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“Aadhaar, India’s Biometric, Unified Payment Interface and the India Stack: Technology at Scale for Development” with Nandan Nilekani

START
Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 05:30pm

END
Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 06:45pm

VENUE
Emerson Hall, Harvard Yard

ADDRESS
Emerson Hall, Harvard Yard
Room 305
25 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

A talk by Nandan Nilekani, former Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and founder of Infosys. Discussant: Tarun Khanna, Director, South Asian Institute; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Business School


Welcome back!

START
Tue, Sep 5, 2017 at 05:00pm

END
Tue, Sep 5, 2017

COST   FREE

VENUE
CGIS South Concourse
Harvard University

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

Celebrate the start of the school year with SAI! The Welcome Back Mixer is a chance for students to enjoy delicious South Asian food while meeting SAI’s Visiting Fellows and faculty, learning about student funding opportunities, and meeting with representatives from Harvard South Asia student groups.






American Council for Southern Asian Art Symposium XVIII

START
Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 04:00pm

END
Sun, Oct 15, 2017 at 12:15pm

COST   $50-$180

VENUE
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138


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

ADDRESS
Mabel Louise Riley Seminar Room (Meeting Room 156)
Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115

ACSAA symposia occur in alternating years, and serve as opportunities to meet colleagues, reconnect with mentors and graduate school cohorts, and share one’s current research with the field.


Crossroads Summer Program

The Crossroads Summer Program is a fully-funded introduction to Harvard and American university culture for students from the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, and Africa, who are the first in their families to attend college and may also be facing challenging financial and social circumstances. Leading Harvard faculty will teach an intensive, multidisciplinary four-day curriculum in Dubai, for up to 60 accomplished, motivated youth.


Workshop on the Liberal Arts in Higher Education

This is a forum for faculty, administrators, and leadership from universities across South Asia, the Middle East, and neighboring regions (Central Asia and East Asia) to explore ways in which universities may develop a liberal arts education program for undergraduate students, while fostering such objectives as sustainable development; social inclusion and peace; and cooperation across national boundaries among individuals, institutions, and governments. These goals are essential to addressing shared global challenges and to realizing opportunities to advance human well-being. Universities, as institutions that prepare future leadership of societies, have a unique role to play in the achievement of these goals, educating students as global citizens who can understand, value, and contribute to the common good.


2017 SAI Symposium, MAY 3-4: South Asia: Migrations and Transformations

START
Wed, May 3, 2017

END
Thu, May 4, 2017

VENUE
Thompson Room
Barker Center

ADDRESS
Thompson Room
Barker Center
12 Quincy St
Cambridge, MA 02138

Join us at the 2017 SAI Symposium, our annual flagship event, where we bring together scholars, practitioners and audiences to discuss, debate and dissect major South Asian themes from an interlocking variety of perspectives. This year, we are exploring migrations and transformations in society, from the points of view of visual arts, life sciences, and the study of displacement.

Learn more and register.


The Astrolabe in Medieval India

START
Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 06:00pm

END
Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 08:00pm

Student Event

Owen Cornwall, Columbia University

This talk will discuss the history of the astrolabe in South Asia between 1200-1600CE. As the most important astronomical instrument in the medieval period, the history of the astrolabe in Europe is fairly well known. The history of the astrolabe in South Asia, however, contains many intriguing gaps and puzzling questions. This talk will outline some of these questions while discussing the ways that the astrolabe figured in the political and literary imaginations of medieval South Asia. It will argue that the Sultans of Delhi positioned themselves as the second coming of the Greeks (particularly Alexander the Great, himself directly associated with the astrolabe in Persian literature) in order to emphasize the civilizational benefits of Islamicate empire in India, including an increased control over the powers of the stars. Through a deep engagement with (and critique of) Ptolemy’s Almagest, Arabic (and later Persian) astral sciences had developed a number of advances over their Sanskrit counterparts, which itself did not have many of the key advances necessary for the development of the astrolabe. As a result, a new genre of Sanskrit astronomy, Tājika-śāstra (The Teachings of the Muslims) was developed by a number of Jains (and later Brahmins) between 1150-1600 to incorporate Perso-Arabic concepts into Sanskrit astronomical models, a rare example of translation of foreign language terminology into Sanskrit during the premodern period.

Cosponsored with the Early Sciences Working Group, the South Asia Institute and South Asia Across Disciplines


Mumbai: Research + Projections Social Sciences and Spatial Thinking

START
Sat, Mar 4, 2017

END
Sat, Mar 4, 2017

VENUE
CGIS South, S010

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S010
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA


VENUE
Harvard University

Special Event

Featuring new and largely unpublished work, this one-day conference sets up a dialogue between designers and social scientists. By connecting fine-grained micro studies with broader imaginations for the metropolitan region, we intend to open up new scalar possibilities for Mumbai.

Cosponsored with Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative.

Enter the conference website and register.