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Cultivating Trust Can Unlock India’s Potential

Thu, Apr 22, 2021 at 12:30am

Thu, Apr 22, 2021 at 01:50am

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10:00-11:20 am IST // 12:30-1:50 am ET

Join us for the 13th Session of Distinguished Global Indian Speaker Series by Amity University Gurugram, and co-sponsored by The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute.


10:00-10:10 am IST // 12:30-12:40 am ET
Opening Remarks by Prof. (Dr.) Gunjan M. Sanjeev, Vice President, RBEF, Director-International Affairs
Welcome Address by Prof. (Dr) P.B. Sharma,Vice Chancellor, Amity University Gurugram
Words of Wisdom by Dr. Aseem Chauhan, Chancellor, Amity University

10:10-10:15 am IST // 12:40-12:45 am ET
Felicitation Ceremony and Presentation of Virtual Citation to Prof. (Dr.) Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, HBS; Director, Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University 

10:15-10:55 am IST // 12:45-1:25 am ET
Special Session: “Cultivating Trust Can Unlock India’s Potential” by Prof. (Dr.) Tarun Khanna

10:55-11:00 am IST // 1:25-1:30 am ET                
Celebrating Three Years of Publication of the Book: Trust: Creating the Foundation for Entrepreneurship in Emerging Countries, authored by Prof (Dr.) Tarun Khanna 

11:00-11:20 am IST // 1:30-1:50 am ET
Q&A interaction followed by Vote of Thanks by Prof. (Dr) Gunjan M Sanjeev

Innovating in the Health Sector in India

Mon, Apr 19, 2021 at 10:00am

Mon, Apr 19, 2021 at 11:15am


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7:30–8:45 PM IST // 10:00 AM–11:15 AM EDT 
Over the past three years, the Mittal Institute, in partnership with the Tata Trusts, has been conducting research into innovations in healthcare in India. These innovations are focused on expanding access to care, widening the range of services offered, and re-imagining the mode of healthcare delivery. Join us for a discussion on this research. Panelists will speak about innovating in the public health sector, translating health research into practice, and the challenges of creating an enabling environment for these innovations to thrive.
Welcome Remarks by Manoj Kumar, Founder, Social Alpha and Senior Advisor, Tata Trusts
  • Vikram Patel, The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health, Harvard Medical School
  • Satchit Balsari, Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Anant Bhan, Bhopal Hub Head, Sangath
  • Pawan Sinha, Professor of Vision and Computational Neuroscience, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Rajani Ved, Former Executive Director, National Health Systems Resource Centre

Consequences: South and Southeast Asia and the 2020 U.S. Election

Thu, Dec 3, 2020 at 12:00pm

Thu, Dec 3, 2020 at 01:00pm


Location: Online, via Zoom

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Mattias Fibiger, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Erik Kuhonta, Associate Professor of Political Science, McGill University

Doreen Lee, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Northeastern University; Visiting Scholar, Harvard University Asia Center

Ashutosh Varshney, Sol Goldman Professor of International Studies and the Social Sciences; Professor of Political Science; Director; the Center for Contemporary South Asia, Brown University

Chair/Moderator: James Robson, James C. Kralik and Yunli Lou Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations; Victor and William Fung Director, Harvard University Asia Center; Chair, Regional Studies East Asia, Harvard University

Asia Beyond the Headlines Seminar Series, Harvard University Asia Center; co-sponsored with the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute

Art and Science of Heritage Conservation: Finding the Right Balance, Part 2

Thu, Dec 17, 2020 at 09:00am

Thu, Dec 17, 2020 at 10:15am


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6:00–7:15 AM PT // 9:00 AM–10:15 AM ET // 7:00–8:15 PM PKT // 7:30–8:45 PM IST // 8:00–9:45 PM BST

This event is the second in a 2-part series. View Part 1 here.

As part of the Mittal Institute’s Program for Conservation of Culture, this webinar will focus on the status of art conservation science in South Asia today. The panelists will explore how to develop and carry out a leading art conservation science program in South Asia.

This event is co-hosted by the Mittal Institute and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) museum in Mumbai, India. 


  • Anupam Sah, Head of Art Conservation, Research, and Training, CSVMS, Mumbai


  • Vinod Daniel, Board Member of International Council of Museums and Chairman of AusHeritage
  • Anusha Kasthuriarachchi, Department of Archaeology, Colombo
  • Jinah Kim, Professor of Indian and South Asian Art, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
  • Bijaya Kumar Shahi, Founder Chairperson, ICOM, Nepal;
  • Manager Singh, Director General, National Research Laboratory for Conservation of Cultural Property, Lucknow
  • Sharada Srinivasan, Professor, School of Humanities, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru

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Book Talk: Rahul Mehrotra’s “Working in Mumbai”

Fri, Nov 13, 2020 at 01:30pm

Fri, Nov 13, 2020 at 02:30pm


Rahul Mehrotra will present his new book, Working in Mumbai, with panelists Eve Blau and Mark Lee.

Working in Mumbai is a critical reflection on thirty years of the practice of RMA Architects. Rahul Mehrotra weaves a narrative to connect his multiple engagements in architectural practice, including teaching, research, documenting, writing, and exhibiting since the establishment of the practice in 1990. The book is structured around the subjects of interior architecture, critical conservation, and work and living spaces that straddle the binaries of the global and the local as well as the rural and the urban.

While the book is a portfolio of the selected works of RMA Architects, the projects are curated so as to unravel and clarify the challenges faced by architects in India and in several parts of the “majority” world where issues related to rapid urbanization and the impacts of global capital are among the many that dispute conventional models of practice. Working in Mumbai is used emblematically to interrogate the notion of context and understand how the practice evolved through its association with the city of Bombay/Mumbai.

This Graduate School of Design (GSD) series offers the opportunity for faculty to discuss their recent publications, their research, or their thoughts on teaching. It serves as a forum in which faculty can share and discuss their research and projects while in process, in addition to finished publications. 

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This event is organized by the Frances Loeb Library and South Asia Institute.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health in China, India, and the United States

Mon, Nov 9, 2020 at 08:15pm

Mon, Nov 9, 2020 at 09:30pm


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  • Arthur Kleinman, Professor of Medical Anthropology, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School


  • Xiao Shuiyuan, Professor, Central South University, Xianya School of Public Health
  • Yifeng Xu, President, Shanghai Mental Health Center; Head & Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine; Director, WHO/Shanghai Collaborating Center for Research and Training in Mental Health
  • Vikram Patel, The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Professor, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Co-Founder and Member of Managing Committee, Sangath
  • Karestan Koenen, Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology and Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Host and Commentator

  • Winnie Yip, Professor of Global Health Policy and Economics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Director, Harvard China Health Partnership; Acting Director, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies

This is a Fairbank Center Director’s Seminar. This event is sponsored by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and the Harvard China Health Partnership, and co-sponsored by the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute.

Daastan è South Asia

Thu, Oct 8, 2020 at 01:00am

Thu, Oct 8, 2020 at 02:00am


This 60-minute presentation will showcase the range of work Harvard has been able to do in South Asia. It will focus the spotlight on efforts to drive public health communication and policy translation, influence management practice and capability building in education, and how leaders in South Asia are making a difference in the places where they live and work by adopting smart business models, leveraging technology, and using business as a force for good.

Using the visual storytelling medium, Dastaan è South Asia strings together stories from frontline workers, leaders in business, academia, government, our alumni, donors, and other stakeholders bringing to life the diversity, development challenges, and cultural context of the region. 

Time: 1:00a EST / 10:30a IST / 10:00a PKT / 11:00a BST 

Venue: Live on 24 hours of Harvard website 

This event is presented as part of “24 Hours of Harvard,” a special feature of Worldwide Week at Harvard 2020. It is co-sponsored by the Harvard Business School India Research Center, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health India Center, Harvard Business Publishing, and the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute. 

Channels of Expression in Times of Change

Wed, Oct 7, 2020 at 01:00pm

Wed, Oct 7, 2020 at 02:00pm


Featuring music and dance across continents, this session sheds light on creative and expressive processes and celebrates the means of resilience they provide. Four units of Harvard University across continents will present dance expressions of ancient, modern, and contemporary understandings of:

  • Cosmic synergies encompassing both change and equilibrium in the cosmos (Asia)
  • Timeless truths on human emotion and experience to seek answers to contemporary questions (North America)
  • Human relations and their dynamics (Europe)
  • Universal connections between humanity and elements of nature (South America)

The presentation of these four dance performances will be followed by a conversation among the artists and special guests.

Opening remarks by Sanjay Kumar (The Mittal Institute, New Delhi), Helena Monteiro (DRCLAS Brazil), Evan Katsarelis (CHS Greece), and Zoie Lafis (CHS US, also the curator of this event)

Guest respondents: Panayotis League, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology and Director of the Center for Music of the Americas, Florida State University

Time: 1:00p EDT / 10:30p IST / 2:00p BRT / 5:00p UTC / 8:00p EET 

Venue: Live on 24 hours of Harvard website 

This event is a collaboration between David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (Brazil), The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Center for Hellenic Studies, and Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece. It is presented as part of “24 Hours of Harvard,” a special feature of Worldwide Week at Harvard 2020

COVID and Telemedicine: Experience from China, India, and the U.S.

Wed, Oct 7, 2020 at 10:30pm

Wed, Oct 7, 2020 at 11:30pm


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COVID-19 has claimed many lives in the world. It has also caused catastrophic economic, social, and psychological costs that have far-reaching implications on human welfare. This session examines the effects of COVID-19 on the economy of China, the first country hit by COVID-19 and the first major economy that is gradually re-opening.

Hongqiao Fu, Assistant Professor in Health Economics and Policy in School of Public Health, Peking University
Ajay Nair, Co-founder, MeraDoctor
Atveev Mehrotra, Associate Professor of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School

Moderator: Winnie Chi-Man Yip, Professor of Global Health Policy and Economics, Harvard School of Public Health; Director, Harvard China Health Partnership; Interim Director, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies.

Sponsored by Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and Harvard China Health Partnership. Co-sponsored by the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute and the Harvard University Asia Center. This panel discussion is presented as part of “24 Hours of Harvard,” a special feature of Worldwide Week at Harvard 2020.

This discussion will be streamed online. Check back soon for viewing information.

Khusrau’s River of Love: Cosmopolitanism and Inclusion in South Asian Traditions

Thu, Oct 8, 2020 at 07:30am

Thu, Oct 8, 2020 at 09:00am



In its recent history, South Asia has witnessed a deep polarization of society fueled by ideologies that seek to exclude “the other,” variously defined through the lens of caste, religion, ethnicity, language, gender, sexual orientation, and race. Promoted through various media, these exclusionary discourses have overshadowed the region’s rich legacy of inclusion and humanism expressed through its vibrant literary and performative traditions, best exemplified by Amir Khusrau, South Asia’s legendary historian, poet, musician, and mystic.

This presentation, which features performances by musician and writer, Ali Sethi, and Dastango (story-teller), journalist, and writer, Himanshu Bajpai, with commentaries by Harvard Professor Ali Asani, aims to highlight this cosmopolitan ethic and shared cultural history by showcasing Khusrau’s work and legacy. Through the dastan-goi or qissa, traditional form of storytelling, and the qawwali, the iconic form of South Asian Sufi poetry, the presentation will offer an alternative lens through which we may engage with and appreciate difference.


  • Ali Asani, Murray A. Albertson Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Committee on the Study of Religion and Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
  • Ali Sethi, singer and writer
  • Himanshu Bajpai, Dastango, writer, and journalist

Time: 7:30a EST / 5.00p IST / 4:30p PKT / 5:30p BST 

Venue: Live on 24 hours of Harvard website 

This online session is presented as part of “24 Hours of Harvard,” a special feature of Worldwide Week at Harvard 2020

Caste in Tech Town Hall

Sat, Aug 22, 2020 at 11:00am

Sat, Aug 22, 2020


In this webinar, the speakers will explore the many dimensions of caste discrimination in tech, from recruitment, hiring and workplace dynamics to sexual harassment and limited HR policies. They will also discuss the ways workers are addressing casteist workplaces and the larger movement to add caste as a protected category across the United States in the battle to end caste in the US.


  • Thenmozhi Soundararajan, Executive Director, Equality Labs


  • Maya Kamble, Ambedkar Association of North America
  • Ajantha Subramanian, Professor of Anthropology and South Asian Studies at Harvard University, Author of Caste in Merit
  • Sam Cornelius, Founder of Ambedkar International Center
  • Sareeta Amrute, Research Director of Data and Society
  • Anil Dash, CEO of Glitch and Technologist

 This event is co-sponsored with Equality Labs,, and Data and Society.

COVID-19: Reopening — Public Health and the Economy

Thu, Jun 11, 2020 at 12:30pm

Thu, Jun 11, 2020 at 02:00pm

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As global economies gradually reopen, how are governments balancing economic recovery with concerns for public health? This event brings together scholars from economics, public health, and political science to discuss how different regions of the globe are approaching the complex demands of reopening.

  • Speakers
    Chi-Man (Winnie) Yip, Professor of the Practice of International Health Policy and Economics, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Joseph Allen, Assistant Professor of Exposure Assessment Science, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Judyth Twigg, Professor of Political Science, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Karl Lauterbach, Professor of Health Economics and Epidemiology, University of Cologne
  • Yasheng Huang, Epoch Foundation Professor of International Management and Faculty Director of Action Learning, MIT Sloan School of Management

Co-sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian StudiesFairbank Center for Chinese StudiesDavid Rockefeller Center for Latin American StudiesLakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, and the China Health Partnership at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

For more information, please call 617-495-4037.