Want to intern in Asia, but unsure where to begin? Do you want to get experience in a particular country and need ideas? Hear from a student panel about their diverse internship experiences in Asia, and learn strategies for finding and funding an internship. Please register through Crimson Careers.
Rosanna Picascia, SAI Graduate Student Associate, PhD candidate in the Study of Religion
Chair: Parimal G. Patil, Professor of Religion and Indian Philosophy, Committee on the Study of Religion, FAS, Chair of the Department of South Asian Studies
This talk will look at the debate among Sanskrit philosophers of religion over whether, and the conditions under which, testimony is a source of knowledge. In particular, it will focus on the epistemic status of scripture, the example par excellence of testimony. What makes scripture an interesting case to look at is that it often speaks about nonempirical objects, such as heaven, which are incapable of being directly verified. Moreover, the fact that scriptural testimony varies among different religious traditions poses a challenge to testimonially-based religious belief. This talk will explore the ways in which South Asian philosophers of religion in first millennium India approached these issues, while additionally drawing upon contemporary discussions in the epistemology of testimony.
Come hear about SAI Summer Funding opportunities from past 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.
Mou Banerjee, Graduate Student Associate, SAI; History PhD, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Chair: Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs
Mou’s research explores the dialogues and debates of Indian intellectuals with evangelical Protestant Christianity and missionaries in the nineteenth century, especially in the Bengal Presidency in India. In her analysis of these debates, Banerjee charts the development of a complex relationship of overt repudiation and covert fascination, where Christianity was perceived as a religion and a philosophy, a discursive and dialectical category, a denominator of racial and social difference, and as a repository of Enlightenment ethos and modernity.
This summer, with support from Harvard’s President’s Innovation Fund for International Experiences, SAI ran an8-week summer program in India for Harvard College students to explore the potential of mobile technology to enable economic and social mobility, which combined academic coursework and experiential learning. The program culminated in a final project, which the students will present on campus at this interactive event, with feedback from the faculty leaders.
Diane Jung, Human Development and Regenerative Biology, Harvard College ‘17
Kais Khimji,Social Studies, Harvard College, ‘17
Pradeep Niroula,Government, Harvard College ‘18
Eshaan Patheria, Applied Math & Computer Science, Harvard College ‘18
Satchit Balsari, FXB Research Fellow, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights; Director, Weill Cornell Medical College Global Emergency Medicine Program
Malavika Jayaram, Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University; Fellow, Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore
Tarun Khanna,Director of the South Asia Institute; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School
JP Onnela, Assistant Professor at the Department of Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health
What is known about disaster response to major earthquakes affecting large urban areas? What was predicted to occur in Kathmandu in the event of a major earthquake–even before one occurred? How canhumanitarian aid agencies and other nations work with the government of Nepal as the country moves from immediate response to long-term recovery and rebuilding needs? And what role can the Nepali diaspora and U.S. institutions–including universities and medical centers–in helping Nepal rebuild?
Join us for a live webcast addressing these issues featuring Dr. Jennifer Leaning, director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, and Kai Hsiao, an MPH student at the Harvard Chan School who before the earthquake hit had studied the vulnerabilities Kathmandu and Nepal would likely face from such an event.
Watch live: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/live-webcast-thursday-may-7-humanitarian-response-to-the-crisis-in-nepal/
This is an orientation for students who are traveling to South Asia in summer 2015, and will include travel tips and logistics, health and safety information, cultural introduction, and will provide an opportunity to meet other students who will be in the region. Food will be served!
All Harvard Students traveling to South Asia in the summer are welcome. Please RSVP to Nora Maginn, firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to join.
Harvard undergraduates: Have you ever thought about working in South Asia, but aren’t sure what opportunities exist, what it would be like, or how to begin?
Enjoy food from the region and hear from panelists who have worked in a variety of sectors in South Asia!
After the panel, stay for an informal mixer, where you can meet with the panelists and talk further about their experiences in South Asia.
Chair: Richard Delacy, Preceptor in Hindi and Urdu, Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard University
Welcome by Rakesh Khurana, Dean of Harvard College
Described as the ‘Indian art house icon’ by TIME magazine, Rahul Bose won Best Actor, Singapore Film Festival, and Best Debut Director (second prize), for ‘Everybody Says I’m Fine!’ at Palm Springs. His NGO, The Foundation, works in the areas of education and child sexual abuse. He is an Oxfam Global Ambassador and is a former India international rugby player.