Thu, Apr 9, 2015 at 05:00pm
Thu, Apr 9, 2015 at 06:30pm
SAI Student Event
Mircea Raianu, PhD Candidate, Harvard History Department; Graduate Student Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
Benjamin Siegel, Assistant Professor of History, Boston University; former Predoctoral Fellow, Harvard Academy for Area Studies; former Graduate Student Associate, South Asia Institute
Anand Vaidya, South Asian Studies Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard South Asia Institute; former Graduate Student Associate, South Asia Institute
Lydia Walker, PhD Candidate, Harvard History Department; Graduate Student Associate, South Asia Institute and Weatherhead Center for International Affair
Chair: Carolien Stolte, Niels Stensen Postdoctoral Fellow, History Department, Harvard University; Assistant Professor of History, Leiden University
Four current and former Graduate Student Associates at the South Asia Institute and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs will present a panel on the place of Jayaprakash Narayan (1902-1979) in modern Indian and international history. A complex and elusive political thinker, J.P. was a central figure both within and outside of post-independence India. As Gandhi’s supposed political heir, he was deeply invested in Indian domestic development, the Bhoodan Movement, and land reform. As a socialist personally connected to India’s leading business houses, he played a key role in the intellectual and institutional origins of “corporate social responsibility” in the 1950s and 1960s. As a leader of the international advocacy for anti-colonial nationalism, he lent his prestige to African nationalists like Jomo Kenyatta, Julius Nyerere, and Kenneth Kaunda. As the figurehead for the student-led “J.P.” movement, he catalyzed both the 1975 Emergency and the political movements, left and right, that have marked India’s post-Emergency political landscape.
J.P. Narayan was active in diverse, and often seemingly contradictory, contexts. There is a lack of comprehensive and synthetic scholarship on his life and work, which spanned most of India’s twentieth century. Combining cutting edge interdisciplinary projects on different facets of J.P.’s politics and anti-politics, this panel will put into conversation the many sides of J.P., generating a fruitful and invigorating discussion on the man known as Loknayak – The People’s Hero.
Co-sponsored with the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 06:00pm
Tue, Jan 13, 2015
Dinyar Patel, Ph.D. candidate, Department of History, Harvard University, SAI Graduate Associate
Today, Dadabhai Naoroji (1825-1917) is primarily identified as an early economic thinker, a leader of the moderate wing of the Congress, and the first Indian elected to the British Parliament. This standard school textbook description, however, does little justice to the “Grand Old Man of India,” who was a far more complex and dynamic individual. During his nearly six decades of active political work, Naoroji laid the foundations for much of the Indian nationalist movement and became a globally recognized anti-imperialist figure. Drawing on over three years of intensive research in India, the United Kingdom, and Ireland, Patel will present a detailed examination of Naoroji’s career and also highlight some unusual finds from the archives.
Dinyar Patel is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at Harvard University. His research has been supported by two grants from the Fulbright Program. Patel is co-editor, with Mushirul Hasan, of From Ghalib’s Dilli to Lutyens’ New Delhi: A Documentary Record (Oxford University Press, 2013) and co-editor, with S.R. Mehrotra, of Dadabhai Naoroji: Selected Private Papers (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2015). He is currently completing his dissertation on Naoroji.
Co-sponsored with the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, Ministry of Culture, Government of India in collaboration with SAI, Mumbai & Asia Society, India Chapter
Questions? Contact Namrata Arora, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tea will be served from 5.30pm to 5.55pm. Lecture will commence at 6pm sharp.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 04:00pm
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 05:30pm
This is an orientation for students who are traveling to South Asia during Winter Session 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 Winter Session are welcome. Please RSVP to Nora Maginn, email@example.com if you’d like to join.
Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 01:00pm
Wed, Nov 19, 2014
Join IndiaGSD for an illustrated lecture looking at projects in the realm of culture and heritage interpreted through an effective scenography. Siddhartha Das (designer – scenographer, New Delhi) will present his own projects including those for the historic Jal Mahal, Jaipur; an art museum complex, J D Centre of Art, Bhubaneswar;Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Museum Rietberg, Zurich and the Wellcome Collections, London
Sat, Feb 15, 2014
Sun, Feb 16, 2014
Join us at the 12th edition of the India Conference at Harvard to exchange powerful ideas, kindle new partnerships, question the status-quo and push your peers and yourself to shape your idea of what India in the 21st century stands for. The theme of this year’s conference is India, Turning the Page: Prospects and Paradoxes and speakers include Pawan Munjal, CEO of Hero Corp; Gen V.K. Singh, Former Chief of the Indian Army; Barkha Dutt, Group Editor, NDTV; Aruna Roy, Political and Social Activist; Ambassador Shyam Saran, Bollywood Director Shakun Batra and many more. Panel topics cover a wide range of interests such as Tourism and Hospitality, Global Implications of Indian politics, the LGBT rights movement, Women interaction in the corporate world and the Future of impact investing in India, among others.
Thu, Nov 14, 2013 at 05:30pm
Thu, Nov 14, 2013 at 07:00pm
Book Launch Talk
Talha Jalal, Johns Hopkins University
Gulru Necipoglu, Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Art and Director of the Aga Khan Program of Islamic Architecture at Harvard University
The Harvard Pakistan Students Group (HPSG) cordially invites you to a talk by Talha Jalal based on his book Memoris of the Badshahi Mosque published by Oxford University Press. Talha Jalal will speak about his research on the book conducted in Pakistan which culminated in this narrative – an ‘unconventional attempt,’ as the author tells us – that brings together historical, political and artistic aspects of the mosque. There will be a presentation by the speaker followed by a question/answer session moderated by Prof. Necipoglu.
About the speaker: Talha Jalal graduated from Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, with a Masters in history and international relations. Prior to that, he was a research assistant to the eminent historian Prof. Nomanul Haq at Lahore University of Management Studies (LUMS), Pakistan. He also authored a multi-volume concordance of the Persian text of the Masnavi of Rumi which is forthcoming. He has also been a freelance journalist in Lahore and has published in The Friday Times, Daily Times, and Eclectica magazine. He is currently a Research Associate at the Foreign Policy Institute, Washington, DC.
Sponsored by the Harvard Pakistan Students Group and the The Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program.
Tue, Oct 22, 2013 at 03:00pm
Tue, Oct 22, 2013 at 04:00pm
Professor Anil Gupta, founder of the Honey Bee Network, will deliver a talk titled “India Changing: searching and supporting innovation insurgents.” The talk will focus on the ecosystem of inclusive innovations emerging in India, with global implications. There will be examples from five focii of innovations: children, tech students, informal sector, professionals and public systems.
Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 06:00pm
Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 08:00pm
Water as a Platform for Development: A Student Panel from a Summer in Pakistan
Chair: John Briscoe, Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Environmental Engineering Harvard University
Harvard Student Panelists: Laila Kasuri, Anjali Lohani, Erum Khalid Sattar, and Hassaan Yousuf
View the full discussion on Vimeo.
Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 04:00pm
Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 05:30pm
Rahul Mehrotra, Professor and Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Nicolas P. Retsinas, Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School; Lecturer in Housing, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 12:30pm
Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 02:00pm
Nadeem Hussain, Founder, President and CEO, Tameer Micro Finance Bank Ltd, Pakistan
Nadeem Hussain will discuss the financial revolution which the Tameer Bank is bringing to Pakistan by financially empowering people at the grassroots level, including innovative work such as branchless banking and solar energy.
Discussant: Professor Asim Khwaja, Harvard Kennedy School
Moderator: Nasim Zehra, Fellow, Harvard University Asia Center
The event is sponsored by the Modern Asia Seminar Series, Harvard University Asia Center; co-sponsored with the South Asia Initiative at Harvard University, the Harvard Kennedy School Pakistan Caucus, and the Harvard Pakistan Student Group
Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 06:30pm
Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 08:00pm
Pakistani music icon and social activist, Shehzad Roy will talk about his new documentary series titled “Chal Parha.”The show dramatizes Roy’s journey to schools across Pakistan and stages and expose of Pakistan’s national education system. Roy will share how his music has helped him advocate for education reform and will expand upon some of the key lessons he has learnt from his journey across Pakistan’s schools. The conversation will be led by Professor Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures and Director of the Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program at Harvard, and Mariam Chughtai, doctoral candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
The evening will close with an intimate performance by Roy of some of the audience’s most requested songs.
Co-sponsored by: Harvard Pakistan Student Group, Harvard College Pakistan Student Association, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, Harvard South Asia Institute.
Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 08:30am
Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 11:00am
Seminars, Student Seminar, Education, Social Enterprise, _temp, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
Innovation in Education: Lessons for Entrepreneurship in Pakistan
Fernando Reimers, Ford Foundation Professor of International Education; Director of Global Education and of International Education Policy
Imran Sarwar, Co-Founder, Rabtt; MPP Class of 2013, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
The third Video Conference of the new SAI Series of Webinars focused on ‘Innovation in Education: Lessons for Entrepreneurship in Pakistan’. Professor Fernando Reimers, Ford Foundation Professor of International Education and Director of Global Education and of International Education Policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Imran Sarwar, Co-Founder, Rabtt (Connection); MPP Class of 2013, Harvard Kennedy School of Government led the discussion with academic sites across Pakistan. In addition, for the first time a Facebook event for the Webinar attracted 120 people to virtually attend the event – our partner, Pakistan’s Higher Education Commission provided a live web link for online streaming so that the discussion was available to anyone with an internet connection.
Professor Reimers started his presentation on ‘Educating to Change the World’ with acknowledging how much education has changed over the last 25 years – the very fact of the Video Conference itself through which sites were virtually connected is a demonstration of how much technology has enhanced access around the world. He said we are in a new era in history when instead of top-down planning individuals and small groups of people are taking on big challenges – it’s a time of great potential change. He spoke of the fact that we need to move from teaching low-level cognitive skills that had been the focus of much formal education in the past to higher level leadership skills for the 21st century by developing adaptable skills to apply knowledge and learning in new ways. He spoke of the great work of Injaz al-Arab under the visionary leadership of Soraya Salti that he has been helping evaluate over the last 2 years and the phenomenal outcomes of the program in developing a sense of agency in youth and the ability to see challenges as opportunities. He also spoke of the ability inherent in all of us to teach and that we can’t expect professional teachers to bear all the burdens of teaching – he exhorted the audience to action. In reply to a twitter question about encouraging business and academia linkages, he spoke of an example from Monterey, Mexico about an innovative approach taken by a University president who asked local government and business leaders how his institution could help them grow – he then led the change to respond to those social demands – exactly the kind of model higher education needs to move towards to be a center for development and innovation in the 21st century.
Imran Sarwar spoke of his experiences along with a friend and colleague from LUMS, Aneeq Ahmed Cheema when they formed Rabtt in the summer of 2011. Listening to his personal story of how he managed family and social expectations in going down his chosen and unconventional path to make a start at changing the reality of children who attend public sector schools was heartening. He exhorted would-be entrepreneurs to not wait to start till conditions were perfect or support was forthcoming – he said, start now and you’ll attract people who think like you to join your work – and that money and finances will also flow to the work you start! He spoke of how privileged children from elite schools live in their bubbles while children in public sector schools are very street smart. Rabtt is working on connecting these two worlds. Professor Reimers reiterated that a progressive society must be more equitable and heartily endorsed Imran’s efforts –at the end he asked us all to free ourselves from toxic mentalities and begin to take responsibility to change social conditions – now!
Mariam Chughtai (doctoral candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education) ably moderated the Videoconference and handled switching between different sites enabled by HEC’s Virtual Education Project and Erum Sattar (doctoral candidate at Harvard Law School) moderated an active twitter feed on: #SAIEdInnovation
Innovation in Education
Photos from the video conference discussion on lessons for entrepreneurship in Pakistan.
Co-sponsored with the Harvard Pakistan Student Group