEDS

Although scientists can say with near certainty that a major earthquake will strike the Kathmandu Valley in the future, they cannot predict with certainty when that major earthquake will strike.  Such uncertainty generates another kind of uncertainty, about what to do now, in the near term, and in the long term.  It can even facilitate delays in needed decision-making.  Nepali stakeholders, drawn from government, civil society, and the private sector, joined several outside participants in a just-completed one-day exercise using rapid scenario and other planning methods to unlock implementable ideas for securing an earthquake-resilient Kathmandu Valley. They will report on the outcome of the working exercise during this panel discussion.

High Tea to Follow

This initiative is part of the Harvard South Asia Institute’s Nepal Studies Program, launched with generous support from Jeffrey M. Smith.

In partnership with University of New South Wales, Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu University, and Harvard Alumni Group of Nepal

Join the conversation: #DebriefNepal.



Debrief Nepal: Reflections on an In-Country Rapid Planning Exercise on Earthquake Preparedness

START
Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 05:00pm

END
Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 06:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S030
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S030
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Special Event

Jerold Kayden, Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Sarita Maskey, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Nepal Government

Shriju Pradhan, Deputy Director, Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Government of Nepal

David Sanderson, Judith Nielsen Chair, University of New South Wales

Anshu Sharma, Co-founder and Chief Mentor, SEEDS

Although scientists can say with near certainty that a major earthquake will strike the Kathmandu Valley in the future, they cannot predict with certainty when that major earthquake will strike.  Such uncertainty generates another kind of uncertainty, about what to do now, in the near term, and in the long term.  It can even facilitate delays in needed decision-making.  Nepali stakeholders, drawn from government, civil society, and the private sector, joined several outside participants in a just-completed one-day exercise using rapid scenario planning methods to unlock implementable ideas for securing an earthquake-resilient Kathmandu Valley. They will report on the outcome of the working exercise during this panel discussion.

Reception to Follow

This initiative is part of the Harvard South Asia Institute’s Nepal Studies Program, launched with generous support from Jeffrey M. Smith.

In partnership with University of New South Wales, Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu University, and the Harvard Asia Center

Join the conversation: #DebriefNepal.


The 2015 Nepal Earthquake: Perspectives on Response, Reconstruction, Accountability

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Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 05:45pm

END
Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 07:00pm

VENUE
Kresge G2
Harvard School of Public Health

ADDRESS
Kresge G2
Harvard School of Public Health
677 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA

Cosponsored Events

Join us to remember the lives lost, and to continue the conversation on the public health impact of, and response to, disasters. is event brings together academics, practitioners and students to examine lessons on earthquake response, aid accountability, and health systems strengthening following the disaster that rocked Nepal on April 25, 2015

Bijay Acharya, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital & MPH ‘2016

Richard Cash, Senior Lecturer, Department of Global Health and Population

Emily Troutman, Founder, Aid.Works, DC

Moderator: Jennifer Leaning, HSPH; Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights

Light Nepali snacks from 5.30pm
Organized by Harvard Chan Students for Nepal Society, South Asian Students Organization

Please RSVP through the link: http://tiny.cc/sfnspringseminar


The Earthquake in Nepal: Reflections on Relief & Recovery One Year Later

START
Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 01:15pm

END
Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 02:30pm

VENUE
Ash Center Lobby

ADDRESS
Ash Center Lobby
Suite 200 North
124 Mt. Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA

Cosponsored Event

On April 25, 2015, the Gorkha Earthquake struck Nepal, causing extensive damage and taking the lives of thousands. In this panel discussion, speakers, including students from several Harvard graduate programs, will draw on their research to discuss how relief and recovery have progressed in the year since the disaster occurred.

Speakers:

  • Erica Kelly, MPP16, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Yoko Okura, MPP17, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Oscar Natividad, MDes16, Harvard Graduate School of Design
  • Ashley Thompson, MDes17, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Closing remarks by Mohan Das Manandhar, Chairperson of Nepal Energy Foundation

Moderated by Arnold M. Howitt, Faculty Co-Director of the Program on Crisis Leadership and Executive Director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School

Co-sponsored by the Program on Crisis Leadership (Ash and Taubman Centers), Harvard Kennedy School


The Scope of Spatial Data and Technology for Building Resilience of Vulnerable Groups: A Case of 2015 Nepal Earthquake and Informal Settlements in Kathmandu

START
Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 12:00pm

END
Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 02:00pm

VENUE
Room 124, Gund Hall

ADDRESS
Gund Hall, Room 124
48 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Cosponsored Event

Informal settlements are the common features of urban growth in most developing countries and are typically the product of an urgent need for shelter by the urban poor. Rapid urbanization, inefficient land administration and inadequate capability to cope with the housing needs of people in urban areas have contributed to the development of informal settlements or slums. The problem related to informal settlements is a very serious urban issue for developing countries. Informal settlers are more exposed and vulnerable to natural hazards that the general population and they are more likely to be affected and displaced by disasters. They tends to receive less housing assistance in their aftermath and are one of the vulnerable groups after disasters as they do not have legal land ownership documents and they are invisible on the records of city authorities. The humanitarian response and the reconstruction program led by central government or concerned authority tends to overlook informal settlers. The spatial data and technology can play a significant role for building resilience of vulnerable urban groups such as informal settlers. This presentation explores the role of spatial data infrastructure (SDI) and technology for disaster risk reduction and community resilience. A case of Nepal Earthquake 2015 has been taken as a case study.

Dev Raj Paudyal is a Lecturer in the School of Civil Engineering and Surveying, University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Australia. He has a M. Sc. Degree in Geoinformation Management (GIM2) from ITC, the Netherlands and a Doctor of Philosophy from University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Australia. He has more than 15 years of professional experience and approximately 40 research publications. Dev is currently the individual member representative and director at Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association (GSDIA) Board, Past President of International Geospatial Society (IGA), Co-chair of International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Technical Commission WGIV/4, member of Mixed Methods International Research Association and registered Graduate Surveyor at Surveyors Board of Queensland (SBQ), Australia. Dev’s research interests lie in the areas of cadastral, land and geographic information systems, land administration, spatial data infrastructures, disaster management, urban planning including informal settlements, building resilience of vulnerable groups after disaster and natural resource management.

Cosponsored with the Harvard Graduate School of Design MDes Risk and Resilience Lecture


Nepal – In Memoriam: Closing Reception and Fundraiser

START
Thu, Oct 29, 2015 at 05:00pm

END
Thu, Oct 29, 2015

VENUE
CGIS Knafel Concourse

ADDRESS
CGIS Knafel Concourse
1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

Photographs by Grzegorz Ekiert

Ongoing exhibit through October 29, 2015

Closing reception and fundraiser: Thursday, October 29, 5:00 p.m.

This exhibit is designed to raise funds for SAI’s Nepal Research and Reconstruction Fund. It provides support for projects in Nepal developed in partnership with local organizations, with a focus on Nepal’s long-term reconstruction. Visit the Harvard for Nepal website to reserve and purchase these limited edition photographs taken in Kathmandu during 2007 and 2009 or  to make donation to the Fund.

Click here to learn how to reserve photos.

Sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center, the South Asia Institute, the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, and the Korea Institute


Consequences and Responses: Lessons from and for Nepal

START
Thu, May 14, 2015 at 04:00pm

END
Thu, May 14, 2015 at 07:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S010

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S010
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

Special Event

4:00-5:30pm: Panel I, Public Health, Water and Sanitation and Rebuilding of Places and Heritage Sites

Co Moderator: Xeno Acharya, MPH, Harvard School of Public Health; Students For Nepal

Jarrod GoentzelDirector, MIT Humanitarian Response Lab; Lecturer, MIT

Michael HooperAssociate Professor of Urban Planning, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

Daniele LantagneUsen Family Career Development Professor, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University

Atul Pokharel, Postdoctoral Fellow in International Studies, Brown University

6:00-7:30pm: Panel II, Equity in Humanitarian Efforts

Co Moderator: Anuraj Jha, Harvard Kennedy School; Students For Nepal

Jerold S. Kayden, Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Ankit Rauniyar, Master’s Candidate, Real Estate Development, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Pukar Malla, Executive Director, Daayitwa and Former Senior Research Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School

Chair and Moderator: Jennifer LeaningFrançois-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights; HSPH, Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University

7:30pm: Candlelight Vigil, Steps of Memorial Church, Harvard Yard

 

Cosponsored with Students for Nepal


Building a new Nepal – After the Quake

START
Mon, May 4, 2015 at 12:00pm

END
Mon, May 4, 2015 at 01:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

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

SAI Special Event

Prashant Jha, Associate Editor, Hindustan Times.

Chair: Madhav Khosla, Ph.D. Candidate in Political Theory, Department of Government, Harvard University

On April 25, Nepal was hit by a devastating earthquake. Almost 5000 people have died and the numbers are steadily increasing. The full scale of losses in terms of human casualties, homes destroyed and cultural heritage reduced to rubble is still not known. The earthquake has tested the already limited resolve of the Nepali state, which is struggling to cope and respond to the disaster – especially in rural areas. In this backdrop, what is the current situation on the ground and challenges ahead for the government? How did Nepal get here and could a functional political order have equipped the country to deal with this better? What will be the possible political implications of this disaster – in terms of the quest for a new constitution? What has been the role of India in relief efforts – and in general in Nepal? Where does the rest of the international community come in? The talk will focus on these and related issues.

 Note: This event was originally scheduled to be titled ‘Remaking a nation: Nepal’s tryst with peace, constitutionalism and sovereignty.’

Learn more about Harvard For Nepal.