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The Life and Times of Dadabhai Naoroji

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Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 06:00pm

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Tue, Jan 13, 2015

VENUE
National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai

ADDRESS
Auditorium, National Gallery of Modern Art
Sir Cowasji Jehangir Public Hall
M.G. Road
Fort, Mumbai 400032

Dinyar Patel, Ph.D. candidate, Department of History, Harvard University, SAI Graduate Associate

Today, Dadabhai Naoroji (1825-1917) is primarily identified as an early economic thinker, a leader of the moderate wing of the Congress, and the first Indian elected to the British Parliament. This standard school textbook description, however, does little justice to the “Grand Old Man of India,” who was a far more complex and dynamic individual. During his nearly six decades of active political work, Naoroji laid the foundations for much of the Indian nationalist movement and became a globally recognized anti-imperialist figure. Drawing on over three years of intensive research in India, the United Kingdom, and Ireland, Patel will present a detailed examination of Naoroji’s career and also highlight some unusual finds from the archives.

Dinyar Patel is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at Harvard University. His research has been supported by two grants from the Fulbright Program. Patel is co-editor, with Mushirul Hasan, of From Ghalib’s Dilli to Lutyens’ New Delhi: A Documentary Record (Oxford University Press, 2013) and co-editor, with S.R. Mehrotra, of Dadabhai Naoroji: Selected Private Papers (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2015). He is currently completing his dissertation on Naoroji.

Co-sponsored with the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, Ministry of Culture, Government of India in collaboration with SAI, Mumbai & Asia Society, India Chapter

Questions? Contact Namrata Arora, narora@hbs.edu

Tea will be served from 5.30pm to 5.55pm. Lecture will commence at 6pm sharp.


Harvard-US India Initiative Annual Conference

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Fri, Jan 9, 2015

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Sat, Jan 10, 2015

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New Delhi

The Harvard India Initiative 2015, co-sponsored by SAI, hopes to foster targetted dialogue and academic critique on India’s future. This conference is bringing together 450 of the brightest young minds from across the world and India in the hopes of creating a tradition of research-focused policy-making in one of the most vibrant democracies and economies of the world.

More information and how to register.

Q+A with Namrata Narain, Harvard College ’15: Creating a better India


Ambassador Richard Olson: The future of US-Pakistan relations

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Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 08:00am

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Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 09:45am

Richard Olson, US Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Chair: Nicholas BurnsSultan of Oman Professor of the Practice of International Relations, HKS

In a breakfast discussion with  R. Nicholas Burns, HKS, Ambassador Richard Olson will reflect on his experience heading one of the largest US embassies in Islamabad and his views on the US-Pakistan relationship.

Ambassador Olson was sworn in as Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on September 24, 2012.

Previously, he served as the Coordinating Director for Development and Economic Affairs at U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan, from 2011 to 2012. Ambassador Olson also served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates from 2008 to 2011. He is a member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister Counselor.

Olson joined the U.S. Department of State in 1982. He has served in Mexico, Uganda, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, the United Arab Emirates, (where he served both in Abu Dhabi and Dubai), and in Najaf, Iraq. He was also Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

His Washington assignments include: State Department Operations Center (twice), NATO Desk, the Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs (twice, including as Director), and the Office of Iraqi Affairs, including as Director. He graduated from Brown University in 1981, receiving an A.B. in Law and Society (Honors) and History.

Olson has been awarded the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, the Secretary of State’s Award for Public Outreach, the State Department’s Superior Honor Award (three times), and the Secretary of Defense’s Exceptional Civilian Service Award (for his service in Iraq).

Cosponsored with the India & South Asia Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, HKS


Interpreting Cultures

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Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 01:00pm

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Wed, Nov 19, 2014

VENUE
Portico 123, Gund Hall

ADDRESS
Portico 123
Gund Hall
48 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Join IndiaGSD for an illustrated lecture looking at projects in the realm of culture and heritage interpreted through an effective scenography. Siddhartha Das (designer – scenographer, New Delhi) will present his own projects including those for the historic Jal Mahal, Jaipur; an art museum complex, J D Centre of Art, Bhubaneswar;Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Museum Rietberg, Zurich and the Wellcome Collections, London


The Use of Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility for Social Change in South Asia and the US

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Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 12:00pm

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Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 01:30pm

VENUE
Harvard Faculty Club

ADDRESS
Harvard Faculty Club
20 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

SAI Special Event

This event seeks to explore challenges and successes of private and corporate philanthropy in South Asia in a comparative lens to philanthropy in the US. What are the enabling factors in the US that promote philanthropy?  How do these compare to India’s enabling factors? For example, India is the first country to have corporate social responsibility legislation, mandating that companies give 2% of their net profits to charitable causes. How has this changed the landscape of corporate philanthropy? What lessons can the US and South Asia learn from each other?

Harvard Crimson: Panel Highlights Philanthropy Models Across Nations

Lunch will be served.

Rohini Nilekani, Chairperson,  Arghyam; Author of Uncommon Ground: Dialogues between Business and Social Leaders and Stillborn

Rohini Nilekani is Founder-Chairperson, Arghyama foundation she has personally endowed to fund initiatives in ‘safe, sustainable water for all’. Since 2005, Arghyam has supported projects in water and sanitation all around India. Arghyam also facilitates the India Water Portal, which has become a singular resource for the sector. As a committed philanthropist, she continues to fund work in areas such as governance and accountability, independent media, education and research and environmental sustainability.
Full bio.

Geeta Pradhan, Associate Vice President for Programs, The Boston Foundation

Geeta Pradhan is Associate Vice President of Programs at The Boston Foundation, responsible for overseeing and advancing community goals across five program areas:  Education, Health, Jobs, Neighborhoods, and the Arts. She also leads the Foundation’s investment and alignment efforts along the Fairmount Corridor designed to generate transformational opportunities created by new transit investments in Boston’s lowest income neighborhoods. Over her decade of work at the Boston Foundation, Geeta co-created the Boston Indicators Project, launched a 5-year special initiative on the digital divide in Boston, and developed a strategy to support the nonprofit sector. She helped create Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, the state association of nonprofits, Neighborhood Stabilization Loan Fund to turn around foreclosed properties in neighborhoods; and the Catalyst Fund for Nonprofits to support transformational collaborations and mergers among nonprofits. Geeta has over twenty five years of experience in the field of community development.

Chair: Alnoor Ebrahim, Associate Professor in the Social Enterprise Initiative, Harvard Business School

Cosponsored by the Hauser Institute for Civil Society at the Center for Public Leadership

 


Summer Grant Opportunities Open House

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Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 04:00pm

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Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S030
Harvard University

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

Come hear about SAI Summer Funding opportunities from 2014 SAI grant recipients. Learn about the various types of grants, the application process, how to write an appropriate budget for a summer in South Asia, and enjoy some delicious South Asian food.

For more details on SAI grants, click here. 


India’s Maoist Insurgency Challenge

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Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 02:00pm

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Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 03:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Joint Sem­i­nar on South Asian Politics

Jairam Ramesh, Member of Parliament; Former Minister of Environment and Rural Development

Jairam Ramesh, a senior leader of the Indian National Congress party, is an Indian economist and politician. Since June 2004, Ramesh has been a member of parliament in the Rajya Sabha – the upper house of the Parliament of India – from the state of Andhra Pradesh. As an economist, he was entrusted with several crucial roles as an advisor to the Finance Minister (1996-98) and also to the Prime Minister (1991). With a special interest in China, Ramesh is the Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi, since 2002. Jairam Ramesh was also a member of the National Advisory Council that is chaired by Sonia Gandhi.

Brown-Harvard-MIT Seminar on South Asian Politics

The Harvard India Student Group will be hosting a small group discussion with Mr. Ramesh at Harvard Business School, Spangler Grille Game Room from 4:30-6pm. For more info, join the Facebook event.

Co-sponsored by the Wat­son Insti­tute at Brown Uni­ver­sity, the Weath­er­head Cen­ter for Inter­na­tional Affairs at Har­vard Uni­ver­sity and the MIT Cen­ter for Inter­na­tional Studies.


Music Stories of Bengal

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Sun, Nov 2, 2014 at 05:00pm

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Sun, Nov 2, 2014 at 07:00pm

VENUE
Harvard Memorial Church (Harvard Yard)

ADDRESS
Harvard Memorial Church
Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA

SAI Community Event

An evening with:
Folk Minstrel Paban Das Baul; Poet and songwriter Prthwiraj Choudhury; Author Mimlu Sen; and Music producer Dipankar Jojo Chaki

‘Music Stories of Bengal’ is an experiment in bringing live Bengali music of various genres together. This Project is the brainchild of Dipankar Jojo Chaki, Indian National Award Winning Music Producer.

Paban is a world famous Indian folk singer based in Paris. Paban belongs to the ‘Baul’ tradition of Indian folk singers. He collaborates with musicians from around the world and has developed a new genre of Baul music called ‘Afro-Baul’. His most popular album was titled ‘Real Sugar’ and was launched by Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records in London. He has performed in venues around the world, including the Jaipur Literature Festival and the ‘Nine Lives’ Concert, 2009 in London, of William Dalrymple. He has contributed to several film soundtracks including the popular song ‘Shundori Komola’ from the film Shukno Lonka.

Popular song by Paban Das Baul

Prithwiraj Choudhury is a Harvard Professor and singer/songwriter/poet. He has published four books of poetry, most recently the book ‘Kotha Com’ published by Signet Press (Ananda Publishers).

Song written, composed and sung by Choudhury

Purbo Paschim by Choudhury 

Mimlu Sen is the author of the book ‘Baulsphere’ that documents the lives of the Baul musicians. While living in France, Mimlu Sen witnessed a performance by the Bauls, a group of wandering mystic-minstrels from West Bengal. Captivated by the music and by one of the musicians in particular, she returned to the country of her childhood: “yearning for the deep familiar breath of India”.

Tickets will be sold for $10 at the event, and can also be reserved ahead of time by calling Mandrita at 203-524-7658.

Free parking at 52 Oxford Street.

Join the Facebook event.


Think like an Entrepreneur: Taking a multi-disciplinary approach to exploring entrepreneurial opportunities

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Wed, Oct 8, 2014 at 07:15pm

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Wed, Oct 8, 2014 at 08:15pm

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Harvard Allston Education Portal

ADDRESS
Harvard Allston Education Portal
224 Western Ave.
Allston, MA

What can individuals do to address a defined problem?
Explore how entrepreneurship and innovation tackle complex problems.

Using the lens of health to explore entrepreneurial opportunities, Harvard Business School  Professor Tarun Khanna, Director of SAI, will give a free public lecture and lead a discussion based on his HarvardX course Entrepreneurship and Healthcare in Emerging Economies. Attendees will learn about prior attempts to address complex health problems, identify points of opportunity for smart entrepreneurial efforts, and propose their own solutions. Participants will see that both problems and solutions are multi-disciplinary in nature, and draw on a range of sectors and fields of study.

Professor Khanna’s presentation is part of Harvard University’s new educational initiative HarvardX for Allston, which brings HarvardX online courses to the Allston-Brighton and Greater Boston community by offering programs that integrate the latest in virtual education technologies with opportunities for in-person interactions and discussion.

Coinciding with his public lecture, Professor Khanna will launch a free online HarvardX course, “Entrepreneurship and Health Care in Emerging Economies” which he is co-teaching with Sue J. Goldie, HGHI’s founding faculty director and the director of the new Global Health Education and Learning Incubator at Harvard University. That course commences on Thursday, Oct. 30 that is open and available to all. In November and December, the Ed Portal will host in-person discussion groups led by a Harvard teaching fellow to discuss case studies from the course (dates to be announced).

RSVP


Unique Biometric ID: Creating a Large Scale Digital Ecosystem Using the Aadhaar Experience

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Mon, Nov 3, 2014 at 06:00pm

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Mon, Nov 3, 2014 at 07:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S010

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S010
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

SAI Mahindra Lecture

Nandan NilekaniFormer Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India; Co-founder of Infosys; Author of ‘Imagining India’

Reception to follow.

Read: Creating unique digital identities


South Asia Exchange: Thoughts, Responses and Questions

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Wed, Oct 8, 2014 at 06:00pm

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Wed, Oct 8, 2014 at 09:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South Concourse
Harvard University

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

A group show called South Asia Exchange:
An exhibition exploring contemporary dialogue about South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, including social justice, pop culture, industry, the environment, food, music, and how they come into play with the idea of exchange.

Exhibit duration: October 6 – October 14, 2014

Opening Reception:
Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6 – 9 p.m.
Panel Discussion:
Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Exhibit is open to the public :
Mon-Thurs: 7 AM – 9 PM
Fri: 7 AM – 7 PM

Cosponsored with MITHAS and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts


The Wakhis at musical crossroads of Tajikistan and Pakistan

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Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 01:00pm

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Wed, Oct 1, 2014

VENUE
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

SAI South Asia Without Border Seminar

Richard Wolf, Department of Music and South Asian Studies, Harvard University

Cosponsored with the Harvard Committee on Inner Asian and Altaic Studies