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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.

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The Astrolabe in Medieval India

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Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 06:00pm

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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.

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Remembering Faiz: A tribute to the great poet

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Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 07:30pm

END
Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 11:00pm

Special Event

Poetic Strokes is proud to join hands with South Asia Institute at Harvard University in bringing “Remembering Faiz – A tribute” to Dubai.

Grandson of Faiz, Adeel Hashmi will recite his poetry along with some other performances by the award winner Sonam Kalra and Asad Anees – The Virtuoso Pianist.

Event is on THURSDAY, February 23, 2017, at Emirates international auditorium at Emirates International school, Jumeriah.

Tickets available (priced at AED 250)  https://dubai.platinumlist.net/event-tickets/43117/remembering-faiz?show=44153

Seats are limited.

For further information please call 050 4216601 or 050 3839586.

Cosponsored with Poetic Strokes.

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Film Screening and Q+A with Deepa Mehta: Anatomy of Violence

START
Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 05:00pm

END
Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 07:30pm

VENUE
Starr Auditorium
Harvard Kennedy School

ADDRESS
Starr Auditorium
Harvard Kennedy School
79 J. F. Kennedy Street,
Cambridge, MA

Film Screening

Deepa Mehta, Filmmaker

Deepa Mehta will be screening her latest movie ‘The Anatomy of Violence’ on the sidelines of the India Conference. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Ms. Deepa Mehta, a UN representative, Harvard student activist Gulika Reddy, and Harvard Professor Jacqueline Bhabha

Celebrated filmmaker Deepa Mehta investigates one of India’s most notorious crimes — the 2012 gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman on a Delhi bus — in her angry, impassioned and essential new film.

In December 2012, a 23-year-old woman and her friend got on a private bus in Delhi. The men already on board — five passengers and the bus driver — gang-raped the woman, beat her friend, and threw them onto the street. The woman died of her injuries two weeks later. The case made worldwide news and was instrumental in activating Indian policy discussions about women’s rights and the government’s duty to prosecute for rape.

Deepa Mehta’s Anatomy of Violence takes a fearless approach to the topic. In collaboration with theatre artist Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry, Mehta worked improvisationally with her actors to envisage possible sociological and psychological backgrounds and pasts for the perpetrators and the victim. The film posits formative events in the men’s lives, imagining the origins of their violent, remorseless personalities, while presenting the woman’s life in parallel.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating will be first come first serve.

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

START
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.


Livelihood Creation in India

START
Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 06:00pm

END
Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 09:00pm

VENUE
New Delhi

Special Event

Please join the Harvard University South Asia Institute (SAI) for the final event of the collaborative project with the Tata Trusts on ‘Livelihood Creation in India’.

High tea reception will be followed by a presentation on the impact of the project by Harvard faculty, including Professor Tarun Khanna and two panel discussions. Three publications compiled by Harvard faculty, fellows and eminent experts in the area will be released on this occasion. These include:

  • Innovation in Tradition: Rural Livelihood Creation in the Indian Crafts Sector
  • Science for Society: Science and Technology Based Social Entrepreneurship
  • Task-shifting in Healthcare: Reframing the AYUSH Debate

Location: The Taj Mahal Hotel, Number One Mansingh Road, New Delhi, DL 110011

Program:

6- 6:30 pm Tea and grantees funded by the TT-SAI program will be on display.

6:30 – 6:40   Welcome: Shashank Shah, Project Director; Tarun Khanna, Director, Harvard South Asia Institute, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School

6:40 – 6:50   Keynote by Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog; and release of 3 TT-SAI publications on the Crafts, Task Shifting, and Science

6:50 – 7:35   Session 1: Handicraft Sector; Moderator: Vandana Bhandari, Professor NIFT, Delhi

7:35 – 7:45   Break

7:45 – 8:30   Session 2: Science & Technology; Satya Prakash Dash, Head of Strategy at DBT, Ravi Elangovan, IIT-D, Vikram Gandhi, HBS, Asha Impact, Satchit Balsari, HSPH; Moderator: Tarun Khanna, SAI, HBS

8:30-8:35    Closing remarks: Manish Kumar, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, National Skill Development Corporation (To be confirmed)

 

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The Importance of Religious and Cultural Literacy in a Cosmopolitan World

START
Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 05:00pm

END
Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 07:00pm

Special Event

Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures; former Director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University

Our world is marked by difference. The inability to engage with and understand these differences has led to polarizations, tensions and conflict in many societies. In recent decades, these conflicts have been particularly acute and tragic when they are framed in religious terms. Illiteracy about the nature of religion has led to political climates that are crippling intellectually and threatening to the pluralistic fabric of society. This talk will discuss the importance of promoting literacy about the relationship between religion and culture as one of the essential pre-requisites for the well-being of societies and the project of democracy globally.

Cosponsored with Habib University

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Harvard Club of India Event

START
Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 07:00pm

END
Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 09:00pm

Cosponsored Event

University Update Q&A with Harvard Vice Provost Mark Elliott, followed by reception

Location: Aqaba, Level P5, Club House, Peninsula Business Park,
Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400013, India

Free to attend. Business attire. For questions about this event please contact Vibha Kagzi MBA ’10 at vibha@reachivy.com.

Cosponsored with Harvard Alumni Association, Harvard Club of India, Harvard Club of Mumbai,  Harvard Club of Chennai, Harvard alumni community in Bengaluru, Harvard Business School India Research Center, and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health India Center.

 


Harvard Club of India Event

START
Fri, Jan 6, 2017 at 06:00pm

END
Fri, Jan 6, 2017 at 08:00pm

University Update Q&A with Harvard Vice Provost Mark Elliott, followed by reception

RSVP to jprins@post.harvard.edu; registration fee will be collected at the door.

For questions about this event please contact Jodi Prins AB ’94, MBA ’00 at jprins@post.harvard.edu

Cosponsored with Harvard Alumni Association, Harvard Club of India, Harvard Club of Mumbai,  Harvard Club of Chennai, Harvard alumni community in Bengaluru, Harvard Business School India Research Center, and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health India Center.

 


Misaq-e-Ishq: The Covenant of Love

START
Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 07:00pm

END
Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 08:30pm

Cosponsored Event

The Lahore Biennale Foundation, the LUMS School of Education and the Harvard South Asia Institute present

An Evening dedicated to Music, Poetry and the Arts
Misaq-e-Ishq: The Covenant of Love

Featuring

Music and poetry recital by
Ali Sethi

With Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim Religion and Cultures at Harvard University

And an introduction to the inaugural Lahore Biennale by Artistic Director Rashid Rana
Location: Ali Institute of Education, Main Auditorium, Ferozepur Road

A music-and-poetry recital around the Sufi ideal of Love. Spanning many regions, languages and eras, the ensemble touches upon the works of regional masters and Sufi visionaries Amir Khusraw, Shams Sabzwari, Bulleh Shah, and Shah Abdul Latif.
Donations will be used to promote the arts and education.

This event is supported by
Institute for Policy Reforms

For Event Passes, contact 0321-948-6822

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