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Weekly Tea Break

START
Wed, Oct 5, 2016 at 03:00pm

END
Wed, Oct 5, 2016 at 04:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, 4th Floor

ADDRESS
CGIS South, 4th Floor
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard faculty, students, fellows, staff, and affiliates are invited to a weekly tea break at SAI’s office, 4th floor of 1730 Cambridge Street. Come enjoy tea and snacks and get to know SAI’s community.

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DeCoding Asian Urbanism

START
Fri, Oct 28, 2016

END
Sat, Oct 29, 2016

VENUE
CGIS South, S010

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S010
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

Special Event

The symposium on DeCoding Asian Urbanism explores the current discourse and creation of innovative architecture and urban interventions that are effectively transforming the spatial and operational landscape of the complex Asian city. The focus is to highlight efforts that strategically embrace the rapid growth and the cultural and physical complexity of the built environment in Asia. The symposium builds on an exhibition at the A+D Architecture +Design Museum>Los Angeles, curated by Kenneth Frampton, Ken Yeang and Farooq Ameen. The comprehensive effort including the exhibition, this symposium and accompanying publication stimulates a dialogue between designers, policy makers and public officials who are shaping the Asian city today.

Cosponsored with the Bengal Foundation and the A+D Museum, Los Angeles

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Weekly Tea Break

START
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 at 04:30pm

END
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 at 05:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, 4th Floor

ADDRESS
CGIS South, 4th Floor
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard faculty, students, fellows, staff, and affiliates are invited to a weekly tea break at SAI’s office, 4th floor of 1730 Cambridge Street. Come enjoy chai tea and snacks and get to know SAI’s community.


Kumbh Mela, The Ephemeral Megacity

START
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 at 02:00pm

END
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 at 03:30pm

VENUE
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

ADDRESS
200 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA 94102

Special Event

This year’s annual SACHI meeting and event will explore the megacity Kumbh Mela and features specialists Diana Eck, professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies at Harvard University, and Rahul Mehrotra, professor of Urban Design and Planning at Harvard Graduate School of Design, followed by a short discussion. Facilitated by Robert Goldman, Professor of Sanskrit, UC Berkeley.

The Kumbh Mela is a Hindu religious fair that occurs every 12 years in India, and has become the largest public gathering in the world. The most recent observance of the festival took place in 2013 in Allahabad, with an estimated attendance of over 80 million people. Because of its size and complexity, the 2013 Kumbh Mela inspired the Harvard South Asia Institute’s flagship multi-year interdisciplinary research project in a number of complementary fields: business, technology and communications, urban studies and design, religious and cultural studies, and public health. Launched in 2015, the “Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity” book and exhibition consolidate research findings and serve as an example of interdisciplinary research conducted at Harvard.

Free with general museum admission.

Join the reception on the Loggia after the program.

This program is co-presented by the Society for Art & Cultural Heritage of India. It is part of the The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe Programs organized by the Asian Art Museum.


From India: The Rhythms of Life

START
Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 06:00pm

END
Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 07:30pm

VENUE
Andover Chapel

ADDRESS
Andover Chapel
45 Francis Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

Cosponsored Event

Featuring music from Sandeep Das (tabla), Rajib Karmaker (sitar) and remarks by Anne Monius, Professor of South Asian Religions

Cosponsored with the Religious Literacy Project, Harvard Divinity School, and MusicUnitesUS, Brandeis University

This event is free and open to the public.


Tea Break

START
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 04:30pm

END
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 05:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, 4th Floor

ADDRESS
CGIS South, 4th Floor
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard faculty, students, fellows, staff, and affiliates are invited to a weekly tea break at SAI’s office, 4th floor of 1730 Cambridge Street. Come enjoy chai tea and snacks and get to know SAI’s community.


Jazz Goes to Bollywood

START
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 06:00pm

END
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 08:00pm

VENUE
MIT Tang Center, Building E51, Room 275

ADDRESS
MIT Tang Center
Building E51, Room 275
2 Amherst Street @ Wadsworth Street
Cambridge, MA

Cosponsored Event

MIT-India and the Harvard South Asia Institute present South Asia and Its Diasporas, a speakers series

Naresh Fernandes, Author of Taj Mahal Foxtrot: The Story of Bombay’s Jazz Age

Discussant: Vivek BaldAssociate Professor, Comparative Media Studies/Writing, MIT

In the late 1950s, a period acknowledged as the Golden Era of Hindi film music, Bollywood songs were enlivened by a rather unusual influence: jazz. This presentation will explain how a group of journeymen jazz musicians fleeing racism in the U.S. in the 1930s gave India a taste for hot music, and how these syncopated sounds found their way into the Hindi film studios. It will also explore how political ideas traveled the other way, as African Americans sought Gandhi’s advice on their political struggles.

Naresh Fernandes is the author of Taj Mahal Foxtrot: The Story of Bombay’s Jazz Age. He is the editor of Scroll.in, a digital news publication in Bombay.

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Radcliffe Advanced Seminar: Exchanging Health Information

START
Thu, Sep 22, 2016

END
Fri, Sep 23, 2016

VENUE
Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

ADDRESS
Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
10 Garden St
Cambridge, MA 02138 ‎

Special Event

The Exchanging Health Information seminar seeks to bring together experts in medicine, computer science, big data, public policy and law to identify a research and policy agenda that addresses implementation barriers to health information exchange.

Building on international standards in health systems interoperability and learning from best practices from other industries, seminar exercises will employ an emerging economy use case (from India) to anchor the two-day deliberations.

The seminar will focus on the state of health information data; imperatives to exchange data, API-based healthcare ecosystems, and requisite policy levers to facilitate safe, secure, health information flow for clinical and public health good.

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Disasters and Development in South Asia

START
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 09:00am

END
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 06:00pm

VENUE
Kresge G1
Harvard School of Public Health

ADDRESS
Kresge G1
Harvard School of Public Health
677 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA

Cosponsored Event

Over a year after Nepal’s earthquake, this conference brings together practitioners, policy-makers, academics, students, and experts in disaster response to examine the importance of risk mitigation, and to discuss the role of development partners, aid accountability and the role of the media in disaster response.

The overarching objectives of this symposium are to share lessons from Nepal’s efforts in disaster preparedness, mitigation, management and reconstruction; and second, to foster dialogue and create links between lessons from other South Asian countries and Nepal’s experience in disaster response. To build relationships between the panelists, Harvard faculty members, Harvard students, and members of the Nepali community in Boston, several sessions including networking lunch, reception and dinner will be organized in addition to the panel discussions. At the end of the symposium, a final report which synthesizes the main ideas and recommendations will be prepared and circulated with the explicit intention of contributing to the existing conversation on building disaster resilient systems in South Asia.

The symposium is Harvard’s first international conference focused on Nepal and is organized by the Office of the Dean of the Harvard. T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and by Harvard Chan Students for Nepal, a student group of Nepali students who have campaigned to ensure the public health community can learn from Nepal’s response to the earthquake.

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Gandhi’s Forgotten Campaign: The Abolition of Indenture and the Mahatma

START
Thu, Sep 15, 2016 at 06:00pm

END
Thu, Sep 15, 2016 at 08:00pm

VENUE
CGIS Knafel, K262
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Student Event

Presented by the South Asia Across Disciplines Workshop

Mrinalini SinhaAlice Freeman Palmer Professor of History; Professor (by courtesy) of English and Women’s Studies; Senior Fellow, Michigan Society of Fellows (2015-), University of Michigan

Respondents:

Sunil AmrithMehra Family Professor of South Asian Studies, Professor of History

Mou BanerjeePhD Candidate, Dept. of History, Harvard University

Cosponsored by the South Asia Across Disciplines Workshop and the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute

The indentured labor system, which had been put in place in the aftermath of Atlantic slavery to replace emancipated African slaves with indentured Indians on colonial plantations overseas, came under widespread attack by the early decades of the 20th century. M.K. Gandhi’s involvement in the movement for the abolition of indenture, or what following the abolition of Atlantic slavery has been called the “second abolition,” helped launch his political career in India. Yet the campaign against indenture occupies an obscure and undigested role in the scholarship on Gandhi and on modern India. What might it mean to restore abolitionism to its role in the advent of Gandhi’s career in India? What might abolitionism tell us about Gandhi’s signature concepts of swaraj and satyagraha? This talk will shed light on the abolition movement in India and explore its implications for understanding Gandhi’s politics.


Grant Opportunities Open House

START
Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 03:30pm

END
Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 05:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S354

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S354
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Student Event

Come learn about SAI summer funding opportunities from past grant recipients. Learn about the various types of grants (research, internship, language), the application process, how to write an appropriate budget for a summer in South Asia, and enjoy some delicious South Asian food.

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